Cairn Energy today confirmed both its Catcher and Kraken projects, both in the UK North Sea, remained on track for first oil next year.
Premier Oil said its Solan project is on track to produce its first oil by the end of the year off the west coast of Shetland. The company said it was also ready for first oil from the Catcher project in 2017 as it posted its results for the first 10 months of the year. The progress of the Solan field will be “subject to weather” in the UK North Sea.
The boss of Subsea 7 has said the fundamental long-term outlook for deepwater subsea field developments remains intact despite the company reporting $702million lower revenue in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period 12 months ago.
Cairn Energy remains focused on the billion barrel oil prize that is within reach from its discovery in West Africa.
Premier Oil has cut its operating costs by 30% as a challenging marketplace sees its turnover slide. The firm reported total revenues for the first half of the year topped out at $580million – down from last year’s $885million. The dip triggered Premier to cut its operating costs by 30% - down to $150million. The company credited the sale of the “high cost Scott area in the UK” for the part of the savings.
Cairn Energy has made reductions to its staff cutting 40% of its headcount in both full-time employees and contractors. The company made the announcement in a pre-close update in which it said its 2015 focus would be on an appraisal and exploration programme in Senegal. Cairn is currently still engaged in discussion with the Indian Tan department as it struggles to gain access to the value of its 10% share of Cairn Energy.
Singapore-based Dyna-Mac has been awarded a contract worth a preliminary estimate of $89million to construct FPSO topside modules and one flare tower for BW Offshore. The company’s prepatory work is for the vessel which will operate at Premier Oil’s Catcher oil fields in the North Sea.
North Sea operator Premier Oil says it is preparing for a busy year of exploration with plans to sanction three new fields and drill 13 new exploration and appraisal wells in 2014.