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Shell abandons Alaska exploration

Sep 28, 2015

Shell is ceasing further exploration offshore Alaska after the company's Burger J prospect failed to prove oil, resulting in a multi billion dollar write-down. The Transocean Polar Pioneer  “Shell…

COSL in Statoil, Rosneft drilling gig

Sep 02, 2015

Magadanmorneftegaz, Lisyanskmorneftegaz (joint ventures of Rosneft and Statoil) and China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) signed a contract to drill two exploration wells in 2016. The wells will be drilled in the Magadan-1 and Lisyansky areas of the Okhotsk Sea…

Shell freezes Arctic operations

Aug 31, 2015

Shell disconnected the Noble Discoverer drillship from its anchors in the Chukchi Sea after weather temporarily put a halt to its Arctic operations over the weekend. The Noble Discoverer. From Shell Flickr…

Norwegian researchers obtain remote Arctic seismic

Aug 28, 2015

Two Norwegian polar researchers have returned from a project to collect seismic data over an area of the Arctic usually inaccessible to seismic vessels.  The pair, Yngve Kristoffersen and Audun Tholfsen, deployed their ice drift technique…

Polarled crosses the Arctic Circle

Aug 21, 2015

On 21 August the Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66° and 33 minutes north of the equator becoming the first pipeline to take the Norwegian gas infrastructure across the Arctic Circle. This will open a new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe…

Second Gazprom Prirazlomnoye well onstream

Aug 21, 2015

After nearly two years, Gazprom Neft Shelf has brought its second well into production at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Russian Arctic. Image of the Prirazlomnaya field. From Gazprom. Prirazlomnoye is located in the Pechora Sea…

Pay day for Eni's Goliat nears

Aug 20, 2015

Italy's Eni is close to starting producing from Norway's first Arctic oil development, reports Reuters. Production from the Goliat field, estimated to hold about 178 MMboe, was originally expected to start in 4Q 2013, but the project has been beset with delays and cost overruns…

Shell approved to drill deeper in Arctic

Aug 17, 2015

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has given Shell final approval to drill into deeper into hydrocarbon-bearing zones at its Burger J prospect in the Chukchi Sea, off Alaska, in the US Arctic. “After extensive review and under a robust array of safety requirements…

Russia seeks to extend Arctic territory

Aug 07, 2015

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier this week announced it had submitted a revised bid claiming 1.2 million sq km of Arctic sea shelf to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). The country's previous bid in 2002 were rejected for lack of evidence…

Shell begins Arctic drilling

Aug 03, 2015

The Transocean Polar Pioneer semisubmersible officially began Shell’s US$1 billion Arctic drilling program in the Chukchi Sea on 30 July. The Polar Pioneer. From Transocean. Drilling operations began at Shell’s Burger J prospect…

BSEE limits Shell's Arctic drilling

Jul 23, 2015

Shell’s arrival in the Chukchi Sea came with limitations from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) that allows the supermajor to begin drilling, but not into oil-bearing zones just yet. The Noble Discoverer…

Shell Arctic rigs get BSEE inspection

Jul 17, 2015

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) inspected Shell’s drilling rigs for its US$1 billion Arctic drilling program, the Noble Discoverer, Polar Pioneer and the Fennica icebreaker vessel in Alaska. Pre…

Fugro completes monitoring system project

Jul 13, 2015

Fugro delivered a bespoke structural monitoring system for Exxon Neftegas, as operator for, and on behalf of, the Sakhalin-1 consortium, to monitor the structural integrity of its Berkut oil platform in the Arkutun Dagi field. Located…

Shell's Arctic program hits new snag

Jul 07, 2015

The Fennica icebreaker vessel that Shell planned to use as part of its Chukchi Sea drilling operations had to return to Dutch Harbor in Alaska to undergo repairs after its hull was breeched, Finland-based Arctia Offshore reported today (7 July)…

Noble Discoverer now Arctic-bound

Jun 30, 2015

The US Coast Guard (USCG) reported that the Noble Discoverer drillship has left the Port of Everett, Washington, in the early morning hours of 30 June, and is now Arctic-bound. Thus bringing Shell closer to its Chukchi Sea drilling season…

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