North Sea operations continue to make news even as the area draws near a milestone with abandonment of its first producing oil field. Here's what's happening: Norsk Hydro AS let a 2.1 billion kroner ($310 million) contract to Kvaerner AS, Oslo, for construction of a concrete hull for the Troll oil field platform to be installed on Norwegian Block 31/2. The award follows Hydro's decision to seek bids on a steel hull design after the estimated price of a concrete hull more than doubled over the initial proposal (OGJ, Dec. 14, 1992, p. 28). Chevron U.K. Ltd. reported encouraging results from Central North Sea appra...

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