Billion Barrel Oil Field Discovered West of Shetland

Billion Barrel Oil Field Discovered West of Shetland

Published in Oil Industry News on Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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Hurricane Energy has announced it’s claim of the “largest undeveloped discovery on the UK Continental Shelf” after releasing details of a mega-find to the West of Shetland.

The find could provide up to 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in what is hailed to be the biggest find in the North Sea since Nexen discovered the Buzzard Field in 2001.

The field will be capable of producing oil “beyond 2050”. However hurricane isn’t expected to have sole ownership of the field as neighbouring acreage has been bought by BP and Shell in the most recent licensing round, making them likely partners for Hurricane Energy.

Hurricane’s stock increased by 11% upon making the announcement.

Ashley Kelty of securities firm Cenkos said: “It’s absolutely colossal.

“It appears to be one structure that runs some 18 miles north-east of Lancaster up towards Halifax.

“It would be quite easy to say it is 800million barrels and it probably wouldn’t be difficult to get to a billion.

“This will be producing beyond 2050. Something of this size could go on for 30 years-plus, assuming a full development of all the resources.”

The super find comes in stark contrast to many stories that Scotlands oil is running out, and reinforces Oil and Gas Peoples 2014 Investigation that Scotlands Western Frontier or Atlantic Margin could see a whole new generation of oil and gas exploration.

Hurricane Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Trice said: “We believe that the Greater Lancaster area is a single hydrocarbon accumulation, making it the largest undeveloped discovery on the UK Continental Shelf.

“The discovery of a 1km hydrocarbon column at Halifax validates the efforts the company undertook to acquire the licence and drill, test and log the Halifax well through the winter months.”

First Oil from the massive field is expected in 2019.

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UPDATED: Oil workers’ cancer fears after rig radiation exposure

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oil workers have been left fearing they will develop cancer after being exposed to radiation while on a North Sea platform.

A total of six Wood Group employees claim they were put at risk by the potentially dangerous particles while carrying out maintenance work on the Thistle installation last
December.

They had been contacted by rig operator EnQuest to remove pipework when they were made to work in close proximity to the material.

The men were under the impression that proper risk assessments had been carried out ahead of their arrival.

But they were only told 12 hours into the job that the environment they were working in was unsafe.

The Thistle platform, 125 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands, was
undergoing planned shutdown activities at the time.

The offshore workers were removing a piece of pipework when they were exposed to naturally occurring radioactive material, rig operator EnQuest confirmed last night.

Steve Innes, a rigging supervisor from Sunderland with 20 years’ offshore experience under his belt, was one of the six people affected.

He said: “It was a shutdown so there was a lot of potential contamination.

“But we were all cleared to go back to work. So we spent a full 12-hour shift, with no protective equipment, in 40mph winds with all those particles in the air. All the dust was all over the scaffold.

“We received our permits to say all the tests had been done and we were safe.

“When we got back they told us we should be safe but that they couldn’t guarantee that we wouldn’t develop cancer or leukaemia further down the line because of the exposure.

“It’s a terrible situation. We were told they broke their procedures but not much else has been done.

“They have totally left their care of duty to their staff. It’s totally unacceptable.”

A spokeswoman for Enquest said: “EnQuest can confirm that, in December 2016, during planned shutdown activities on its Thistle platform, six personnel employed by Wood Group under a contract with EnQuest were removing a piece of pipework when they were exposed to low levels of NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material).

“The level of exposure was less than 1% of the level at which it is reportable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). However, EnQuest advised the HSE of the matter at the time.

“EnQuest has appropriate control measures in place which are designed to prevent exposure to NORM. Following an investigation, additional precautionary steps have been taken to further ensure that personnel avoid any such exposure.”

John Boland, the regional officer of the Unite union which represents Wood Group employees, said: “We have tried to contact Wood Group and they are not being forthcoming to us. They have told these men they could develop leukaemia or other cancers but now seem to be walking away.

“To us this seems like a betrayal and a lack of compassion from their employer.”

The Press and Journal could not reach Wood Group for comment.

However, a spokesman for the service firm reportedly told other media: “The health and safety of our people is always our top priority.

“As a precaution following the incident, we down-manned our employees from the platform in order to conduct medical assessments.

“We fully supported EnQuest in a detailed joint
investigation and continue to reinforce the application of our health and safety procedures, to ensure the safety of our employees.

“Our commitment and priority following the incident and throughout the investigation has been to the health and wellbeing of our employees.”

A spokesman for the HSE said as no staff raised the issue no investigation has been carried out.


 

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Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) meetings for trade union members working in the offshore Oil & Gas sector

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The Offshore Coordinating Group of offshore unions (UNITE, RMT, GMB, Nautilus International and BALPA) was launched in February 2016.

 

The aims and objectives of the Group are to:

• Co-ordinate the recruitment and organisation of all employees in the offshore oil and gas industries and thereafter to seek recognition on their behalf.

• Campaign to improve both the quality and security of employment in the offshore sector and the health, safety and wellbeing of all offshore workers.

• Organise and pursue effective campaigns on issues identified by the Group in the interests of the offshore workforce.

• Organise and articulate the collective trade union voice in strategic discussions with Government at all levels, regulators and employer organisations.

 


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Offshore workers exposed to radiation

Offshore workers exposed to radiation

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An offshore worker has called for action after he and colleagues were exposed to radiation, BBC Scotland can reveal.

The incident happened on EnQuests’s Thistle platform, off Shetland, last December.

Rigging supervisor Steve Innes, from Sunderland, told the BBC he and fellow Wood Group contractors discovered they had been exposed to alpha radiation.

EnQuest said “additional precautionary steps” had since been taken.

Wood Group said it was committed to employee safety.

Mr Innes – who said he has struggled to find more work since raising concerns – said the workers now faced cancer fears, and blood tests were ongoing.

