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Ithaca Energy's Jacky Installation goes 100% renewable
Aug. 18, 2020
Source: Energy Voice

Ithaca Energy's Jacky Installation goes 100% renewable

One of Ithaca Energy's offshore platforms in the North sea has become 100% powered by renewable energy. Ithaca’s Jacky installation is now fully powered by wind and solar energy. Jacky would now have relatively low emissions compared to larger assets in the North Sea. However, now more operators seek to reduce emissions through green energy and electrification of their platforms.

NEO Energy officially takes over Total's UK North Sea fields
Aug. 5, 2020

NEO Energy officially takes over Total's UK North Sea fields

Norway-based private equity company HitecVision-backed NEO Energy has completed the acquisition of UK North Sea assets from Total Oil UK and Total E&P North Sea UK. The acquisition included a portfolio of operated and non-operated assets. The transaction comprises a material and cash generative portfolio of assets in four producing areas of the UK North Sea. It adds production of approximately 23,000 boepd and reserves of 51 MMboe to Neo Energy’s portfolio.

Neptune Energy makes major oil discovery at Dugong in North Sea
Aug. 5, 2020
Source: Reuters

Neptune Energy makes major oil discovery at Dugong in North Sea

Britain’s Neptune Energy and its partners have discovered oil at a jointly owned drilling license in the Norwegian part of the North Sea, and will now consider options for how to develop the find. The Dugong well is estimated to contain between 40 million and 120 million barrels of oil equivalent, making it the largest find off Norway so far this year.

Heerema performs record breaking single lift jacket removal
July 22, 2020

Heerema performs record breaking single lift jacket removal

Heerema, a major marine contractor based in Leiden, the Netherlands, has broken the record for the largest single lift jacket removal. Heerema’s semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir successfully removed the 8,100-tonne Jotun-B jacket in the Norwegian North Sea for client Vår Energi. The project was completed on Thursday, July 16 and the jacket was offloaded onto the quayside of the decommissioning site in Vats, AF Miljøbase. The removal was completed in four days.

Fugro lands subsea inspection work from Neptune Energy
July 3, 2020

Fugro lands subsea inspection work from Neptune Energy

Geo-data specialist Fugro has bagged a subsea inspection contract from UK-based offshore operator, Neptune Energy for its Cygnus gas field in the North Sea. Under the scope of the contract, Fugro will utilize its advanced remote monitoring technology to survey subsea structures present at the Cygnus gas field. The field is operated by Neptune Energy (38.75% stakes) where Spirit Energy is a partner (61.25% stakes).

UK O&G sector commits to halve operational emissions by next decade
June 17, 2020

UK O&G sector commits to halve operational emissions by next decade

The UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has announced plans to cut half of its emissions over the next decade. The latest move comes as the fossil fuel sector in the country aims to transition to a net-zero emissions basin by 2050, as part of its commitment to address climate change and help decarbonize the global economy.

Shearwater awarded fourth forties field 4D survey by Apache
May 19, 2020

Shearwater awarded fourth forties field 4D survey by Apache

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS (‘Shearwater’) is pleased to announce the award by Apache of a 4D seismic survey with 3D extension over the Forties Field in the UK North Sea. The one-and-a-half-month project will be conducted by the Amazon Warrior starting in Q2 2020. In January, Shearwater announced multiple 4D surveys to be performed in the 2020 North Sea season.

Neptune Energy carries out "world's first" dual drilling subsea operation
May 14, 2020
Source: World Oil

Neptune Energy carries out "world's first" dual drilling subsea operation

Neptune Energy has conducted what is reportedly the “world’s first” dual drilling operation from an integrated subsea template structure at the Fenja field in the Norwegian North Sea. Neptune teams maximized the full capabilities of Seadrill’s West Phoenix drilling rig to drill two wellbores at the same time. This is a monumental step and can be adopted as a standard practice in the future.

Neptune Energy to rope in Gasuine on PosHYdon project
April 22, 2020

Neptune Energy to rope in Gasuine on PosHYdon project

UK-based offshore operator Neptune Energy is all set to rope in Dutch energy infrastructure firm, Gasunie on the PosHYdon green hydrogen project. Claimed to be the world’s first offshore green hydrogen pilot, PosHYdon will be developed in the Dutch region of the North Sea. The project is engineered to combine energy generated from offshore gas, offshore wind, and offshore hydrogen in the Dutch North Sea.

