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North Sea

North Sea

Schlumberger says it will focus on ‘adapting’ to UK market

Oilfield services company Schlumberger said it will continue to 'adapt' to the North Sea oil and gas industry as the oil price continues to stay lower for longer. The company described the situation in the UK as "challenging" after revealing it had cut 10,000 jobs while also reporting a loss of $1billion during the final quarter of last year.

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North Sea drilling at record low spells end to region’s revival

The pace of drilling in the North Sea, the center of UK oil production for the past 40 years, has sunk to a record as crashing energy prices force explorers to abandon costly projects. Just 63 percent of oil and gas rigs in the UK North Sea were being used as of Jan. 19, according to data provider RigLogix. That’s the lowest since the Houston-based company started tracking their operation in 2000. In the Norwegian North Sea, the 71 percent rate is also the worst on record.

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OGUK lauds companies for “tooling up”

Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) yesterday hailed the increase in demand for “tools” it helped develop in an effort to improve efficiency in the industry. The trade association said more than 900 companies had signed up to the industry mutual hold harmless (IMHH) deed. OGUK said the deed, which was originally developed in 2002, helped firms clarify the allocation of risks and avoid doubling up on the insurance of identical liabilities offshore.

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Osborne nudged to cut oil tax

The UK cabinet minister said it is "important" that Chancellor George Osborne delivers for offshore firms in his budget this spring.