North Sea


Fighting for a North Sea future that should be great

“If you look at the assets that we’ve held the longest, like Thistle, the Dons where we have the (FPSO) Northern Producer, and Heather, we’re having a very good year,” says Enquest’s North Sea president, Neil McCulloch. “We’re doing well on the regulatory side of things too; had inspections around our facilities this year . . . some of the oldest in the North Sea. “While you never get an entirely clean bill of health, we’ve done very well with no prohibition notices, no improvement notices; just some support for the way we go about our business. It’s about doing simple things very well, repeatedly. And that’s a core value at Enquest.


North Sea collaboration could cut carbon emissions


Collaboration by North Sea states will help tackle Europe’s carbon emissions, an international gathering of CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) emission experts will hear. The SCCS (Scottish Carbon and Capture Storage) annual conference will tell politicians, industry experts and academics that the combined efforts of the industry could see hundreds of years’ worth of Europe’s carbon emissions stored.


Total sells Norwegian assets


Total has agreed to sell off its interests in a number of Norwegian assets for $317million. An agreement has been signed by Total E&P Norge AS to sell off 8% of its shares in the Gina Krog field, together with its interests in the mature fields of Vilje and Vale at 24.23% and 6% share in Morvin to PGNiG Upstream International.


Video: GDF Suez opens new Aberdeen headquarters


GDF Suez has opened its new flagship Aberdeen office with the announcement of a £20,000 investment in art projects within the North-east. The company’s new offices have opened less than a week after it made a joint announcement with BP regarding the latest discovery in the North Sea.


Fall in North Sea tax receipts


The Scottish independence campaign has received “a body blow” with new figures showing tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas have dropped by almost a fifth, Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander said.


ONS: Opinion – The North Sea needs its neighbours


It’s only natural to become caught up in your own affairs and put national interests first. But, we must endeavour to keep a European perspective and also an international perspective. This year’s ONS shows we’re not adverse to global workforce sharing. Many delegates are men and women who are already working or becoming fully-fledged energy ex-pats in the likes of Houston, Singapore, Dubai or Perth. I’d like to see the same adventurous spirit closer to home.