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First deepwater Barents well dry

Oct 22, 2013

Eni Norge’s exploration well on the Bønna prospect was dry, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).  The wildcat well 7016/2-1 was the first drilled in production license 529 in the Barents Sea, about 185km southwest of the Snøhvit field and 160km northwest of Tromsø…

Russia's arctic production needs

Oct 16, 2013

More needs to be done to develop Russian subsea production capabilities in order to develop hydrocarbon resources in Russia’s arctic seas, SPE Arctic & Extreme heard in Moscow yesterday. According Gazprom, there is an estimated 21-46Billion tons of oil and 36…

Arctic exploration challenges

Oct 15, 2013

The international hunt for resources in the arctic is unlikely to lead to confrontation, but it is possible, the SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments conference heard in Moscow today.  Former British diplomat in Russia, Sir Anthony Brenton…

Barents activity remains high

Oct 09, 2013

A busy 2013 seismic acquisition season is continuing in the Barents Sea, with CGG announcing the completion of its second Broadseis campaign and Dolphin Geophysical launching a new survey. The increase in seismic acquisition activity in the area…

Jumbo launches K3000 class

Oct 03, 2013

Heavy lifting, transport and installation firm Jumbo has launched its new K3000 class vessels with the launch of the Jumbo Kinetic from the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia. The vessels have a large, unobstructed hold and flush decks and are certified 1A Finnish Swedish Ice Class…

Contractors chosen for Russian LNG project

Sep 30, 2013

Rosneft and ExxonMobil have selected CB&I UK and Foster Wheeler Energy as the initial phase front end engineering and design (FEED) contractors for the two oil giants’ Russia Far East liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. The contractor selection process began back in August…

Sinking of SS Arctic, 159 years ago

Sep 26, 2013

Sinking of SS Arctic - 27 September 1854 The SS Arctic was the pride of the American merchant marine when launched in 1852. It was a 3,000 ton wooden-hull paddle-wheel steamer capable of carrying 280 passengers. It also carried a modest amount of cargo…

Bureau Veritas sets Arctic LNG standards

Sep 26, 2013

Bureau Veritas (BV) has responded to demand for safe LNG transportation in the Arctic regions by developing new, high-level tools to assess cargo sloshing in ice conditions. It has also developed a cutting-edge probabilistic method for assessing…

SEG13: ION introduces Narwhal ice management system

Sep 26, 2013

ION Geophysical Corp. is showing its new Narwhal integrated ice management system at the 2013 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston this week. The tool is designed to improve seismic data acquisition and drilling operations, while operating in arctic environments and provides ice visualization…

Inocean wins Statoil arctic drillship contract

Sep 25, 2013

Statoil awarded Oslo-based Inocean a contract for concept design and option for the front-end engineering design of a new arctic drillship. The new gneeration Cat I drillship will be tailored for the Statoil Arctic step-up program…

Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent this month

Sep 23, 2013

The National Snow & Ice Data Center, based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, issued a news release stating that preliminary data indicates that on 13 September, Arctic sea ice reached its likely minimum extent for 2013.  NSIDC…

Russia orders two icebreakers

Sep 20, 2013

Russia’s State Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (SMRCC) has ordered two new rescue and salvage icebreakers for patrols in offshore oil-and-gas fields.The vessels are under construction at Nordic Yards GmbH in Germany and will be fitted with equipment for oil-spill response…

Russia to reopen Arctic base

Sep 17, 2013

The arrival of a Russian flotilla in the Novosibirsk ('New Siberian') Islands marks the start of a new, permanent naval presence in the thawing region. As the race to lay claim to natural resources continues, Russia is reportedly planning…

TGS begins Chukchi Sea survey

Sep 10, 2013

TGS has commenced acquisition of a 2D multi-client survey in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. The Chukchi Sea 2D 2013 survey covers about 8,000km and builds on the existing Chukchi Sea (CSR-06) survey acquired in 2006 in…

Barents discovery for Lundin

Sep 10, 2013

Lundin Petroleum has made an oil discovery on the Ghohta prospect in exploration licence PL492 in the Barents Sea.  The well, 7120/1-3, 35km north west of the Snøhvit field, found a 75m oil column beneath a 25m gas/condensate cap in dolomitized and karstified carbonate in a Permian target…

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