Aqualis Offshore Signs Frame Agreement With Aker BP
Aqualis Offshore Marine, a marine and offshore engineering consultancy, has signed a 5-year frame agreement to provide marine services to Aker BP, including marine warranty surveyor and marine services to fixed platforms, mobile units, and subsea fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. The scope of work covers loadouts, transports, installation, towages, moorings, rig moves, and vessel inspections.
Aker BP was offered interests in 23 new production licenses by the Norway Ministry of Petroleum and Energy through the Awards in Pre-Defined areas (APA 2017) licensing round. Announced on 16 January, Aker BP’s licenses include 14 in which the company is the operator.
Of the licenses awarded to Aker BP, 15 are located in the North Sea (11 as operator), 3 in the Norwegian Sea (2 as operator), and 5 in the Barents Sea (1 as operator).
A map of the 75 production licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf in the APA 2017 licensing round:
Earlier this month, Aqualis Offshore said it expanded its service offering to include drilling rig inspections, covering all industry audit and inspection requirements.
“Rig moving, jackup engineering, offshore transportation and installation, and marine warranty services already represent a large portion of our work. Over the past few years, clients have increasingly asked us to support them with rig inspection services too. Hence we have recruited specialist personnel to lead us forward,” said David Wells, CEO of Aqualis Offshore.
Aqualis Offshore will provide a range of inspection services from the development through to the execution of bespoke rig inspection and acceptance programs for drillships, semisubmersibles, and jackup rigs of all generation types. The team will also cover land rigs and provide focused and bespoke rig inspections, such as well control, dynamic positioning, or integrated control management system inspections.
A New Offshore Investment Cycle Is in the Making
The amount of oil and gas resources approved for development last year surpassed 20 billion BOE, the highest level seen since 2011. Telltale signs have emerged that we are entering a new offshore investment cycle.
Energy Companies Well Suited To Adapt to Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution, has hit the manufacturing sector, building upon the adoption of computers and automation into industrial processes. How well suited is the oil and gas industry to leverage the new autonomous systems that could emerge from this transformation?
UK Leads Global Drop in Operational Production Costs
Global OPEX is falling, and the UK has emerged as a cost-cutting powerhouse among global offshore regions feeling the squeeze of uncertain oil prices. In pursuit of lower unit prices, Rystad Energy says that operators and contractors have begun nurturing operational improvements.
Don't miss out on the latest technology delivered to your email every two weeks. Sign up for the OGF newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
15 January 2020
14 January 2020
13 January 2020