Equinor has secured consent for exploration drilling in the North Sea. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay.) Equinor is the operator for production licence 878. We have now given the company consent to drill pilot hole 30/2-U-1 using the West Hercules semi-submersible drilling facility.30/2-U-1 is located north-west of the Huldra field in the North Sea.The geographical coordinates are:60° 56′ 11.23″ N02° 37′ 18.83″ EWater depth at the site is 142 metres.Equinor estimates that the drilling will take three days, starting in early 2020.The pilot hole will be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Seadrill. West Hercules is a sixth-generation, semi-submersible drilling facility built in 2008 at the Daewoo Shipyard in South Korea.The facility was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in 2012. Source: Company Press Release The pilot hole will be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Seadrill
Author and TV baker Richard Bertinet has opened a pop-up shop in Bath and is close to securing permanent premises in the city after setting up a new production bakery.The new Bertinet Bakery pop-up shop opened last week and will trade in the run-up to Christmas, selling the baker’s award-winning sourdough as well as tarts, cakes and pastries. Located in The Podium shopping centre and due to be taken over by Waitrose next year, the pop-up shop will relocate to other, permanent premises after Christmas.The new shop has opened in the wake of disruption to the company’s wholesale operation during the summer, when a joint-venture partner, which had been providing production space, went into administration. The Bertinet business was unaffected, but had to move quickly to set up its own production bakery to maintain its supply to delis and restaurants in the area, although it is still not able to supply customers in London, including Selfridges. The company is currently in the process of registering its new site for Soil Association accreditation, which is expected to be confirmed in the next few weeks.”It was a difficult time for us, but we managed to restart production within a week and are now ready to start growing both the wholesale and retail sides of the business,” said Richard’s wife, Jo, who manages the company.Richard Bertinet was named BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 for his work on bread, and is the author of two award-winning books on baking, Dough and Crust. He runs regular bread classes at his cookery school, The Bertinet Kitchen, in Bath.