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Total signs definitive agreements for entry into Arctic LNG 2

Total announces that it has signed the definitive agreements with Novatek for the acquisition of a direct 10% interest in Arctic LNG 2, a major liquefied natural gas development led by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula, Russia.

The curious case of Norway's 60 MMbbl of missing oil

Norway has built a reputation as one of the calmest and most predictable corners of the global oil industry, but lately it’s been full of surprises.

Equinor, Var Energi AS complete successful appraisal well in the Barents Sea Goliat license

The resource estimates on Goliat continues to increase. Vår Energi AS has together with license partner Equinor completed an appraisal in PL 229 in the Barents Sea through the successful drilling of the 7122/7-7 S Goliat West appraisal well.

Gazprom Neft strengthens its own Arctic fleet with a second icebreaker, the Andrey Vilkitsky

The Andrey Vilkitsky icebreaker, built as part of Gazprom Neft’s “Time of the Arctic” program, has been launched in St. Petersburg.

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Michele Cowart, World Oil

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Big oil headed for defeat in long Lofoten battle, minister says

The waters around the sensitive Lofoten islands will probably never be opened to oil exploration, according to Norway’s climate and environment minister.

Alaskan quake affects some oil facilities, but not all

U.S. federal authorities issued an emergency declaration for Alaska after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck last Friday, Nov. 30, leaving thousands without electricity and temporarily shutting the state’s most important oil pipeline.

Equinor made a gas discovery northwest of Atlantis

Equinor Energy AS, operator of production licence 615, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 7324/3-1.

Saipem 7000 semi-submersible at Damen Verolme Rotterdam for DPS upgrade

The Saipem 7000, one of the largest semi-submersible crane and pipelaying vessels in the world, has arrived at Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) for a major upgrade of its current DP3 system to meet the new closed ring DP3 configuration and ABS EHS-P notation.

Azinor catalyst well success promising proof of industry approach

Oil & Gas UK has praised news that Azinor Catalyst has struck oil at Agar-Plantain as promising proof of industry’s competitive approach to exploration activity.

Conoco considering North Sea asset sale by year end

ConocoPhillips plans to invite bids by the end of the year for its remaining North Sea assets, which could be valued at up to $3 billion in a sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Faroe-operated rungne exploration well results show good, bad

Faroe Petroleum has announced the results of the Faroe-operated Rungne exploration well 30/6-30 in the Norwegian North Sea.

Trump approves plan for oil production facility on manmade Arctic island

The Trump administration has authorized Hilcorp Energy Co.’s plan to build an artificial gravel island in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska and use it to extract crude -- marking the first approval of an oil production facility in federal Arctic waters.

Service companies chase international boom as U.S. shale drilling moderates

The biggest providers of oilfield services are surfing a wave of international spending on the back of higher prices, but the good news is tempered by an activity slowdown in their own back yard.

People in the industry

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Evy Glørstad-Clark has been appointed senior V.P., exploration, for Aker BP.

Melting ice in the Arctic is opening a new energy trade route

A new trade route for energy supplies is opening up north of the Arctic Circle as some of the warmest temperatures on record shrink ice caps that used to lock ships out of the area.

ConocoPhillips reports exploration success in Alaska

ConocoPhillips has provided an update on its operating plan for Alaska, focusing on the company’s long history of creating value in the state and an ongoing commitment to invest in low cost of supply opportunities.

M2 Subsea secures contract with Premier Oil

Global independent provider of ROV services, M2 Subsea, has secured a contract to provide inspection services for Premier Oil’s Balmoral Floating Production Vessel (FPV).

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Akofs Offshore has been awarded a contract for light well intervention services, using its 156-m vessel, Akofs Seafarer, for all Equinor-operated licenses, in the period 2020 to 2025.

People in the industry

Michele Cowart, World Oil

EnerMech has appointed Salvatore Cutino as regional director for Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa.