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Petrofac secures contract extension for North Sea’s Cygnus field

Petrofac is to build on its provision of integrated support services on Cygnus gas field following the award of a four and a half-year contract extension.

OGA offers additional blocks offshore the UK

Companies can now apply for new licences to drill for offshore oil and gas in a number of blocks in the Offshore 2016 Supplementary Round.

Bibby Offshore wins North Sea contract with Shell

Bibby Offshore has secured a significant contract with Shell. The campaign, which is due to commence in first-quarter 2017, will see Bibby provide engineering and subsea construction activities in Gannet G field in the Central North Sea.

BP commences drilling activity on new Carboniferous prospect, southern North Sea

BP has started drilling on a potential gas play in southern North Sea block 43/26a that, if successful, could open up a new phase of development in the region. The well, being drilled with partners Perenco and Premier, will test the potential of a deep Carboniferous age horizon several hundred meters beneath the mature reservoirs produced by the Ravenspurn ST2 platform.

Production drilling underway on Statoil’s Mariner field, UK North Sea

Up to five wells will be drilled before Statoil’s Mariner A platform hook-up and commissioning activity starts next summer. First oil is expected to be produced from Mariner in 2018. Hedda Felin, managing director, Statoil Production UK said, “This is an exciting period for us as a UKCS operator as we transition from the planning phase to active offshore operations.”

Petrofac completes world’s largest scale squeeze operation in North Sea

Petrofac’s Anasuria operations team has completed the largest scale squeeze operation in the world. More than 50,000 bbl of treatment were injected into the Teal well—within the Anasuria cluster in the North Sea—to dissolve and remove scale that had formed in the well and production tubing.

KCA Deutag secures North Sea drilling contracts

KCA Deutag has been awarded a three-year contract extension by a major North Sea operator for drilling on four platforms in the UK North Sea.

Energy job losses continue but optimism rises, report finds

There has been no slowing in the job losses in the oil and gas industry this year, and there are further cuts to come, but the crisis could be reaching a turning point, according to a new industry report.

Hurricane Energy signs agreement for use of FPSO at Lancaster field

Hurricane Energy has announced that it has signed Heads of Terms with Bluewater Energy Services (BES) for the use of the Aoka Mizu Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO) on the Company's Lancaster field, West of Shetland.

Maersk Supply Service secures new decommissioning contract

As a result of efficient project management and strong synergies with partners on the Janice decommissioning project, Maersk Supply Service has secured a second contract with Maersk Oil UK for the Leadon subsea decommissioning in autumn 2017.

BP acquires interests in two North Sea exploration prospects

BP has acquired interests in two exploration prospects, Jock Scott and Craster, in the North Sea.

North Sea oil glut to get short-term relief as flows go east

A glut of North Sea oil that’s helped depress global prices and heap pressure on OPEC is poised for short-term relief after traders booked tankers to take as much as half of the region’s key oil flow to Asia.

Modern data science unlocks over 50 years of UKCS data

Over 50 years of North Sea exploration data has been mined as part of a Data Challenge set by Common Data Access (CDA), a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK established to facilitate the sharing of well and seismic data by the oil and gas industry.

ALTUS Intervention UK secure five-year well services contract with Maersk Oil

ALTUS Intervention, a subsidiary of Qinterra AS, has won a fixed term, five-year contract to provide well intervention services for Maersk Oil. The company was awarded the contract for the provision of slickline services, coiled tubing services, well surveillance, ballistic and wireline tractor services to support Maersk Oil’s Central North Sea operations and planned abandonment campaigns. It is this spread and scale of disciplines that enable ALTUS to deliver an integrated multi-service offering that optimizes operational efficiency in the most cost-efficient way.

Offshore workforce size and shape data now available

Data from a groundbreaking high-tech study that has captured the changing shape of the North Sea offshore workforce can now be found on the Oil & Gas UK website.

Scottish Government reports show economic case for unconventional gas

Studies into unconventional oil and gas by the Scottish Government clearly demonstrate the economic case for promoting exploration in Scotland while showing a pathway for other risks to be mitigated. The industry will participate fully in the consultation announced by the Scottish Government and believes that the case for lifting the moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development has been made.

M² Subsea secures funding for 32 best-in-class ROVs

M² Subsea Limited, a recently formed subsea services business, has secured a substantial injection of private equity investment to acquire a fleet of 32 best-in-class ROVs.

UK receives promising applications for frontier licensing round

The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) received 29 applications covering 113 blocks in the latest offshore licensing round which targeted under-explored areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Oil & Gas UK publishes guidelines on HPHT wells

In line with its commitment to continually reviewing and improving the safety and performance of all aspects of well practices on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), Oil & Gas UK has released new guidelines on wells with HPHT properties.

NEL’s test facility is first in the UK to receive international accreditation

UKAS has awarded NEL’s Elevated Pressure and Temperature (EPAT) test facility ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. This makes it the first and only HPHT facility in the UK to have gained the internationally recognized certification.