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.

Royal IHC secures order for FSO equipment designated for Culzean field

Royal IHC has signed a new contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of a tandem mooring and offloading system for an FSO vessel (Floating, Storage and Offloading).

Qatargas, Petronas sign five-year LNG deal

Qatargas has signed a new five-year liquefied natural gas sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Petronas LNG UK Limited (PLUK).

Shell North Sea sale said to draw Ineos, Siccar Point bids

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has invited binding bids from parties including Ineos AG and Blackstone Group LP-backed Siccar Point Energy for the sale of some of its UK North Sea assets worth about $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Technip, FMC win subsea work for Hurricane’s Lancaster development

Hurricane Energy has provisionally selected Technip and FMC Technologies, under their alliance, as its exclusive provider of subsea solutions for the Lancaster Early Production System (EPS) and for subsequent development of the Greater Lancaster Area.

Transocean Winner loaded onto heavy lift ship, UK says

The Transocean Winner semisubmersible, which ran aground offshore the UK in August, has been safely loaded onto the heavy lift ship Hawk.

As UK gives nod to fracing, a U.S.-style shale boom remains far away

Four wells are better than none if you’re trying to assess whether your country could host the next shale boom—but it’s not nearly enough.

Extended reach drilling course launched by RGU, Merlin

Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU), in conjunction with Merlin ERD Limited, has developed a bespoke training course in extended reach drilling (ERD).

Cuadrilla wins two-year UK frac fight

Cuadrilla Resources won government permission to hydraulically fracture for natural gas in northern England, ending a two-and-a-half-year battle that veered into debates about the legacy, prosperity and stewardship of Britain’s countryside.

Oil tankers piling up in North Sea show glut facing OPEC

A pile up of tankers waiting in the North Sea suggests a glut is building again in the market where benchmark crude is traded, highlighting the task facing OPEC as it seeks to rein in a global glut.

UK’s Oil and Gas Authority established as government company

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has been established as an independent government company by the UK government. This formalizes the transfer of the Secretary of State’s regulatory powers in respect of oil and gas to the OGA, and grants it new powers.

Maersk Oil starts drilling first production well on HPHT Culzean project

Maersk Oil has started drilling the first production well on the UK's Culzean field.

UK’s Labour Party would ban fracing, spokesman says

The UK opposition Labour Party would ban hydraulic fracturing for shale gas if it wins the next general election, according to its energy spokesman Barry Gardiner.

Petrofac wraps up Horne & Wren decommissioning for Tullow

Petrofac’s differentiated approach to decommissioning, in support of Tullow Oil’s well plugging and abandonment campaign in the Southern North Sea (SNS), has delivered significant results and saved $2.5 million compared to traditional approaches.

Teekay awarded North Sea shuttle tanker contracts

Teekay Offshore Partners has been awarded new three-year shuttle tanker contracts of affreightment, plus extension options, with BP plc, Royal Dutch Shell and OMV Group, to transport the oil produced from the new Glen Lyon FPSO, which is part of the Quad204 development located west of Shetland in the North Sea.

Petrofac awarded Statoil UK training contract

Petrofac Training Services has been awarded a significant contract for training and emergency response services with Statoil (UK) Limited to support its UKCS operations.

Claxton launches latest evolution conductor recovery tower, SABRE cutting system

Claxton, an Acteon company, has introduced the latest modular versions of its conductor recovery tower and SABRE abrasive cutting system to increase efficiency and flexibility in decommissioning and late-life projects.

Against all odds, North Sea proves resilient to oil-price slump

Oil producers in the North Sea were supposed to be among the first victims of OPEC’s battle for market share. Instead their high-cost, decades-old facilities are proving surprisingly resilient to the price slump.

Maersk Supply Service awarded contract for North Sea’s Janice field

Maersk Supply Service has been awarded a contract to provide decommissioning services for Janice field in the North Sea for Maersk Oil UK. Maersk Supply Service will assume responsibility for engineering, project planning and managing the scope of the subsea decommissioning.

M-I SWACO gets green light for barite mine in Scotland

Proposals to develop a world-class barite resource at Duntanlich, Scotland, have been approved, subject to conditions, by the local authority.