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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.

Lamprell awarded contract for Johan Sverdrup development

Lamprell has received a new contract award from Jacktel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Master Marine, for the upgrade of the mobile operating unit Haven as an accommodation service vessel for the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup field.

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.

Maersk Oil seen surviving split to become independent producer

Maersk Oil may well survive as an independent oil company after being split off from its larger parent. While assets that include a stake in the giant Johan Sverdrup project off Norway will draw suitors, listing the company would make sense, analysts said.

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.

High interest in exploring for oil and gas in Norway: APA 2016

The deadline for applications to the annual licensing round in the best known exploration areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (APA 2016) expired on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Thirty-three companies have shown their interest in receiving oil and gas exploration licenses in these areas.

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.

Lundin Norway granted drilling permit by Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 7219/12-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

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.

ENGIE's Cara prospect proves pay offshore Norway

Tullow Oil announced Friday that the drilling and testing of the Cara prospect, in license 636 in the Norwegian North Sea, has been completed.

Statoil awards Troll B contract to Aker Solutions

Statoil has decided to exercise the option for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of a gas module that will increase gas processing capacity on the Troll B platform.

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.

Netherlands approves stricter caps at Groningen gas field

Europe’s largest natural gas field may only produce less than half of what it did four years earlier as the Netherlands seeks to reduce the risk of earthquakes linked to output.

Eni enters Montenegro’s upstream with award of four blocks

Eni has signed a Concession Contract with the government of Montenegro related to the exploration of four blocks in the country’s offshore.

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.

Wintershall in discovery near North Sea’s Vega field

Wintershall Norge, operator of production license 248 F, is in the process of completing the drilling of four wells in the North Sea.

Talks to sell 20% of North Sea field to Delek end, EnQuest says

EnQuest has ended talks to sell a 20% stake in Kraken field in the North Sea to Delek Group.

RockRose Energy acquires interest in UK North Sea's Scott and Telford fields

RockRose Energy has announced that it has agreed non-binding headline terms and a period of exclusivity from Maersk Oil North Sea UK to acquire its non-operated interests in the Wytch Farm (7.43%), Scott (5.16%) and Telford (2.36%) fields.

Zenith Energy wins well management contract with UK operator

An Aberdeen-based well engineering and project management company has secured a significant new contract with a UK operator. The contract will see the company provide a full management service for an onshore exploration well in the Weald basin.