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A big decision comes the industry's way as Denmark decides to retire from the North Sea. On Thursday, the Danish Parliament voted in favour of ending the offshore oil and gas extraction. The nation has cancelled it's latest licensing round, saying the country is "now putting an end to the fossil fuel era". Currently, one-third of Denmark's electricity production derives from wind turbines.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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).
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.