He said EnQuest had failed in its duty of care.

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The men were working at Thistle, 125 miles (201 km) north east of Shetland, doing shutdown work with pipe equipment.

Mr Innes claimed they were told there was a problem two thirds of the way through the trip.

He claimed a health and safety manager told them a reading had been taken the night before and all the work was stopped.

He said: “We had all been working on it without the proper PPE (personal protective equipment), because they had assumed it was clear.

“At first we were all in shock.

“We have been exposed to radioactive material for hours at a time.”

‘Broken down’

He said they had been told the levels of radiation may not cause them long-term harm, but he was continuing to undergo tests.

Mr Innes said of EnQuest: “They have a duty of care. Their procedures have broken down.

“You can’t say ‘you’ve been contaminated but we think you’ll be OK’.

“I would like somebody to take the case on who’s not frightened of the companies.”

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An EnQuest spokesperson said: “EnQuest can confirm that, in December 2016, during planned shutdown activities on its Thistle platform, six personnel employed by Wood Group under a contract with EnQuest were removing a piece of pipework when they were exposed to low levels of NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material).

“The level of exposure was less than 1% of the level at which it is reportable to the Health and Safety Executive however EnQuest advised the HSE of the matter at the time.

“EnQuest has appropriate control measures in place which are designed to prevent exposure to NORM.

“Following an investigation, additional precautionary steps have been taken to further ensure that personnel avoid any such exposure.”

‘Top priority’

A Wood Group spokeswoman said: “The health and safety of our people is always our top priority.

“As a precaution following the incident, we downmanned our employees from the platform in order to conduct medical assessments.

“We fully supported EnQuest in a detailed joint investigation and continue to reinforce the application of our health and safety procedures, to ensure the safety of our employees.

“Our commitment and priority following the incident and throughout the investigation has been to the health and wellbeing of our employees.”

John Boland, regional officer for the Unite union, said: “Unite believes that the way these workers has been treated is terrible.

“It’s vital for workers’ safety that there is openness and transparency about serious safety incidents, so that we can learn lessons and create a safer working environment for everyone offshore.”

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: “HSE has been made aware of this incident.

“However, it was not reportable under the present RIDDOR system (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) and no staff raised the issue with HSE separately so no investigation has been carried out.”


 

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North Sea strikes on the horizon as Offshore trade unions reject pay offer

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North Sea strikes on the horizon as unions reject pay offer

Written by – 21/03/2017 6:00 am

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Offshore workers could take “sustained” North Sea strike action this summer after a pay deal was rejected by trade unions.

More than 80% of Unite union members voted against accepting the latest terms and conditions put on the negotiating table by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA).

Similarly 61 % of GMB members voted to reject the OCA’s deal.

The organisation represents a number of major North Sea oil and gas employers including Petrofac, Wood Group PSN and Stork.

The OCA and the unions have been in a long running dispute over a wage increase, improved sick pay and paid travel time to onshore bases.

Back in December Unite and the GMB unions rejected an initial pay offer from the OCA.

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said the results of the latest ballot gave them a “definitive mandate” for industrial action.

And he said oil and gas workers were sickened after watching many companies lay off tens of thousands of employees since the downturn but seeing no increase to their basic pay in “a number of years”.

He said: “Our members have seen the sacrifices that have been made in the terms of the many work colleagues who have lost their jobs and others who have seen significant pay cuts.

“The message from them now is loud and clear: ‘enough is enough’.

“Future action cannot be ruled out. We said in the ballot paper that if this second offer was rejected then it would likely end up in sustained industrial action over the summer months.

“We will now discuss matters with our shop stewards and get feedback from members.”

In the consultative ballot, 81 per cent of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal put forward by their employers, represented by the OCA.

The latest deal outlined a 2% pay increase, including sick pay, stretching from January 2017 to the end of March 2018.

A further increase running from April 2018 to March 2019 was linked to inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index published at the start of the year.

The GMB also voted to reject the offer as the ballot closed at noon yesterday (MON).

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer said: “This result comes as little surprise given the attacks our members have faced on their pay, terms and conditions in recent years. The offer the employers have made is just not up to scratch.”
“Our members believe that over recent times they have been treated with contempt – enough is enough.”

Paul Atkinson, chief executive of the Offshore Contractors Association has pledged to try and get the unions back round the table for further talks.

He said: “We are extremely disappointed that members of the trade unions who took part in the consultative ballot have rejected our pay offer.

“Our priority is to find ways of avoiding industrial action. We will continue to maintain an on-going dialogue with union officials in an attempt to bring this to a resolution.”


 

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BREAKING: Coast Guard S92 Helicopter Wreckage Located

 

BREAKING: Coast Guard S92 Helicopter Wreckage Located

Published in Oil Industry News on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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The wreckage of an S92 Coastguard Helicopter which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean has been located confirms officials.

The wreckage was located around 60m from Blackrock island after a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) was sent down to search the seabed.

Initial evidence suggests the Sikorsky S92 struck rocks on the islands before crashing into the ocean.

Of the four crew on board when the helicopter went down, only Captain Dara Fitzpatrick has been recovered and she later succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital. The other three crew members, Captain Mark Duffy, Winchman Ciaran Smith and Winch Operator Paul Ormsby remain missing.

The Irish Coast Guard confirmed Rescue 116 is lying about 40m below the surface on the eastern side of Blackrock Island.

There was no information on whether any of the missing crew members were within the aircraft wreckage.

“Operations are continuing but are weather dependent,” Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said.

The AAIU has previously advised that they suspect the tail of Rescue 116 struck rocks on the western end of the island during flight. There was no warning or distress call issue in the moments leading up to the accident, with the crew’s final transmission being: “Shortly landing at Blacksod”

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