Offshore Arctic News - page 20


The Laptev Sea: Beginning of the Transpolar Drift

Mar 27, 2014

Schematic of the Arctic surface circulation including the Transpolar Driftal. The Siberian shelves are vast and shallow, seasonally ice-covered, and receive more than 80% of the Arctic freshwater input…

Russia limits access to Arctic

Mar 27, 2014

Global oil majors continue to lobby concessions for opertations on the Russian Arctic shelf; Eugene Gerden reports. Amid the fierce critics from the global environment organizations, the Russian government continues to create conditions…

Greenpeace scales West Alpha

Mar 24, 2014

Greenpeace has said five of its 14 activists have scaled the West Alpha semisubmersible drilling rig offshore Norway in protest against ExxonMobil’s plans to drill in the Russian Arctic.  The protest has been staged on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill…

NASA's Operation IceBridge campaign

Mar 17, 2014

Michael Studinger, a project scientist for NASA's Operation IceBridge, and Nathan Kurtz, a physical scientist, provide commentary during a virtual tour of the Operation IceBridge campaign in the Arctic.

Arctic research center launched

Mar 11, 2014

An Arctic petroleum research center has been launched in Tromso, Norway, to increase knowledge about hydrocarbon exploration in the region.  The Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration (ARCEx) is funded by the Norwegian…

Barents opens up

Feb 17, 2014

For the first time in 20 years, Norway's government is looking to include a new area in the Barents Sea in its next exploration licensing round.  Blocks in the Barents Sea south-east have been included in consultation documents issued…

Oilfield spending conundrum

Feb 12, 2014

The past few weeks have seen a string of profit warnings and capital spending cutbacks from global oil and gas exploration majors. Should oilfield service companies be worried that the good times are coming to an end?  According to bank and investment company Investec…

Bourbon orders arctic AHTS

Feb 10, 2014

Vard Holdings Ltd., a Fincantieri company, has a contract with Bourbon to design and build an ice-class anchor-handling tug supply vessel (AHTS). The arctic AHTS vessel by Vard Design was developed for world-wide anchor handling and remote operations…

LUKOIL and Gazprom agree on spills

Feb 10, 2014

Gazprom and LUKOIL have signed a cooperation agreement on the prevention of and response to emergencies caused by oil and petroleum product spills offshore, including performing joint emergency exercises. The companies agreed that in…

ATC announces spotlight winners

Feb 10, 2014

The Arctic Technology Conference has put a spotlight on the latest innovations in the Arctic E&P industry. A panel of qualified E&P professionals reviewed entries from exhibitors at the show and selected recipients based on these criteria: New…

Shell drops Alaska plan

Jan 30, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell has said it will quit its 2014 plans for drilling offshore Alaska, cut capital spending, and increase the pace of assets sales, the oil major’s CEO Ben van Beurden (pictured) announced today. Shell's U-turn on Alaskan drilling follows a profit warning last week and…

Arctic PSV for Rem Offshore

Jan 23, 2014

Kleven has signed a contract with Rem Offshore for the building of a platform support vessel (PSV) specially designed to operate in challenging arctic conditions (pictured). The type VS 485 MK III ARCTIC design includes a number of features for ice prevention and de-icing…

US court strikes down Chukchi Sea EIS

Jan 23, 2014

A US court ruling has put a key document supporting oil major Shell's Chukchi Sea drilling in doubt. Over one partial objection, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (CA9, panel based in San Francisco) ruled that selection by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…

Drilling due on Dolginskoye

Jan 21, 2014

Gazpromneft Sakhalin says it has started work preparing to drill an appraisal well in the Pechora Sea. The firm, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft and project operator for the exploration and development of Dolginskoye field, on the arctic shelf of the Pechora Sea…

Olgoonik/Fairweather awarded Beaufort Sea work

Jan 09, 2014

The group will conduct monitoring studies on potential Arctic nearshore impacts in Beaufort Sea development area.Olgoonik/Fairweather LLC, in conjunction with a team of scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Texas at Austin…

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