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Checks ordered on Super Pumas to detect ‘cracks’ on rotor component

Europe’s aviation watchdog has issued an “emergency” airworthiness directive (AD) ordering operators to carry out a new set of checks on Super Puma helicopters. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said part of the main rotor assembly for the aircraft was “susceptible to crack development, due to aging phenomenon”. The directive said the problem with […]

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September 26, 2017, 1:33 pm | Author: Mark Lammey

Moray engineering firm goes bust, more than 30 jobs lost

More than 30 people have lost their jobs after a Moray engineering firm went under. KPMG was brought in to liquidate Fochabers-based Brown Engineering earlier this month. Brown Engineering, which specialised in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of various plant and machinery and pipework for the distilling and malting, and oil and gas industries, had […]

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September 26, 2017, 11:31 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Chancellor says Treasury “pulling out the stops” on oil and gas tax reform

The chancellor says the Treasury is “pulling out the stops” on oil and gas tax reform demands – but cannot promise changes will be ready in time for his Budget. Encouraging small firms to exploit remaining North Sea reserves by allowing them to inherit decommissioning reliefs when they buy assets is top of the industry’s […]

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September 26, 2017, 6:38 am | Author: Joe Churcher

SNP says Treasury’s £5m for North Sea exploration a ‘very small step’

The SNP has said the UK Government’s £5million investment in North Sea exploration was “welcome” but “small”. Drew Hendry, the SNP’s energy spokesman in Westminster, accused the UK Government of failing to tackle issues including the reform of decommissioning tax relief and concerns over Brexit. Industry has repeatedly asked the government to smooth the transfer […]

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September 26, 2017, 6:02 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Air Control Energy in drone inspection on North Sea FPSO

Aberdeen-based drone company Air Control Energy (Ace) has carried out a live inspection of a North Sea installation. The company used a drone to stream live footage from an FPSO back to the client’s offices in Aberdeen. Using a drone meant the operator did not have to shut down the facility or rely on rope […]

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September 26, 2017, 5:00 am | Author: David McPhee

Adept Solutions doubles workforce following Culzean award

Aberdeen software firm Adept Solutions has doubled its workforce after winning a major North Sea contract. Adept Solutions will earn at least £1million for providing hydrocarbon accounting services to Maersk Oil UK for the Culzean field project. The contract is the largest Adept has secured since it was set up in 2006 and has allowed the firm to take on six more […]

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September 26, 2017, 5:00 am | Author: Elizabeth Barclay

BP restarts gas plant on Glen Lyon FPSO after leak causes shutdown

Oil major BP said today that it had to shut the gas plant on its Glen Lyon FPSO twice after detecting a leak last week. BP said it halted the gas plant’s operations before reporting the leak to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and replacing a faulty valve. The company brought the gas […]

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September 26, 2017, 4:50 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Erskine field resumes production, Serica says

Serica Energy announced today that production at the Erskine field resumed at the end of last week. Output had been suspended since July 31 for facilities maintenance to be carried out. Production from the gas condensate field, situated 150miles east of Aberdeen, has been continuous over the weekend. The Erskine field produces via a usually […]

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September 25, 2017, 3:48 pm | Author: Elizabeth Barclay

Global Energy completes Culzean field job

Global Energy Group has finished building and loading out more than 1,000tonnes worth of equipment for the North Sea Culzean field at its Invergordon base. Global, which has operations in Aberdeen and across the globe, was contracted to supply a pipeline end manifold module and protection structure, subsea safety isolation valve and riser bases for […]

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September 25, 2017, 10:40 am | Author: David McPhee

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