Barents Sea News

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Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' amid Global Warming -UN's Ex-climate Chief

warming is man-made.Many governments and companies favor Arctic drilling.Last month, Trump's administration began environmental reviews for oil and gas drilling in a section of the Arctic national Wildlife Refuge.In Norway, Statoil and other companies plan to keep up exploration in the Arctic Barents Sea, which is ice-free further north than other parts of the Arctic thanks to the warm Gulf Stream."This area is actually less challenging in terms of weather and waves than many other parts of Norway ... We have drilled more than 100 wells, and never had any significant accidents or discharges

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

Norway Awards Oil Permits to 11 Firms in Arctic Licensing Round

Norway has awarded 12 oil and gas exploration licences to Equinor and 10 other companies focused mostly on the Arctic, where Oslo believes it has the greatest potential for significant new discoveries.Nine of the licences are located in the Barents Sea and three in the Norwegian Sea off central Norway, the Ministry of Oil and Energy said on Monday."This licensing round confirms that the oil companies see opportunities for further profitable petroleum activity in the north," Oil and Energy Minister Terje Soeviknes said in a statement.Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, was awarded five

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Oil Exploration Is Ramping Up Off Norway

year compared to 36 wells drilled the previous year, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday.The Norwegian continental shelf still held an estimated 4 billion cubic meters (25.2 billion barrels) of oil equivalents in undiscovered petroleum resources, with two-thirds located in the Arctic Barents Sea, it added.Half of estimated undiscovered resources in the Barents Sea, however, are located north of the areas opened for petroleum activities, and it's unclear when oil firms can get access to them.(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Gwladys Fouche

In an area that extends above 80 degrees latitude, Fugro is collecting high res seabed data for Norwegian authorities mapping programme, MAREANO. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Resumes Norwegian Seabed Mapping Project

. Fugro has successfully completed numerous surveys for the program since 2006, collecting more than 100,000 square kilometers of data.In water depths that typically range from 80 meters to 1,700 meters, the survey area of approximately 14,500 square kilometers is located between the Norwegian Sea, the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Fugro’s equipment on the survey vessels, including MV Victor Hensen and MV Fugro Gauss, will collect high resolution, high density multibeam echo sounder data, together with sub-bottom and gravity meter data, to gather marine knowledge for the Norwegian mapping program

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Johan Castberg PDO Approved

The plan for development and operation of the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea was approved by the Norwegian Parliament on Monday, June 11. The plan will now be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for formal approval.With first oil scheduled for 2022, the field has a production horizon of 30 years. Capital expenditures for the project are NOK 49 billion ($6.2 bln), and recoverable resources are estimated at 450-650 million barrels of oil equivalent. The field development consists of a production vessel and a comprehensive subsea system, including a total of 30 wells distributed on

Polar Pioneer in the Barents Sea - Statoil - Photo Harald Pettersen

Statoil Cleared to Use Cap-X Drilling Technology – for Now

A ban on Norway's Statoil using a pioneering drilling technology in the Barents Sea was lifted after a plaintiff failed to post security in a patent dispute, a lawyer said on Thursday. A Stavanger court earlier in June upheld an injunction on the technology's use, pending payment of a 20 million Norwegian crown ($2.35 million) security by privately owned NeoDrill. NeoDrill was unable to post the security due to its "very limited economic position". But it was open to finding a commercial solution with Statoil, Kyrre Tangen Andersen, a lawyer representing NeoDrill, told Reuters in an

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Statoil Set to Drill Its Biggest Arctic Hope

Norway's Statoil will soon start drilling this season's most promising Arctic prospect, Korpfjell, after several disappointing wells in the Barents Sea, the company said on Monday.   The majority state-owned company has stepped up drilling in the Barents Sea this year as the government seeks to attract more explorers to its Arctic waters to make up for declining North Sea output.   The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday Statoil's latest well in the Barents Sea, Gemini North, had found only minor volumes of gas and oil.   "The well was drilled with the ambition of

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

, for landing, pilot hole avoidance, and horizontal navigation by various operators, accounting for approximately 20 percent of the total world application so far.    What were the benefits Schlumberger found in using mapping-while-drilling offshore Brazil, in the North Sea and in the Barents Sea? A close interaction with operators both during the pre-job phase and in real time is paramount. The collaborative approach enables the Schlumberger experts to gain a much deeper understanding of the operator’s challenges from landing to reservoir characterization. Previous challenges associated

