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Unions: UK North Sea Workers Give 'Overwhelming' Support For Strike
Friday, March 27, 2015 Trade unions Unite and GMB say members working offshore in Britain's oil and gas industry showed overwhelming support for industrial action in a consultative ballot.

Shell To Cut More UK North Sea Jobs In 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Shell plans further job cuts in its UK North Sea operations this year.

BG's Norwegian Knarr Oilfield Halts Output Due to Fire
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 A small fire breaks out on floating production vessel serving BG Group's Knarr oilfield in the Norwegian North Sea.

BP Plans Maintenance at Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in June
Monday, March 23, 2015 BP is planning maintenance at its Sullom Voe oil terminal during the second half of June, according to a company spokesman.

Apache: N. Sea Forties Echo Platform Back To Full Output
Friday, March 20, 2015 Production at the Forties Echo platform in the North Sea is back online, a spokesman for operator Apache North Sea says.


Unions To Ballot UK North Sea Oil Workers Over Appetite For Strike
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Trade unions Unite and GMB are balloting their members working offshore in Britain's oil and gas industry to gauge appetite for strike action over changes to shift patterns and other grievances.

Osborne Reveals Raft of Measures to Boost UK Oil Production
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 UK Chancellor George Osborne announces a raft of measures aimed at boosting oil and gas production as part of his 2015 Budget speech.

Lime's Gemini Prospect Comes up Dry
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Lime Petroleum says its Gemini well on Norwegian license PL338C is dry but a further appraisal well is planned near the license's Rolsnes oil discovery for the second half of 2015.

Sea Forties Echo Platform Shut After Collision - Apache
Monday, March 16, 2015 The Forties Echo platform in the North Sea has been shut after being hit by a supply vessel.

Oil & Gas UK Urges Further Tax Measures in 2015 Budget
Monday, March 16, 2015 Oil & Gas UK urges the UK Chancellor to introduce further tax measures in this week's Budget in order to boost oil and gas production on the UK Continental Shelf.

ABB Wins NOK 1.1B Statoil Power Contract
Monday, March 16, 2015 ABB wins a $134-million contract from Norway's Statoil to supply power kit to the giant Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea.

Japan's JX, GDF Suez Find New Oil in UK North Sea
Friday, March 13, 2015 JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration Corp says it had discovered new oil in the UK Central North Sea.

Kemp: Britain's North Sea Oil, Gas Firms Must Look To Future Abroad
Thursday, March 12, 2015 For North Sea operators and their supporters, the remaining reserves provide a compelling economic reason to keep producing to avoid leaving value locked in the ground, analyst John Kemp says.

Russian Oligarch Steps Up Efforts To Salvage North Sea Deal
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's LetterOne fund says it submitted detailed information to the British government as it tries to salvage a deal to buy North Sea assets from RWE and avoid a legal clash.

Cairn Bucks Trend by Increasing Oil Exploration Budget
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Cairn Energy announces an increase to its exploration budget for 2015.

Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel for Mariner Field
Monday, March 09, 2015 Statoil places an order with Sentinel Marine for a new multi-role emergency vessel to serve its Mariner field.

Statoil Delays Castberg, Snorre Projects To Cut Costs
Friday, March 06, 2015 Statoil postpones two of its biggest offshore developments as low oil prices spur cost cuts, it said.

Britain Ready to Force Sale of Oligarch Fridman's North Sea Assets
Thursday, March 05, 2015 The UK is ready to force the sale of Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman's recently-acquired North Sea energy assets, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman says.

Wintershall Completes Takeover of Vega Field in the North Sea
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Germany's Wintershall completes the takeover from Statoil of the operatorship of the Vega subsea oil and gas field offshore Norway.

Dutch Government Apologises for Risky Gas Production
Monday, March 02, 2015 The Dutch government apologises for ignoring risks posed by earthquakes caused by production of natural gas in the northern province of Groningen.

Cheap Oil Threatens Debt Squeeze for Smaller UK North Sea Producers
Monday, March 02, 2015 Small and mid-sized independent oil producers in the British North Sea could face a financing squeeze this year as banks cut lending linked to the value of oil reserves, following last year's oil price sell off.

Russian Tycoon Clashes with Britain Over North Sea Deal
Monday, March 02, 2015 Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman says he will buy a number of gas licenses in the North Sea despite British opposition, threatening legal action if London should force him to sell them on to a third party.

Norway's Offshore Knarr Field to Deliver Gas to Britain
Monday, March 02, 2015 A small field offshore Norway, Knarr, will start delivering gas to Britain via a new pipeline link this spring.