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    Total CEO dies in tragic accident (Tuesday, 21 October 2014)

    1 Jan 1970, 12:00 am
    French oil giant Total has confirmed that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash.Total says that on October 20 after 10pm (Paris time), a private plane collided with a snow removal machine at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.Four people were found dead at the scene of the accident, including three crew members and Christophe de Margerie, the statement by Total reads.Total said that, “the thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims”.Christophe de Margerie joined the Group after graduating from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris in 1974. He served in several positions in the Group’s Finance Department and Exploration & Production division. He became President of Total Middle East in 1995 before joining the Group’s Executive Committee as the President of the Exploration & Production division in May 1999.He then became Senior Executive Vice President of Exploration & Production of the new TotalFinaElf group in 2000. In January 2002 he became President of the Exploration & Production division of Total. He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors by the Shareholders’ Meeting held on May 12, 2006 and became Chief Executive Officer of Total on February 14, 2007. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total on May 21, 2010.

    Baker Hughes joins Xcite Energy Bentley field development group (Tuesday, 21 October 2014)

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    Xcite Energy has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Baker Hughes Limited, which sets out the principles for the provision of oil field services for the Bentley field, in the UK North Sea.The services are likely to include the supply of drilling and completion services, well engineering, electronic submersible pumps and reservoir engineering.Baker Hughes will work with all the key stakeholders in a collaborative manner to develop innovative, field specific technical and commercial oil field services for Bentley, which maximise the economic recovery from the field and the economic return for all stakeholders, Xcite Energy said in the release.Rupert Cole, CEO of Xcite Energy, commented:“We are very pleased that Baker Hughes has joined the Bentley development group and we believe this is a further validation of the viability of this project and demonstrates the continuing progress we are making towards our field development plan. The provision of these key oil field services is an important part of the successful delivery of any project and we believe Baker Hughes has the necessary skills, expertise and track record to support our development group.“We continue to make good progress with the planned assurance engineering programme and development partner commercial negotiations and remain focused on delivering a robust and compliant field development plan for this valuable asset.”Xcite Energy holds and operates 100% of the Bentley field located in Block 9/3b (Licence P1078), one of the largest undeveloped fields in the North Sea, containing some 909MMstb in-place of 10°-12° API heavy oil.Further information -

    3 helideck and helicopter operations audited in North Sea (Tuesday, 21 October 2014)

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    Assisted by the Civil Aviation Authority Norway, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has carried out an audit of helideck and helicopter operations at three facilities in the Ekofisk area, in the North Sea.From 15 to 18 September 2014, the PSA, with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority Norway, carried out an audit of helicopter deck and helicopter operations at the Eldfisk 2/7-B, Embla 2/7-B and Eldfisk 2/7S facilities operated by ConocoPhillips.Section 70 of the Facilities Regulations requires that helicopter decks are designed and equipped so as to fulfil the requirements of CAA Norway’s Regulation governing continental shelf operations – commercial air traffic to and from helidecks on offshore installations and vessels.With regard to safety matters concerning helidecks and helicopter operations at the facilities, the PSA utilises the specialist expertise of CAA Norway. According to the PSA’s statement, an agreement has been signed by the PSA and CAA Norway regarding such assistance.The purpose of the audit was to contribute to the prevention of air accidents associated with helicopter decks or their operation.On behalf of the PSA, CAA Norway will follow up on how ConocoPhillips deals with the observed conditions, PSA said.The Ekofisk Complex comprises all installations which are connected with bridges on the central Ekofisk field. As of 2014, this includes nine platforms and bridge supports. The newest platforms are the wellhead platform 2/4 Z and the field centre and accommodation platform 2/4 L which were installed in 2013.Source - www.offshoreenergytoday.comWe welcome comments and feedback below

    European Oil and Gas capital, Aberdeen, nominated as +apos;most dismal town in Scotland+apos; (Monday, 20 October 2014)

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    Europe's Oil and Gas Capital, Aberdeen has been nominated for the unwanted title of the 'most dismal town in Scotland'.The European Oil and Gas Capital has been nominated for the award due to bad city planning and 'Glass box architecture' that has defaced the once proud granite architectureUrban Realm magazine has said the so-called Granite City is the running for the infamous annual Plook on a Plinth Carbuncle award, on the grounds Aberdeen is "where architecture goes to die".The Plook on a Plinth award was established in 2000 to provoke debate.Urban Realm editor John Glenday said: "Aberdeen has a rich granite heritage and in the Victorian era the city was built to last, sadly the same can't be said of the flimsy, ill-considered buildings going up across the city today."Despite its riches Aberdeen has become the poor relation of the Scottish cities."Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Civic Society said mistakes had been made but they did not think the nomination was fair.The winner will be announced early next year.www.urbanrealm.comDoes Aberdeen deserve the title? We'd welcome your comments and feedback

