Oil Companies Must Boost Offshore Exploration in Norway to Unlock Potential, NPD Says

Nerijus Adomaitis
Thursday, August 25, 2022

Oil companies in Norway must increase their exploration activity in remote regions like the Arctic Barents Sea for the country to find the remaining reserves of oil and gas beneath its oceans, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday.

Norway has pumped petroleum from its continental shelf for more than 50 years, but only half the potential resources have been produced so far, and about a quarter of the estimated oil and gas remains yet to be found, according to the agency.

Most of Norway's production has been concentrated in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, while only a few fields have so far opened in its northernmost ocean, the vast Barents Sea.

"To develop the Barents Sea as a petroleum province, it's important for the companies to continue to explore less known areas while at the same time drilling near existing fields," the NPD said in its resource report for 2022.

The NPD estimates the Barents could hold 2.4 billion cubic metres of undiscovered resources, 57% of it in the northern part which authorities have not yet open to petroleum activities, and where environmentalists strongly oppose drilling.

Undiscovered petroleum resources off Norway https://tmsnrt.rs/3pM1wYZ

(Reuters - Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik)

Categories: Drilling Industry News Activity Arctic Europe Barents Sea

Related Stories

Highland Council Grants Planning Permission for Pentland Floating Wind Farm's Onshore Infrastructure

Hess Expects Higher 2023 Spending with Focus on Guyana, Bakken

Atlantica Shipping Adds Fourth PSV to Fleet

Current News

Shell Posts Record $40 Billion Annual Profit

Mayflower Wind Changes Name to SouthCoast

Wagenborg's Multi-Purpose Vessel to Support Decommissioning Works in the Southern North Sea

Reuters: Eni Looking to Sell Stake in Renewables Division to HitecVision

Subscribe for OE Digital E‑News