Friday, March 22, 2019

Barents Sea News

Norway to Offer More Arctic Exploration Blocks

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Norway plans to expand the offshore oil and gas acreage offered to companies under its annual licensing round in so-called predefined areas (APA), oil minister Kjell-Boerge Freiberg said on Thursday.The 2019 APA round will offer 90 new blocks, of which 48 are in the Arctic Barents Sea, 37 are in the Norwegian Sea and 5 in the North Sea, he said."It's…

Reserves at Snoehvit Gas Field Cut

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Reserves at Equinor's Snoehvit field, the only producing natural gas field in the Barents Sea, were revised down by 8.5 percent, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday.Estimates for gross reserves were reduced by 17 million cubic meters (107 million barrels) of oil equivalent, on top of a reduction stemming from last year's production, the regulator said in its annual update of Norwegian petroleum resources."The reducti

Equinor Drills Dry Well in the Barents Sea

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norwegian energy company Equinor has come up dry in the drilling of its first wildcat well in production licence 857 in the southeastern part of the Barents Sea.Equinor, as operator of production licence area Gjøkåsen, drilled 7132/2-1 targeting the Gjøkåsen Shallow prospect about 175 kilometers north of Vardø, using the Seadrill drilling rig West Hercules.

Lundin Granted North Sea Drilling Permit

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for a wildcat well in the North Sea.The NPD said on Tuesday that the wildcat well, designated 16/1-31 S, would be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig after concluding the drilling of wildcat well 7121/1-2 S in the Barents Sea.The well will be drilled…

Goliat Supply Vessel Connected to Shore Power

Battery hybrid Stril Barents in the Barents Sea- Supply vessel with shore power cuts CO2 emissions for Goliat. Image: Vår Energi

Vår Energi (formerly Eni Norge) and  Norwegian shipowner Simon Møkster Shipping have completed the first phase of hybrid power conversion of the Stril Barents vessel, currently working as a supply vessel on the Goliat field in the Barents Sea offshore Norway.Stril Barents is a supply vessel for the Goliat platform in the Barents Sea, one of the oil…

Equinor Stops Drilling Arctic Well After Incident

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Norway's Equinor has put on hold the drilling of a key exploration well in the Barents Sea after a well incident last week, the company said on Monday.The incident occurred when Seadrill's rig West Hercules was drilling the Gjoekaasen well offshore Norway .The so-called "high-risk, high-impact" well could hold between 26 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalents…

Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

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Japan’s Inpex Corporation, through its unit Inpex Norge bagged two exploration licenses offshore Norway in Norway’s Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2018 licensing round.The PL1027is located in the western Barents Sea offshore and PL1016 is located in the northern Norwegian Sea offshore the Kingdom of Norway, it said in a statement.The annual APA…

Norway Awards 15 Exploration Licences to Lundin Petroleum

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Europe’s independent oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Petroleum announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway has been awarded a total of 15 exploration licence interests in the 2018 Norwegian licensing round (Awards in Predefined Areas, APA).The record-high award includes 8 licences in the North Sea, 2 licences in the Norwegian Sea and 5 licences in the southern Barents Sea.

Aker BP Bags 21 in Norwegian Licensing Round

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The oil exploration and development company focusing petroleum resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf Aker BP has been offered interests in 21 new production licenses in Norway, of which 11 as operator, through the Awards in pre-defined areas (APA 2018) licensing round.Of the 21 production licenses awarded to Aker BP, 12 are located in the North Sea (5 as operator)…

Equinor Grabs 29 New Licenses on Norwegian Continental Shelf

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Norwegian energy major Equinor has been awarded 29 new licences by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy as part of the Award in Predefined Areas (APA) for 2018 – 13 licences as operator and 16 as partner.Norway's government says it awarded a record 83 licenses for exploration in mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, in a welcome sign…

Norway Awards Record Number of Exploration Blocks

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Norway awarded a record 83 blocks to explore for petroleum resources in mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, in a sign of continuing interest from oil companies in the country's oil sector, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.A lack of large discoveries on the shelf has prompted concerns that Norway's top industry, which employs about 170…

Norway Cuts 2019 Oil Output Forecast

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)’s forecasts show that Norway's oil output in 2019 will be smaller than previously forecast and its lowest level in three decades, although it should rebound in the following years."After a minor decline in 2019, oil and gas production will increase from 2020 and up to 2023. Overall production will then approach the record year of 2004…

Norway Ready to Claim Share of Russia's Arctic Finds

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Norway will step up preparations to claim its share of oil and gas resources if Russia finds petroleum on its side of a border in the Barents Sea, the head of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Thursday.Norway and Russia in 2010 agreed a maritime border in the Barents Sea, ending a 40-year long dispute, and also agreed to share oil and…

Caspian is Key for Lukoil

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Alexander Oboronkov leapt at the chance to work on the Filanovsky platform after it was launched in 2016, keen to see Russia's largest Caspian Sea oilfield in action.The Filanovsky oilfield, along with the nearby Korchagin and Rakushechnoye fields, are key to the growth plans at Lukoil, Russia's second biggest oil producer, where Oboronkov works as deputy head of the Filanovsky platform.The company…

Norwegian Sea Well Comes up Dry for Lundin Petroleum

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Europe's oil and gas exploration and production company with operations focused on Norway Lundin Petroleum AB  said that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS  has completed the drilling of the Silfari exploration well 6307/1-1S located in PL830 in the Norwegian Sea."The well was dry," said Lundin Petroleum.The main objective of the well was…

Ocean Installer Clinches Johan Castberg Deal

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Norwegian subsea contractor Ocean Installer and Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor ASA have signed a contract that covers the floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) mooring installation, tow out and hook-up of the Johan Castberg FPSO in the Barents Sea.Johan Castberg is one of the largest subsea field developments on the Norwegian continental shelf.

AET Grows in Brazil

Eagle Paraiba. Photo: AET_Tankers

With the ongoing development of deepwater pre-salt plays and a decreased demand on local content in tankers and other vessels, Brazilian national operator Petrobras and other super-majors have been looking abroad for better rates and reliable operators of shuttle tankers. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Peter Liew…

Lundin to Drill Barents Sea Well

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Europe's independent oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Norway will drill and test a new exploration well in the Barents Sea, following approval by the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA)."Lundin is the operator for production licence 767. We have now given the company consent for exploration drilling and testing of well 7121/1-2 S…

Eni Norge Granted Drilling Permit

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Eni Norge AS a drilling permit for well 7122/7-7 S, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.The well  will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling facility after concluding the drilling of wildcat well for Equinor Energy AS.The drilling programme for well  relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 229.

Equinor Energy Strikes Gas in Barents Sea

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Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor Energy has made discovery containing up to 24billion cubic feet of gas in the Barents Sea. Two exploration targets were found, with the first containing between 10 and 20billion cubic feet, the other between one and four billion.The discovery’s profitability is currently unclear, said a statement from…