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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Supply-side Paradox in a Supermajor Exit

Sep 10, 2019

The reaction of the gut is unease to news reports ExxonMobil might be selling $4 billion in offshore assets to Norway’s Vår Energi (the former Eni Norge) and pulling out of the North Sea.More operator and supermajor consolidation away from an oil province sounds all bad…

A 'NOC' on Wind?

Sep 03, 2019

Late last week, a large Equinor spending allotment passed under the radar of many a news stream: the Norwegian offshore operator was given a $230 million grant by largest shareholder, Oslo, to pursue wind projects, or at least one in particular…

FLNG Project Count Hits 20

Aug 26, 2019

Finance — or at least project economics based on long-term commodity prices — appear to be factors limiting a surge in investments in floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) a new study by U.S.-based numbers cruncher, World Energy Reports, revealed Monday…

There’s Something Happening off Newfoundland

Aug 20, 2019

It’s hard to nail down when it all started — perhaps when the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador opted for the Norwegian model of direct government ownership shares in its offshore oilfields.Or it might have started with Equinor’s…

New Money, Finds & Field Starts

Aug 13, 2019

Norway’s government will earn around NOK 265 billion ($30 billion) taxing and taking up stakes in its oil and gas fields in 2019, and Norwegian production is on the rise. In contrast, Britain in 2019 will earn about GBP 1.1 billion ($1.34 billion)…

Energy Companies’ Pounding a Periodic Thing

Aug 06, 2019

Although Norway’s offshore segments took a pounding in share-price value on Monday — with every segment incurring losses — the consensus here is that fundamentals offshore are good, and a combination of general uncertainty and specific contract losses are what rocked investors starting their week…

FPSO Boom to Challenge Supply Chain

Jul 29, 2019

Surging numbers of orders for floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) may already be straining the supply chain, including shipyards in Asia, a report out of the United States suggests.Around two dozen FPSO contracts are about to enter “decision gate”…

Eastern Med Heats Up

Jul 22, 2019

Suppliers hoping to tap the fast-warming Eastern Mediterranean energy market need look no further than the consortia submitting bids on 12 of 19 exploration blocks offshore Israel.With gas-supply deals in place with Egypt, Jordan, Greece and domestic Israeli producers…

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…

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