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Gazprom adds new wells at Prirazlomnoye

Aug 10, 2016

Gazpromneft has brought a further two production wells (its third and fourth) into production at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea, as well as its second and third injection wells. Daily production on the Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant offshore rig…

Updated: US Arctic drilling regulations issued

Jul 08, 2016

New and 'final' regulations regarding drilling in the US Arctic have been jointly issued by the country's authorities, including a requirement to have a relief rig on standby and containment equipment.  Image from BSEE Twitter…

Shell gives up Arctic acreage

Jun 08, 2016

Supermajor Shell has donated nearly 9000sq km of its Arctic exploration permits to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support a national marine conservation area off the coast of Nunavut. Image from Nature Conservancy of Canada…

COSL starting Arctic seismic shoot

May 23, 2016

China's China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) has been awarded a contract for 3D seismic acquisition covering a total area of over 4000sq km in Arctic waters. The contract is COSL's 'first great order' for 3D seismic operations in Arctic waters…

Supermajors drop Arctic leases

May 10, 2016

Several supermajor oil and gas companies including Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell, Italian giant Eni, and US supermajor ConocoPhillips have surrendered more than 2 million acres in the Chukchi Sea. The Polar Pioneer…

Fugro begins Barents Metocean, Ice Network project

May 10, 2016

Fugro has begun a three-year period of metocean and ice data acquisition as part of the Barents Sea Metocean and Ice Network Project. The data will help operators to better understand relevant operational uncertainties and risk factors…

Single phase

May 01, 2016

Switzerland-headquartered Sulzer is promoting single-phase boosting supported by subsea separation. The industrial engineering and manufacturing firm launched itself into the subsea separation business in 2014, when it bought Ascom and ProLabNL…

BOEM to update offshore emissions regulations

Mar 18, 2016

As part of the Obama Administration’s on-going commitment to a cleaner, more secure energy future, Janice Schneider, assistant secretary, Land and Minerals Management and Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)…

VIDEO: Goliat finally achieves first oil

Mar 14, 2016

Production has finally started from Norway’s first Arctic oil field, at the Goliat floating production facility in the Barents Sea.  The 180 MMbo field, the first producing oil field in the Barents Sea and the northernmost producing oilfield…

BSEE in Arctic spill response database update

Feb 19, 2016

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) staff recently participated in the Alaska Regional Response Team (RRT) meeting to update attendees on BSEE’s Arctic spill response database project. Image from BSEE…

Noble retires ex-Shell drillship

Feb 04, 2016

Noble Corp. will retire two offshore drilling units, jackup Noble Charles Copeland and former Shell Arctic drillship, Noble Discoverer, the company announced this week. The retirements bring Noble’s full fleet to 30 units. The Noble Discoverer contract…

Oil firms still eyeing arctic exploration

Jan 28, 2016

Despite a multibillion dollar backlog of projects, put on hold amid US$30-50/bbl oil prices, exploration firms are still eyeing resources in arctic waters. New areas of the Barents Sea were offered to oil firms in Norway’s 23rd licensing round…

Earthjustice supports Shell Arctic extension denial

Jan 13, 2016

Earthjustice, on behalf of eight conservation groups, filed to intervene in a case before the Interior Board of Land Appeals to defend the Department of Interior’s (DOI) decision to deny Shell’s request for an extension of the terms of its oil drilling leases in the Arctic Ocean…

First cut is the deepest

Jan 01, 2016

OE reached out to analysts Wood Mackenzie and IHS Energy to find out the view on the next 12-18 months. And the outlook is not so great for exploration spend. Audrey Leon and Elaine Maslin report. Wood Mackenzie Image from iStock…

Lundin comes up dry at Ørnen

Dec 30, 2015

Lundin Petroleum has completed the drilling and evaluation of exploration well 7130/4-1 on the Ørnen prospect. The well is in PL708, on the eastern parts of the Finnmark Platform in the southern Barents Sea. The well was dry and has been plugged and abandoned…

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