26 Aug 2016
BTG BIOLIQUIDS SELECTS TECHNIP TO DESIGN AND BUILD BIOMASS-TO-FUEL PLANTS - (Technip, Paris) Technip has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with BTG BioLiquids (BTL) to provide engineering and construction services for its modular pyrolysis plants. The plants will be based on BTL’s Fast Pyrolysis Oil (FPO) technology which converts biomass to oil through a rapid pyrolysis process. Fast pyrolysis is the thermochemical decomposition of biomass through rapid heating in absence of oxygen. The agreement combines Technip’s global strength in technology, engineering, procurement and construction with BTL’s experience in the design and commercial operation of one of the world’s first FPO production facilities. The agreement will be managed by Technip’s operating center in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. Image: BTG Bioliquids
26 Aug 2016
GULFAKS B LIFETIME EXTENSION GRANTED - (NPD, Stavanger, Norway) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has given the go-ahead for using the B platform on the Gullfaks field in the North Sea until 1 January 2036, which corresponds to the length of the production licence. Gullfaks B first came on stream in February 1988. The NPD believes that further operation of Gullfaks B is needed in order to recover the remaining resources on Gullfaks. The drilling rig has recently been upgraded and new wells are now being drilled from the facility. Gullfaks B could also be a relevant host platform for new deposits in the area. Block 34/10 was nicknamed the "Golden Block" when it was awarded to Statoil, Norsk Hydro and Saga Petroleum in 1978, with Statoil as the operator. The Gullfaks area has met all expectations, and has created very significant values for the greater society throughout thirty years of production. Gulfaks B – Image: Jorgen Bratland/Statoil
26 Aug 2016
BEACH ENERGY SUCCESSFUL AT CALLAWONGA-12, SOUTH AUSTRALIA - (Cooper Energy, Adelaide, Australia) Cooper Energy reports that Callawonga-12, an oil development well in PPL 220 on the western flank of the Cooper Basin, South Australia, is to be suspended after reaching a total depth of 1,449 metres in the Westbourne Formation. Callawonga-12 was drilled 230 metres southeast from the Callawonga-3 production well to accelerate production from the northern part of the field. A gross oil column of 4.0 metres (approximately 2 metres net oil) is interpreted in the primary target McKinlay Member and Namur Sandstone. Following the completion of Callawonga-12, the drilling rig will depart before returning in October to drill 1 to 2 exploration wells in PRL’s 85-104. Drilling in the Cooper Basin – Image: Cooper Energy
25 Aug 2016
THE DEEPEST WELL EVER DRILLED ON NORWEGIAN CONTINENTAL SHELF - (Maersk Drilling, Copenhagen) On 31 July, Mærsk Gallant drilled the Solaris ultra HPHT (high-pressure, high-temperature) well located about 315 km southwest of Stavanger, to a total depth of 5,941 metres true vertical depth. This means that Mærsk Gallant has beaten the record for deepest well ever drilled on the Norwegian continental shelf. In the Solaris project – together with the customer, Total E&P Norge – Maersk Drilling has taken a 15,000 psi rig and adapted the equipment and procedures in order to drill a reservoir section where predicted pore pressures are well in excess of 15,000 psi. Maersk Gallant set several records offshore Norway:
  • The largest and most complicated BOP stack rig up.
  • The biggest cement job (600 m3 cement slurry).
  • The heaviest casing run (1,2M lbs).
  • First time a 20K BOP has been nippled up (installed) and used to drill an ultra HPHT well.
25 Aug 2016
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25 Aug 2016
CLAXTON COMPLETES WELL ABANDONMENT OF HORNE AND WREN PLATFORMS - (Claxton, Great Yarmouth, UK) Claxton, an Acteon company, has completed its involvement in the abandonment of two wells on the Horne and Wren Platform in the Southern North Sea. Completed within 18 days in July 2016, Claxton was responsible for the 5.1/2” tubing cut verification, tubing recovery, sub-mudline abrasive conductor severance, conductor cut verification and the subsequent multi-string recovery from both wells. The multi-string severance was performed from a jack-up lift barge (JULB) for this project. The Horne & Wren installation and pipeline is located in the UK Continental Shelf in Blocks 53/03, 53/04 and 49/28 of Southern North Sea, approximately 65 km east of the nearest UK landfall and approximately 38 km from the UK / Netherlands trans-boundary line. The Horne & Wren, Wissey and Orwell fields produced gas which was flowed through the Thames Area Complex and then exported to the Bacton Gas terminal in Norfolk. Image: Claxton, Great Yarmouth, UK

25 Aug 2016
MAIDEN HEAVY LIFT PROJECT FOR PIONEERING SPIRIT - (Allseas, Chatel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland) Allseas’ dynamically positioned single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit successfully executed her maiden heavy lift project, removal of the 13,500 t Yme mobile offshore production unit in the North Sea, 100 km off the coast of Norway, on 22 August 2016 for Repsol Norge AS. The Yme MOPU is a jack-up type platform standing on three steel legs of 3.5 m diameter, which are inserted approximately 10 m inside the subsea storage tank columns at 93 m water depth. The platform has since been sea-fastened on board and the vessel is currently on her way to the newly developed dismantling yard in Lutelandet, Norway. (Image: Allseas)
25 Aug 2016
STATOIL BECOMES OPERATOR OF LICENCE P.2170 ON THE UK NORTH SEA - (Statoil, Stavanger, Norway) Statoil has signed a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Jersey Oil and Gas and CIECO Exploration and Production to acquire 70% ownership and operatorship for the P.2170 licence on the UK Continental Shelf for a total cash consideration of 2 million USD. P.2170 lies in the Buchan Graben in the Outer Moray Firth region, an area containing the Buchan, Buzzard and Ettrick oil discoveries. Statoil will acquire 70% working interest and operatorship in the licence.
24 Aug 2016
INSTALLATION OF GEMINI OFFSHORE WIND PARK COMPLETED - (Van Oord, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus installed the 150th and final wind turbine at the Gemini Offshore Wind Park, which means that the installation of all 150 wind turbines is now complete. Van Oord and Siemens were responsible for the installation of the wind turbines. With a total capacity of 66 MW, the Gemini Offshore Wind Park in the Dutch part of the North Sea is one of the largest wind farms in the world, both in terms of size and production. Van Oord Aeolus installing first turbine at the Gemimi wind farm - Image: Van Oord