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

The Maersk Drilling jack-up Maersk Integrator has been awarded a contract by Aker BP to drill another two wells in the Ivar Aasen field, in block 16/1, off Norway. Maersk, in a statement last on 5 February, said the contract was expected to kick off in the third quarter and last for about 73 days. The contract is worth about $19.5 million, excluding the provision of integrated services and potential performance bonuses. The Maersk Integrator already has a busy programme for the earlier part of this year. The rig is currently in the process of finishing off work for Hungarian operator MOL in unsuccessful Eidsvoll exploration well 2/9-6S (PL617), which was spudded on 8 January. It has two wells to drill for Aker BP next, in the Tambar and Ula fields, before heading off to drill an exploration well for Austrian operator OMV targeting the Ommadawn prospect, in block 1/3.

Field development

Tailwind Energy has been granted Oil and Gas Authority approval to develop the Evelyn field, in UK central block 21/30 (P.1792) and for which a final investment decision has also been taken. Evelyn will initially be developed as a one-well subsea tieback to the Triton FPSO, about 7 km to the northeast. The subsea tieback will include a new 10-inch production line, 4-inch gas-lift line and umbilical for control services. A new Gannet E, Evelyn and Belinda manifold will be installed within the Triton FPSO 500-metre safety zone to enable the co-mingling and routing of fluids from the Evelyn and Bittern fields, which will be transported on to the FPSO via new production jumpers for oil, gas and water processing. A valve skid will be installed in Evelyn, close to the first well, to control the flow of fluids and enable a future possible second well to be tied in into the flowline.


Equinor is planning to award three large contracts in the first half of this year for decommissioning work in the Veslefrikk field, in blocks 30/3 and 30/6 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, where the operator has confirmed that production will end next spring. In a statement on Monday (21 February), Equinor said that plugging of Veslefrikk’s wells had already started ahead of the production shutdown early next year, some 32 years after the field originally came on stream in 1989 during which time it has produced more than 400 million barrels of oil equivalent. The new contracts to be awarded before the summer cover the removal and dismantling of the Veslefrikk A fixed wellhead platform, the dismantling and recycling of the Veslefrikk B semi-submersible production platform and seabed work covering export pipeline cleaning and disconnection.


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