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Footage has been released showing a massive crane vessel leaving a Dutch port for a North Sea wind farm. Saipem 7000, the second-largest vessel of its kind in the world, was stationed in Rotterdam. The Spanish firm says it will be used to transport and install four transformer platforms for the Hornsea ...
Maersk has announced the creation of a dedicated decommissioning company in order to take a major share of work to shut down North Sea assets in coming years. The new company will be headquartered in Denmark, however Maersk says a significant amount of the work will be based out of Aberdeen.

There is no evidence of blacklisting on a North Sea platform where workers carried out unofficial strike action, according to a union chief. Employees for contractor Aker Solutions downed tools at the Mariner field for eight hours on Saturday and are believed to have declined work on Sunday.
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Viking began sea trials yesterday, the brand new short-sea trader having been towed from an inland Dutch yard to the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,999grt Arklow Viking marks the 9th of ten multipurpose cargoships that will serve Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. The ...
BP has sanctioned two smaller North Sea developments with a combined investment of about £410 million ($580 million), giving a welcome shot in the arm to the recovering UK sector. The Alligin and Vorlich fields are both satellite accumulations that will be tied back to existing offshore hubs in the West of ...
A North Sea oil pioneer has said the current offshore licensing auction could revive exploration and farm-out activity. Algy Cluff, who was involved in the Buchan field discovery in the 1970s, said exploration had been in the doldrums. But Mr Cluff said the 30th licensing round, which has put more than 800 ...

A surge in decommissioning hotspots around the world should be seen an “opportunity” for North Sea expertise, according to an analyst. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published a new report outlining the main areas outside the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico set for an “intense period of ...
Maersk has announced the creation of a dedicated decommissioning company in order to take a major share of work to shut down North Sea assets in coming years. The new company will be headquartered in Denmark, however Maersk says a significant amount of the work will be based out of Aberdeen.
“This is following a voluntary redundancy programme being carried out due to cessation of our southern North Sea production through the Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal later this year.” The North Sea oil and gas industry has been under increasing pressure in recent years, with thousands of jobs cut and ...
In this article, I'm going to take a look at North Sea Energy Inc's (TSXV:NUK) latest ownership structure, a non-fundamental factor which is important, but remains a less discussed subject among investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. The same ...
It comes after the US multinational announced plans to close its Southern North Sea gas terminal on the Lincolnshire Coast. Conoco Phillips has not identified which jobs will be affected by the move. Meanwhile, Petrofac has announced plans to shed 90 onshore jobs in the UK. A Conoco spokesman said: ...
British and Belgian scientists are exploring the sea bed off Norfolk hoping to find evidence that Stone Age people lived there when it was still dry land. In recent years, some trawler crews and researchers have found prehistoric animal bones and basic stone tools in North Sea sediment. The team on the ...
The North Sea industry has been hit hard over recent years due to the effects of low oil prices on investment and a lack of major new finds in the maturing basins of the UK Continental Shelf. But it is enjoying a mini-renaissance, underpinned by similar relatively cheap developments close to established ...
The findings of a major report to address any potential North Sea skills shortages will be revealed next month. Industry skills body OPITO has undertaken the UKCS Workforce Dynamics review, focussing on the industry's requirements for the next 20 years. It covers around 34,000 North Sea roles, ...
German utility EnBW has started construction of its Hohe See and Albatros arrays in the North Sea that jointly will have a capacity of 609MW, and theoretically produce enough electricity to supply a city the size of Munich. “EnBW Hohe See and Albatros together are the biggest offshore project currently ...
"BP committing to two new development projects in the UK is welcome news for the region. Hot on the heels of Shell sanctioning the Penguins re-development, this is further evidence that the majors are not finished in the UK yet," said Kevin Swann, senior research analyst, North Sea, at Wood Mackenzie.
A surge in decommissioning hotspots around the world should be seen an “opportunity” for North Sea expertise, according to an analyst. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published a new report outlining the main areas outside the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico set for an “intense period of ...

