Offshore Arctic News


Equinor Strikes Oil Near Johan Castberg Field in Barents Sea

Mar 10, 2021

Equinor and its partners Vår Energi and Petoro have discovered oil at an exploration well near the Johan Castberg development in the Barents Sea.Recoverable resources at the well - formally known as well 7220/7-4 - in production licence 532…

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…

Canada: Equinor, BHP, Chevron Get Gov't Approvals for Offshore Drilling Plans

Jan 13, 2021

The Government of Canada has this week approved three offshore drilling projects in the Atlantic Ocean, planned by BHP, Equinor, and Chevron, respectively.'The projects will allow the proponents to determine the presence, nature, and quantities…

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…

Rosneft Finds 'Unique' Gas Field in the Arctic

Dec 16, 2020

Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft has said it has discovered a new 'unique' offshore gas field in the Arctic with total reserves of 514 bcm of gas and 53 million tons of condensate.Rosneft made the discovery at the Vostochno-Prinovozemelsky-2 license area in the Kara Sea…

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…

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…

US Moves to Loosen Safety Rules for Arctic Offshore Drilling

Nov 19, 2020

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed to loosen Obama-era safety regulations for the oil industry in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska to ease the way for petroleum extraction in the region, an effort that President-elect Joe Biden will likely throw out once in office…

Norway to Offer 136 New Offshore Exploration Blocks in Barents Sea Push

Nov 19, 2020

Norway will offer oil firms exploration blocks in nine frontier areas in its latest licensing round, including eight regions of the Arctic Barents Sea and one in the Norwegian Sea, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Thursday…

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…

Norway: Top Court Starts Hearing on Arctic Offshore Exploration Blocks

Nov 04, 2020

Norway's top court began to hear arguments on Wednesday on the legality of awarding offshore oil licenses in the Arctic, in a landmark case that could stop the industry's expansion.The lawsuit, led by environmental groups Greenpeace Norway and Nature and Youth…

Russia: Gazprom Reports 'Record-high' Gas Inflow on Kara Sea Shelf

Nov 04, 2020

Following a recently announced gas discovery at an exploration well at the Kara Sea, off Russia's North, Gazprom has tested the upper levels at the same well at the Leningradskoye field, and has reported 'record high' results.'In the course of the exploration activities…

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