Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Barents Sea News

Norway Gives Approval to Restart Arctic Goliat oilfield

File Image: an offshore Norway oil iunstallation. CREDIT: Statoil)

Italian oil firm Eni has received permission to restart production at its Goliat oilfield in the Arctic Barents Sea following a shutdown lasting more than two months, Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said on Friday. The PSA ordered the company to shut the 100,000 barrels-per-day field on Oct. 6 due to problems with the Goliat platform's explosion-proof electric motors.

Statoil to Drill 5-6 Wells in Arctic Barents Sea in 2018

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Norway's Statoil will continue to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea next year even though its 2017 campaign was mostly disappointing, the company's head of exploration told Reuters on Tuesday. Statoil plans to drill between 25 and 30 wells in Norwegian waters in 2018, of which five or six are expected in the Barents and the rest will be split between the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, which are both located further south.

Eni plans to restart Norway's Goliat Oilfield

Photo: Eni

Italian oil firm Eni said on Friday it planned to restart production at its Goliat oilfield in the Arctic Barents Sea within a few days. The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said earlier on Friday the company could bring back on stream the 100,000 barrels-per-day field which was shut since Oct. 6 due to safety issues. "We are currently completing pre-startup checks... and will restart when these are complete.

SBM Offshore Wins Johan Castberg Turret Mooring System Contract

SBM Offshore said it was awarded the contract and received the corresponding notice from Statoil to proceed with the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) work scope for a large-scale turret mooring system for its Johan Castberg development. The contract award results from delivery of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) scope for the mooring system delivered in cooperation between Statoil and SBM Offshore teams.

Increased Cooperation in the Barents Sea

The Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration will initially last for three years. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Statoil, Eni Norge, Lundin Norway, OMV and GDF SUEZ will collaborate on solving operational tasks tied to exploration in the Barents Sea. The project, called BaSEC, Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration, will initially last for three years. The project will cover the Barents Sea, but with a special focus on the areas included in the 23rd licencing round.

Statoil: Barents Sea Exploration Completed

the Barents sea map. (Photo: courtesy Statoil)

Statoil has completed the extensive 2013-2014 exploration programme in the Barents Sea. This represents an all-time high exploration activity and 10% of all exploration wells drilled in the Barents Sea since its opening in 1980. “This is a unique exploration programme. A commitment of this size and complexity requires geological, technological and organisational muscle…

EMGS Expects Revenues from NCS 23rd Licensing Round

Courtesy EMGS

On 18 May 2016, The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced the offer of ten new production licenses in the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf to a total of thirteen (13) companies. All ten licenses are in the Barents Sea, of which three licenses are in the new area in the southeastern Barents Sea. Based on these awards, Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) expects to realize uplift revenues…

Statoil Plans Barents Sea Exploration

Photo courtesy of Statoil

Statoil aims to conduct a major exploration campaign in several parts of the Barents Sea in 2017. The company is also strengthening its position in the area through several transactions with other companies. “We have worked systematically on developing an exploration portfolio for testing good and independent prospects in 2017 and 2018. For 2017 we see promising prospects in different parts of the Barents Sea.

EMGS Reports Multi-client Sales

CEO Roar Bekker

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed a data licensing agreement with a customer worth USD 3.5 million for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS's multi-client data library in the Barents Sea. "It satisfying to note that our multi-client library continue to provide value for new and existing clients in the Barents Sea. An increased acceptance of EM as a value adding exploration tool in the region…

EMGS Reports Multi-client Sales

New multiclient data Barents Sea sales for EMGS

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into a data licensing agreement with an oil company for the provision of 3D EM data related to the 23rd licensing round in the Barents Sea. The agreement is worth USD 2.5 million, before potential adjustment for partner's share of revenues. "It satisfying to note that our multi-client library continues to provide value for new and existing clients in the Barents Sea.

Norway's 2016 Oil & Gas Plan has Arctic Focus

File Image: a Statoil offshore installation (Statoil)

Norway launched its 2016 oil and gas licencing round in mature areas on Thursday, expanding it to include blocks in the Arctic Barents Sea in a bid to increase northern exploration activity, the oil ministry said. "The petroleum industry is still moving towards the north. By announcing new blocks in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea the government is facilitating increased activity in the north…

EMGS Reports $1.6m Multi-client Sales

Marine controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) data provider EMGS informs it has entered into two new data licensing agreements with two oil companies for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS's multi-client data library over the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea worth $1.6 million. The multi-client revenues, which are a combination of prefunding and late sales, will be booked in the third quarter of 2015.

Norway Offers Record Number of Arctic Exploration Blocks

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) ggw)

Norway offered a record number of blocks for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Barents Sea on Wednesday, brushing off concerns about the risks of drilling in the remote, icy environment. The oil ministry proposed 102 blocks, comprising 93 in the Barents Sea and nine in the Norwegian Sea, despite calls from the Norway's Environment Agency to remove about 20 blocks near Bear Island, an important nesting site for Arctic birds.

Oil Firms Take 'great interest' in exploring Norway's Arctic

File Image: an offshore Statoil oil installation (CREDIT: Statoil)

Oil companies are expressing great interest in exploring Norway's Arctic Barents Sea ahead of the government's latest licensing round, the 24th such round since awards were first made in the 1965, Oil and Energy Minister Terje Soeviknes said. "The new signals today regarding the 24th round is that companies are taking a big interest, with particularly extensive and exciting nominations of acreage being made for the Barents Sea…

Norway Offers 87 Offshore Blocks in Mature Areas

File Image: An existing offshore Norway oil installation (CREDIT: Statoil)

Norway offered oil and gas companies 87 blocks in the mature areas of the Norwegian and the Barents seas on Tuesday, the oil and gas ministry said. The offer includes 34 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 53 blocks in the Barents Sea, the second largest expansion so far of Norway's so-called predefined exploration areas and in line with a preliminary plan presented in December. The application deadline was set to Sept.

EMGS secures new contract in the Barents Sea

BOA Thalassa

  EMGS has received a signed contract from a repeat customer worth NOK 10 million (USD 1.7 million) for 3D EM data acquisition in the Barents Sea. The Company expects to commence the survey in May, using the vessel BOA Thalassa. The company had informed about another contract secured earlier this year for this same vessel in the Barents Sea worth $2.3 million. EMGS

Rosneft Norway Chief: Arctic is the Place To Be

EMGS Sells from its multi-client library - Barents Sea, Norway

Barents Sea and Norway =To support companies preparing for the 23rd round and APA, EMGS has 50,000 km2 of 3D full azimuth Multi-Client data in the Barents Sea ready for delivery

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) announces that the Company has entered into a data licensing agreement for the provision of 3D CSEM data from the multi-client data library in the Barents Sea providing net revenue of USD 2.1 million to EMGS. The revenue will be recognized in the third quarter of 2016. EMGS is glad with the oil company's purchase…

Collaboration Sought for Arctic Emergency Strategies

Photos courtesy of DNV GL

As offshore field developments in the North and Norwegian Seas face maturity, operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) are looking to the more remote areas of the Barents Sea for further development. Here harsher environmental conditions, prolonged periods of darkness and long distances to shore make evacuation and rescue of personnel on Arctic offshore installations more challenging.

Oil Firms Vie for Norway's New Exploration Work

Norway has received applications from 26 oil firms seeking drilling permissions in a licensing round set to move the search for hydrocarbons closer to its border with Russia, the country's Oil and Energy Ministry said on Friday. Competition for many of the blocks had been fierce, the ministry said, not least in the previously unexplored eastern part…