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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.

Europe savors taste of Brazilian oil with more blocks opening

European oil majors given a taste of Brazil may soon be ready for more.

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.

Rovco completes first overseas contracts

UK-based start-up Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters and made significant progress towards growing its global footprint following the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

iSURVEY secures rig positioning contract with Shell

iSURVEY has secured a non-exclusive call-off contract with Shell UK, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services.

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.

What oil crisis? Arctic drilling off Norway set for record

Explorers look set to drill a record number of wells in Norway’s Arctic waters this year, undeterred by oil prices apparently stuck below $60/bbl.

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.

Statoil ensures area-wide emergency preparedness through four vessel contracts

Statoil awards Simon Møkster Shipping AS contracts for three emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV), and Havila Shipping ASA for one ERRV.

Lundin proposes spin-off of its non-Norwegian producing assets into independent

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its board of directors has proposed to spin-off its assets in Malaysia, France and the Netherlands into a newly formed company called International Petroleum Corporation.

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.