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Eni granted Goliat flotel extension

Oct 08, 2015

The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway granted an extension to Eni for use of the Flotel Superior accommodation facility at the Goliat field, in the Barents Sea.   Image from Eni. The…

The case for US Arctic exploration

Oct 06, 2015

Arctic drilling has made headlines since the announcement of Shell’s 2015 summer drilling campaign. Paired with the low oil prices due to a surplus of supply, many people wonder why we even need to drill in the Arctic when there is so much oil right now…

Polarled in place, well under budget

Sep 29, 2015

The last pipe in Statoil’s Polarled pipeline has been laid this week in the Norwegian Sea, with the project coming in at 32% under budget. The pipeline was laid by the world's largest pipelaying vessel: Solitaire from Allseas…

UTEC completes Cook Inlet installation

Sep 28, 2015

UTEC provided a positioning solution for the installation of a monopod liquid natural gas platform and 30km 10in LNG pipeline for a major operation located in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.  A total of 24 field personnel were mobilized and engaged…

Shell abandons Alaska exploration

Sep 28, 2015

Shell is ceasing further exploration offshore Alaska after the company's Burger J prospect failed to prove oil, resulting in a multi billion dollar write-down. The Transocean Polar Pioneer  “Shell…

COSL in Statoil, Rosneft drilling gig

Sep 02, 2015

Magadanmorneftegaz, Lisyanskmorneftegaz (joint ventures of Rosneft and Statoil) and China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) signed a contract to drill two exploration wells in 2016. The wells will be drilled in the Magadan-1 and Lisyansky areas of the Okhotsk Sea…

Shell freezes Arctic operations

Aug 31, 2015

Shell disconnected the Noble Discoverer drillship from its anchors in the Chukchi Sea after weather temporarily put a halt to its Arctic operations over the weekend. The Noble Discoverer. From Shell Flickr…

Norwegian researchers obtain remote Arctic seismic

Aug 28, 2015

Two Norwegian polar researchers have returned from a project to collect seismic data over an area of the Arctic usually inaccessible to seismic vessels.  The pair, Yngve Kristoffersen and Audun Tholfsen, deployed their ice drift technique…

Polarled crosses the Arctic Circle

Aug 21, 2015

On 21 August the Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66° and 33 minutes north of the equator becoming the first pipeline to take the Norwegian gas infrastructure across the Arctic Circle. This will open a new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe…

Second Gazprom Prirazlomnoye well onstream

Aug 21, 2015

After nearly two years, Gazprom Neft Shelf has brought its second well into production at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Russian Arctic. Image of the Prirazlomnaya field. From Gazprom. Prirazlomnoye is located in the Pechora Sea…

Pay day for Eni's Goliat nears

Aug 20, 2015

Italy's Eni is close to starting producing from Norway's first Arctic oil development, reports Reuters. Production from the Goliat field, estimated to hold about 178 MMboe, was originally expected to start in 4Q 2013, but the project has been beset with delays and cost overruns…

Shell approved to drill deeper in Arctic

Aug 17, 2015

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has given Shell final approval to drill into deeper into hydrocarbon-bearing zones at its Burger J prospect in the Chukchi Sea, off Alaska, in the US Arctic. “After extensive review and under a robust array of safety requirements…

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…

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