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BP starts-up Shah Deniz 2 development in Azerbaijan

Oil major BP and its partners announced the start-up of the landmark Shah Deniz 2 gas development in Azerbaijan, including its first commercial gas delivery to Turkey. The $28 billion project is the first subsea development in the Caspian Sea and the largest subsea infrastructure operated by the company worldwide.

World’s most powerful wind turbine starts operations

The Aberdeen Bay wind farm, or EOWDC, is Scotland’s largest wind farm that will produce electricity to about 80,000 British households every year. The eleven wind turbines, two 8.8 MW and nine 8.4 MW, have the largest turbine capacity in commercial operation in the world. One single rotor lap can provide a British household with electricity for a full day.

UK energy production slightly drops in Q1 2018

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy issued its ‘Energy Trends’ report for the first quarter of 2018, revealing that the country’s total energy production was 1.0% lower than in the first quarter of 2017, despite increased oil output and record high output from wind, solar and hydro. 

10.2% of UK’s energy consumption came from renewables in 2017

In its ‘Energy Trends’ report for Q1 2018, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the country has made 15% progress in the target set under the 2009 EU Renewable Directive. Provisional calculations show that 10.2% of final energy consumption in 2017 came from renewable sources; up from 9.2% in 2016.

Norway grants Equinor consent for drilling in North Sea

PSA Norway has given oil major Equinor consent to drill exploration well 35/10-4 S, which aims to investigate a prospect named “Stålull”. The well is in the North Sea, west of the Fram field and around 67 kilometres from the nearest land, at Utvær in Solund municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane.

UK oil and gas decommissioning costs reduced, report says

As UK’s industry and government try to reduce decommissioning costs by at least 35%, the report indicates that the industry has made progress towards safely decommissioning all current and currently planned future offshore oil and gas infrastructure for less than £39 billion.

First blockchain service for offshore drilling launched

Houston-based Diamond Offshore Drilling announced the launch of a Blockchain Drilling service, what it claims to be the first application of blockchain technology in the offshore drilling industry. This service is intended to reduce costs for oil and gas operators.

First battery installed at offshore wind farm

Equinor has installed the world’s first battery for offshore wind ‘Batwind’ at the first floating offshore wind farm Hywind Scotland. With Batwind in operation, it will be possible for the first time to store energy produced from an offshore wind farm. Electricity produced at Hywind Scotland will be transported via cables to an onshore substation where the batteries are placed and connected to the grid.

Eni finds oil off Angola

Eni announced an oil discovery in the Kalimba exploration prospect, in Angola’s deep offshore. The new discovery is estimated to contain between 230 and 300 million barrels of light oil in place. The well was drilled by the West Gemini drillship in a water depth of 458 meters and reached a total depth of 1901 meters.

BP spills unauthorized drilling mud from rig

BP Canada reported on June 22, an unauthorized discharge of synthetic based drilling mud (SBM) from the West Aquarius Drilling Unit. A preliminary estimate of the volume discharged is approximately 136 cubic metres. The discharge has been stopped and a remote operated vehicle will determine the source of the discharge.