Aberdeen oil minnows scoop up 12 new North Sea oil exploration licences

The redundant Buchan Alpha oil platform is tugged into Dales Voe for decommissioning and scrapping in Shetland.
The redundant Buchan Alpha oil platform is tugged into Dales Voe for decommissioning and scrapping in Shetland.

Aberdeen-based oil minnow Serica Energy has been awarded three new North Sea oil exploration licence areas as follows:

Rowallan South: Blocks 22/24f (split) and 22/25c (split), Serica Energy (UK) Limited: 20% working interest, operator ENI UK.  These blocks lie directly to the south of the Rowallan Prospect, in which Serica holds a 15% interest and which is due to be drilled later this year. The blocks are offered on condition of making a ‘drill or drop’ decision to enter the next phase.

Columbus West: Block 23/21b, Serica Energy (UK) Limited: 50% working interest, operator Summit Exploration and Production.  The block lies immediately to the west of Serica’s Columbus Field, which is in the advanced stages of development planning. The proposed work programme contains further seismic reprocessing and a ‘drill or drop’ decision to enter the next phase.

Skerryvore: Blocks 30/12c (part), 30/13c (split), 30/17h, 30/18c and 30/19c (part), Serica Energy (UK) Limited: 20% working interest, operator Parkmead. The Skerryvore prospect lies in the Central North Sea, 60km south of Serica’s Erskine field. The proposed work programme includes shooting new 3D seismic data and a contingent well decision.

The Parkmead Group – also based in Aberdeen –  won nine new oil exploration licences in West of Shetland and in the central and southern North Sea.

 

Oil rig decommissioning duo donate £10,000 to Shetland community groups

The Veolia and Peterson partnership – which is scrapping the Buchan Alpha oil rig in the Shetland isles – has donated £10,000 to local community groups.

Recipients include the Disability Shetland Pre-School Group and Shetland Junior Football Association, Eid Community Shoppers Bus and Dogs against Drugs.

They have each received funding of up to £1,000 for anything ranging from help to cover promotional and marketing materials, education and awareness raising, practical equipment and running costs.

The community grant scheme follows the work at Dales Voe to set up a decommissioning facility which can recover obsolete structures from the North Sea. The facility is already helping the local economy through the creation of 35 jobs that manage the recycling of materials and assets.  

25 May 2018

 

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