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

Private company Corallian Energy has issued a letter of intent to Ensco to provide a jack-up rig for a two-well programme in the UK sector. The company plans to drill the Colter and Wick prospects in the third or fourth quarter of this year, subject to certain approvals and consents. The Colter well will be an appraisal to examine further the 98/11-3 oil discovery, drilled in the English Channel, near the onshore Wytch Farm field. It has a planned TD of 6,079 feet. The Wick prospect lies within Inner Moray Firth block 11/24b and will be tested by an exploration well with a planned TD of 3,937 feet.


Equinor (ex Statoil) has awarded Aker Solutions an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract, worth over NKr1 billion to deliver a module for the Troll A platform, in block 31/2, as part of the Troll phase three topsides modification programme to help increase output from one of Norway’s biggest gasfields. The EPCI work for the module is an option under frontend engineering and design work the company secured last September. Aker Solutions in January won an EPC contract to deliver the subsea production system and services for the project.


Over 40,000 new people will need to be recruited into the offshore industry over the next 20 years, including 10,000 in posts that do not currently exist, in new areas such as data science, data analytics, robotics, material science, change management and remote operations, according to a report into UK oil and gas workforce dynamics published last week. The UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review, from skills body Opito in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s Oil and Gas Institute, assesses the changing skills requirements for the industry over the next 20 years.


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