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Faroe Petroleum reports positive results from Brasse sidetrack 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, has announced the results of the 31/7-2S Brasse sidetrack appraisal well in the Norwegian North Sea.

Maersk Oil completes Culzean jacket installation

The Maersk Oil operated high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) Culzean development in the UK North Sea has reached a key milestone with the safe installation of all three of the project’s jackets, on time and on budget.

Statoil granted drilling permit for wells in PL 124

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wells 6507/8-9 and 6507/8-U2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Oil & Gas UK launches new guidelines in effort to boost production efficiency

Highly anticipated industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency in the UK Continental Shelf have been published by Oil & Gas UK.

Schlumberger awarded EPCIC contract for Taqa's Otter field in the UK North Sea

OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, has announced the award of an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract for a subsea multi-phase boosting system by Taqa for Otter field in the UK North Sea.

Statoil reports small gas find southeast of Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 849, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 7121/8-1. The well was drilled about 25 km southeast of the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea. The well proved gas.

Centrica merges oil business with Bayerngas to tap younger fields

Centrica has agreed with Bayerngas Norge to merge the companies' North Sea assets, creating the region's largest non-major oil and gas producer and allowing Centrica access to younger fields and to lower its decommissioning liabilities.

Premier Oil says North Sea exploration no longer attractive

Premier Oil, which produces more than half its oil in the British North Sea, said on Thursday that exploring for resources in the basin was no longer attractive, a day after it announced a major discovery off Mexico.

Barryoe Partners granted two-year extension for exploration contract offshore Ireland

The Barryroe Partners have been granted a two-year extension to the term of the First Phase of SEL 1/11 to July 2019 and overall term to July 2021 by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment subject to the Barryroe Partners carrying out a work program that includes the evaluation of newly reprocessed 3D seismic data together with an assessment of the Jurassic and Triassic exploration potential of the lisence area.

Aker BP receives consent for exploration drilling in the North Sea

The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway has given Aker BP consent to drill exploration wells 25/4-11 and 25/4-12, in a prospect named Hyrokkin, which is north of Alvheim in the North Sea.

Lundin Petroleum encounters hydrocarbons in Barents Sea's Alta appraisal well

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS has successfully completed the drilling and production testing of Alta appraisal well 7220/11-4 (Alta-4) located in PL609 in the southern Barents Sea.

Providence Resources begins drilling operations in Ireland's southern Porcupine basin

Providence Resources, the Irish based exploration company, has provided an operational update regarding Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/14 located in the southern Porcupine basin. FEL 2/14 is operated by Providence Resources plc (56%) on behalf of its partners Capricorn Ireland Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cairn Energy PLC, 30%) and Sosina Exploration Limited (14%), collectively referred to as the “JV partners”.

Industry professionals seek guidance in a tough market from OE 2017

Emily Querubin, World Oil

SPE’s biennial Offshore Europe (OE) E&P conference and exhibition will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Center in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, during Sept. 5–8. The conference, which is recognized as a top E&P event in Europe, is organized to connect professionals with the global industry, and allow them to acquire new technical know-how, as well as to stay in touch with the latest business trends.

Simmons Edeco secures major contract win for all Maersk wells in Danish North Sea

Simmons Edeco, a supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services to the global oil and gas industry, announced that it has been awarded a major contract by Maersk Oil.

DNV GL increases research and testing portfolio in UK

DNV GL has reorganized their research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio.

Wood Group secures management services contract for Culzean field

Wood Group has been awarded a new contract by Maersk to deliver mechanical and management services for the hook-up and commissioning of the Culzean gas condensate field in the UK central North Sea.

What's New in Production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Last time we talked, the subject was high-energy gas fracturing, a method that offers the alluring possibility of eliminating the use of water, the sourcing and disposal of which—as proliferating offers of solutions indicate—is a major headache in hydraulic fracturing.

Lundin Norway granted drilling permit for wildcat in licence 533

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for wellbore 7219/12-2 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Premier Oil acquires additional interest in Wytch Farm field

Premier is pleased to announce that it has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire a further 3.75% interest in Licences PL089 and P534, which contain the Wytch Farm field, from Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd for a cash consideration of £11.7 million.

Zennor Petroleum acquires interest in North Sea's Arran project

Zennor Petroleum Limited has announced that on June 30, 2017, its subsidiary, Zennor North Sea Limited, completed the acquisition of interests in and under United Kingdom Petroleum Production Licence P359.