Nicola Sturgeon will today call on the UK Government to consult urgently on incentives to boost exploration in the North Sea. The First Minister will make the demand at the annual Oil and Gas UK Conference in Aberdeen. Figures show that North Sea exploration last year reached its lowest level in at least two decades, with 14 explorations wells drilled compared to 44 in 2008. The Scottish Government claims the Westminster Government has yet to deliver any follow up action after committing at the end of 2014 to further work on options for supporting exploration through the tax system.
Kongsberg Maritime is set to deliver technology for the Johan Sverdrup field. The award is for delivery of the Safety and Automation System (SAS), Life Cycle Simulator and SAS Information Management System for the four platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field centre.
Statoil has awarded 2H Offshore a contract for analysis on the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The company's work includes tieback conductor, platform conductor and surface riser engineering analysis. 2H had already conducted engineering studies for Statoil to support wellhead specification on the development.
Statoil has signed a contract with Allseas for the installation of three platform topsides in the Johan Sverdrup field. The topsides will be installed for the drilling, processing and living quarter platforms. The drilling platform topsides will be installed in 2018, and the processing and living quarter topsides will follow in 2019.