SEVAN Marine and Premier Oil have signed up to a firm contract for the continued provision and operation of the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), Sevan Voyageur, on the Shelley field in the Central North Sea (blocks 22/2b and 22/3a).
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CLEARLY, the NSRI has a business plan, but what are the guts of it? The core is a five-year plan, but with annual waypoint targets.
ABERDEEN'S Robert Gordon University and Stavanger University are forming a collaborative partnership covering education and research across a number of disciplines, but which will especially capitalise on their strong positions in energy-related activities - most of all North Sea oil&gas.
SAUDI Aramco's EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) claims to have found a better and cheaper way to control hydraulic fracturing in open-hole horizontal wells to improve reservoir contact and enhance production.
BUT surely the difference between academia and industry is that they would say academia leans too much towards blue skies and doesn't understand the corporate world.
It was great to see All-Energy at Aberdeen's exhibition centre absolutely booming. As a veteran of these events, from the kick-off in 2001, I had the real sense of an industry which is on the verge of something big.
Alliancing, gainsharing and partnering were all buzzwords in the North Sea oil&gas industry of the mid-1990s. There is some talk of the return of these agreements, given the economic challenges faced by the industry in 2009.
A just published study commissioned by Rockhopper Exploration shows just how tantalisingly close the late-1990s exploration drilling campaign to the north of the Falkland Islands was, especially one of the two operated by Shell.
DNV is launching a joint industry project designed to overhaul existing industry guidelines for the safe design of both fixed and floating structures in Arctic offshore regions.
The utterly immoral behaviour of an apparently significant number of MPs is something that I find truly abhorrent. Without a shadow of a doubt, the authority of the UK parliament as an institution and the politicians that occupy it have both been severely damaged.
THIS year's Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) was the setting for another global technology summit, led by Aberdeen-headquartered ITF. Key technology organisations from the world's major oil&gas provinces came together for a breakfast on the second day of the show in Houston to share updates on current programmes.
Late May's news that the Chinese are snapping up nearly half of a strategically important refinery in Singapore, plus pouring a staggering $442billion into expanding renewables capacity, should send shivers through corridors of power here in the West.
We've read the headlines, perhaps even attended February's launch, but how is the CEO of Britain's shiny new National Subsea Research Institute going to actually make this bold ambition happen?
BP has handed UK group Amec the engineering services contract covering development of the Tubular Bells and Kodiak discoveries in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
PROTECTING the environment and behaving in a sustainable manner is "no longer the preserve of a few enthusiasts", but is a "matter of essence" for every person and organisation, the current chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors warned last month.
Two major West of Shetland development projects are gathering momentum, with Houston-based INTECSEA having secured the facilities engineering services contract for the first stage of Chevron-operated Rosebank/Lochnagar, while Doris has started front-end engineering for Total-operated Laggan/Tormore.
MORE than 100 Aberdeen employees of US group General Electric claim they are being kept in the dark about plans for their operation.
The chief executive of Premier Oil said yesterday it had been able to maintain a portfolio of future developments which should have the potential for significant, profitable growth over the next few years.
FRENCH oil major Total is the latest energy company to announce moves to reduce its North Sea overheads.
ABERDEEN company Electro-Flow Controls (EFC) is looking to Brazil as a priority for future growth.
CREDITOR Royal Bank of Scotland has, in a Canadian court hearing, blocked a bid by Oilexco Inc to participate in a new UK North Sea exploration well.
ITF, the oil and gas industry technology facilitator, has announced another international member.
Scottish employees of oil giant Shell may have to wait months before finding out if their jobs are at risk in a major restructuring at the business.
TOTAL Waste Management Alliance (TWMA), the environmental service specialist, has already landed contracts totalling about £10million in the North Sea this year.
FORMER Cairngorms National Park media chief Danny Alexander returned there yesterday in his capacity as a local MP to promote the use of renewable energy within the park's boundaries.