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Offshore wind hits milestone in UK

Offshore wind generation in the UK increased by 28% during 2018, resulting to a record-breaking 8% for UK’s electricity, as reported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The wind capacity rose by 1.2GW, due to large projects opening or being expanded, such as the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

UK HMRC: More clarity needed on cost impact of oil and gas decommissioning

Significant uncertainty remains about the future costs to taxpayers of decommissioning offshore oil and gas assets, said UK Government’s HM Revenue & Customs service, although HMRC estimates that oil and gas companies will pass on £24 billion of decommissioning expenditure to taxpayers through tax reliefs.

BP announces $100 million to reduce emissions in its oil and gas operations

BP announced that it has created a $100 million fund for projects that will deliver new greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. The Upstream Carbon Fund will provide further support to BP’s work generating sustainable greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its operations. Total funds of up to $100 million will be available during the course of the next three years.

Watch: New lift record set as Johan Sverdrup field centre is completed

Three days were enough to lift four of the last pieces in the Johan Sverdrup puzzle into place, namely the two final platform topsides, a bridge and a flare stack. The processing platform lift was the heaviest lift ever performed offshore. The installation and completion phase offshore at Johan Sverdrup began with installing the jacket for the riser platform in August 2017.

Port of Esbjerg: Exciting perspectives ahead for the North Sea

Speaking during the Port of Esbjerg’s annual meeting, Chairman of the Board Flemming N. Enevoldsen, informed that the wind business is flourishing. If Denmark succeeds in seizing the opportunity, the wind hub of the North Sea may prove to be the green equivalent of the Norwegian oil adventure, CEO of Energinet, Thomas Egebo, noted. In addition, more Ro-Ro cargo and more ship calls mean that the Port has delivered a satisfactory profit for 2018.

Shell ships first condensate cargo from Prelude FLNG

Royal Dutch Shell announced on March 18 that it shipped the first condensate cargo from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off northwestern Australia. The 116,000dwt tanker Advantage Atom arrived at Prelude from Singapore on March 20.

New project eyes creation of a gigawatt electrolysis plant

A consortium of Dutch companies, universities and knowledge institutions have teamed up on the ‘Gigawatt Electrolysis Factory’ project, recently kicked-off at the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, aiming to investigate what it takes to build a gigawatt-sized electrolysis plant in the Netherlands around 2025-2030. 

Lessons learned: Winch wire snagged and released suddenly

IMCA informed of a near-miss incident during drilling operations on a land-based drilling rig, when the thimble within the hard eye of the winch wire momentarily caught (snagged) on the edge of the drill rig chassis. It then released in an uncontrolled manner very close to the driller.  

Offshore energy firms commit to create new career opportunities in UK

Offshore energy firms Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, ScottishPower Renewables, and Vattenfall have joined forces with the University of East Anglia, Nautilus Associates and UK charity The Bridge Trust to create new career opportunities for young people in the East of England.

North Sea output to decrease due to Ekofisk maintenance

Rystad Energy forecasts that oil production in the North Sea will decrease by 330.000 bpd month-on-month in June as Ekofisk shuts down for planned work. It is expected that the production will remain stable through April 2019, prior to dropping 80.000 bpd in May, Milan Rudel, analyst with Rystad Energy’s Oil Markets team reports.

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