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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Transocean Signs 11 Well Contract with Chevron Australia

The international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells Transocean announced that the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible GSF Development Driller I was awarded an 11-well contract (approximately 955 days) commencing offshore Australia in the first half of 2019 with Chevron Australia.The estimated firm contract backlog, excluding integrated services, is approximately USD 158 million. Additionally, the contract includes four one-well options.Two days ago…

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DNV GL, Chrysaor Pact for North Sea Operations

DNV GL has secured a combined engineering services agreement with Chrysaor Holdings Ltd. to deliver a unique range of services to the company in support of its North Sea Operations. Chrysaor recently completed the acquisition of a package of assets in the UK North Sea from Shell for a price of $3.0 billion. The transaction sees Chrysaor become the leading independent E&P company in the UK. It currently has more than 400 staff working in the UKCS. Hari Vamadevan, Regional Manager UK & West Africa…

BibbyTopaz (Photo: Bibby)

BP Awards Bibby Combined Diving Campaign

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, says it has secured a 15-day project with BP, due to commence in August 2016. The contract will see diving support vessel Bibby Topaz, working on four BP operations across three of its North Sea assets. The platforms involved include Central North Sea-based asset Bruce, east of Shetland-based Magnus, and the Mirren field, which is part of the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP), one of the largest and most complex North Sea oil and gas developments of the past 20 years.

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Subsea 7 Bags $150 million Offshore UK Contract Maersk

Offshore contractor Subsea 7 has been awarded a $150 million subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract by Maersk Oil for the development of the Culzean field in the UK North Sea. The ultra-high pressure, high temperature field, one of the largest gas discoveries offshore UK, is located in Block 22/25 of the Central North Sea at a water depth of approximately 90 m. The contract scope includes project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a 22-in.

UK North Sea Helicopter Pilots Threaten Strike Action

North Sea helicopter pilots, vital for transporting offshore oil workers to and from platforms, threatened on Thursday to go on strike unless their employers improve voluntary redundancy terms in view of threatened job cuts caused by the low oil price. Pilots are asking their employers to make better voluntary redundancy arrangements to reassure employees who are uncertain about whether their jobs are secure. "The way the companies are going about (job cuts) is causing massive frustration," said Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA).

ABERDEEN PUPILS  STEER INTO THE SUBSEA OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

Aberdeen Pupils Peek into Subsea Oil & Gas Technology

Pupils at an Aberdeen primary school were given a rare insight into the depths of the oil and gas industry’s subsea sector after getting to sit in the driving seat of a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) simulator. The Tullos Primary visit to i-Tech was organised by EnQuest as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to encouraging youngsters to consider a career in the oil and gas industry. Around 20 primary five pupils were shown why ROVs are increasingly becoming pivotal to the critical path of subsea operations during the tour at i-Tech…

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Ezra Wins UK North Sea Contracts

Offshore service provider Ezra Holdings has announced that subsea division, EMAS AMC, has won global contracts values at over $115m including options, reports Business Times. These contracts include one for rigid pipe lay for the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea; engineering and offshore support work in West Africa for an oil major which will be undertaken together with Ezra's subsidiary company, EMAS Offshore Limited. Other subsea contract work includes ROV support services and High Voltage Alternate Current (HVAC) pull-ins.

Mark Charman

Talking Offshore Employment with Faststream’s Chief Executive

With the energy market swoon in full blossom, Maritime Reporter checked in with Mark Charman, chief executive of global recruiting leader Faststream, for his insights on the breadth and depth of the impact to the offshore employment market. Uncertainty. If there is one word that summarizes current global energy market conditions, it is uncertainty. The sudden downturn in oil pricing – which started nine months ago and collectively caught much of the global market by surprise…

Unions to Ballot UK North Sea Oil Workers over Appetite for Strike

Trade unions Unite and GMB are balloting their members working offshore in Britain's oil and gas industry to gauge appetite for strike action over changes to shift patterns and other grievances. The two unions represent about 3,000 offshore workers, including engineers and scaffolders, in the Offshore Contractors Association. John Kelley, a regional organiser for the GMB, said the consultative ballots will close on March 27, and the unions would then take a view on whether to proceed, depending on the response.

