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    Statoil to plug Gullfaks Sør well with Songa Dee (Friday, 31 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    Statoil has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to use Songa Dee for well plugging at Gullfaks Sør, in the North Sea.Statoil is the operator at Gullfaks Sør, located in block 34/10 in the northern part of the North Sea. The field has been developed using a subsea solution tied back to the Gullfaks A and C platforms. Production on the field began in October 1998.Statoil has now received consent to use the Songa Dee semi-submersible drilling rig to plug exploration well 34/10-52 A/B permanently. The well was drilled and temporarily plugged in 2011.The operation is planned to begin in late October and is estimated to last for 16 days.Songa Dee is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Mitsubishi MD-602 type, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd in Japan in 1984.The rig is owned and operated by Songa Management AS of Stavanger. It was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) by the PSA in June 2009.The rig was recently moored at the Invergordon facilities deep water quay Queens Dock in September 2014 for a Special Periodic Survey work, and Songa Offshore informed that the rig is expected to leave Invergordon, Scotland, on 7 November 2014.Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.comPlease leave comments and feedback below

    DONG Energy and Total partnership in Edradour field (Friday, 31 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    DONG Energy has agreed to divest 5% of the UK Edradour field to Total E&P UK Limited.The divestment, when completed, will result in an aligned DONG Energy participation of 20% in the four UK West of Shetland fields, Laggan, Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet. Total is the sole co-owner (80%) and operator of the fields.DONG Energy and Total have decided on a joint development of the Edradour and Glenlivet fields, by way of tie-in to the Laggan and Tormore infrastructure, with both fields expected to contribute to production in 2018.Mike Smith, Managing Director for DONG Energy’s oil and gas activities in the UK said: “This is a great step forward for our business in the West of Shetlands. The agreement to move forward with the joint development of Edradour and Glenlivet underpins our long term gas hub strategy and strengthens our production base in the region.”GlenlivetThe field is located 90 km north-west of the Shetland Islands at a water depth of 435 meters. A gas discovery was made in September 2009. The reservoir will be developed with two wells using a single four-slot manifold on the seabed and a 35 km production pipeline tied back to the Laggan-Tormore pipelines.EdradourThe field is located 75 km north-west of the Shetlands at a water depth of 300 meters. A gas discovery was made in December 2010. A single well will be produced using a single four-slot manifold on the seabed and a 16 km production pipeline will then tie it back to the main Laggan-Tormore pipelines.Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.comPlease leave comments and feedback below

    Emergency landing Super Puma returns to base (Thursday, 30 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    The Bond Super Puma EC225 which made a 'precautionary' landing on the Forties Charlie installation in the North Sea, has returned back to Bond's Aberdeen facilities after being given the all clear to resume flights. It was initially believed that an issue had occurred with the Super Puma's tail rotor activating warning lights, the pilots  then took precautions to land at the near by Forties CharlieThe fault has now been identified as an issue with an indicatorThe helicopter has now returned to Aberdeen having been cleared to travel back to baseBond issued a statement saying an indicator had been faulty.It said: "As suspected this was an issue with the indicator, not the helicopter. It is now fully cleared for flight and completely airworthy and en route back to Aberdeen."Transport for passengers is being arranged."Please leave comments and feedback below

    Maersk Drilling name ultra harsh jack-up (Thursday, 30 October 2014)

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    Maersk Drilling has reported that in a ceremony held at GMC Marine Partners yard in Mekjarvik in Norway, Anita Utseth, Senior Vice President in Det norske oljeselskab ASA had named the ultra harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Interceptor. Maersk Interceptor is the second in a series of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. Maersk Interceptor will start a five year firm contract with Det norske for drilling the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea in December 2014. The contract includes two one-year options. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is USD 700 million. “With the naming of the Maersk Interceptor, we are taking the next step in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history. Maersk Drilling entered Norway in 1990, because we saw a window of opportunity to provide competitive offers to oil companies with our jack-up technology. “With the contract for Maersk Interceptor, we look forward to work closely together with Det norske and continue to grow and leverage our market leading position in Norway,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the Maersk Group. The first two jack-up rigs, the Maersk Intrepid and the Maersk Interceptor, have been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard. The third will be delivered from Keppel FELS in 2015, and the fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016. All four have secured long term contracts with prime customers. Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.com Please leave comments and feedback below

