""As many as 15 rigs could be removed from the equation off Norway next year, putting a reported 13,500 jobs at risk, due to expiry of their current charters, contract suspensions or an exodus of units overseas.""
""Premier Oil Norway AS has awarded Sevan Marine a FEED (Front End Engineering and Design) contract for the hull and marine systems of a Sevan type cylindrical FPSO for operation on the Premier Oil operated Bream field ..... The Mackerel development will be a 17km subsea tie-back to the Bream facilities...""
Arup is working with Xcite Energy Resources Plc, Amec Group Ltd. and Aibel AS to optimise its ACE platform design for the Bentley Oil Field located in the UK Sector of the Northern North Sea.
The project has now moved into the Pre-FEED (Preliminary Front End Engineering Design) stage following the successful completion of the conceptual design and assurance scopes of work. Arup explains that its existing ACE platform design was selected by Xcite due to the innovative concept having a proven analogue to the Bentley Field application in addition to its ease of installation and removal. According to Arup, the platform is able to install quickly and efficiently without the requirement for a specialist heavy lift vessel which reduces the overall schedule uncertainty and project risk whilst having the ability to be easily decommissioned at the end of field life – making it an environmentally sensitive and cost-effective solution.
Hopefully this time XER will be a bit more alert to DECC FDP requirements then they clearely were not with their 2011 ESP submission, and that items such as this ACE are already ticked off by them as being acceptable. Hard not to believe the number of times XER must have been through DECC's doors in the interim with EWT and the rest, that assuming the funding is in place, the Bentley FDP should be a given.
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