Norwegian Petroleum Directorate News

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Huge Opportunities in Norwegian Shelf

Even after more than 50 years, the Norwegian shelf still holds vast opportunities, says  Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).According to NPD's  2019 resource report on fields and discoveries, more than half of the estimated remaining resources on the Norwegian shelf have already been discovered. 85 per cent are located in the fields and 15 per cent are located in discoveries that are being considered for development.There is also a potential that even more proven oil and gas could become profitable to produce by applying new technology and knowledge, it said.When Johan Sverdrup and

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Ocean Infinity Completes Mohns Ridge Survey

US-based subsea technology and data company Ocean Infinity said it has compleetd an expedition on the Mohns Ridge in the north-western Norwegian Sea, on behalf of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).NPD had been assigned the task of mapping and proving deep sea mineral deposits by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Using multiple autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), Ocean Infinity acquired a total of 3,900 kilometers of geophysical seabed data over the four-week expedition, assisted by experts from Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG). At the same time, remotely operated underwater vehicles

Participants on the expedition, from left Stian Rolfsen Gilje and Solveig Lie Onstad from the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research (UiB), Jan Stenløkk from the NPD and Anna Lim from NTNU. Photo: NPD

NPD Completes Seabed Minerals Expedition

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced that it has just completed a successful data acquisition expedition on the Mohns Ridge in the north-western Norwegian Sea, using the Seabed Constructor vessel.According to the Norwegian government agency responsible for the regulation of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, during the four-week expedition, the NPD has made several discoveries of previously unknown sulphide deposits, and collected data covering large areas. These deposits include metals and minerals that are important in battery technology, wind turbines and

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

survey vehicles, there might also be a subsea mining role “in association with the excavators” for the company’s uncannily eellike, Eelume ROV.Meanwhile, Swire Seabed and associates Ocean Infinity are understood to have over a dozen HUGIN AUVs in service, and they ran the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s minerals cruise. HUGINS doing survey work might always take the lead offshore in the preparatory stage of subsea mining. “We are not always aware of what our customers do with the vehicles,” Mills says.Once the mining begins, it’ll be ROVs and HROVs like the

Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border

Norwegian officials have expressed concern about Russian military exercises in the region.Norway also fears that tensions between Russia and the West could have implications for Svalbard, which belongs to Norway but has become significant because of growing interest in Arctic oil and gas..Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said last year the area bordering Russia southeast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, which is not yet opened up for exploration, could hold 8.6 billion barrels of oil equivalents.The Directorate, which has previously conducted 2D surveys and drilled shallow wells to collect sediment

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Aker BP Adds More Acreage off Norway

BP has agreed to buy stakes in 11 production licenses off Norway from French Total for a cash consideration of $205 million, the company said on Tuesday.The portfolio includes four discoveries with net recoverable resources of 83 million barrels oil equivalents based on estimates from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), it added."With this transaction, we get access to new tie-back opportunities in the Alvheim and Skarv areas, we strengthen our resource base in the NOAKA area, and we increase our interest in exploration acreage near the Ula field," Aker BP's Chief Executive Karl

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Oil Exploration Is Ramping Up Off Norway

Oil firms are expected to drill 40-50 exploration wells off Norway this 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

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Statoil Set to Drill Its Biggest Arctic Hope

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 proving up additional oil resources in the vicinity of the Wisting discovery, but like the previous Blaamann well

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Norway, Russia to Swap Seismic Data in Oil Search

Russia and Norway have agreed to exchange seismic data from the two countries' Arctic maritime border in a bid to help the search for oil and gas, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said in a statement on Wednesday.   "This agreement is extremely important, it allows us to achieve a better understanding of the regional geological conditions on both sides of the demarcation line and, not least, of geological structures that span across the line," said NPD assistant director of exploration, Stig-Morten Knutsen.   The oil and gas industry uses seabed seismic data to help

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Norway's Subsea Valley Eyes the Future of Things

than many subsea developments, and some 60-odd European oilfield projects are scheduled to be subsea tie-ins. Other subsea projects are shelved but would be feasible should Rambøll’s Type O to Type 4 platforms be used. The idea has found major traction in Norway, where the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has just disseminated Rambøll’s report on the subject. Just five percent of Norwegian platforms are unmanned compared to from 25 percent to 30 percent in the Dutch, Danish and U.K. sectors, where water depths are often similar. Operator Statoil was convinced enough to order

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