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Soaring Gas Prices Power Equinor Q2 Profits

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Equinor said it will return an additional $3 billion to shareholders after reporting better-than-expected second-quarter profit on the back of soaring gas prices fuelled by the war in Ukraine. The company boosted gas supplies to Europe by 18% in the April-June period compared to a year ago, making Norway the continent's largest supplier of piped natural gas as Russia cut deliveries amid a standoff with the West over the war."Equinor has become Europe's most important supplier of energy during this conflict…

Equinor's Incoming CEO Wants to Be Best in Offshore Oil, Gas

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Anders Opedal, who on Monday was named Equinor's new chief executive, said he wanted the Norwegian oil company to be both best in offshore oil and gas and at the same time have higher climate targets and develop new low-carbon solutions."I want Equinor to be best in offshore oil and gas," Opedal told a news conference at the company's headquarters, adding that he also wanted the company to create a platform for growth for low-carbon solutions."I want to go further ...

Opedal Tapped for Top Spot at Equinor

Anders Opedal, next CEO of Equinor. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

The Equinor Board of Directors appointed Anders Opedal as its new president and CEO starting November 2, 2020. Eldar Sætre will retire after six years as CEO and more than 40 years in the company.Opedal ascends to the top spot coming from the position as Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling. He joined Equinor as a petroleum engineer in 1997, spent many years in Drilling and Well and served as Chief Procurement Officer.

Equinor's $466M Floating Wind Farm Plan Approved

Hywind Tampen Illustration - Image Credit: Equinor

Norway approved on Wednesday Equinor's 4.8 billion Norwegian crowns ($466 million) plan to build floating offshore wind turbines that will provide electricity to North Sea oil and gas platforms, the energy ministry said.The long-planned project is going ahead despite Equinor's decision to cut investment following a plunge in oil prices that has reduced the company's cash flow.Five platforms at Norway's Snorre and Gullfaks fields will be the first in the world to receive power from a floating wind park…

Cost Estimates at Equinor Norway Fields Goes Up

The cost of developing two major Norwegian oil and gas fields has increased due to the complexity of the projects, with the start of production delayed for one of them.The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy reports on the status of major projects that are currently undergoing development or have recently started operation.Thirteen of Equinor’s projects are on this list. Eight of the projects have reduced costs since submitting their plans for development and operation…

Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 Plan Approved

Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 (Image: Equinor)

Norwegian authorities have formally approved the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup field, Equinor announced on Wednesday. The Norwegian energy company said the NOK 41 billion ($4.7 billion) project received broad support in Norway’s parliament at the end of April, and today the partnership received the formal approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).“This is a big day for Equinor and the other Johan Sverdrup partners comprising Lundin Norway…

Johan Castberg Topside Construction Begins

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Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg cut the first sheet for the topside of the Johan Castberg floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) at Kværner's yard at Stord on Wednesday as part of a large scale  project triggering ripple effects throughout Norway.The topside will be installed on the 200-meter long FPSO vessel that will be producing on the Johan-Castberg field for 30 years…

Unmanned Platform Starts Production at Oseberg Vestflanken 2

The Oseberg area (Photo: Equinor)

The Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field in the North Sea came on stream on Sunday. Remote-operated from the Oseberg field center, the new Oseberg H platform is the first unmanned platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Recoverable resources are 110 million barrels.“With Oseberg H we take a huge technological leap forward. The fully automatic, unmanned and remote-operated platform is digitalization in practice, and I am proud of Equinor and its partners having chosen this in-house developed solution…

Brazil Becomes Core Ares for Equinor

With daily oil production of over 90 000 barrels per day from current fields and with expected investments of more than 15 billion USD until 2030, Brazil has become a core area for Equinor.A press release said that Brazil stands out globally as one of the most promising offshore oil and gas basins with a significant remaining resource base. In addition, the country has a huge potential within renewable energy.Brazil is a great fit with Equinor’s strategy…

In Brazil, Equinor Aims to Repeat Norway's Oil Boom

Norway's Equinor will invest up to $15 billion in Brazil over the next 12 years to develop oil, gas and renewable energy sources, the company said on Wednesday.Coinciding with an expected drop in output from many ageing oilfields off the cost of Norway, Brazil is expected to become a core region for Equinor as the firm takes advantage of the country's opening in recent years to more foreign investment.The company plans to raise its Brazilian output to between 300…

Equinor Buys 25% Stake in Brazil’s Roncador Oil Field

The P-54 FPSO on the Roncador Field - (Photo: Geraldo Falcão)

Equinor and Petrobras have completed their transaction announced in December 2017, whereby Equinor has acquired a 25 percent non-operated interest in the Roncador oil field in Brazil’s Campos Basin. This follows all transaction conditions being met, including government and regulator approval.Reflecting equity volumes produced since the effective date of January 1, 2018 and the deposit paid upon the signing of the transaction, Equinor has paid Petrobras an adjusted cash consideration of $2 billion.

