Greenpeace activists climb back on board BP oil rig

After police removed two protestors who had spent 70 hours blocking the rig from leaving Cromarty Firth, two more have replaced them

Greenpeace protestors board North Sea oil rig in protest against BP

Two climate activists climbed aboard the 27,000-tonne platform as it was towed out into the North Sea

Oil rig hovercraft deal gets off the ground

A Southampton-based hovercraft manufacturer has signed a deal to clear oil spills and support offshore rigs in Kazakhstan. Griffon Hoverwork has initially agreed to conduct a study into the role its hovercraft could play in the Caspian Sea – the project could potentially create more than 70 new jobs and generate more than £100 million […]

Grounded Transocean oil rig successfully refloated

A 17,000-tonne oil rig that ran aground on the Isle of Lewis has been safely towed off the rocks. The Transocean Winner rig came ashore at Dalmore Bay during a storm around two weeks ago while it was being towed from Norway to Malta. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency flew its Counter Pollution verification aircraft […]

Greenpeace activists occupy Shell’s oil rig

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Cost of closing UK oil and gas rigs rises “billions”

It could cost billions more to properly close down oil and gas rigs around the UK coast than previously estimated. Latest estimates from trade body Oil & Gas UK peg the price of decommissioning rigs between 2014 and 2023 at £14.6 billion. That’s far more than it totted up last year and the oil group said £3 […]

Greenpeace activists board Statoil’s Arctic oil rig

Norwegian energy giant Statoil’s oil rig en route to drill in the Arctic was boarded by Greenpeace activists this morning. A group of 15 activists are occupying the Transocean Spitsbergen to try and delay its start drilling operations in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea. The energy company recently got approval for the work […]

New £2.5m oil rig repair facility to be built in Scotland

A new oil rig repair and subsea fabrication facility is to be built at the Port of Dundee. Aberdeen-based firms PD&MS Energy and Harlen have committed £2.5 million for the project which will manage offshore asset service works “in excess of £8 million in its first financial year alone”. It will house 50 full time […]

Greenpeace activists scale ExxonMobil oil rig

Greenpeace activists yesterday scaled an oil rig in Norway that ExxonMobil plans to use to drill in the Russian Arctic. Five out of the 14 activists who took part in the demonstration entered the West Alpha oil rig (pictured, below), unfurling a banner that read “No Exxon Valdez in Russian Arctic” – to protest on […]

Oil production starts at Gazprom’s Arctic platform

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom said it has launched production at its Arctic oil rig which was boarded by 30 Greenpeace activists earlier this year. The Prirazlomnoye field (pictured) is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 kilometres off the shore, with 71.96 million tons of recoverable oil reserves. Gazprom expects to pump up to around six […]