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 […]

Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy

A British freelance video journalist, a Russian photojournalist and 28 Greenpeace International activists, including five Britons, who were seized while protesting against Arctic oil drilling have formally been charged with piracy. The activists scaled Gazprom’s oil rig last month in protest against Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom’s plans to drill in the Arctic, which led […]

Government let oil industry down as 10,000 jobs lost

The UK Government has deprived the oil and gas industry of £10 billion worth of contracts and up to 10,000 jobs by failing to support bids made by UK firms for North Sea contracts. In a letter to MPs, British oil rig maker OGN Group warned the country’s manufacturers would go out of business if […]