    25 Fire Engines Tackle Gas-Fired Didcot B Power Station Blaze (Monday, 20 October 2014)

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    Fire crews have been battling a major blaze at Didcot B Power Station, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue has said.At the height of the fire, which broke out in one of the cooling towers, 20 fire appliances were at the sceneEnergy company RWE npower, which owns the gas-burning power station, has said the fire is now under control and there have been no injuries.Police have warned local people to stay indoors and close their doors and windows. The plant was shut down and all areas isolated before crews moved in to tackle the fire.Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: "First, I want to thank the emergency services who are at Didcot working to tackle the blaze."I've been reassured by National Grid that there is no risk to electricity supplies. I will be keeping in touch with the relevant authorities throughout."My priority is to understand the cause of the fire and get the affected unit back generating electricity as soon as it's safe to do so."Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue's chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said: "We've currently got 12 fire engines in attendance, that's over 60 firefighters - and we've also got three hydraulic platforms so we can work at height putting water down on to the fire."We've been working very closely as well with the site management from Didcot Power Station to make sure it was shut down."I'm sure you can appreciate that water and electricity don't mix so we need to make sure that it's safe for our firefighters to fight the fire."The fire service said the blaze was not being treated as arson or a terrorist incident.A spokesman for RWE npower said: "We can confirm that no one is injured which is clearly the most important thing and also that the fire is now under control. "Obviously the plant has been shut down." He said it was "too early to say" how much damage had been caused, adding that there would have been "about a dozen" people on site when the fire broke out.Source and Full article: BBC News

    BP to restart Rhum gas field (Sunday, 19 October 2014)

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    BP will restart the Rhum gas field in the UK North Sea, half-owned by Iran's National Oil Company, four years after the field was shut down due to Western sanctions, a BP spokesman said on Friday.Production from the field, which supplied 4 percent to 5 percent of Britain's demand before its shutdown, is expected to begin this weekend.BP received approval from the British government to resume production after the government put the field under a temporary management scheme whereby all revenue due to Tehran will be held until sanctions are lifted, the spokesman said.The field started pumping gas in December 2005 and cost 350 million pounds ($565.6 million) to build.The British government gave the green light for the resumption late last year in order to avoid damage to the high pressure, high temperature gas field.

    Maersk Expands Vessel Fleet with Contract for 6 New Vessels (Friday, 17 October 2014)

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    Norway’s Kleven has signed a contract with Maersk Supply Service A/S to build six anchor handling vessels. The contract also includes options for up to four additional vessels.The 95 m long vessels are of SALT 200 AHTS design from Salt Ship Design, and will be built at Kleven’s two shipyards in Norway, Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft.“We are proud of the fact that Maersk Supply Service, a leading ship owner in the industry, has chosen Kleven to build their new range of anchor handlers,” says Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.“This proves that Kleven is competitive world wide, based on our quality, punctuality and price. We look forward to working closely with Maersk Supply Service on this large and important project, to ensure it is a success for all parties involved.”“With this contract, Maersk Supply Service is once again placing a new building order in Norway, and with this we have taken the next step in our extensive new-building programme, renewing our fleet with focus on large Anchor Handling Tug Supply and Subsea Support Vessels. The contract now concluded with Kleven is an important part of the realisation of our ambitious growth strategy,” says CEO in Maersk Supply Service, Carsten Plougmann Andersen.The first six vessels are to be delivered between Q4 2016 and Q3 2017. If all options are declared, the last vessel in the series is to be delivered in Q1 2018.A number of Norwegian equipment manufacturers and suppliers will contribute to the project.Source:

    Maersk Culzean development to create 100 offshore and 20 onshore jobs (Friday, 17 October 2014)

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    Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited, operator of the Culzean development in the North Sea, has awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project’s well head platform (WHP) jacket to Heerema Hartlepool Limited.Heerema will build the WHP jacket and piles, the well head access deck and access ways. It’s expected that the well head access deck and access ways will be fabricated in Hartlepool, with the WHP jacket being built in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. The contract is expected to be ready for ‘sail away’ ahead of the drilling startup on the project in Q2 2016, subject to a final investment decision in 2015.The award comes as Hercules Offshore Inc, the provider of the newbuild jack-up rig for the Culzean development, begins a recruitment drive in Aberdeen as it establishes a permanent UK presence to support the Culzean project and pursue other market opportunities. This inward investment is expected to create up to 100 offshore and 20 onshore jobs.“100 offshore and 20 onshore jobs to be created”Project on trackWelcoming the WHP jacket award, Maersk Oil UK Managing Director, Martin Rune Pedersen said, “The Culzean project continues to progress well. This award has been made on schedule and three weeks after steel cutting began on the heavy duty jack-up rig which will commence drilling in Q2 2016, subject to final approvals.”Commenting on the announcement, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Priti Patel MP said, “The Culzean project has the potential to meet around 5% of UK gas demand in 2020/21, and would not be possible without the Government’s ultra high pressure, high temperature cluster area allowance. The new allowance builds on the existing work that the Government has done with industry through field allowances, which has helped create new jobs through record levels of investment. Oil & Gas UK estimates the Government’s allowances directly incentivised £7bn of investment last year.”Key facts on Culzean:– Culzean is a uHP/HT field. Maersk Oil UK (49.99%) is the operator, with JX Nippon (34.01%) and Britoil (BP) (16%) its co-venturers.– Forecast plateau production is in a range of 400-500 million standard cubic feet per day (this represents Maersk Oil equity production of 30-45,000 boepd).– The accommodation platform will have the capacity for over 100 people.– The water depth is approximately 88 metres and the reservoir is located around 4300 metres below sea level.Source:

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