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

Dolphin Drilling appears to be emerging from the restructuring of its business and financial set-up, which were completed in 2019, and is building a contract backlog once again along with a close working relationship with UK operator i3 Energy . Dolphin has confirmed it has been awarded another drilling contract by i3 which will start no later than 1 September and will involve drilling two appraisal wells in the Serenity oil accumulation, in block 13/23c. Two sidetracks may also be drilled depending on the results from the two main wells. According to i3, the firm drilling period is expected to last a minimum 82 days. The fixture also includes an option term lasting another 78 days which would be used to drill two wells.


CNR International is seeking approval to decommission the Banff field, in UK central blocks 29/2a and 22/27a, and Kyle, in 29/2c and 29/2h. The programme will comprise removal initially of the FPSO Petrojarl Banff and floating storage and offloading vessel Apollo Spirit, mooring lines and anchors, a submerged turret loading buoy, risers and umbilicals. The Banff and Kyle field decommissioning programme will be carried out in three phases over a five-year period: phase one - removal of the FPSO and FSO vessels; phase two - decommissioning of subsea installations and pipelines; phase three - well plug and abandonment. Phase one is currently planned for this summer. 


Spirit Energy has boosted production from the Chiswick and Chestnut fields, in UK southern basin block 49/4a and central area 22/2a, respectively, following completion of two new wells. First gas from Chiswick 49/4a-C6 was achieved on 11 March and has added up to an additional 15 MMcfd of gas to the field. The new well brings overall production from the Greater Markham area  to 110 MMcfd. The development well, completed two months ahead of schedule, is expected to help extend life of the GMA hub to 2028. Spirit is sole owner of Chiswick. Chestnut well 22/2a-19 started producing on 19 March and will extend the life of the field by up to three additional years.


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