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Norway Green Lights Lundin Exploration Drilling

Jan 23, 2019

Lundin has received consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority to drill two exploration wells east of the Edvard Grieg field in the central North Sea.PSA announced Wednesday it has given Lundin consent for exploration drilling and…

Decommissioning in Brazil: The New Frontier

Jan 16, 2019

With the oil and gas market heating up in Brazil, many foreign service providers are looking to set up shop in Brazil with an eye on new opportunities.Although the South American country's main attraction will continue to be exploration and production (E&P) in post-salt and pre-salt acreage…

Access to Pipelines Curbing Norway Forecast

Jan 15, 2019

The latest communique out of Norway to indicate the return of “good times” offshore also warns that post-2014 short-termism may have contributed to conditions requiring, ironically, more haste to keep production from plummeting by 2025.Noting 2018’s higher exploration well count (53 vs…

Norway Supreme Court Hears Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

Jan 15, 2019

Norway's Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Tuesday on whether EU ships can fish for snow crab off Arctic islands north of Norway without permission from Oslo, a case that could decide who has the right to explore for oil in the region…

Norway Awards Record Number of Exploration Blocks

Jan 15, 2019

Norway awarded a record 83 blocks to explore for petroleum resources in mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, in a sign of continuing interest from oil companies in the country's oil sector, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.A lack…

Orsted Loses Political Support for Divestment

Jan 14, 2019

Shares in Orsted fell on Monday after the energy company, which is 50.1 percent owned be the Danish state, on Sunday announced that there was no longer political support for the divestment of its power business.The world's largest offshore wind…

Equinor to Build CO2 Storage Under the Seabed

Jan 11, 2019

Equinor has won a license to develop carbon dioxide (CO2) storage under the North Sea, Norway's oil ministry said on Friday, part of a push to combat climate change.Equinor is expected to submit a development plan this year, with parliament making a final decision in 2020 or 2021…

Investing in Norway Doesn’t Have to Be Taxing

Jan 10, 2019

As upstream companies active within the Norwegian Continental Shelf prepare to submit their tax returns to Norway’s Petroleum Tax Office, Mariann Mitchell, senior tax manager at KPMG, Aberdeen, looks at some of the key challenges and opportunities…

Norway Ready to Claim Share of Russia's Arctic Finds

Jan 10, 2019

Norway will step up preparations to claim its share of oil and gas resources if Russia finds petroleum on its side of a border in the Barents Sea, the head of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Thursday.Norway and Russia in 2010 agreed a maritime border in the Barents Sea…

Lessons Learned from an I3P Review of HPHT Equipment

Jan 09, 2019

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) defines a high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) environment as any reservoir that requires completion equipment or well control equipment with an assigned pressure rating greater than 15…

Italy to Block Exploration Permits

Jan 09, 2019

The Italian government is planning to block the issuing of about 36 permits to look for oil and gas as part of plans to cut the country's carbon footprint, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.In a statement the ministry said upstream oil…

SeaRose FPSO Production Remains On Hold

Jan 07, 2019

Oil production continues to be suspended at the SeaRose FPSO, about 350 kilometers east of St. John’s for the last 50 days. There’s no information on when production will resume.Production was suspended and shutdown began on November 16 after two spills -  an estimated 250…

Wellesley Green Lighted to Drill in the North Sea

Jan 07, 2019

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given consent to Norwegian based Wellesley Petroleum to drill exploration well 25/1-13 in the North Sea.Wellesley is the operator for production licence 871 in the North Sea.Well 25/1-13, named Balcom…

Shutdown Risks Delays to US Energy Initiatives

Jan 04, 2019

The partial government shutdown is increasing the chances of delays in U.S. energy initiatives from the release of President Donald Trump's proposed offshore drilling plan to allowing higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during summer months…

Some Services Continue Despite US Government Shutdown

Jan 04, 2019

Despite stalled negotiations between the White House and Congress over funding for a border wall, forcing a shutdown of the government that started December 22, 2018, certain services remain active, if scaled-back, including some serving the oil and gas industry…

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