British and Belgian scientists are exploring the sea bed off Norfolk hoping to find evidence that Stone Age people lived there when it was still dry land. In recent years, some trawler crews and researchers have found prehistoric animal bones and basic stone tools in North Sea sediment. The team on the ...
SERICA Energy chief executive Mitch Flegg has underlined the company's appetite for North Sea acquisitions as it moves to complete a deal that will make it a significant producer in the area. London-based Serica agreed in November to acquire mature North Sea assets East of Shetland from BP for up to ...
Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has awarded US rig company Rowan Companies a five-well plug and abandonment programme in the central North Sea. The Rowan Viking, an N-Class ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig, will conduct work on the Goldeneye gas platform for about 100 days, beginning in ...
Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has been awarded a six-figure contract to support drilling operations in the North Sea. The long-term frame agreement will see Bureau Veritas provide inspection and verification services for nine rigs, with the project ...
The world's first offshore oil and gas robot worker is being tooled up for its first shift in the North Sea. A trial on Total's Alwyn platform, 270 miles North-east of Aberdeen, is expected to take place within 18 months. The robot is still being developed by French energy giant Total and Aberdeen-based Oil and ...
Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform as part of a world-first project from the U.K. Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Total E&P and taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt). The 18-month project will develop and trial a ...
Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform as part of a world-first project. ... A robot working alongside humans on a North Sea platform isn't a distant aspiration, it could be a reality in the next 18-months, paving the way for a robotics revolution. “Robotics has ...
ABERDEEN, UK – Bureau Veritas has secured a long-term frame agreement to provide inspection and verification services for nine drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. It will coordinate the program from its Aberdeen base. The drilling contractor will receive streamlined data tracking and reporting ...
The oil and gas company Total aims to soon be using robots to inspect its North Sea platforms in a bid to improve safety and reduce costs. The French company ran a design competition - won by a team from Austria and Germany - which came up with the robot. A project over 18 months will see tests done ...
Robots would undertake the task of inspecting rigs and detecting gas leaks in future. Photograph: BP/Kjetil Alsvik/EPA. An autonomous robot will be deployed to an offshore oil and gas platform in the North Sea later this year, in a first for the sector. The £4m project's backers said the move was designed to ...
Bureau Veritas has been awarded a six-figure contract to support drilling operations in the North Sea, the company said in a press release on April 2. The long-term frame agreement will see Bureau Veritas provide inspection and verification services for nine rigs, with the project coordinated out of Bureau ...
A hardy group of Scottish sea swimmers will be plunging into the North Sea in the hope of setting a new world record from Lerwick to Bergen. In July next year, eight bare-skinned athletes will join together for the point to point relay – swimming continuously from Shetland to Norway in a 260-mile crossing ...
"North Sea Gas," one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and three-part harmonies, will be playing at Nottingham Community Church on Sunday, April 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of this ...
Problems apparently began when event organizers, citing the ongoing cold temperatures, decided to set up a charcoal fire pit in the basement of the Knights of Vesuvius clubhouse in North Sea. “Usually this time of year, you can count on it having warmed up some,” Hamptons Police spokesman Larry ...
A North Sea union boss lashed out after it emerged BP chief executive Bob Dudley's pay package for 2017 soared by more than £1 million to £9.5m. Mr Dudley's total remuneration was up by 13% on 2016, and the figure could have been a lot higher. His pay deal would have come in at £12.5m but a new ...
PARKMEAD Group chief executive Tom Cross has said the oil and gas company is well placed to make further acquisitions after achieving good progress in recent months. The Aberdeen-based company doubled gross profits to £1.4million in the six months to 31 December helped by increasing production ...
She will immediately start work in the North Sea, providing vital support and lifesaving services to the oil and gas industry. Rather than retrofitting existing vessels, Sentinel Marine decided to invest in more fuel-efficient, custom-built ERRVs, kitting them out with the latest onboard technologies and crew ...
