Norwegian Sea News

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Remote-Controlled Submersible Fish Farm in Arctic Ocean

Arctic Offshore Farming project is looking for ways to farm fish in a more sustainable manner.The submerged fish pens are less prone to sea lice which have been linked to a decline in salmon production in Norway – one of the top salmon exporters in the world. The offshore farm located in the Norwegian Sea - part of the Arctic Ocean - outside Troms will have a lower environmental footprint.The region is more vulnerable to fierce weather and wave conditions than traditional farms that are located inside the region’s fjords. To counter this, ABB is supplying a pontoon ballast water system that

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Oceaneering Wins Wintershall ROV Work

offshore Norway.The deal covers ROV services for the Northern Drilling Moss Maritime CS-60Mk type drilling unit West Mira, which will perform production drilling on Wintershall Norge-operated fields in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including Vega and Nova in the North Sea and Maria in the Norwegian Sea, as well as exploration drilling.The ROV work will include installation of hangar systems, remote onshore mission support services, BOP tethering systems, subsea landing bases, ROV tooling and engineering services.The contract duration is for three years with two, two-year options to extend,

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EMGS Confirms Equinor Data Contract

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) said it has entered into final contracts with Equinor for a range of seismic data across the Norwegian continental shelf.The final deal includes both licensing of Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea data from EMGS’s existing multi-client library, as well as prefunding for a new multi-client acquisition in the North Sea.Of the combined gross contract value of approximately $8 million, the EMGS said it expects to recognize approximately $7 million of revenue in the first quarter of 2019.CEO of EMGS, Bjørn Petter Lindhom, said, “EMGS is very

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Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

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 licensing rounds aim to promote the further exploration of blocks in previously explored, mature areas by allowing tenders to be submitted for any acreage within predefined areas where licenses have not been awarded.The licenses provide the

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

," Dodson told Reuters.The Norwegian company, Europe's second-largest gas supplier after Russia's Gazprom, said it would prioritize natural gas in its exploration plans offshore Norway, aiming to add more volumes around the existing infrastructure, such as the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea, and elsewhere."Natural gas is a commodity important to climate... We see more demand for gas, and we can play a bigger role in producing and delivering gas to the global markets," Nylund told Reuters."We also need to use the existing infrastructure in a timely manner, it will

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Circulation Tool Helps Operators Cut Rig Time

reliability, resilience and versatility, the dart activated DAV MX is the ultimate downhole circulation tool.With demand continuing to grow for the award-winning tool, the company, ahead of exhibiting at ONS in Norway this month, has released details of one of 14 activations in the last year in the Norwegian Sea alone.Demonstrating the DAV MX’s resilience and versatility, a North Sea operator activated the tool on a specialist Well Bore Clean Up (WBCU) run on a recent exploration well.  The tool was used for hole cleaning and BOP jetting, however, prior to its activation, the DAV MX had to

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

and Environment. 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

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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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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TGS Awards Seismic Survey Contract to Shearwater GeoServices

geophysical company TGS.    The project is expected to take approximately three months and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, 2018.    For the second consecutive year Shearwater has been awarded a contract for a seismic survey on the Atlantic Margin in the Norwegian Sea. The 2018 survey will cover 5,135 km2 and will be performed by one of Shearwater's high-end 3D vessels. The vessel will utilize FlexiSource and a wide tow spread, for which all Shearwater vessels are designed.    "We are very happy to return to the Atlantic Margin to work with

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

Statoil Awards Askeladd Development Contracts

Statoil is awarding a contract for pipelaying to Subsea 7 and for marine operations to Ocean Installer in the Askeladd field development.  "The Askeladd project is being 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

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