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Rig arrives for Arctic drilling

Jun 18, 2014

GSP Saturn has arrived for exploration drilling at the Gazpromneft Sakhalin-operated Dolginskoye field, located in the Arctic shelf of the Pechora Sea. The Gazprom Neft subsidiary announced 21 January its plans to drill an exploration well and take core samples at the field…

Greenland: ASL to build ocean data geoportal

Jun 18, 2014

The Mineral Licence and Safety Authority of the Government of Greenland (MLSA) has contracted ASL Environmental Sciences to build and maintain a web-based marine geoportal from which sea ice, iceberg, metocean, and seafloor data from the…

BP launches Alaska drone program

Jun 11, 2014

The US Federal Aviation Administration announced approval for the first commercial drone flights over land in the US and the start of operations in Alaska earlier this week. BP plc signed a five-year contract to use drones for its oil operations in Alaska…

Kvaerner eyes concrete subsea concepts

Jun 11, 2014

Norway's Kvaerner has been given backing from Newfoundland's Research & Development Corporation (RDC) and Statoil Canada to carry out a research and development project for subsea separation and storage facilities.   The project's…

Rosneft completes Laptev, Kara Sea ice expedition

Jun 10, 2014

Rosneft reported today that the Arctic Research and Design Center (ARDC) has completed its 2014 winter ice field studies, the largest expedition in the Arctic Ocean.  The ARDC is a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil, supported by the…

Seven Arctic gets animated

Jun 02, 2014

Subsea 7 provides this animation of its new heavy construction vessel The Seven Arctic, which is under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, and due for delivery in 2016. The newbuild subsea construction vessel…

Greenpeace continues Barents protest

May 30, 2014

An appeal by Greenpeace against Statoil’s plans to drill in the Barents Sea has been rejected, but the group is defending its right to occupy the location the rig is due to drill at.  Activists scaled the Transocean Spitsbergen semisubmersible drilling rig on Tuesday…

Rig activists arrested

May 29, 2014

Greenpeace activists who boarded the semisubmersible drilling rig Transocean Spitsbergen (pictured) 300km offshore Norway are now in the hands of Norwegian police, says Statoil.  But, Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, has moved to the location where Statoil plans to drill…

IMO: draft Polar Code approved

May 28, 2014

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved, in principle, the draft Polar Code and related amendments to make the Code mandatory under SOLAS, with a view to formal adoption at its next session…

Activists mount two rigs

May 27, 2014

Greenpeace activists this (Tuesday 27 May) morning boarded two oil rigs in an attempt to disrupt their planned deployment to areas within the Arctic Circle. A group of 30 activists in the Dutch port of IJmuiden occupied the GSP Saturn…

Rosneft to take Seadrill unit stake

May 26, 2014

Rosneft is to take a 'significant equity stake' in drilling firm North Atlantic Drilling (NADL) as part of an agreement between NADL and its majority owner Seadrill, as the Russian firm looks to ramp up its offshore exploration efforts.   The agreement…

Statoil's Barents Apollo approved

May 23, 2014

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7324/2-1. It will be the first well to be drilled in Production License (PL) 615 in the Barents Sea. The wildcat well 7324/2-1 (Apollo) will…

Yamal LNG progresses

May 23, 2014

OAO Yamal LNG closed on a contract to supply China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) 3mtpa LNG annually for 20 years from the Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic, according to Yamal LNG majority shareholder OAO Novatek. CNPC bought…

Total taps Technip for Yamal LNG

May 16, 2014

JSC Yamal LNG awarded Technip a major engineering, procurement and construction for the 16 mtpa-capacity Yamal LNG project in Russia, the French company announced 15 May 2014. Technip said it has been involved in planning, engineering and…

Detecting Arctic oil spills

May 12, 2014

Decreasing ice cover is currently spurring increased activity in hydrocarbon extraction and shipping in the Arctic. Motivated by the threat of future oil spills in this environmentally sensitive area, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

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