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Rowan Wins North Sea Contract

Rowan Companies won a term drilling contract for use of the Rowan Gorilla VII in the North Sea commencing in August 2005. The contract provides for a one-year term with a minimum work commitment of nine months, and includes an option for a second year. Rowan estimates that contract revenues, based on a one-year term, will be approximately $65 million. As previously reported, Gorilla VII is currently carrying out decommissioning activities on the Ardmore Field in the North Sea which the Company expects to conclude during July.


Tidewater Sells North Sea Boats

Tidewater Inc. will sell its North Sea safety-standby boats to BUE Marine Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland. The $40 million all-cash deal is expected to close by late June. The 28 safety-standby boats were obtained by Tidewater as part of earlier acquisitions. This type of rescue vessel is required for oil and gas entities operating in the North Sea.


BP Selects Offshore Automation Contractor of Choice

BP Exploration selects Emerson Process Management as automation contractor of choice for North Sea oil & gas operations Emerson will be BP’s preferred supplier of integrated control and safety systems for five offshore fields in the U.K. continental shelf, including the new Clair Ridge platforms and the Quad 204 floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Emerson’s selection as contractor of choice builds on an earlier agreement in which the company was named a Main


Sharp Rise Seen in North Sea Decommissioning

Decom North Sea (DNS), the organization which represents the North Sea’s oil and gas decommissioning industry, has welcomed changes in the budget which will boost the sector, leading to new jobs and investment in new equipment.   With annual decommissioning expenditure in the North Sea forecast to top £1billion within a few years and a total of about £35billion due to be spent over the next 20 to 30 years, DNS had called for the budget to provide long-term certainty


UK North Sea Gas Discovery 'Significant' Say E&P

E.ON Exploration & Production's (E&P) Tolmount gas discovery in the UK North Sea could contain significantly higher volumes than originally estimated, making it one of the largest discoveries made in this part of the North Sea for several years. The recently completed appraisal well reached its targets within time and budget on 6th July. A 855 m side-track was completed on 30th July, 2013.   "This successful discovery in UK is an important step for our growing upstream


Divorce Costs Could Sour Scotland's North Sea Hopes

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Scottish nationalists are betting $2.5 trillion of hydrocarbons trapped miles beneath the North Sea could bankroll an independent Scotland, but winning control of the European Union's largest oil reserves would be no blank cheque. Scotland says the bulk of Britain's North Sea oil and gas reserves are in its waters, while London says any division would be subject to negotiations should Scots vote to end their 307-year-old union with England in a referendum on


Transocean to Create New Offshore Drilling Company

Image courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd. says that it intends to pursue the creation of an entity comprising 8 of its UK North Sea midwater drilling rigs.  The new entity, Caledonia Offshore Drilling Company (Caledonia) is expected to be established during the second half of 2014. The offshore drilling assets currently contemplated for transfer to Caledonia include the following rigs: Sedco 704, Sedco 711, Sedco 712, Sedco 714, Transocean John Shaw, Transocean Prospect, GSF Arctic III and J.W. McLean.


WesternGeco Awarded Contract

ExxonMobil Exploration has awarded WesternGeco a multiproject Q-Marine contract to cover three ExxonMobil assets in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. Q is the WesternGeco proprietary suite of advanced seismic technologies for enhanced reservoir location, description, and management. The surveys will be conducted by the Geco Topaz and the Western Neptune, two of the four WesternGeco Q-Technology vessels


North Sea Unions Call for Better Lifeboats

Lifeboats on oil and gas installations in the North Sea are not fit for purpose, union leaders claimed yesterday in Aberdeen, according to a report on www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk. The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) reportedly called for a new and safer way of evacuating offshore workers by boat and gave a damning verdict on the two methods currently in use.


Rowan Extends North Sea Contract for Gorilla VII

Rowan Companies, Inc. has entered into a one-year extension of its drilling contract for the Rowan Gorilla VII in the North Sea. Gorilla VII is currently working offshore Denmark under a one-year term contract that contained an option for a second year. By the exercise of the option, the rig's commitment is now extended to August 2007. The extension will generate additional drilling revenues of approximately $93 million.


Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Delivers Fourth PSV

HMD’s fourth PSV, NS Frayja

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) delivered the fourth high value platform supply vessel (PSV) for BP Shipping at its main shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. HMD won four PSVs from BP Shipping in March 2012 and already delivered three same type vessels from January to July this year.


iSURVEY Awarded Two-year Contract with Island Offshore

Island Valiant

iSURVEY has been awarded a two-year contract with offshore vessel owner, Island Offshore Management, which will see iSURVEY AS provide positioning services to Island Offshore as part of a call off arrangement. Operations have already commenced on the first vessel


Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque Offers Strategic Advantages

Damen Arno Dunkerque, general impression web.jpg

Acquired less than two years ago, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque is a relatively new addition to the group’s worldwide network of ship repair and conversion yards. Originally called Arno Dunkerque, the shipyard was officially renamed Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on September 1 this year and brings


Britain Loses Europe's Gas Trading Crown to the Dutch

Photo: Gasunie

Britain has been topped by the Netherlands as Europe's leading natural gas trading hub this summer, ending decades of British dominance in the sector. Britain has reigned as Europe's busiest gas trading centre since discoveries of North Sea oil and gas in the 1970s made it Europe's main producer


Bibby Offshore Opens Office in Stravanger, Norway

  Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited, [the subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, is pleased to announce its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stravanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier.


Rickmers-Linie Supports Low Sulphur Regime, Expects Cost Hike

Map of the Emission Control Areas (ECA) in the U.S. and Canada as well as North Sea, English Channel and the Baltic Sea

Rickmers-Linie has declared its support for the introduction of stricter sulphur regulations but expects that it will inevitably lead to an increase in the cost of marine fuels. “While shipping is already the most environmentally friendly mode of transport


Damen Building Walk 2 Work Vessel on Speculation

Image: Damen

After making final touches to the Damen Walk 2 Work vessel, a completely new and innovative design for the offshore support vessel market, Dutch shipbuilder Damen decided to start building the vessel on speculation, marked with the start of the basic and consequently detailed engineering of the


Shell Offers Complete Lubricant Lineup for ECA-bound Vessels

Photo: Shell

Today, Shell Marine Products (SMP) introduced Shell Alexia S3, its solution for large vessels with two-stroke engines entering into waters where the revised emission control area (ECA) regulations will come into force on January 1, 2015. Shell Alexia S3 will be available to customers from December


Accident Claims One in BP North Sea Incident

A man has died after an incident on a North Sea oil platform owned by BP Plc, the company said on Thursday. "BP is deeply saddened to confirm that an offshore worker has died following an incident on the Unity platform," BP said in a statement


Rowan Viking Rig Upgrade Completed on Schedule

ROWAN VIKING RIG UPGRADE COMPLETED

  Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has completed a major upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea, in thirty days less than was initially projected by the client. Owner Rowan Companies plc


Statoil Shuts Huldra Platform Permanently

Photo: courtesy Statoil (Huldra platform)

Statoil will shut gas production at its Huldra platform in the North Sea permanently, the Norwegian energy firm said on Wednesday. Statoil put the platform for sale in 2011 and said it was still actively seeking "a solution of reuse".


STS Young Endeavour Prepares for World Voyage

Young Endeavour (Credit: Young Endeavour)

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship, Young Endeavour, is undergoing maintenance work in preparation for a 12-month world circumnavigation. It is the vessel’s first deployment of this nature in more than 20 years. Darren Chester MP


Rowan Viking Rig Upgrade Completed

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has completed the upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea, in thirty days less than was initially projected by the client. Owner Rowan Companies plc


A Boost for UK Offshore Drilling? DW Monday Muses

North Sea operations: File photo

Drilling activity offshore UK is now expected to increase over the next few years as government and industry reacts to the recommendations in Sir Ian Wood’s report – the “Wood Review” – to maximise UK offshore oil & gas recovery advises Douglas Westwood's


Odfjell Drilling in Tighter 2Q North Sea Market

DAB on sea trials: Image Odfjell Drilling

Odfjell Drilling reports second quarter 2014 financial results showing a profit of US$29-million. Profit & loss Q2 2014 Operating revenue for Q2 2014 was USD 272 million (USD 289 million), a decrease of USD 17 million, or 6 %. Operating revenue decreased due to reduced engineering- and






 
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