Norway News

Norway Open to Offshore Floating Wind Power

Norway plans to open one or two offshore regions for construction of floating wind turbines, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy said in a statement on Wednesday.   "The government wishes to accommodate offshore wind power, in particular with demonstrations of floating wind turbines in mind," it said, adding that this should happen "as soon as possible." Norway is western Europe's top producer of oil and natural gas, and has so far lagged Nordic neighbours Denmark and Sweden in wind power developments. Reporting by Terje Solsvik

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Aker Solutions Secures Subsea Services Work for Statoil

Aker Solutions said it has secured a framework agreement to provide subsea services for Statoil-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a fixed period of five years, starting in the first quarter of 2018, and contains five four-year extension options. Its value depends on the amount of work ordered by Statoil under the agreement. This is currently estimated at about NOK 3 billion ($361,000) for the fixed period and will be booked in fourth-quarter orders. The agreement provides work for Aker Solutions' services bases in Ågotnes on the west coast of Norway and

SBM Offshore Wins Johan Castberg Turret Mooring System Contract

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

Måns Lidgren, Chief Executive Officer of Rex International Holding

Rex IH Gives Norway Drilling, License Updates

Rex International Holding gives drilling and license status update on its portfolio in Norway Rex International Holding Limited, one of the largest companies listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited, shared its latest developments in its Norway portfolio, held through its 65 percent owned indirect subsidiary, Lime Petroleum Norway AS and investee company, North Energy ASA. Måns Lidgren, Chief Executive Officer of Rex International Holding, said, “Besides growing our portfolio through farm-ins, participation in government award of licenses and

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Aker Gets BP Offshore Norway Contract

Aker Solutions says it has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a period of up to two years valued at maximum NOK 1.8 billion, with options to extend the work by as many as four years. The agreement starts on June 1, 2014, following the expiration of an existing framework contract for similar services. The agreement is for work on the fields Ula, Tambar, Hod, Skarv and Valhall. The scope includes studies, maintenance and modification project work as well as preparation work

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Bibby Offshore Expands in Norway

Bibby Offshore announced its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the U.K. North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the company’s growing international presence. The company is currently participating in a number of tenders in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is focusing on expanding its existing services to offshore operators in the region, benefiting from the depth of relationship that

Hans-Hermann Andreae Photo DEA

Andreae Appointed MD of DEA Norge

After a five-month integration process, DEA has set up a new organisation, DEA Norge in Norway and has appointed Hans-Hermann Andreae as its Managing Director. He heads the business in Norway from the new headquarters in Stavanger. The company will continue to pursue its long-term growth strategy on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The changes to DEA in Norway follow the acquisition of E.ON E&P Norge in December 2015. In line with the requirements of Norwegian authorities, the two companies are now legally merged. The name of the new company is DEA Norge AS.   Hans-Hermann

CIMC Raffles starts Norway semisub

CIMC Raffles Starts Norway's Semisub Construction

Chinese semi-submersible rig specialist CIMC Raffles has kicked off construction of a deep-water unit destined for operation in Norway’s North Sea and other challenging regions such as the Arctic and Barents Sea.Construction started yesterday. Beacon Atlantic, built for Norway’s rig player North Sea Rigs to the GM4-D design, will be capable of operating in water depths of 500 metres with drilling depth up to 8000 metres. Classed classification society DNV GL, the rig with DP3 system and a drilling package provided by NOV will be built to the Norsok standards, while meeting the

Offshore Norway Exploration Plan Gets Funding

Atlantic Petroleum Norge AS has entered into a NOK 300-million bank credit facility with DnB to finance its growth plans in Norway. The 3 year facility is put in place to finance Atlantic Petroleum’s planned Norwegian exploration and appraisal programme on the offshore Norwegian Continental Shelf Under the terms of the credit facility, approx. 74% of all the Company’s exploration, appraisal and supporting expenditure in Norway will be met by DnB, thereby substantially increasing the Company's capital available for investment in Norway activity. The facility will be fully repaid by

DOF Subsea Norways’s Skandi Skolten will assist with the installation of Teekay Petrojarl Production AS’s newbuild FPSO on the Knarr field development

