Barents Sea News


Equinor Gets Green Light to Drill Barents Sea Well

Mar 29, 2021

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has won a drilling permit to drill an appraisal well in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), which granted the permit, said Equinor would drill the well, formally known as well 7322/6-1 S…

Norway Launches Consultation on Offshore Licensing Round with 84 New Blocks

Feb 25, 2021

Norway launched a consultation on Thursday on a 2021 licensing round in mature areas in which it offered 84 new blocks for petroleum exploration, including 70 in the Arctic Barents Sea.The maps attached to a statement by the Petroleum and Energy…

Lundin's Barents Sea Well Comes Up Dry

Feb 02, 2021

Oil and gas company Lundin Energy has drilled a dry well at its production license 533 B, in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway.The exploration well, formally named 7219/11-1, was drilled around 40 kilometers southwest of the Johan Castberg field…

Greenpeace Loses Norway Supreme Court Case over Arctic Offshore Drilling

Dec 22, 2020

Norway's supreme court upheld government plans for Arctic oil exploration on Tuesday, dismissing a lawsuit by campaigners who said they violated people's right to a healthy environment.While most of Norway's oil output flows from south of the Arctic…

Dry Well for Equinor at Spissa Prospect in Barents Sea

Dec 04, 2020

Norwegian energy company Equinor has drilled a dry well at the Spissa prospect in the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said Friday.The exploration well, formally named 7018/5-1, was drilled around 100 kilometers southwest of the Snøhvit field…

Equinor Cleared to Drill Exploration Well in Johan Castberg License Area

Nov 30, 2020

Norwegian oil giant Equinor has been cleared to drill an exploration well at the Isflak prospect in the Barents Sea.The well 7220/7-4 sits in the production license 532, in a water depth of 351 meters. The approval was granted by the safety regulator PSA Norway…

Vår Energi Gets OK to Drill Production Wells at Goliat Field

Nov 23, 2020

Norwegian oil and gas company Vår Energi has been given consent to use Saipem's Scarabeo 8 drilling rig on the Goliat oil field in the Barents Sea, off Norway.Vår Energi will use the semi-submersible drilling rig for production drilling on the Goliat field…

Lundin's Polmak Well in Barents Sea Comes Up Dry

Nov 17, 2020

Lundin Energy has failed to find hydrocarbons at its Polmak exploration well in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway. The Sweden-based firm said Monday it had completed exploration well 7221/4-1, targeting the Polmak prospect in licenses PL609 and PL1027…

Equinor, Partners Eye Shore-Powered Cylindrical FPSO for Wisting Field in Barents Sea

Nov 12, 2020

Norwegian oil firm Equinor has awarded contracts for concept studies for the development of the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea, off Norway. The studies are expected to further progress the project development towards a final concept select decision…

Equinor Gets Clearance to Drill Barents Sea Wildcat

Oct 23, 2020

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has received approval to drill a wildcat well in the production license 960, in the Barents Sea, off Norway.Equinor will use Seadrill's 2008-built West Hercules semi-submersible drilling rig to drill the offshore well 7018/5-1 at the Spissa prospect…

Norway: Probe Launched after 26.5t Pipe Drops on Offshore Rig's Drill Floor

Oct 20, 2020

The Norwegian oil and gas safety body PSA Norway has launched an investigation into an incident that occurred last weekend aboard the West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig, just a week after the rig had started drilling its first-ever well…

West Bollsta Offshore Drilling Rig Spuds Its First Well

Oct 14, 2020

Swedish oil and gas company Lundin Energy has spudded the Polmak well in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway, using the West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig.A Lundin Energy spokesperson confirmed for Offshore Engineer that the Polmak well…

Equinor's Fire-hit Arctic LNG Plant to Resume Operations on Jan. 1

Oct 13, 2020

Equinor's Melkoeya liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Norway is expected to resume output on Jan. 1, 2021, after it was damaged in a fire last month, the company said in a regulatory statement on Monday.The fire on Sept. 28 in one of the plant's…

West Bollsta Rig Set to Spud First Well for Lundin Energy

Oct 06, 2020

The West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig, managed by Seadrill, is currently in the Barents Sea, being towed to an offshore drilling location where it will drill its first well, the rig's AIS data shows. The drilling rig is on hire with the Swedish company Lundin Energy…

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