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Decommissioning in Shetland expands with the arrival of more North Sea structures

The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland is one step closer to becoming a center of excellence for recycling offshore structures from the North Sea with the arrival of two new installations for decommissioning by strategic partners Veolia and Peterson.

Britain raises Gulf shipping threat to highest level possible

Britain raised the threat level to the highest possible for ships operating in the Persian Gulf as tensions escalate in a region accounting for a third of seaborne petroleum trade.

OGA launches 32nd Offshore Licensing Round on the UKCS

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 32nd Offshore Licensing Round with 768 blocks or part-blocks on offer across the main producing areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Acreage is on offer in the Central North Sea, Northern North Sea, Southern North Sea and the West of Shetlands.

Cuadrilla confirms return to UK frac operations

Cuadrilla today confirmed that it will return to hydraulic fracturing and flow testing of natural gas at its flagship Lancashire site in Preston New Road, near Blackpool.

Total divests UK assets to Petrogas for $635 million

Total has signed an agreement to divest several UK non-core assets to Petrogas NEO UK Ltd, the exploration and production arm of the Oman-based conglomerate MB Holding.

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Talos Energy has completed its appraisal program for the Zama discovery on Block 7, in the offshore portion of Mexico’s prolific Sureste basin.

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Rebound seen in new offshore exploration

Frame agreement results in triple contract completion for Rever Offshore

Rever Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, continues to consolidate its North Sea presence, announcing the successful completion of three standalone contracts for energy major, Total E&P UK.

Marathon Oil closes on sale of its UK business

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) announced today the company has closed on the sale of its UK business, which consists of the Brae area fields and Foinaven, to RockRose Energy PLC.

Siccar Point Energy completes Lyon exploration well

Operator Siccar Point Energy has completed an exploration well 208/02-1 on the Lyon Prospect in License P1854 in the West of Shetland.

Well-Safe Solutions invests in new Aberdeen headquarters

Well-Safe Solutions today announced it will be moving headquarters, following a landmark contract win and acquisition of its first asset.

Hurricane Energy reports first lifting, oil sales from Lancaster EPS

Hurricane Energy plc has provided an operational update in relation to the Early Production System development of Lancaster field.

Defense, subsea sectors join forces to unlock UK competitiveness

A first of its kind collaboration between defense and oil and gas will lead to the development of advanced underwater technology to solve challenges across both sectors.

DeltaTek completes cementing services at Total's Ballindalloch field

Well construction specialist, DeltaTek Global, has announced the successful completion of its first SeaCure deployment for Total E&P UK.

Maersk Drilling awarded 100-day extension for Mærsk Innovator

Maersk Drilling has announced that CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, has exercised a one-well option for the Mærsk Innovator jackup rig to continue drilling infill wells at the Buzzard field on the UK Continental Shelf.

Well-Safe Solutions secures landmark contract for North Sea decommissioning project

Well-Safe Solutions today announced the award of a major contract to decommission up to 21 wells on Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA.

SPE Offshore Europe gets brand new backdrop for 2019

This year, returning attendees of SPE Offshore Europe (OE) will notice some new scenery.

Creating the right jobs will ensure Vision 2035 succeeds

Interview with Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, OGUK

SPE Offshore Europe-2019 conference chairman sees exciting future ahead for UKCS

Interview with OE 2019 Chairman Michael Borrell, Senior V.P., North Sea and Russia, Total

UKCS shows signs of upside potential

The business and operational improvements implemented during the downturn have positioned the UKCS as a much more attractive basin for E&P companies.