North Sea News


North Sea FPSO Shut Down Due to Coronavirus Case Aboard

Apr 07, 2020

Production from the Hummingbird Spirit FPSO operating at the Chestnut field in the UK sector of the North Sea has been shut down after a coronavirus case has been confirmed aboard.It was initially understood that there has been one confirmed case…

Chinese Refiners Buy Rare North Sea, Guyana Crude at Low Prices

Apr 07, 2020

Chinese independent refiners have snapped up rare crude grades from the North Sea and Guyana at low prices in an oversupplied market after the coronavirus pandemic destroyed demand, four sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.The North Sea grades bought included Balder…

Ithaca Cuts Spending. Cashflow Buoyant Even at $1 a Barrel

Apr 07, 2020

Delek's British North Sea oil and gas producer Ithaca Energy will cut spending by about half to $120 million this year, it said on Tuesday, adding that cashflow remains strong in spite of a recent slump in oil prices.Ithaca, which its owner has said could list on the London stock market this year…

RWE Sanctions 342 MW Offshore Wind Farm Project

Apr 03, 2020

RWE, Europe's third-largest renewables group, has taken a final investment decision for a 342 megawatt wind project off the German coast, its green energy unit said on Friday.Contracts worth more than 500 million euros ($539 million) have been signed for all major components of the Kaskasi project…

Centrica Pauses Spirit Energy Sale, Scraps Dividend. Shares Hit Record Low

Apr 02, 2020

Britain's largest energy supplier Centrica canceled its 2019 dividend and cut costs in anticipation of an increase in nonpayments by customers and a drop in demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak, sending its shares to record lows.The government…

OGUK Asks Gov't to Save Oil Service Companies

Apr 02, 2020

Britain's oil and gas industry body OGUK has asked the government to adapt the financial aid schemes offered in the wake of the coronavirus crisis so as to cover dozens of oil service companies which would otherwise not qualify.OGUK called on the government last month to help it survive…

Long-Term Charter with Total for Havila PSV

Apr 02, 2020

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Havila Shipping has secured a long-term contract for its platform supply vessel Havila Commander.Havila Shipping said Thursday that the contract was with Total E&P UK, the UK subsidiary of the French oil major Total…

Viking Aviation Suits for Serica Offshore Crews

Apr 02, 2020

Danish safety product manufacturer Viking has won a three-year contract to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to Serica Energy.Viking said Thursday it would work with Babcock Offshore to deliver aviation suits for the Serica crew in the UK sector of the North Sea…

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Names New CEO

Apr 01, 2020

UK North Sea-focused oil company Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has appointed Jose Luis Muñoz as its Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2020.Muñoz replaces Bill Dunnett, who had been in the CEO since 2015. Repsol Sinopec said Dunnett…

Borssele Beta Topside Sails Away

Mar 31, 2020

Dutch state-owned grid operator Tennet has informed that the Borssele Beta offshore substation has sailed away to the Borssele Area in the Dutch North Sea, where it will be placed on a subsea jacket by a crane vessel later this week.The topside is 25 meters high…

Neptune Energy to Cut Spending Plans by $300M

Mar 31, 2020

Private equity-backed gas producer Neptune Energy plans to cut its budget for development projects by around $300 million this year and will not pay a cash dividend to its owners Carlyle and CVC Capital Partners, it said on Tuesday.Following the collapse in oil prices…

CNRI Files Removal Plan for Two North Sea Floaters

Mar 31, 2020

CNR International (CNRI) has filed plans for the removal of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO and the Apollo Spirit FSO, from its Banff and Kyle fields in the North Sea. Apart from the two floaters, CNRI will also remove the associated risers and mooring systems…

Siccar, Shell Defer Cambo FID to 2021 on Covid-19 Impact

Mar 30, 2020

UK oil firm Siccar Point Energy is, with its partner Shell, delaying the planned sanction for the Cambo offshore project to 2021.Siccar, the operator of the project, blamed the decision on 'the unprecedented worldwide macroeconomic dislocation resulting from Covid-19…

Aoka Mizu FPSO Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020

Oil and gas firm Hurricane Energy has confirmed that a crew member on the Aoka Mizu FPSO off the UK has tested positive for COVID-19.Hurricane said Friday that the worker 'has been evacuated to the mainland for medical reasons and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19…

Equinor Resumes Martin Linge Work, after Coronavirus-linked Halt

Mar 27, 2020

Norway's Equinor has restarted work at its Martin Linge development in the North Sea following a haltafter an offshore worker tested positive for coronavirus, the company said on Thursday.'We are gradually stepping up activities again. We have cleaned and disinfected facilities…

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