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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.

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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.

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.

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).

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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.

BHGE awarded Statoil contract to provide turbomachinery equipment to Johan Castberg field

Baker Hughes, a GE company, has been awarded by Statoil Petroleum AS and Aker Solutions a contract to provide turbomachinery equipment for the topside structure for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to be located at Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea.

Lundin Norway begins drilling for extended well testing of Alta discovery

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS has commenced drilling well 7220/11-5 on the Alta discovery in PL609 in the southern Barents Sea. Following drilling, the well will be used for extended well testing.

Energy Issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Down the Hall

Statoil awards Kværner the contract for the Johan Castberg topsides

The contract includes the construction and installation of the topside structure for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to be located on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea. The contract has a total value of about NOK 3.8 billion.

Aker Solutions to deliver modules for Johan Castberg FPSO

Aker Solutions will as a subcontractor of Kvaerner deliver modules for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Statoil-operated Johan Castberg development, the largest oil discovery in the Norwegian Barents Sea.

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).