North Sea Reporter


North Sea Reporter is an established and respected weekly publication which provides in-depth news and analysis of the NW European offshore oil and gas industry. 

Rig Market

COSL Europe has confirmed the 2014-built semi-submersible COSLProspector arrived in Norway last weekend and is currently based at the CCB yard, near Bergen. The contractor says the rig will undergo preparations during the remainder of March and all of April while being marketed for future operations in the Norwegian and UK sectors. There are now 23 semis inactive in the North Sea region and although seven have forward contracts in place, this still leaves 16 idle rigs competing for work. At end-February semi utilisation improved for the first time since October, but the rate remains volatile.


Hurricane Energy has taken delivery of christmas trees and other key subsea components for the early production system (EPS) for the Lancaster field development, in UK west of Shetland block 205/21a. TechnipFMC has delivered two horizontal xmas tree systems and a subsea control system for the FPSO Aoka Mizu, some of the key long lead items for the EPS. Hurricane says completion of this scope is a key step in enabling it to maintain the schedule for planned completion in the second and third quarters of this year of well completions and the installation programme.Lancaster is expected to come on stream in 2019.


Spirit Energy has awarded PD&MS Group a two-year, multi-million-pound contract to decommission the topsides of the unmanned DP3 and DP4 drilling platforms in the Morecambe Bay gasfield, in the East Irish Sea. The contractor will also assist with the provision of independent intervention teams comprising operations and management personnel to support offshore visits during the preparation and construction phases. In addition, it will manage the pipeline cleaning scope and interface with the wells plugging and abandonment and heavy-lift contractors appointed by Spirit Energy.


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