North Sea Discoveries Highlight Rebound in the Slumbering Sea
BP announced two North Sea discoveries, adding to signs of a revival in play that was looking old, tired, and overpriced a couple years ago.
Shell’s Penguins Redevelopment a Step Forward in North Sea Revival
The long-term decommissioning of the historic Brent field has necessitated redevelopment of the younger Penguins field in the North Sea, where the UK hopes to see more revival projects in the coming years.
Multiwell Deployment of a New Abandonment System
A new downhole-tool-based abandonment system was developed and deployed successfully on four wells for a major operator on a field in the North Sea.
Case Study: Drone Technology Inspection of UK North Sea Facility
Intel and Cyberhawk released a case study outlining the successful inspection of a gas terminal near the coast of Scotland using commercially available drone technology.
BP and Shell Agree: A New Energy Future Is Coming
The world still needs oil and gas, but it is also making room for renewable energy which will change how upstream companies do business.
Total Acquires Maersk Oil in $7.5-Billion Deal, Boosts North Sea Presence
Total’s acquisition of Maersk Oil includes holdings in the North Sea Johan Sverdrup and Culzean projects. Total will become the second-largest operator in the northwest Europe offshore region. Maersk’s strategy shifts to its transport and logistics division.
First Oil From Kraken: Offshore Project To Increase UK Production by 15%
30 years after being discovered in the North Sea, this heavy-oilfield is now flowing.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden To Speak at SPE Offshore Europe 2017
Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is to speak at the opening plenary session at SPE Offshore Europe 2017, which is being held in Aberdeen from 5–8 September.
SPE Offshore Europe: BP CEO Bob Dudley to Lead Opening Plenary
CEO Bob Dudley, who calls BP’s UK North Sea business one of its “crown jewels”, will address hundreds of delegates at the opening plenary session at Europe’s foremost exploration and production technical conference and exhibition.
Energy Policy Uncertain in the Wake of Brexit Referendum
With an uncertain future spawning from the Brexit referendum, the British government is seeking to maintain as much consistency in its energy policy as possible.
New Approach Tests Cement-Sheath Integrity During Thermal Cycling
Operators in the North Sea have been concerned about the ability of the cement sheath to maintain sealing integrity because of the increasing number of reported failures in mature wells. This paper presents results from a new laboratory setup to visualize the source of issues.
Tandem Downhole-Isolation-Valve System Eliminates Snubbing
The operator of an offshore jackup rig in the North Sea required safe and efficient deployment of the completion string without killing the well during tripping.
Faster Rate of Penetration in Hard Chalk: Proving a New Hypothesis for Drilling Dynamics
Large areas of the North Sea contain Cretaceous sediments, which form a massive hard layer of chalk that historically has presented a major drilling risk and expense to operators in the area.
Plasma-Based Tool Facilitates Plugging and Abandonment
This paper presents current advances in the development of a plasma-based milling tool and its use in casing-section milling for P&A.
Offshore Europe Review: North Sea’s Problems Driving Push For Change
The global industry is feeling the pain of the oil price plunge, but the UK feels it more acutely. Exploration drilling is at rock bottom levels, the offshore UK Continental Shelf is one of the world’s most expensive from which to produce a barrel of oil, and investment spending is expected to fall.
Offshore Europe: Endgame in the North Sea Inspires Creative Thinking
In a down market, plugging and abandoning North Sea wells looks like an opportunity. The cost for operators is reduced because the government is paying more than half of the cost of the work, and many service companies hungry for work are offering discounts.
Dynamic Fault-Seal Breakdown - Investigation in the North Sea Egret Field
The ability to predict the effect of faults on locating remaining hydrocarbon is critical to optimal well-placement, reservoir-management, and field development decisions.
Evolution of Multistage-Fracture Completions in a North Sea Environment
This paper reviews two newly developed novel completion systems that significantly reduce time spent performing multistage stimulation in environments where cost and consequence of failure are high.
Development of a Stranded Tight Gas Field in the North Sea With Hydraulic Fracturing
There are more than 100 accumulations in the southern North Sea that are flagged as stranded fields. One of these stranded tight gas fields, the Kew field, has been developed successfully with the use of a subsea well, horizontal drilling, and hydraulic fracturing.
Moorings Replacement and Hookup for a Damaged North Sea FPSO
This paper describes the measures put in place so that the mooring system of the Gryphon Alpha FPSO could be replaced and reconnected on an efficient schedule.
Modeling Formation Damage and Completion Geometry in the Gyda Reservoir
This study concerns the mature Gyda reservoir, where some recent production wells have underperformed relative to equivalent initial wells.
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