A union boss has questioned the culture of a North Sea operator, after a worker claimed he was removed from a platform after discovering a “blacklist”. The list, which contained the names of 15 offshore workers, was found last month on the Claymore platform, operated by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK.
A union boss has questioned the culture of a North Sea operator, after a worker claimed he was removed from a platform after discovering a “blacklist”. The list, which contained the names of 15 offshore workers, was found last month on the Claymore platform, operated by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK.
Software platform developer Petrotechnics has secured five new North Sea contracts and two contracts for software upgrades. Petrotronics has developed a software platform for operational excellence (OE) in hazardous industries. This OE software simplifies things and automates complex planning, ...
“The North Sea has recovered to the point where we are seeing the typical calendar year seasonality, and our expectation is that we will see the strongest second and third quarters in years.” Gulfmark reported a profit of $3.5m from 15 November, the day after it exited Chapter 11, until the close of 2017.
ABERDEEN, UK – Parkmead has commissioned AGR Tracs International to conduct a reservoir study concerning well stimulation for the Greater Perth Area (GPA) field development in the UK central North Sea. Fracture stimulation could increase oil flow rates and oil reserves recovery from the Perth and ...
Delek Group has other holdings in filling stations and convenience stores through Delek Israel, oil and gas exploration in the north Sea (Ithaca Energy), and control of The Phoenix Holdings Ltd. (TASE: PHOE1;PHOE5), which it is currently in the process of selling. Delek Group's North Sea oil production ...
Lundin Norway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has discovered oil at the Luno II discovery in the Norwegian North Sea after completing the appraisal well 16/4-11 in PL359 on the Utsira High. Located around 2.5km south of the original Luno II discovery well, the appraisal well encountered ...
Ithaca Energy, the Aberdeen-based oil & gas firm bought by an Israeli group last year, saw production saw by almost 50% last year as its flagship field in the North Sea came on stream. The firm reported production of 13,909 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) thanks to the contribution from the Stella ...
HOUSTON – Hunting and Titan Oil Recovery have agreed to collaborate on enhancing production on late field life. The agreement allows Hunting to add Titan's Organic Oil Recovery (OOR) technique to its TEK-Hub product offering. OOR involves stimulating the growth of certain species of indigenous ...
UK North Sea's oil production is expected to revert to a decline again next year, after a brief period of growth since 2015, according to consultants at Bernstein. Since peaking at 2.6 million bpd in 1999, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) production had been in decline until 2014, after which, thanks to ...
Delek Group has other holdings in filling stations and convenience stores through Delek Israel, oil and gas exploration in the north Sea (Ithaca Energy), and control of The Phoenix Holdings Ltd. (TASE: PHOE1;PHOE5), which it is currently in the process of selling. Delek Group's North Sea oil production ...
Total field expenditures in the North Sea could amount to $378 billion (GBP 268 billion) over the next three decades, according to Alex Kemp, professor of petroleum economics and director of Aberdeen centre for research in energy economics and finance at the University of Aberdeen. The projection was ...
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The semisubmersible COSLInnovator has completed the latest Luno II appraisal well for operator Lundin Norway on the Utsira High in the Norwegian North Sea. Well 16/4-11 in license PL359 was drilled 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south of the Luno II discovery well. Lundin's main aim was to ...
The Dutch government has set aside an additional three areas of the North Sea as sites for wind farms, adding to the five already planned. One wind farm will be sited 56 kilometres north of the Wadden Sea island of Schiermonnikoog and the other two will be some 50 kilometres off the coast at Petten and ...
The population of bottlenose dolphins in a conservation area in the north of Scotland has stabilised but remains vulnerable, according to experts. Around 200 dolphins call the coastal North Sea home, with more than half frequently using the Moray Firth, part of which is an EU-classified Special Area of ...
Apache Corporation revealed that it has made a 'significant' new oil discovery on Block 9/18a Area-W in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Garten discovery well targeted a downthrown structural closure and encountered more than 700 feet of net oil pay in stacked, 'high quality', Jurassic-aged sandstone ...


 

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