North Sea News


Norway: Vysus Group Nets Oseberg Field Work

Mar 02, 2021

Vysus Group, an engineering and technology consultancy, has been awarded a contract by Norway's Aibel for work on Equinor's Oseberg Field Center offshore Norway.The contract follows an award by Equinor to Aibel of a five-year portfolio deal…

Norway Launches Consultation on Offshore Licensing Round with 84 New Blocks

Feb 25, 2021

Norway launched a consultation on Thursday on a 2021 licensing round in mature areas in which it offered 84 new blocks for petroleum exploration, including 70 in the Arctic Barents Sea.The maps attached to a statement by the Petroleum and Energy…

EnQuest Farms Down 85% Stake in North Sea Discovery for $1

Feb 25, 2021

UK-based oil firm EnQuest has signed an agreement with Anasuria Hibiscus UK to farm-down an 85% working interest in the Eagle discovery located in the UK sector of the North Sea.Anasuria Hibiscus UK will become the operator of the discovery…

GC Rieber's 'Polar Onyx' Set to Return to North Sea Region after Years in W. Africa

Feb 24, 2021

Norwegian offshore vessel company GC Rieber Shipping has won a new contract for its Polar Onyx SURF/subsea construction vessel, just days after it was announced that DeepOcean had extended the charter for the same vessel.In a statement on Wednesday…

ExxonMobil Sells UK North Sea Fields to NEO for More Than $1B

Feb 24, 2021

North Sea-focused oil company NEO Energy has struck a deal to buy ExxonMobil's UK North Sea assets, a month after it was announced the companies had started exclusive talks over a potential transaction.Backed by Norwegian private equity investor HitecVision…

UK: Tailwind Sanctions Evelyn Development

Feb 22, 2021

UK-focused oil company Tailwind has reached a final investment decision (FID) on its Evelyn field project in the North sea, following approval by the UK oil and gas regulator OGA last week.The Evelyn field is part of the Triton Cluster. Tailwind…

Equinor Makes Oil and Gas Find in North Sea, Off Norway

Feb 05, 2021

Norwegian oil firm Equinor has made an oil and gas discovery near the Troll field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.Equinor said Friday that the recoverable resources are estimated at between 7 and 11 million standard cubic meters of oil equivalent…

UK: OGA to Take 'Blended Approach' with License Change Requests

Jan 13, 2021

The UK Oil and Gas Authority said Wednesday to would take a 'blended approach' when it comes to the companies' compliance with oil and gas license timelines, in the wake of the pandemic.The regulator had back in March 2020 said it would seek…

Enquest, Qualimar to Remove Northern Producer Platform in 2021

Dec 30, 2020

Oil and gas company Enquest, and Qualimar, the owner of the Northern Producer offshore oil platform, have recently applied for approvals to remove the semi-submersible unit from the North Sea fields, as well as for the removal of the related riser systems…

Equinor, Partners to Spend $346M to Boost Recovery Rates from North Sea Field

Dec 22, 2020

Norwegian oil firm Equinor has, with its partners, decided to invest around NOK 3 billion (USD345,8 million) to boost recovery from the Statfjord Øst offshore field by 23 million barrels of oil equivalent.Statfjord Øst, sitting in the North Sea…

Solstad Nets North Sea, Suriname Charters for Three PSVs

Dec 17, 2020

Norway's Solstad Offshore said Thursday it had secured contracts for three platform supply vessels, two in the North Sea, and one in Suriname.Platform supply vessel Normand Surfer has been awarded a long-term contract with an unnamed company in the North Sea…

Total CEO: North Sea Could Switch from Oil Reservoir to CO2 Storage

Dec 15, 2020

The North Sea could be switched from a depleting oil and gas basin to a site for storing carbon dioxide under the seabed, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said on Tuesday.The French oil firm is one of the partners in the Northern Lights project, which…

BP, Ithaca Energy Bring Online Vorlich Offshore Field

Nov 26, 2020

Oil major BP and Ithaca Energy have started production from the Vorlich offshore oil field in the North Sea.The 30-million-barrel field has been developed through two wells with peak production expected to reach 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent gross per day…

CGG, Magseis Fairfield Complete 'Largest Ever' North Sea OBN Survey

Nov 26, 2020

Marine seismic data companies CGG and Magseis Fairfield have completed the 2020 acquisition of what they say is the largest OBN (Ocean Bottom Node) survey ever acquired in the North Sea. The OBN Cornerstone 2020 multi-client survey in the UK Central North Sea began in March 2020…

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