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Norway's Arctic Oil Plan Violates Constitution, Lawsuit Says

. Outside, as the first snow fell over the city, Greenpeace campaigners had placed a five-tonne sculpted block of ice, engraved with the article of the constitution under which they are challenging the state in court. "Our goal is that the court agrees with us that licenses awarded in the Barents Sea are invalid and should be withdrawn because it violates future generations' right to a healthy environment," Truls Gulowsen, head of Greenpeace Norway, told Reuters. The government says it is inappropriate to invoke the constitution rather than focus on taxes and regulations to control

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

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.   "We have tested a lot of potential there (in 2017), and that potential is gone, but we still believe in the overall potential of the Barents Sea

SBM Offshore Wins Johan Castberg Turret Mooring System Contract

in cooperation between Statoil and SBM Offshore teams.   The turret is planned to be delivered in modules in early 2020, will be moored in c. 370 meter water depth and will have a capacity to accommodate 21 risers.    The Johan Castberg, formerly Skrugard, development is in the Barents Sea in Norway, approximately 100 kilometers north of the Snøhvit-field

The Troll A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Statoil Awards Subsea Contracts

Statoil has, on behalf of the license partners, awarded EPC contracts for the delivery of subsea production systems and services for the Troll Phase 3 project in the North Sea and the Askeladd project in the Barents Sea, respectively, to Aker Solutions.   The contracts have a total estimated value of between NOK 1.5-2 billion kroner ($190 mln -$254 mln). The contracts include installation and commissioning support services.   “With the award of these contracts a milestone has been reached in two important Statoil projects. The Troll field is key to the role of the Norwegian

The West Phoenix drilling rig. Photo Statoil

West Phoenix to Drill in UK and Norway

developments on the UKCS. We are pleased to have secured a modern rig allowing us to mature and test our portfolio in a timely manner,” Morris added.   In January, North Atlantic Norway Ltd and the West Hercules won the contract for exploration drilling for Statoil and its partners in the Barents Sea.  

The Offshore Division, helmed by Keppel FELS, leads the industry in the design and building of high performance mobile offshore rigs. Photo Keppel

Keppel Bags Awilco's Semi-submersible Rig Order

, we are confident of delivering this rig to the highest standards to Awilco safely, on time and within budget."   Boasting a low environmental footprint, the drilling rig is designed for operations in harsh environments, including the Norwegian Continental Shelf, UK Continental shelf and Barents Sea. Equipped with a hydraulic hoisting system capable of two million pounds of lifting capacity, it also features an optimised 12 point thruster assisted mooring system for vessel station keeping, complete with hybrid power supply and energy saving features. The rig is also equipped with state-of-the-art

The LNG plant at Melkøya. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland Statoil)

Statoil Awards Askeladd Development Contracts

developed in a period of several key milestones for Statoil in North Norway. The Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea will come on stream at the end of the year. The Johan Castberg development began in earnest after it was recently sanctioned. In addition, Statoil’s drilling campaign in the Barents Sea is being pursued this year," says Torger Rød, Statoil’s senior vice president for project development. Subsea 7 will lay a 44-km-long, 20-inch-wide pipeline that will tie Askeladd to the Snøhvit field. Support activities for the operations will be based in Hammerfest

Luis Araujo (Photo: Aker Solutions)

Resilient Market Spurs Aker Solutions's Earnings

competition."Orders totaled NOK 8.6 billion in the quarter, bringing the backlog to NOK 37.6 billion. Most were for projects in Norway, including a contract to deliver modules for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel for Johan Castberg, the largest oil discovery in the Barents Sea. The company also won contracts to deliver subsea production systems for the Troll Phase 3, Askeladd and Nova fields offshore Norway. It secured a maintenance and modifications services contract from Petrobras in Brazil.Aker Solutions was in the period awarded 38 front-end orders, the most in

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Norway Launches New Licensing Round in Mature Offshore Areas

Norway will hold a new licensing round for its offshore oil and gas fields in already opened areas, further expanding the exploration acreage available to energy firms, the oil ministry said on Wednesday.Areas in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea will be offered to oil companies, who have until September to submit their applications. The ministry plans to award licenses at the beginning of 2019, it said."Access to prospective exploration acreage is crucial in order to make new petroleum discoveries. New discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf ensure value creation

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