Island Offshore lands work in Barents Sea
April 10, 2020

Island Offshore lands work in Barents Sea

Subsea contractor, Ocean Installer has contracted Island Offshore's Island Victory deep-water installation vessel for work in the Barents Sea. The vessel will carry out development programmes on Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields, owned by Equinor. The work at Askeladd field includes the installation of subsea manifolds, apart from conducting surveys and other subsea activity. At Johan Castberg, the work includes the installation of a mooring system including suction anchors and chain.

North Sea offshore platforms drop 40% staff
March 30, 2020

North Sea offshore platforms drop 40% staff

With coronavirus outbreak worsening every passing day, UK trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has now released figures indicating a 40% drop in the staff across North Sea offshore installations since the start of the outbreak. While over 11,500 normally operate on North Sea installations, the number has dropped to 7,000 workers. OGUK had said in a briefing last week that companies were negating coronavirus risks by bringing staff down.

Worker on Taqa's Tern Alpha platform isolated over suspected coronavirus infection
Feb. 15, 2020
Source: BBC

Worker on Taqa's Tern Alpha platform isolated over suspected coronavirus infection

A worker on Taqa's North Sea platform was quarantined for suspected infection to coronavirus. The worker was deployed on Taqa's Tern Alpha platform, offshore Shetland, and had recently returned from a holiday in Thailand. The energy company informed that the worker is currently kept under isolation. Taqa said: "A member of crew on board our Tern Alpha platform has presented with minor symptoms after returning recently from a holiday in Thailand."

Equinor drops the idea of Johan Castberg oil terminal project
Dec. 14, 2019

Equinor drops the idea of Johan Castberg oil terminal project

Norwegian energy major, Equinor has dropped the idea of a downscaled ship-to-ship oil transfer terminal for the Johan Castberg field, attributing higher economics as the reason. Equinor undertook a study of ship-to-ship oil transfer from the Barents Sea by a quay in Finnmark county in March 2018. Equinor will now export the oil from Johan Castberg directly to the market. The Johan Castberg is operated by Equinor, where Var Energi and Petoro are partners.

Petrofac and Halliburton join Seapulse-Maersk Drilling exploration pact
Dec. 13, 2019
Source: Energy Voice

Petrofac and Halliburton join Seapulse-Maersk Drilling exploration pact

Oilfield services giants, Halliburton and Petrofac have become the new members of the drilling exploration pact previously between Seapulse and Maersk Drilling. Under the pact, the quartet will carry out work on a “global wells programme”. The alliance will see Petrofac providing well management services, and Halliburton will deliver integrated well services. Maersk Drilling will offer drilling services and subcontracts.

KCA Deutag secures support contract in North Sea
Dec. 3, 2019
Source: World Oil

KCA Deutag secures support contract in North Sea

Oil and gas services firm, KCA Deutag has secured a five-year contract extension from CNRI for three platforms operating in the UK North Sea. The scope of the contract includes the delivery of drilling operations and maintenance services on CNRI’s Ninian South, Ninian Central and Tiffany platforms. CNRI and KCA Deutag have a long history of working together.

Aker Solutions bags a contract for Var Energi
Nov. 28, 2019

Aker Solutions bags a contract for Var Energi

Aker Solutions has been awarded a maintenance and modification services contract by Vår Energi. This contract is for the company's North East assets for three years. “The new contract award shows that our focus on HSSE and delivering top quality services is valued by our clients”, said Aker's Brownfield Projects Executive Vice-President. Vår Energi has signed a similar contract with Apply Sørco for its other assets.

Tyra field monitoring work awarded to Emerson
Nov. 26, 2019

Tyra field monitoring work awarded to Emerson

Emerson Automation Solution has secured the monitoring contract for the Tyra gas field redevelopment project from Total E&P Denmark. Emerson will deploy its wellhead pressure monitoring technology to the gas field in the North Sea, in order to improve safety during the project redevelopment. Total initiated the redevelopment of the facility due to seabed subsidence.

“Clean up your mess”, says Greenpeace flag on Shell’s North Sea platform
Oct. 15, 2019
Source: Reuters

“Clean up your mess”, says Greenpeace flag on Shell’s North Sea platform

In protest against Shell’s plan to abandon parts of the giant structures in place in the British North Sea, Greenpeace activists, yesterday, boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the region. Photographs show two people climbing one of the giant, rusty structures and unfurling a banner which read “Clean up your mess, Shell!”. The British supermajor is currently looking for Governmental approval to abandon the steel legs of the platforms.

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