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Offshore Europe 2019, Day 1: "Breakthrough to excellence – our license to operate"

“It is important to talk about keeping our costs low, pushing the boundaries of innovation, and focusing on excellence in our operations,” says Michael Borrell, conference chair and Total’s senior V.P., North Sea and Russia.

Wood secures contract extension with TAQA in UK North Sea

The 18-month extension builds on a previous agreement covering the Cormorant Alpha, Eider, Tern, North Cormorant and subsequently Harding offshore assets, and will see Wood’s activities continue to support these installations.

Maersk Drilling wins UK North Sea appraisal well contract

Maersk Drilling has entered into a contract with Petrogas North Sea to drill an appraisal well at the Birgitta field in the central part of the UK North Sea.

Maersk Decom lands Penreco decommissioning project in UK North Sea

Maersk Decom, together with Maersk Supply Service, is project managing the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field in the UK North Sea.

Sembcorp Marine wins FPSO FEED Contract from Siccar Point

Siccar Point Energy has awarded an exclusive FEED contract to Sembcorp Marine for the design of a Sevan cylindrical FPSO, for its Cambo field development on the UK Continental Shelf.

2019 Offshore Safety Awards winners announced

The annual awards ceremony, jointly organized by OGUK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by Total, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Hess taps Petrofac to decommission four Central North Sea wells

The agreement includes provision of Well Operator and Well Engineering Project Management services for four wells within the Rubie and Renee fields, 200 km north east of Aberdeen.

Ocean Power Technologies trials autonomous monitoring buoy with Premeir Oil

This deployment of a PB3 PowerBuoy will serve Premier as an autonomous intelligent platform, providing communications and remote monitoring services at Premier’s Huntington field in the central North Sea.

Wild Well Control adds new 10,000 psi-rated capping stack to WellCONTAINED program

The 10,000 psi-rated stack is rated to water depths of 10,000 ft, and will play a vital role in supporting quick and effective service for subsea well control events in Northern Europe.

New system reveals near-field opportunities in the UK North Sea

An industry task group has created the Reserves Progression self-verification check list tool, to help operators improve overall recovery rates and extend the productive life of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

C-Kore logs subsea testing success for Dana Petroleum

C-Kore Systems has completed a successful subsea testing deployment in the North Sea, on the Greater Guillemot Area field.

New session at Offshore Europe to focus on extending life of fields

Subsea UK will host a session at this year’s Offshore Europe looking at how underwater operations can extend the life of fields and maximize economic recovery from the UKCS.

BP deck operations contract a first for Sparrows Group in UKCS

Sparrows has been providing crane maintenance and operations services to BP in the North Sea for more than 45 years.

Frac companies get fresh hope UK government will loosen rules

A change of British government has given the much-maligned fracing industry another opportunity to make out its case for stimulating the controversial technique to tap unconventional natural gas reserves.

Well-safe Solutions awards contracts for dedicated P&A rig

Well-Safe Solutions has awarded two multi-million-pound contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian, the decommissioning company’s first asset, into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.

Equinor’s $7.7 billion Mariner field starts up in the UK North Sea

The Mariner reservoirs have up to 3 billion boe in place, a 50% increase on what was originally assumed, and the estimated recovery rate has already been increased by 20 percent. Mariner is expected to produce annual average plateau rates of around 55,000 boed and up to 70,000 boed day at peak production.

Oil majors reluctant to place bets on aging North Sea, as output descends

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Since the 1960s, the North Sea has remained a highly sought-after region for oil and gas E&P.

TechnipFMC awarded UK North Sea EPCI contract by Neptune Energy, JV partners

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX today announced TechnipFMC has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation Target Cost contract for the Seagull development oil project in the UK North Sea.

Europeans plan naval mission to ensure safe passage in Persian Gulf

European governments will assemble a naval mission to provide safe passage for ships through the Persian Gulf, after Iran seized a British oil tanker, an act that U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt described as “state piracy.”

Guilty plea on five counts in UK's Iraqi bribes case

A former oil executive pleaded guilty to five counts of corruption in the U.K. as part of one of the white-collar financial crime prosecutor’s biggest bribery investigations.