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Hope wanes for "elephant" oil discoveries in Norway's Arctic

After a disappointing year for drillers, Norwegian authorities are reviewing their hopes for the Nordic country’s hottest exploration area.

First Oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

A need for leadership

PSA: Eni to resume production at Goliat

Following an overall assessment, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has determined that the order which required a shutdown of Goliat has now been complied with. This means that operator Eni Norge (Eni) can bring the field back on stream.

Aker Solutions to design Johan Castberg FPSO accommodation unit

Aker Solutions won a contract from Sembcorp Marine to design the living quarters for the Johan Castberg development's floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

SBM Offshore awarded turnkey contract for Johan Castberg turret mooring system

SBM Offshore has announced that the Company has been awarded the contract and received the corresponding notice from Statoil to proceed with the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) work scope for a large-scale turret mooring system for its Johan Castberg development.

Lundin announces non-commercial gas discovery on Hufsa prospect

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS has completed the drilling of exploration well 7219/12-2 on the Hufsa prospect in PL533 in the southern Barents Sea. A non-commercial gas discovery was made in the main well while the sidetrack was dry.

With Arctic drilling under attack, Norway oil chiefs fight back

The man overseeing western Europe’s biggest crude spigot is fighting back against the oil doubters.

Arctic oil promise keeps Norway's disappointed wildcatters going

It’s been a bad year for oil explorers in Norway’s Arctic: a record campaign in the Barents Sea yielded little; the most exciting well in years proved to be a flop; and Norwegians grew increasingly skeptical about the industry that made them rich.

Statoil reports gas discovery at Gemini North in the Barents Sea

Statoil and partners OMV and Petoro have made a small gas discovery in the Gemini North well, northeast of the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea. The well also proved oil.

Dream of $65 billion hidden off Norway is fading away

Norway’s oil industry has been salivating for years over the Arctic Lofoten islands, which could hold billions of barrels of crude. It will likely have to keep dreaming.

Low oil price hurts Norway's economic case for northern drilling

Low oil prices mean drilling for oil and gas in an offshore zone between Russia and Norway will not bring the economic benefits Oslo had predicted, according to a report commissioned by two green groups that are suing the Norwegian state over its plans.

An unlikely Arctic oil boom has a lesson in progress for Trump

With the oil industry barely recovering from its most brutal slump in decades, you might expect the Arctic Ocean to be the last place explorers would hunt for new discoveries.

Eni’s Norway troubles risk fueling fight against Arctic oil

A series of mishaps at the world’s northernmost producing oil field shows Norway’s plan to boost its flagging production by tapping the Arctic Ocean may not be so easy.

ONS 2016: Statoil tells ONS crowd that it continues to plan for exploitation of Barents Sea

Some professionals in the global oil and gas industry might think that with oil prices continuing to perform at sub-par levels, all thought of exploiting Arctic plays like the Barents Sea has ceased. But that’s just not true, according to Statoil Executive V.P. Tim Dodson.

ONS 2016: Equipped for the new frontier challenges?

Sub-zero temperatures, high seas, strong winds and low daylight present their own unique challenges for the offshore sector. Conditions can be tough in the frontier areas opening up in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea—which may call for specialized equipment and robust offshore personnel.

Forged completion landing string addresses industry challenges

Mathieu Massines, Romain Branly, Alexandre Catry, Vallourec

A new forged completion landing string gives operators and drilling contractors the flexibility to use the same tubular string for both drilling and completion operations, without compromising performance or safety.

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

It isn’t just about oil

Subsea processing: A holistic approach to subsea development

Tine Bauck Irmann-Jacobsen, Forsys Subsea

Advances in technology are enabling the discovery of, and access to, offshore hydrocarbon reserves previously thought uneconomical. However, many viable-but-challenging projects are put on hold because of uncertainties about their feasibility, high start-up costs, and long lead times. To solve these problems, several holistic subsea processing systems have been created to enhance field economics.

Wired drill pipe delivers 4.25 rig days of net savings

Brian Van Burkleo, Reina Teelken, NOV

The implementation of wired drill pipe (WDP) telemetry on the Martin Linge project was proven successful with quantified time savings and the use of two new technologies, the dual integrated reamer and the seismic-while-drilling tool.

Eni starts production at Goliat field in Barents Sea

Eni has started production at Goliat field, 85 km northwest of Hammerfest, Norway. The field lies within Production License 229, in an ice-free area in the Barents Sea.