North Sea News


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…

Equinor to Raise Output from Johan Sverdrup Field to 500,000 BPD

Nov 18, 2020

Norwegian oil major Equinor said on Wednesday it will raise the output capacity at its Johan Sverdrup field by 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 500,000 bpd by the end of 2020, and plans a further increase next year.Sverdrup, the largest producing field in the North Sea…

Chrysaor Files Application for Offshore CO2 Storage License

Nov 10, 2020

Chrysaor, a UK-North Sea focused oil and gas company, has tendered a license application for the purpose of storing CO2, and will, in parallel, seek agreement for a storage lease with The Crown Estate for the storage of CO2 in a depleted Southern North Sea gas reservoir…

Taqa Deploys Predictive Maintenance Software on Three North Sea Platforms

Nov 09, 2020

Predictive analytics company VROC has won a contract with oil firm Taqa to provide predictive maintenance software for Taqa's North Sea oil and gas platformsThe three oil and gas platforms, Tern, Cormorant Alpha, and Harding, located in the UK North Sea will initially use the technology…

Denmark: Total Delays Tyra Field Start-Up Due To Pandemic, Partner Noreco Says

Nov 06, 2020

The start-up of the Total-operated Tyra Redevelopment Project in the Danish Sector of the North Sea is now expected in the second quarter of 2023, and not in 2022, Noreco, a partner in the project, said Friday.'Due to COVID-19, local governmental…

Shell Committed to Drill High Impact North Sea Well, Partner Says

Nov 05, 2020

Oil and gas major Shell has reiterated its commitment to the drilling of the high impact Pensacola well in Licence P2252 in the UK North Sea, Deltic Energy, Shell's partner in the offshore block said Thursday.'Deltic is pleased to report that Shell…

Dana Petroleum Brings Online New Well at Bittern Offshore Field

Nov 03, 2020

Oil and gas company Dana Petroleum has brought online a new well on the Bittern oil and gas field in the UK North Sea.'Production from the new B5 well, which is a sidetrack of an existing Bittern well, is running at over 5,000 barrels of oil per day…

UK: Number of Workers on Offshore Platforms Decreased due to Pandemic

Oct 27, 2020

The number of workers on offshore oil and gas platforms decreased by around 4,000 as the UK went into lockdown in March this year,  UK's offshore oil and gas industry body OGUK said Tuesday.Per OGUK's numbers, the average number of weekly personnel on board decreased from around 11…

Lundin Gets Approval for North Sea Wildcat

Oct 26, 2020

Swedish oil firm Lundin Energy has won permission to drill an exploration well in the North Sea, using the West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, which on Monday said it had issued a drilling permit to Lundin Energy Norway for the North Sea well 16/4-12…

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