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ConocoPhillips receives consent for removal of minor structures at Ekofisk

ConocoPhillips has received consent for preparations for and the start of the removal of minor structures from the Ekofisk field facilities, including the installation of a temporary crane on Ekofisk 2/4 FTP.

Wellesley Petroleum granted drilling permit for wildcat north of Statfjord field

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wellesley Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 33/9-22 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Azinor Catalyst spuds well on Partridge Prospect in the UK North Sea

Azinor Catalyst Limited, the Seacrest Capital Group-backed E&P Company focused on the UK Continental Shelf, is pleased to announce that the 14/11a-2 well on the Partridge Prospect, was spudded at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2017, using the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible drilling rig.

Jersey Oil & Gas announces commencement of drilling on Verbier prospect

Jersey Oil & Gas, an independent upstream oil and gas company ‎focused on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) region of the North Sea, has announced that drilling operations have commenced on well 20/05b-13 on UK Seaward Licence P.2170, Blocks 20/5b & 21/1d.

Oil giants dangle $19 billion in investments for Norway tax breaks

Norway’s oil industry says it has some major investments in store if the government can just come through with some tax incentives.

Fortis Petroleum spuds exploration well targeting Hyrokkin prospect

Fortis Petroleum has announced that the company has been informed by AkerBP ASA, the Operator, that the Maersk Interceptor jack-up rig spudded the 25/4-11 exploration well targeting the Hyrokkin prospect, on Aug. 11, 2017.

The Buchan Alpha oil production vessel arrives at Veolia, Peterson decommissioning facility

The Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, Buchan Alpha oil production vessel, weighing 12,000 tonnes, arrived safely in Lerwick, Shetland, on Aug. 12-13. Decommissioning of the facility is being managed by Veolia and Peterson and is believed to be the first major North Sea floating production vessel facility to be disposed of in Scotland.

Russian gas link offshoot taps investors as sanctions swirl

German natural gas network operator Gascade Gastransport GmbH is in talks with investors to raise money for a new pipeline that will carry more Russian fuel directly to Europe.

Parkmead acquires interest in UK North Sea licence containing Farne Extension prospect

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 50% interest in the UK North Sea Licence P.2209. from Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited, which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads.

Repsol Norge awards four-year P&A contract to Archer

Archer Limited announces a four-year contract for P&A rig operations. The contract scope includes permanent plugging and abandonment of the wells on the Gyda platform operated by Repsol Norge AS.

HydraWell secures major UK frame agreement

The UK operation of an undisclosed super-major has awarded HydraWell a frame agreement to provide technology and services for all of the operator’s plug & abandonment (P&A) and well repair operations on the UK continental shelf.

ENGIE E&P UK reports first gas at Cygnus Bravo in the southern North Sea

First gas has been exported from Cygnus Bravo, the satellite wellhead platform in the Southern North Sea’s Cygnus development, operated by ENGIE E&P UK Limited.

Statoil reports gas discovery at Gemini North in the Barents Sea

Statoil and partners OMV and Petoro have made a small gas discovery in the Gemini North well, northeast of the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea. The well also proved oil.

TWMA secures North Sea contract with Azinor Catalyst

TWMA, a provider of drill cuttings and slop handling, management and treatment solutions, has been awarded a contract estimated to be worth around £1million with UKCS-focused E&P company, Azinor Catalyst Limited.

Dream of $65 billion hidden off Norway is fading away

Norway’s oil industry has been salivating for years over the Arctic Lofoten islands, which could hold billions of barrels of crude. It will likely have to keep dreaming.

Statoil granted drilling permit for wildcat in Norwegian North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7317/9-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations

New decommissioning company targets £200-million investment

Well-Safe Solutions, set up by a group of oil industry stalwarts - including Alasdair Locke, Mark Patterson, and Paul Warwick - will provide a ground-breaking approach to the safe and cost-efficient decommissioning of subsea wells.

DNV GL carries out its first offshore drone survey on semisubmersible vessel

DNV GL surveyors have carried out the classification society’s first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea. This 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway.

OMV granted drilling permit for appraisal well at Wisting discovery, in the Barents Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted OMV (Norge) AS a drilling permit for well 7324/8-3, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Centrica North Sea awards three-year UK P&A deal to HydraWell

Centrica North Sea Limited has awarded HydraWell a three-year frame contract to provide plug & abandonment (P&A) technology and services for the operator’s “A Fields” in the southern part of the North Sea.