Equinor Deepens Its Offshore Brazil Portfolio

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Equinor has expanded its portfolio in Brazil’s prolific Campos and Santos basins after winning the Uirapuru and Dois Irmãos blocks in the 4th Production Sharing Bidding Round in Brazil.Equinor, ExxonMobil and Petrogal Brasil presented the winning bid (75.49% profit oil) for the Uirapuru production sharing contract in the Santos basin. Petrobras exercised its right to enter the consortium and will be the operator with 30% equity.The final equity distribution is Petrobras (30% operator)…

Statoil Bags Four Blocks Offshore Brazil

Statoil and partners were the high bidders for four blocks in the Campos basin in Brazil’s 15th licensing round held on 29 March. With the new licenses, Statoil strengthens its position in Brazil and increases synergies with current projects. A consortium comprising Petrobras (30%), ExxonMobil (40%) and Statoil (30%), presented the winning bid for the C-M-657 block in Campos Basin with a signature bonus of 638,550,000 USD*.

Statoil Acquires 25% Stake in Brazil's Roncador

Statoil ASA and Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) have agreed that Statoil will acquire a 25 percent interest in Roncador, a large oil field in the Campos Basin in Brazil. The transaction nearly triples Statoil’s production in Brazil, with attractive break-evens and potential for additional value creation for both parties through the application of Statoil’s expertise in improved oil recovery (IOR). The total consideration comprises an initial payment of $2.35 billion…

Statoil Buys Stake in Brazilian Licence BM-S-8

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Statoil ASA and Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP) have signed an agreement for Statoil to acquire QGEP’s 10 percent interest in the BM-S-8 licence in Brazil’s Santos basin. The additional 10 percent equity will increase Statoil’s operated interest in the licence from 66 percent to 76 percent. The total consideration for the transaction is $379 million. BM-S-8 includes a substantial part of the Carcará discovery…

Statoil Aims to More than Triple Brazil Output

Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil aims to more than triple its production in Brazil and will seek to become operator for the entire Carcara discovery, among the world's biggest in recent years, the firm's country manager said. Statoil has invested more than $10 billion in Brazil, making it the country's largest foreign offshore operator, and the Peregrino heavy oil field 85 kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro is the biggest it operates outside Norway.

Changes in Statoil’s Top Deck

Jannicke Nilsson has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) in Statoil ASA. She takes over the role from Anders Opedal, who will lead the development of Statoil’s growing and increasingly important operations in Brazil as new country manager. Jannicke Nilsson will assume her new responsibilities on 1. December this year, Anders Opedal will assume his responsibilities 15 January 2017.

Turøy Helicopter Accident Report Published

Statoil’s investigation following the Turøy helicopter accident on 29 April has been finalised, offering conclusions and recommendations for how the company can further improve its helicopter safety work. The Turøy helicopter accident is the most serious helicopter accident on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) since 1997. 13 people died in the accident. The helicopter was en route from Gullfaks B to Flesland, near Bergen, when the accident happened.

Statoil’s Investigates into Helicopter Accident

The mandate for Statoil’s in-house investigation of the helicopter accident on 29 April is ready. The purpose of the investigation is to identify measures to improve Statoil’s work on helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Accident Investigation Board Norway is responsible for identifying the chain of events and the cause of the accident. “The Accident Investigation Board Norway will work on finding the answer to how this accident could happen.

Statoil COO: About 21,000 Staff by end-2016

Norwegian oil major Statoil expects to have between 20,700 and 21,000 employees and consultants working for it by the end of 2016, down from 25,500 at the height of the crude price boom, the company said on Tuesday. "This corresponds to a reduction of 17-19 percent through natural attrition and voluntary redundancies. We're well positioned to resolve staff cuts by voluntary measures," Chief Operating Officer Anders Opedal told a conference. Reporting by Stine Jacobsen