FIRST SAFETY CASE APPROVAL TOPS NORTH SEA ACTION

Hamilton Oil Co. Ltd. has won a Health & Safety Executive approval for North Ravenspurn gas field installations in the southern North Sea. Hamilton is the first company to win safety case approval for a platform under recent U.K. offshore legislation (OGJ, Feb. 14, p. 25). Meantime, North Sea oil production will reach a record average of 5.33 million b/d this year, up from last year's record average 4.49 million b/d, predicts Wood Mackenzie Consultants Ltd., Edinburgh.

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