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Shell wins ruling banning activists from protesting on unmanned platforms

Royal Dutch Shell won a court ruling preventing environmental protesters from boarding unmanned oil installations in the North Sea.

Rever Offshore completes North Sea decom project for Fairfield Energy

The workscope involved multiple campaigns comprising of preparation, removals of subsea infrastructure and final surveys, along with the management of all recovered waste for processing and safe disposal.

Industry report calls for action to progress UK carbon capture and storage

A comprehensive report into the changing energy landscape has called for urgent action to progress low carbon technologies critical to the UK and Scottish Government’s net zero ambitions.

UK releases shale gas fracing report after legal challenge

Last month, the UK fracing industry suffered a fatal blow as the Conservative government ended its support for the practice over concern that it causes earthquakes. The move, ahead of a general election set for Dec. 12, effectively bans fracing.

KCA Deutag lands support contract for three North Sea platforms

The multi-million pound contract is for the provision of drilling operations and maintenance services on CNRI’s Ninian South, Ninian Central and Tiffany platforms.

Rising number of North Sea oil and gas firms engaged in energy transition

Almost 40% of North Sea operators and contractors are concerned about diversification and energy transition with around half (49%) working to reduce their carbon footprints or develop low carbon solutions, according to an industry report.

CGG to undertake UK North Sea’s largest OBN multi-client survey

Planned to start in early 2020, the survey has already received significant industry interest and is being prefunded in part by BP. First results are targeted for Q1 2021.

Costain lands over £4m in UK gas terminal contracts

Infrastructure solutions company Costain has secured some £4m worth of design, engineering and consultancy contracts for the energy market, shaping the future for sustainable operations and improved efficiencies at several UK onshore gas terminals.

Decommissioning will be the North Sea’s biggest business by 2030

“Over $26 billion is to be spent on UK decommissioning by 2030,” said Paul Main, a Wood Mackenzie Ltd. analyst focused on the upstream supply chain. By that time, companies will be spending more on removing redundant oil and gas facilities than developing new fields, he said.

Equinor and partners tally Echino South find in the North Sea

Equinor and partners ExxonMobil, Idemitsu and Neptune have discovered oil and gas in exploration well Echino South, 35/11-23, by the Fram field in the North Sea.

Subsea 3D scanning specialists enter decommissioning market with double contract win

Viewport3 is entering the decom market after securing two pre-removal scanning contracts for North Sea projects with two major operators.

UK bans fracing on concern about earthquakes

The move, just weeks ahead of a general election, effectively bans new wells using hydraulic fracturing technology.

International SOS increases investment in North Sea medical services

International SOS, which previously had a minority stake in Iqarus through a joint venture, is becoming the majority shareholder and taking sole ownership of the business in Aberdeen.

Bilfinger Salamis extends training management contract with AIS Training for seven years

As part of the contract, AIS Training will provide more than 450 industry-accredited technical and safety-critical skills courses, in areas such as offshore survival, emergency response, crisis management, rope access, rigging and lifting, scaffolding and fabric maintenance.

Chevron’s buyer for UK fields seek funds from commodity traders

A unit of Delek Group Ltd. is seeking alternative means of financing to complete its $2 billion acquisition of some of Chevron Corp.’s North Sea oil and gas assets after initial funding arrangements hit stumbling blocks, according to people familiar with the matter.

Neptune Energy acquires North Sea assets from Energean

The portfolio will provide Neptune with material growth in contingent resources, an estimated 30 MMboe of 2P reserves and near-term production in core areas of the North Sea close to infrastructure.

Petrofac to support Greater Buchan development

Petrofac has been awarded a contract to support the concept appraisal and selection phase of Jersey Oil and Gas’ (JOG) Greater Buchan Area development in the North Sea.

Shell awards gas export infrastructure contract offshore Aberdeen

The contract scope involves the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, for tie-ins at the Haewene Brim FPSO.

Neptune Energy taps Valaris jackup for Seagull development

Neptune Energy’s UK managing director, Pete Jones, said: “This is an important milestone for the Seagull project and a further demonstration of how the development is progressing at pace, following the award of the SPS and SURF contract to TechnipFMC in July.”

ConocoPhillips sells UK E&P subsidiaries, pulls out of Louisiana unconventional play

ConocoPhillips has completed its previously announced transaction to sell two ConocoPhillips UK subsidiaries to Chrysaor E&P Limited for $2.675 billion, plus interest and customary adjustments.