Transocean CEO's Exit Possibly Linked to 'Lack of Vision'

Barely two months into his new job as the head of the world's largest offshore driller, Steven Newman was steering Transocean through the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, quickly earning a reputation as a CEO with a steady hand. Too steady, perhaps. Since Sunday Newman, 50, is out of work. People inside and outside the company say his abrupt departure reflected in part the board's view that the 20-year company veteran was too conservative and lacked a bold vision for a period of dramatic industry change that began at the end of the last decade.

Ineos to Add Talent to Support North Sea Expansion

North Sea oil and gas would supply INEOS plants in Europe; advertised positions include CEO, geologist, engineer. Swiss-based petrochemical and refining company Ineos is looking to expand into North Sea oil and gas production by hiring a number of senior and mid-level staff, its website showed on Monday. The post of CEO of the new offshore oil and gas business has a remit "for leading a strategic review to support the INEOS entry into North Sea production, culminating in investment recommendations to the main INEOS board," the website said.

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EnQuest Selects Technip for Mega Subsea Contract

Technip was awarded by EnQuest earlier this year a large(1) engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPCI) contract for the Kraken development located in the North Sea,  400 kilometers North-East of Aberdeen and 130 kilometers East of Shetland, at a water depth of approximately 120 meters. - pipeline flooding, hydro testing and leak testing. Technip’s operating center in Aberdeen, United-Kingdom, will execute the contract. The Group will leverage its unique vertical position in the subsea business.

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Catcher Update by Cairn

Cairn is pleased to announce that it has entered into a farm out agreement for the sale of a 10% interest in the Catcher development and adjacent acreage in the UK North Sea. With effect from 1 January 2014 Dyas UK Limited (Dyas) shall acquire 10% in each of the following UK Continental Shelf licences P1430, P2040, P2070, P2077 and P2086 by funding Cairn’s exploration and development costs in respect of the licences up to a cap of $182million (m). Following this transaction Cairn…

Scotland 'Yes' Vote Would Trigger Dispute Over Old Oil Rigs

Scotland will ask Britain to help finance the cost of removing old North Sea rigs and pipelines even if it votes for independence and gains most of the oil revenues, a move that bankers and lawyers say may result in years of legal battles. An independent Scotland would benefit from most of the new revenues from North Sea oil output - worth $50 billion a year - but it will nevertheless ask Britain to co-finance some $60 billion of decommissioning to remove old platforms and pipelines.

Fraser Moonie, Graeme Wood and Mike Arnold.

Bibby Offshore’s Management Restructures

Two new chief operating officers and an offshore support services director have been appointed at Bibby Offshore to support the company’s significant future development plans. Current managing director Fraser Moonie, who has been in the role for three years, becomes responsible for eastern regions including Norway, S.E. Asia (including Singapore) and Australia. He has 16 years’ experience in the subsea and offshore industry and has been with Bibby Offshore since 2003. In addition to his role as director of Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL)…

Kim Christensen, NorSea’s new General Manager in the U.K.

NorSea Group Adds U.K. GM

NorSea Group, a supplier of base services and integrated logistics systems to the oil and gas industry in Norway, appointed Kim Christensen as its first U.K. General Manager to lead the group’s future developments in Scotland. Mr. Christensen will head up NorSea Group (U.K.) Ltd, a new company within the Group, which has been established to reinforce the Group’s commitment to enhance its business activity in the U.K. To support this, NorSea Group will open its first U.K. office in Aberdeen.

Neil McCulloch

EnQuest Marks 11 Years of Safety Achievements

Independent oil producer EnQuest has achieved a safety milestone after recording a total of 11 years without a lost time incident (LTI) across three of its North Sea producing assets. The Heather drilling team achieved eight years without an LTI, and during this period EnQuest completed its return to drilling (R2D2) project which led to the start-up of drilling on the platform for the first time since 2006. The R2D2 project is part of a redevelopment program that will extend the life of the Heather platform, which has twice faced decommissioning in the past, to around 2030.

