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North Sea sector spent £1.6 billion on decommissioning in 2022 14 August 2023

The North Sea oil and gas industry spent £1.6 billion decommissioning redundant wells and infrastructure last year, more than in any of the previous five years, new figures show. The latest North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) Decommissioning Cost and Performance Report reveals that the industry spent a total of around £8 billion from 2017-22....

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UK to issue hundreds of new North Sea oil and gas licences 31 July 2023

Hundreds of new oil and gas licenses will be granted in the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed on 31 July. The Government and the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) have announced a joint commitment to undertake future licensing rounds, which will continue to be subject to a climate compatibility test....

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Offshore oil platform fire kills two, one worker remains missing 10 July 2023

A fire that broke out on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexican state oil company Pemex killed two workers on 7 July. The incident occurred in the Cantarell Field on the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico. One worker remains missing and around 700,000 barrels of crude oil were lost, Pemex said....

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Rosebank and Cambo oil fields are “barometers” for the future of the North Sea 27 June 2023

The development of the Rosebank and Cambo oil fields in the North Sea would save 17 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over their projected lifetimes compared to the equivalent amount of imported oil and gas, energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie has said....

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Germany and Italy announce support for joint hydrogen-ready pipeline 16 June 2023

During a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in early June, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that they had agreed to proceed with plans to construct a pipeline capable of transporting gas and hydrogen between the two countries....

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UAE fuel tank explosion kills two, injures three 06 June 2023

A diesel fuel tank explosion killed two people and injured three others in the city of Ajman, United Arab Emirates on 4 June. The incident happened at a factory operated by a fuel trading company. Initial reports suggest welding work was being conducted nearby at the time of the blast....

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Gas leak at Europe's only large-scale LNG plant halts production 05 June 2023

A gas leak at Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant on 31 May has been stopped and normalisation is under way, the energy major has said. No injuries were reported as a result of the leak, however Equinor’s emergency response organisation was mobilised and emergency services were called to the site....

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Pemex refinery blaze injures four 30 May 2023

A fire at a refinery operated by Mexican state oil company Pemex injured four people on 23 May. The incident happened at the company’s Lazaro Cardenas refinery in the city of Minatitlan, eastern Mexico....

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Refinery explosion injures two in US 24 May 2023

An explosion and fire in a gasoline hydrotreater at a refinery in Oklahoma, US injured two workers on 23 May. The incident happened at CVR Energy’s Wynnewood site, 67 miles (107km) south of Oklahoma City....

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UK awards 20 carbon storage licences 22 May 2023

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) awarded 20 carbon storage licences at offshore sites on 18 May. The UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round was launched in June 2022, with applications closing in September. The 20 licences in total are around 12,000 square kilometres in size and are located in areas such as Aberdeen, Teesside, Liverpool and Lincolnshire....

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