Stoichevski, William

Stoichevski, William

A veteran journalist based in Oslo, William Stoichevski has written thousands of offshore-focused reports from his North Sea vantage point. After honing the media campaign of Norwegian green group Bellona (current fuels advisors to the European Commission), Stoichevski began working for the Associated Press in Oslo. In 2003, he left the AP to oversee and write for a number of print and electronic energy industry publications in the Norwegian capital. Hard-to-match access has granted him interviews with hundreds of industry captains and policy makers across the globe.
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North Sea Capital Making Inroads

Jul 15, 2019

It might be peak IPO season (Forbes), and technology investors may be looking elsewhere (say fintech), but two years of venture capital investments in the North Sea are rounding on stranded North Sea value.The old investor pattern of looking…

Multi-pronged Brazil Effort Paying off for Norwegians

Jul 08, 2019

After painstakingly plying Petrobras for years, Norway’s offshore supplier-contractors and their halo of sub-suppliers are again earning big Brazilian orders en masse, as the BRIC country’s untapped reserves compel the national oil company to buy — and borrow — Norwegian…

Mauritania: Change after Chinguetti

Jul 02, 2019

Mauritania is back, it seems, as Africa’s newest oil province, just 13 years after a sudden production drop at its first offshore oilfield, Chinguetti, precipitated the authorities ire over contracts and a rash of oil company departures.Now…

ExxonMobil’s Exit Not a 'Major' End in Norway

Jun 24, 2019

The withdrawal from Norway’s offshore sector of ExxonMobil appears to be underway, and the development to some looks like the start of a pullout of “international oil majors” from a sector dominated by stately player, Equinor.True, ExxonMobil’s departure is symbolic…

Drill-tech Trends: Hybrid Rigs, Automation

Jun 20, 2019

Fully-automated drilling aboard a semisubmersible or jack-up drill rig powered by batteries has just become a reality. As May 2019 got underway, new, modern rigs were being ordered on more exploration, and no fewer than eight modern rigs — seven…

Norwegian Sea Gas Province an Oil Draw

Jun 17, 2019

Equinor announced on Monday that it has discovered oil and gas in separate formations of cut by the same well, and all indications are that a new oil-heavy play in a Norwegian Sea gas province may create a rush to oil if the area’s notoriously splintered geology can be mastered…

The On-again Arctic

Jun 11, 2019

A cursory look at rig, seismic and yard activity in the world is enough to deduce that there’s more happening in the Arctic than Greens tying themselves to seventh-generation drilling units.A judge may have blocked Alaskan drilling in coastal…

Asian Choices: Canadian 'Climate' or US 'Freedom' Gas

Jun 03, 2019

Canada — with its abundance of petroleum — has been surprisingly slow exporting gas anywhere other than across the border to the United States.Now, Ottawa is supporting Canada’s first export projects for liquefied natural gas (LNG) with more than words…

A New Well, a New Offshore Bonanza

May 28, 2019

Whatever its investments in wind, Equinor on Monday received a much anticipated greenlight to drill for oil in a mature quadrant of the North Sea, where success with the drill bit could again change field economics for the giant Johan Sverdrup field — and other…

IOCs and the Decoms Tab

May 20, 2019

Madrid-based integrated offshore operator Repsol is leading a pack of foreign oil companies in Norway that are extracting largely tail-end production in exchange for paying a decommissioning tab or getting a second shot at an older oilfield…

Equinor E&P: Testing Frontier Resolve

May 13, 2019

The stately Norwegian operator’s foray into South Australian offshore and Norway’s remote areas is being contested by increasingly successful green groups.A first installment of Norwegian operator Equinor’s plans to drill and develop oil reserves…

Survey Survival in the Balance

May 07, 2019

A seismic survey segment which has seen its fortunes slashed heavily since 2015 and which isn’t expected to recover fully for at least another five years is starting to make waves as it navigates a still bumpy road marked by green shoots.First to feel the pinch when exploration slows…

FSRUs, Floating Power Figure in Gas Markets Revival

Apr 30, 2019

With oil prices pushing toward USD 80 dollar on geo-political strife, there’s the expectation of a concurrent rise in world gas prices and regional liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, judging by some frenetic dealmaking of late.Few things…

Three IMR Trends

Apr 24, 2019

For years, “maintenance and modifications” were catchwords for nearly everything that wasn’t greenfield activity offshore. Two economic slowdowns later, subsea “M&M” might be seen as inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR), a segment that includes light well intervention…

In Norway, a Jobs Heyday

Apr 23, 2019

It’s official. The North Sea rim is hiring again — in numbers.The independents, the supermajors, Oslo’s national oil champion and the supply chain are hiring 20-something’s looking for “dream jobs”. The oil minnows (super-experienced oil players with skeleton staffs) are also hiring all they need…

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