North Sea News


Harkand orders DSVs

Jan 08, 2014

Subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) group Harkand has ordered a new build dive support vessel and agreed an option for a second. The order has been placed with Norway's Vard Holdings Limited (VARD), with delivery of the first vessel scheduled for Q2 2016…

AMEC wins North Sea EPC work

Jan 07, 2014

Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC, awarded AMEC a six-year contract to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for Nexen's North Sea offshore assets. The work will cover operational modifications and brownfield projects…

First gas from Juliet

Jan 07, 2014

First gas has been produced form the southern North Sea Juliet field, says operator GDF SUEZ. Juliet is a subsea development on the western flank of the southern gas basin, 39km east of the Lincolnshire coastline in the UK. First gas is from the West Well…

N-Sea buys Stork division

Jan 06, 2014

Asset integrity services firm Stork Technical Services has agreed to sell its subsea division to Netherlands-based N-Sea Group. Stork said the move followed a strategic review of its core business and would enable it to focus on key services and innovations…

Weather batters North Sea

Jan 06, 2014

Repeated boughts of bad weather around the UK have caused disruption to offshore oil and gas operations in the North Sea. Endeavour International Corporationsaid today that, due to the continued periods of bad weather, timing of first production from second production well…

Scottish oil independence

Jan 03, 2014

North Sea oil and the constitutional debate in Scotland and the UK The possibility of Scotland becoming an independent country is currently attracting much interest, and not just locally, but in the rest of the UK and elsewhere as a referendum on the issue…

Safety discussion in Aberdeen

Jan 03, 2014

The importance of safety in the offshore industry will be the subject of discussion at the next evening meeting and supper hosted by the Energy Institute in Aberdeen. Guest speaker Steve Bullock, senior vice president HSSEIA Offshore Projects and Operations at Petrofac…

CLS opens Hull base

Jan 03, 2014

Energy sector services company CLS Offshore has invested about £350,000 in new offices at Hull, UK, with plans to add a fabrication workshop in the near future. CLS expects to rapidly build its office team in Hull to 25, with up to 75…

Lundin spuds Johan Sverdrup appraisal

Jan 03, 2014

Lundin Petroleum AB has started drilling the latest appraisal well at the giant Johan Sverdrup discovery, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well,16/3-8S, on PL501, is at the crest of the Avaldsnes high. Its objectives are to establish the depth…

Tullow's Mantra water wet

Jan 03, 2014

Tullow Oil plc's Mantra well, offshore Norway, is to be plugged and abandoned after being classified as water wet. Mantra, drilled with the 31/3-4 wildcat exploration well,was the first exploration well in the Tullow-operated 551 production license…

BP extends Maersk Reacher contract

Jan 03, 2014

BP Norway has extended its contract for the jack-up Maersk Reacher by two years, from September 2014 to September 2016. BP Norway holds options to further extend the contract by up to additional four years, taking it out to September 2020…

Statoil makes NCS discovery

Jan 02, 2014

Statoil has made a gas discovery in the Askja West prospect and an oil discovery at the Askja East prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The exploration wells, 30/11-9-S and 30/11-9-A, were drilled using the Ocean Vanguard semisubmersible…

FMC supplies Snorre system

Dec 30, 2013

FMC Technologies, Inc. has signed an agreement with Statoil for the manufacture and supply of a workover system (WOS) to be installed on the Snorre B platform. The award has an approximate value of US$114 million.  The new WOS will replace…

Bumi inks Kraken deal

Dec 30, 2013

Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider, Bumi Armada Berhad has signed a bareboat charter contract with EnQuest for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to be deployed at the Kraken field in the UK North Sea…

Wood Group BP document control win

Dec 30, 2013

Wood Group ODL has won a five year, multi-million pound contract to provide document control and information management services to BP's North Sea business. The contract was awarded through a competitive tender process and is effective January 2014…

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