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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…

BP, ExxonMobil suspend Arctic work

Jun 29, 2015

An oil industry consortium that includes BP and ExxonMobil suspended a Canadian arctic exploration program in the Beaufort Sea region due to insufficient time to begin test drilling before its lease expires in 2020, according to Seeking Alpha…

API: Prioritize Arctic development

Jun 16, 2015

API encouraged congress and regulators to prioritize Arctic offshore oil and natural gas development as the House Natural Resources Committee prepared to hold a hearing on Arctic energy today (16 June). “Arctic oil and natural gas…

Kayaktivists block departing Shell Arctic rig

Jun 15, 2015

Thirteen activists in kayaks intercepted Shell's drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, in Seattle's Puget Sound as the rig prepared to depart for the Arctic as part of Shell's US$1 billion Arctic exploration and drilling program. Kayaktivists…

Shell gains Court spill response approval

Jun 12, 2015

Shell is on the brink of Arctic exploration after the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) approval of the US supermajor’s oil spill response plan (OSRP) on 11 June. The Noble Discoverer…

DOI, Shell get more Arctic backlash

Jun 02, 2015

A total of 12 groups are challenging the US Department of Interior’s (DOI) decision to reaffirm the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale that will allow oil and gas drilling in a nearly 30 million acre area of the Chukchi Sea outer continental shelf (OCS)…

Sea of uncertainty

Jun 01, 2015

With a mean estimate of 23.6 billion bbl of undiscovered, technically recoverable conventional oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, the Arctic could be one of the last big finds. Heather Saucier examines what is at stake on the US side. Source…

Defrosting Arctic development

Jun 01, 2015

Russian arctic oil exploration is facing an uphill battle against international sanctions and low oil prices. But, the country’s oil companies and government are still keen to find produce their icy black gold. Eugene Gerden reports. The…

API comments on US Arctic regulations

May 29, 2015

Producing oil and natural gas safely and responsibly in the Arctic will strengthen America’s economy and national security, API said in comments to proposed regulations for operations offshore Alaska.  “Producing more energy here at home creates new job opportunities and makes us more secure…

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