Barents Sea News


Equinor Granted Permission to Drill Wildcat Well in Barents Sea

Feb 21, 2024

The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Equinor a drilling permit for a wildcat well in the Barents Sea, to be conducted with Transocean Enabler semi-submersible drilling rig.The permit is for the 7220/2-2 exploration well in production license 1080…

COSL Drilling Rig Heads to Norway for Repairs

Jan 24, 2024

COSLProspector semi-submersible drilling rig has departed from the shipyard in Canary Islands, and it’s now on its way to Norway, where it will undergo repairs ahead of assignment with Vår Energi in the Barents Sea.COSL's 4,921-ft semisubmersible…

Equinor Awards $143M Contract for Snøhvit Future Project

Jan 18, 2024

On behalf of the Snøhvit partners, Equinor has awarded a construction and installation contract to Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner (LNS) to build a tunnel and landfall for the project expected to strengthen Norway’s position as a long-term supplier of gas produced with very low greenhouse gas emissions…

Vår Energi Says Goliat Field May Supply Gas to Hammerfest LNG

Oct 25, 2023

Vår Energi said on Wednesday it will decide next year whether to send natural gas from Norway's Goliat oil field in the Arctic Barents Sea to the nearby Hammerfest liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant for export to world markets. Oslo-listed Vår Energi…

Johan Castberg Project Costs Rise. First Oil Still on Track, Equinor Says

Sep 19, 2023

Costs at Equinor-operated Johan Castberg offshore field development project have increased by almost NOK 13 billion (currently $1,2 billion) since last year, but the production start-up date remains unchanged and is still slated for the fourth quarter of 2024…

Aker Solutions Wins First SWIFT Contract at Johan Castberg Field With Equinor

Jun 12, 2023

Norwegian offshore services company Aker Solutions has won a contract with the oil and gas company Equinor to deliver the first Submersible Wireless Installer for Tubing (SWIFT™) for 18 tubing hanger installations on the Johan Castberg field…

Equinor's Arctic LNG Plant to Resume Production Next Week After Gas Leak Shutdown

Jun 01, 2023

Norway's Equinor plans to restart production at its Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Hammerfest on June 8 after it was shut down on May 31 due to a gas leak, the company said in a market message on Thursday. The facility will be unavailable until 2100 GMT on June 8…

Aibel Bags Johan Castberg M&M Work. Deal to Create Jobs in North Norway

May 23, 2023

Norwegian offshore engineering and construction services firm Aibel has won a contract with Equinor for Maintenance and Modifications works on Johan Castberg offshore field in the Barents Sea. The work will be carried out from Aibel’s office in Harstad…

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG Plant Offline after Outage

May 05, 2023

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG plant in Arctic Norway suffered a compressor failure on Thursday and is expected to remain offline until May 19, Norwegian gas system company Gassco said in a regulatory note on Friday. The outage was caused by a technical…

Norway Parliament to Discuss Proposals to Stop Electrification of Major LNG Plant

Apr 13, 2023

Norway's parliament will on Thursday debate proposals to delay, or stop, a plan to electrify Western Europe's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, in the latest example of controversy over cutting CO2 emissions in the Nordic country. Oil…

Equinor Awards Transocean New Contracts for Two Offshore Drilling Rigs in Norway

Mar 28, 2023

Norwegian oil giant Equinor has, on behalf of several licenses in Norway, awarded contracts for the use of Transocean's offshore drilling rigs Transocean Encourage and Transocean Enabler.Transocean Encourage semi-submersible drilling rig will mainly be used in the Norwegian Sea…

Vår Energi Strikes Oil in Barents Sea's Countach Well

Mar 02, 2023

Norwegian oil company Vår Energi on Thursday confirmed the discovery of oil in the operated 7122/8-1S Countach well in production license PL229 (Goliat), northwest of Hammerfest, including updated volume estimates. The well, in the Barents Sea…

Equinor Taps Multiconsult for Snøhvit Future Grid Connection Engineering

Feb 17, 2023

Oslo-listed company Multiconsult has won a contract with the Norwegian oil giant Equinor to deliver detailed engineering of the grid connection for the Snøhvit Future project.The Snøhvit field lies in the central part of the Hammerfest basin in the southern part of the Barents Sea…

Snøhvit Future: Aibel Wins EPCI Contract for Melkøya Plant Upgrades

Feb 14, 2023

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor, on behalf of its partners in the Snøhvit offshore gas field in the Barents Sea, has awarded Aibel a major contract for Hammerfest LNG modifications in connection with the Snøhvit Future project.The Snøhvit…

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