    Total E+amp;P extend long term North Sea CHC Helicopter contract (Wednesday, 29 October 2014)

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    Total E&P UK is extending a decades-long relationship with CHC Helicopter in the North Sea, awarding CHC a long-term helicopter transportation contract to support Total’s offshore operations across the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS).The contract calls for CHC to operate two Sikorsky S-92 and two Airbus EC225 helicopters on behalf of Total. The helicopters will fly from Aberdeen to Total’s Elgin-Franklin, Alwyn, and Dunbar fields, as well as to the mobile drilling rigs Total E&P UK have across the UKCS.The contract is for up to seven years, includes options for up to two additional years, and will take effect in November.Total’s operations on the UKCS range from the Elgin-Franklin field, which is in the Central North Sea, about 200km east of Aberdeen, to the Alwyn field, situated 440km northeast of Aberdeen, and the Dunbar field, located 22km south of Alwyn. Total also has mobile drilling rigs on contract that operate across the UKCS from the Central North Sea to the West of Shetland region.Mark Abbey, CHC’s West North Sea regional director, said the award recognizes his company’s long history of skill, passion and consistency flying on behalf of Total for more than 25 years.“Our pilots, engineers and support teams will continue to use their extensive experience over the North Sea to help Total to go further and do more across its many U.K. investments, and come home safely,” said Mr. Abbey.CHC Helicopter enables customers to go further, do more and come home safely, including oil and gas companies, government search-and-rescue agencies and organizations requiring helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through the Heli-One segment. The company operates about 230 aircraft in approximately 30 countries around the world.

    Shell announces end of Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo production (Wednesday, 29 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    The end of oil and gas production from two platforms in a historic field the North Sea has been announced by Shell.The company said activity from Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo, east off Shetland, would formally cease on Saturday.They have not produced since May when they were shut down for inspection and maintenance work, and are no longer viewed as economical.The Brent field was discovered in 1971 and began producing in 1976.Only one of the four Brent platforms - Charlie - remains in production.A Shell spokesperson, said: "As we reach this significant step, we recognise the major contribution of Alpha and Bravo and the efforts of the many people associated with the platforms over the last forty years in the UK Continental Shelf."From a technically innovative installation phase through to a long period of operation and production, these iconic platforms have helped to sustain vital North Sea oil and gas supplies."We will now focus on safely decommissioning these assets."Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo are 115 miles (186km) east of Lerwick.Source: www.bbc.co.ukPlease leave comments and feedback below

    Super Puma makes emergency landing offshore (Wednesday, 29 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    A Bond Super Puma helicopter has made an emergency landing on a North Sea oil platform the operator has saidThe Bond Super Puma EC 225 was on route to the Forties Unity platform on Tuesday, but made a 'precautionary' landing on the Forties Charlie installation instead after warning lights activatedThe issue is understood to have been within the EC 225's tail rotorThe Super Puma was fully loaded with 18 passangers and 2 pilotsIt is understood that Bond engineers are en-route to examine the helicopter, before arrangements are made to transport all passengers back to AberdeenPlease leave comments and feedback below

    EnQuest award massive North Sea contract to Technip (Tuesday, 28 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    EnQuest have awarded Technip a large engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPCI) contract estimated to be worth between €250million and €500million for the Kraken development located in the North Sea, 400km northeast of Aberdeen and 130km east of Shetland, at a water depth of approximately 120m.The contract covers various project management engineering and installation works, which include:Fabrication and pipelay of approximately 50km of rigid pipe - 25km of metallurgically clad pipe and 25km of HDPE linedInstallation of three umbilicals totaling 14kmInstallation of 7km of flexible risers and jumpersTemplate and manifold installation at three drill centersDiverless tie-ins to pipelines and manifoldsPipeline flooding, hydro testing and leak testingTechnip’s operating center in Aberdeen, United-Kingdom, will execute the contract.The group will leverage its unique vertical position in the subsea business. The Group’s spoolbase in Evanton, United Kingdom, will weld and load-out the rigid pipe and Technip Umbilicals,Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Newcastle, United Kingdom, will manufacture the umbilical. All construction work on the project will be undertaken via diverless construction methods.A number of vessels from the Technip fleet will be utilized for the offshore campaign, including Technip’s Deep Energy, one of the largest pipelay vessels ever built.Please leave feedback and comments below

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