New North Sea Office for EnQuest

EnQuest will have a new North Sea base in the Granite City after planning permission was granted for an office development on the derelict Aberdeen Seafood Park site in the harbor area. The firm, which is a U.K. independent oil producer in the U.K. North Sea, currently employs around 500 people at two locations in Aberdeen. The new building will have the capacity to accommodate up to 800 people and will enable EnQuest to consolidate its workforce under one roof. David Heslop, EnQuest’s Managing Director UKCS…

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Bibby Offshore Expands in Norway

Bibby Offshore announced its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the U.K. North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the company’s growing international presence. The company is currently participating in a number of tenders in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is focusing on expanding its existing services to offshore operators in the region…

Accident Prompts TAQA to Shut Down UK North Sea Platform

The 12,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Harding oil platform in the UK North Sea is being shut down as a precaution after a worker fell off and died early on Thursday, a spokesman for operator TAQA said. "Production is being shut down," the spokesman for the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA) said. "It is what we feel is the appropriate response to the tragic loss of life and the effect it has had on our colleagues on the platform."

Fabricom Awarded North Sea Contract by EnQuest Britain Ltd

Newcastle-based facilities engineering company, Fabricom Offshore Services, announced that it has been awarded a major contract valued at more than £1million by EnQuest Britain Ltd, one of the UK’s leading independent oil and gas players. Fabricom is to support Aberdeen-based EnQuest in undertaking a significant programme of modifications and upgrades as part of a project to extend the operating life of the Thistle Alpha platform, which is located 275 miles north-north east of Aberdeen. The work is part of EnQuest’s Late Life Extension (LLX) strategy.

EnQuest Safety Milestone

New Safety Milestone for EnQuest

EnQuest PLC, the largest UK independent production company in the UK North Sea, has reached a new North Sea safety milestone by recording five years free of Lost Time Incidents (LTIs) on drilling operations in the Thistle field. The LTI achievement covers a period of major operational activity which saw EnQuest bring Thistle drilling back online to drill its first new wells in 20 years. EnQuest’s drilling team, supported by a KCA Deutag drill crew, an Aker well services crew and a range of other offshore contractors have taken Thistle from a rig upgrade through to rig start up…

A Jumbo Heavy-lift Vessel: Photo credit Jumbo

Jumbo Wins EnQuest Offshore Contract

Jumbo has been awarded a North Sea FPSO mooring, installation and hook-up contract by EnQuest. EnQuest is redeveloping the Ardmore and Duncan fields as Alma and Galia respectively. The project scope is the mooring spread installation and FPSO tow out and hook up. This will be the first offshore project in which Jumbo will act as the main contractor and not as a subcontractor. EnQuest is redeveloping the Alma and Galia fields, located in Blocks 30/24, 30/25 and 30/29, 310km south-east of Aberdeen in the UK North Sea.

Huge Offshore Engineering Contract for CB&I

US-based CB&I wins a project contract worth US$250-million from Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, Ltd. (DSME). CB&I's scope of work, which will commence in the first quarter, includes detailed engineering design services for the Mariner Topsides project that is part of the Mariner oil field development project being operated by Statoil in the UK North Sea. The Mariner heavy oil field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles.

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Drydocks World Announces Safety Milestones

Drydocks World & Maritime World group said it reiterated its commitment to Occupational Health & Safety during World Safety & Health Day on April 28, 2014. Several awareness programs and competitions were organized for employees on this day in Drydocks World, Dubai Maritime City, Jadaf and its subsidiaries. The shipyard also announced major safety milestones on two of its key projects including achievement of 2.5 million man hours LTI-free on the pioneering DolWin beta project and 2 million man hours LTI-free in April…

EnQuest Offshore Workers: Photo credit EnQuest

UK Tax Break Rejuvinates Elderly Offshore Field

EnQuest PLC, UK North Sea oil producer, has secured a brownfield tax allowance to fully exploit its Thistle oilfield. David Heslop, general manager for EnQuest in Aberdeen, explained: “Before EnQuest acquired Thistle in 2010, production was declining and, coupled with ageing infrastructure, it was approaching the point where production may have stopped. As a result of our investment so far, which has included facilities and safety systems upgrades, a major rig reactivation programme and drilling of five new wells, production has significantly increased.