Offshore Arctic News


Norway Offers 36 Offshore Blocks, None in Barents Sea

Mar 30, 2020

Norway is offering oil firms 36 offshore exploration blocks in this year's licensing round in mature areas and for the first time in a decade did not offer any blocks in the Barents Sea.All the blocks are offered in the western part of the Norwegian Sea…

Gazprom Neft to Boost Arctic Oil Production

Mar 24, 2020

Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom, plans to raise oil production at its Arctic projects this year, the company said on Tuesday.It said its oil production at the Novy Port project will rise to 8 million tonnes (160,000 barrels per day) in 2020 from 7…

UBS Cuts Funding for New Arctic Offshore Oil Projects

Mar 06, 2020

Swiss bank UBS won't fund new offshore oil and gas projects in the Arctic, and will 'enhance due diligence' on some deepwater drilling projects.In a statement on Thursday, UBS said it had, in 2019, reduced carbon-related assets on its balance sheet to USD 1…

Charlie-1 looms as potential company maker for 88 Energy

Feb 25, 2020

Alaskan focused oil and gas group, 88 Energy Ltd (ASX:88E) provided a further update on Monday regarding the progress of the group’s Charlie-1 appraisal well on the North Slope of Alaska.With the rig mobilised and drilling to start this weekend…

Greenpeace Asks Norway's Supreme Court to Rule on Arctic Drilling

Feb 24, 2020

Greenpeace and its partners on Monday asked Norway's supreme court to rule on the legality of the country's Arctic oil and gas exploration licenses, in a case that could block the petroleum industry's expansion plans. If the supreme court takes up the case…

Norway to Set New Limit for Arctic Offshore Drilling

Feb 04, 2020

OSLO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Norway may restrict oil firms' access to offshore resources in the Arctic by moving the so-called ice edge, a line that sets a legal limit on the extent to which companies can go north in search of oil.The ice edge is…

Russia Leads E&P Race in Arctic Region

Feb 03, 2020

Russian and Norwegian exploration and production (E&P) operators have been expanding their operations in the Arctic continental shelf, which is estimated to hold vast deposits of hydrocarbons and rare earth minerals.Warming temperatures in the…

The Future is in the North

Jan 13, 2020

Sea usesWhile others are known as rulers of the seas, Norway has been more known as users, locally and worldwide. No wonder, since Norwegian waters are covering an area of close to six times the size of the Norwegian land areas.There is considerable…

Gassco Urges Norway to Boost Arctic Gas Export Capacity

Jan 13, 2020

Norway should construct a new pipeline or a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) unit to boost its gas exports from the Arctic Barents Sea, pipeline system operator Gassco said on Monday.Natural gas represents about a quarter of Norway's overall exports…

Equinor Takes Wisting Operatorship

Dec 02, 2019

Norwegian energy firm Equinor said it will take over as operator for the development of the Wisting license in the Barents Sea as of December 1. Austrian partner OMV will later assume the operator role for the operation phase.In June, the two…

Gazprom Neft Resumes Output at Arctic Offshore Field

Sep 11, 2019

Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom, said on Wednesday it had resumed oil production at the Prirazlomnoye offshore Arctic field on September 7 after planned maintenance.The Prirazlomnoye field was halted on August 8 for maintenance…

Russia: Arctic Offshore Oil Feasible at $130/bbl

Sep 10, 2019

The head of Russia's Rosnedra subsoil agency said on Tuesday that the development of the Pobeda (Victory) offshore Arctic oilfield in the Kara Sea is feasible only at oil prices of $130 to $140 per barrel, Interfax news agency reported.Rosneft…

Russia Open to Private Firms Developing Arctic

Sep 04, 2019

Russia's natural resources and environment minister said on Wednesday he supported allowing private oil and gas companies to work on the Arctic shelf.Speaking to reporters at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, the minister…

Equinor Drills Dry Arctic Exploration Well

Jun 17, 2019

Equinor's exploration well drilled near its Korpfjell gas find in the Norwegian Arctic has proved to be dry, Norway's Petroleum Directorate said on Monday, in an area near the Russian offshore border the company had hoped would be oil rich.This…

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