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Repsol Norge granted drilling permit for first well in licence 705

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Repsol Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6705/7-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Sparrows Group secures five-year contract for Maersk Oil's UK floating assets

Sparrows Group has secured a five-year contract to deliver hydraulic, lifting and rigging services for Maersk Oil’s UK floating assets.

Shell shakes up oil trading world with brash buying sprees

The giant tankers anchored along the Scottish coast in the Firth of Forth weren’t going anywhere. They were just providing floating storage because there was no demand for their cargo, North Sea crude oil.

Kraken FPSO hooked up, on track for delivery of first oil

EnQuest has announced that the Kraken Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel arrived at the field on Monday, Feb. 13.

Ithaca Energy reports production start-up at Stella field, North Sea

Ithaca Energy Inc. has announced the successful start-up of production from the Stella field, in the Central Graben area of the Central North Sea.

AGR data management and analysis software to be adopted at Wintershall's Maria field

AGR has announced that its well data management and analysis software tool iQx is to be adopted by Wintershall’s flagship Maria field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Wood Group appoints new European president

Wood Group has appointed Alan Johnstone as president of its Asset Life Cycle Solutions business in Europe.

ENGIE E&P UK reports first gas from Cygnus field, securing 5% of UK gas production

Cygnus, located in licence areas P1055 & P1731, 150 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, is expected to contribute 5% of UK gas production – supplying sufficient gas to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million UK homes. The project added approximately £1.3 billion to the UK economy and supported nearly 5,000 jobs during its five-year development period.

Wintershall pursues subsea tie-back solution for Skarfjell field, North Sea

Wintershall and its license partners Capricorn, Bayerngas, Edison and DEA have selected a development solution for the Skarfjell field in the Norwegian North Sea. Under the proposed solution, the reservoir will be connected to the nearby Gjøa platform via a subsea tie-back.

EIC launches UK energy initiative for survival of challenging market conditions

The Energy Industries Council (EIC), a trade association for UK companies that supply goods and services to the energy industries worldwide, officially launches its UK Energy Supply Chain: How to thrive and survive initiative today.

ProSep awarded contract for Statoil's Troll B ZMP Project

ProSep, the technology and service provider for integrated process solutions, announced today that it will supply one ProDry unit to Statoil for the Troll B ZMP Project.

Start-up of Nyhamna expansion to increase Ormen Lange production

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent for start-up of the expansion of the gas plant at Nyhamna in Møre og Romsdal County.

Weatherford UK Secure Drilling Services facility achieves API Q2 certification

Weatherford International plc announced today that its Secure Drilling Services facility in Aberdeen, Scotland, received API Specification Q2 certification — making it the first API Q2-certified facility in the United Kingdom.

New technology center to enhance exploitation of North Sea oil and gas

Today, Lord Dunlop, UK Government Minister for Scotland and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy opened the new £180-million Oil & Gas Technology Center in Aberdeen.

Lundin Norway granted drilling permit in North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-27, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

The Getech Group wins OGA 21CXRM contract for UKCS study

Getech, providers of natural resources exploration data and information expertise, has been awarded a contract by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), in collaboration with the 21CXRM Technical Advisory Committee, for a petroleum system-related study of the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) South West Approaches region.

Public consultation begins on Brent oil and gas field decommissioning program

An extended 60-day public consultation on recommendations to decommission the Brent oil and gas field in the North Sea has begun following submission by Shell UK Limited (“Shell”), the field’s operator, of a comprehensive decommissioning program to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

After slashing costs, Statoil ready to boost spending

Statoil ASA, Norway’s biggest oil company, is ready to increase investment again as it reaps the benefit of drastic cost reductions it pushed through after oil’s collapse -- cuts that it vowed to deepen even further.

MOL Group expands its exploration portfolio in Hungary and Norway

MOL Group expanded its exploration portfolio by acquiring new licenses in Hungary and Norway. MOL acquired six new licences in the 4th bid round in Hungary, doubling its exploration acreage in the country. MOL Norge participated in the latest APA licensing round and acquired four licences in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, one of which with operatorship.

Aker BP reports decline in development costs at Johan Sverdrup

Aker BP ASA, along with the partners in Johan Sverdrup, has released updated key figures for the Johan Sverdrup project. The investment costs continue to show a positive trend.