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Abrado sets double-string section milling record on North Sea well

Abrado announced today that it has completed the first double-string section milled window in the North Sea utilizing the proprietary Medusa cutting technology.

First riser platform jacket for Johan Sverdrup complete

The riser platform (RP) jacket for the Johan Sverdrup development will be ready for delivery in July and was given the name Ægir at a ceremony held at Kvaerner’s yard at Verdal.

Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces 24th licensing round

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has announced the 24th licensing round. In this round, 102 blocks/parts of blocks will be announced, divided among nine in the Norwegian Sea and 93 in the Barents Sea.

UK set up for global gas fight as giant storage site shuts down

Already buffeted by political chaos at home and abroad, the UK gas market must now operate without its biggest stabilizing force: the giant Rough gas storage facility under the North Sea.

Statoil, Faroe Petroleum announce PDO approval for Njord and Bauge fields

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway, the UK and Atlantic Margin, notes Statoil’s announcement regarding PDO of Njord and Bauge in the Norwegian North Sea.

Expro secures $10-million well services contract extension from Apache North Sea

International oilfield services company Expro has secured a $10-million well services contract extension with Apache North Sea.

Aker BP drills dry well west of Volund field, North Sea

Aker BP ASA, operator of production licence 150 B, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 24/9-11 S.

Claxton awarded casing cutting, recovery combined services contract with southern North Sea operator

Claxton, a leading supplier of engineering and services for shallow-water, jackup-depth markets in subsea services company Acteon, has been awarded a contract to riglessly casing cut and recover a total of seven wells in the southern North Sea across two of the operator’s, normally unmanned, platforms, along with an additional subsea suspended well at one of the locations.

Aquaterra Energy wins multi-million-pound North Sea abandonment contract

Aquaterra Energy, a leading global offshore engineering solutions provider, has won a major contract to supply subsea high pressure riser (HPR) equipment and services for a subsea abandonment project in the central North Sea.

UK natural gas has worst week since 2012 as demand collapses

UK gas prices for immediate delivery posted the the biggest weekly decline in five years as works on a pipeline to mainland Europe damp demand for the fuel.

Maersk Oil North Sea UK receives OGA approval for interest in Scott, Telford fields

RockRose Energy has announced that the OGA has confirmed to RockRose that Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd will receive consent from the OGA for the assignment of their interest in licence P218.

Statoil awards EPC contract extention to TechnipFMC

TechnipFMC has been awarded an extension to its ongoing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract from Statoil in the Norwegian North Sea.

Norway emerges from downturn as growth seen at pre-crisis levels

Norway may be finally emerging from an oil downturn with companies the most upbeat they’ve been on economy since before the oil crisis, according to a central bank survey. The krone jumped on the news.

Faroe Petroleum reports preliminary results for Brasse appraisal well

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway, the UK and Atlantic Margin, is pleased to announce the results of the Brasse appraisal well in the Norwegian North Sea (Faroe, 50% and operator, Point Resources, 50%).

EMGS reports pre-funding for multi-client acquisition in Norway

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) announces that the Company has entered into pre-funding agreements related to 3D CSEM data surveys in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea using the conventional technology and the new Deep Blue source.

Sercel successfully deploys multi-sensor solid streamer in Ireland's southern Porcupine basin

Sercel announced today that its multi-sensor solid streamer, the Sentinel MS, has been commercially deployed for the first time and is being successfully operated on a large 3D CGG multi-client survey being conducted by the CGG Geo Coral in the southern Porcupine basin in Ireland.

Statoil granted drilling permit for wildcat in Barents Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7219/9-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Providence Resources, Sosina Exploration sign farm-in agreement with Total

Providence Resources, the Irish based Oil and Gas Exploration Company, has provided a commercial update on Licensing Option (LO) 16/27, which lies in 1,300-m water depth in the southern Porcupine basin and is located 150 km off the southwest coast of Ireland.

Fugro Venturer to commence offshore survey campaign

With a maiden voyage that takes her to the deep waters of Ireland’s Atlantic margin and the far North of the Barents Sea, Fugro Venturer is the newest of Fugro’s successful purpose-designed, standardized survey vessels, originally formulated in 2013.

P&A retrieval operation enhances long-term well integrity

Roar Pedersen, Silje Harestad, Archer

A new plug system is designed to help operators plug and abandon wells more safely, more efficiently, and more economically, by increasing hang-off loads, reducing rig site handling, and enabling pressure testing, both above and below the plug.