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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CGG Geoconsulting awarded OGA contract for digital well products

CGG GeoConsulting announced today that it has been awarded a contract to supply digital well products to the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), the UK Government industry regulator, as part of a wider tender for comprehensive subsurface databases and information sources to encourage further exploration in underexplored areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Abrado awarded North Sea multi-string section milling services contract

Abrado has announced that it has been awarded a contract from a major international North Sea operator for dual-string section milling services utilizing its proprietary Medusa cutting technology.

Bibby Offshore secures significant contract with TAQA

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a significant contract with TAQA for subsea construction works in Eider field, located 184 km north-east of Shetland.

UKOG commences drilling of BB-1 well in Weald basin, UK

UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC has announced that the drilling rig and key equipment necessary to drill the Broadford Bridge-1 (BB-1) Kimmeridge Limestone well are now on site. All regulatory permissions are now in place and drilling is expected, therefore, to commence shortly.

GE Oil & Gas and Alpha Petroleum to partner on North Sea’s Cheviot oil field

Alpha Petroleum, which is backed by upstream oil and gas investment firm Petroleum Equity, today announces an agreement with GE Oil & Gas to partner on the advancement of the subsea infrastructure for the Cheviot oil field, one of the largest undeveloped fields in the UK North Sea with 55 MMbbl of oil and 20 MMboe of future gas production.

TWMA secures projects with Maersk Oil UK

International environmental solutions provider, TWMA, has been awarded two new projects with Maersk Oil UK in the Central North Sea.

First oil expected from Kraken in June, says EnQuest CEO

EnQuest CEO Amjad Bseisu said that Kraken is 'on track' for first oil by the end of June.

Abrado Wellbore Services expands into North Sea, UK market

Abrado announced today that it has opened new operations in Aberdeen, Scotland to expand its global presence. The new office, located at Stacey Oilfield Services Ltd. 5 Badentoy Cres. Portlehen, Aberdeen will be composed of sales and engineering resources, with downhole video and proprietary Medusa cutting technology equipment to support a growing customer base.

BP starts production from Quad 204 project, west of Shetland

BP announced first oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region, offshore UK.

Traders brace for first winter without UK's big gas store

For the first time in more than three decades, natural gas traders, utilities and producers are preparing for a winter without the UK’s biggest storage facility.

Wood Group awarded Shell Brent decommissioning contract

Wood Group has been awarded a contract to support Shell in the decommissioning of their Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea.

Institute of Petroleum Engineering receives major applied geoscience research funding

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in UK offshore waters.

Maersk Supply Service secures major contract for Culzean Project, UK

Maersk Supply Service has secured a major contract with Maersk Oil UK to project manage the complete towing, mooring installation and hook up service scopes for the Culzean Project in the North Sea.