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    BP to create 100 jobs at Sullom Voe (Friday, 18 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    BP is to create 100 new jobs at the Sullom Voe oil terminal in Shetland.The oil company is planning to invest about £600m refurbishing the site and building a new gas plant.BP says its £600m investment at Sullom Voe will secure the site's future for at least the next 30 yearsA new offshore-style rota system is to be introduced at the terminal in a bid to attract more highly skilled engineers to come and work there.BP's regional president for the North Sea Trevor Garlick said the investment would secure the terminal for at least another 30 years.For more information on this article please click hereSource:

    CNR Tiffany Platform still out of production after incident (Thursday, 17 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    An oil platform under investigation after two fires is still out of action nearly week after it was shut down.North Sea facility Tiffany was shut down by operators CNR following a “small” fire on the platform on April 6.The Health and Safety Executive are carrying out an investigation into the fire, which occurred less than four months after an oil leak caused a fire at the facility.The HSE issued two improvement notices to CNR after sprinklers failed to activate during the fire on January 17.A faulty seal caused an oil leak on the platform on January 17, causing a fire. The installation's automatic fire detection system failed and did not activate the facility's sprinklers.In their ruling to CNR, the HSE said: “You have not taken appropriate measures with a view to protecting persons on the installation from fire and explosion."For more information on this article please click hereSource:

    Pilots urge no delay over offshore helicopter safety rules (Monday, 14 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    Pilots' union Balpa has written to the Civil Aviation Authority urging it not to back down on safety improvements to helicopters which are flying offshore.It comes after industry body Oil and Gas UK said the changes risked damaging, rather than enhancing safety.The new rules have come out of a review of helicopter safety prompted by the deaths of four people when a Super Puma crashed into the sea off Shetland.They include a restriction on the number of people allowed to fly.The CAA said it would only reconsider its recommendations if it saw a safety case based on evidence.From June, all passengers will also need to have a seat adjacent to an emergency exit and the aircraft will not be allowed to fly offshore in severe sea conditions.Oil and Gas UK have said the new rules could actually damage safety and may jeopardise North Sea maintenance and productivity.For more information on this article please click hereSource:

    Drilling operator KCA Deutag wins first Canadian contract (Monday, 14 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    KCA Deutag, one of Aberdeen's biggest offshore oil drilling operators, has won its first contract to break into the fast-growing Canadian market.  It won the contract from ExxonMobil Canada, for work in the Hebron Project which is operated by the oil major.  The field is thought to contain 700 million barrels of heavy oil, in the Atlantic off St John's in Newfoundland.  The firm's platform services division is to provide drilling operations and maintenance services contract.  There will be an initial three-year pre-operations phase, and then nine years operations and maintenance, with an option to extend. KCA Deutag already operates in the North Sea, Russia, the Caspian basin and the Middle East, with an engineering base in Germany.  With its headquarters in Aberdeen, it employs 8,000 people and in 2012 revenues ran to $1.7bn (£1.05bn).  It operates 33 offshore rigs and platforms, as well as owning and operating five mobile offshore drilling units. It also has 60 land drilling rigs.  The company sees the move into eastern Canada as "a key strategic success". Rune Lorentzen, president of offshore for KCA Deutag, said the award of its first Canadian contract was "an excellent result". Source:

    Statoil confirms 700 new jobs with UK North Sea head office (Friday, 11 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    Seven hundred new jobs have been confirmed by offshore firm Statoil after it selected a new UK North Sea head office in Aberdeen.The Prime Four business park base will be the operations centre for developing the Mariner field, creating 200 onshore and 500 offshore jobs.The Mariner field is about 150km (93 miles) east of Shetland.Statoil expects to start production from Mariner in 2017 and the field is expected to produce for 30 years.Statoil and the business park's developers, Drum Property Group, are in the process of finalising terms for the new base.For more information on this article please click hereSource:

    CNR Tiffany Platform shut down after second fire (Friday, 11 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    CNR International’s Tiffany platform has been shut down after a health and safety investigation following a second fire.The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed the shutdown of the Tiffany platform following a second blaze which took 90 minutes to bring under control according to sources.CNR International had previously been issued with two notices by the HSE following a fire on the Platform in January.A HSE spokesman said: “CNR informed us of a fire incident on the Tiffany platform on Sunday and HSE has sent investigators to the platform.”Experts have been flown out and are now onsite to investigate what caused the blaze.A CNR International spokesman said: “With the investigation ongoing, the company cannot comment on specific details. Production will remain shut down until all appropriate and necessary assurance activities have been completed.“CNR International (UK) Limited would like to reiterate that it considers the health, safety and welfare of its workforce to be the highest priority.”Workers remain on board, despite the shutdown.

    Improvement call for CNR North Sea oil platform Tiffany (Thursday, 10 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    Improvements have been demanded on a North Sea oil platform after automatic sprinklers failed to activate when a fire broke out.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued two improvement notices to CNR International after the incident aboard the Tiffany platform, 155 miles (249km) north east of Aberdeen.Sprinklers had to be set off manually when a blaze broke out following an oil leak on 17 January.Source:

    Boost for North Sea as Xcite agrees FSO and platform for Bentley (Wednesday, 9 April 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    Plans to develop a key North Sea field have been given a boost after the developers struck an agreement on the platform to be used.Xcite Energy will use Arup’s self-installing steel Ace platform design for the Bentley field after agreeing a memorandum of understanding with Arup and Amec.The firms said they would work together to optimise the existing Ace platform design for the field, which sits around 85 miles south-east of Shetland, with the agreement helping Xcite determine costs for the overall development.The announcement comes just days after Xcite secured a memorandum of understanding with Teekay over the floating storage unit for the project.“We are pleased to be able to announce AMEC and Arup as partners in our development group to progress Bentley towards production,” said Xcite chief executive Rupert Cole.“Following on from the $250million extended well test, this next phase of engineering will allow us to optimise Arup’s existing Ace platform design for the Bentley field and enable us to refine the costs and related schedule ahead of submitting the field development plan.”For more information on this article please click here

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