DOF Contracted for Teekay FPSO Newbuild in North Sea

DOF Subsea Norway, a specialist subsea solutions provider, has been awarded a contract by Teekay Petrojarl Production AS in Norway for a newbuild FPSO. The scope of work includes mooring pre-installation, tow-out and hook-up work for Teekay Petrojarl Production’s new FPSO, which will be installed on the BG-operated Knarr field in the Norwegian North Sea. DOF Subsea Norway will mobilise its Skandi Skolten vessel for this project, with six further vessels from its global fleet being utilized in support. The project will be completed in three phases, the first of which will see the pre-install

An illustration of the utility- and living quarters topside

Increased Norwegian Content for Johan Sverdrup Platform

Sverdrup field. The topside construction starts on schedule and budget. The Johan Sverdrup development is being executed with a high degree of Norwegian value creation. Kvaerner's efforts to improve competitiveness have resulted in a large portion of the work for the ULQ platform to be executed in Norway. This gives Kvaerner and Norwegian subcontractors a steady activity and also a continued high number of apprentices. In June 2015, Kvaerner in a joint venture with KBR won the contract for the complete delivery of the utility and living quarter (ULQ) topside. The platform also includes the advanced

Reef's CSV Polar King

Reef Subsea Rebrands Its Norwegian Companies

Reef Subsea rebrands all its companies in Norway & extends geographical footprint to improve service to clients. Reef Subsea announce that it is set to fully rebrand and align its companies in Norway – namely Technocean and Scanmudring-Rotech Subsea – to position itself as a dynamic and integrated contractor in the subsea market. Coupled with an extension of its geographical footprint, the Group is well positioned to serve its clients with specialised services under one company name. The move ensures Reef Subsea provides its turnkey subsea services - mainly IRM & Subsea

Statoil has today, as operator for the Johan Castberg project, distributed a proposed impact assessment programme for the largest field yet to be developed on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS)

Statoil: Considerable Johan Castberg spin-offs

Johan Castberg impact assessment work. “The Johan Castberg project may be a central project for further development of the NCS and in the far north. The field will provide significant tax income. The field development and operation will also create new opportunities for the industry throughout Norway and in North Norway in particular,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway. Based on a spin-off report from Agenda Kaupang the Johan Castberg project, based on an investment estimate of between NOK 50 and 60 billion, will represent a significant

Major BP Upstream North Sea Project Starts Production

and is anticipated to reach around 125,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) monthly average rate (30,000 boe/d net to BP) within the first six months of production and an expected maximum daily rate of approximately 165,000 boe/d (40,000 boe/d net BP) by year end. Rebecca Wiles, BP Norway managing director, said: “Skarv will be a very important hub for BP in Norway, contributing significantly to our production growth from Norway and representing an important new source of gas to Europe.” BP Norway has a 23.84 per cent interest and is operator. Partners are: Statoil

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Jack-up 'Maersk Guardian' Secures New Contract

Maersk Drilling has signed a contract with Premier Oil Norge AS for the jack-up 'Maersk Guardian' for a one well drilling operation, the Myrhauk exploration well, in the Norwegian North Sea. The duration of the contract is approximately 62 days. The contract follows on directly from the present Lundin Norway AS contract during Q3 2014. Maersk Drilling says it is the market leader in the Norwegian jack-up market currently owning and operating six of the nine jack-up rigs present in the region. “Norway is a focus area for Maersk Drilling, which is also why we are very pleased that Premier Oil

Greg Trauthwein

Editor's Note: MTR June 2014

Last month I dispatched Eric Haun, our web and MTR contributing editor, to the scenic west coast of Norway for a “Subsea Norway” tour, a week filled with visits to some of the largest and most powerful subsea companies on the planet (read Statoil, DNV GL, FMC, etc.) as well as a large number of small and innovative organizations, the type of organizations that make up the backbone of the subsea market. Traditionally I would never miss an opportunity to travel to and through Norway, as it is one of my favorite countries in the world, professionally and personally. But a hectic travel

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Aker Solutions Bags BP's Norwegian Contract

  Aker Solutions won a framework agreement to provide maintenance and modifications services at BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a fixed period of five years valued at as much as NOK 3.2 billion. It also contains options to extend the agreement by as many as four years. The accord starts on December 1, 2015 on expiration of an existing agreement for similar services. "This contract was won in stiff international and national competition and will help secure jobs on the west coast of Norway as well as provide crucial support for our development of

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