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Orbital Gas Systems awarded multiple gas measurement contracts in UK

Orbital Gas Systems has been awarded contracts for integration natural gas analysis and metering infrastructure totaling $1.75 million, by a client operating several large-scale manufacturing plants throughout Europe.

First rigs to arrive for decommissioning in Great Yarmouth

The Veolia and Peterson partnership has been awarded two platform decommissioning contracts for recycling at their facility in Great Yarmouth.

GEODynamics acquires Paradigm GeoKey’s perforating business in Aberdeen

GEODynamics acquired Paradigm GeoKey’s Aberdeen, Scotland-based perforating business unit on Jan. 1, 2017. As a result of the transaction, GEODynamics has established a UK operating company. Chris Chalker, former managing director of Paradigm GeoKey, has joined the GEODynamics team as vice president, Eastern Hemisphere and will be based in Aberdeen to manage and grow GEODynamics’ business throughout the region.

Hurricane discovers ‘very significant’ oil column West of Shetland

Hurricane Energy discovered a “very significant” hydrocarbon column with its Lincoln well, about 60 miles West of Shetland, the company said Monday.

Geological Remote Sensing Group elects CGG's Charlotte Bishop as chair

Charlotte Bishop, remote sensing projects manager, NPA Satellite Mapping, CGG, has been elected as chair of the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG).

ENGIE achieves first gas from North Sea’s Cygnus field

LONDON -- The first gas from the Cygnus development in the North Sea has been exported to the Bacton gas terminal in North Norfolk, ENGIE E&P UK, the field’s operator, said.

Maersk Oil cuts Culzean costs by $500 million in North Sea

Maersk Oil CEO announced that the capital costs of its marquee Culzean HPHT gas project, located in the UK Central North Sea, have been reduced by $500 million U.S. as a result of improved drilling efficiency and robust upfront design and project planning.

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.