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Norway’s offshore production beats July forecast, still down for the year

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s preliminary production figures for July 2019 show an average daily production of 1,799,000 bbl oil, NGL and condensate, which is an increase of 402,000 bpd compared to June.

Well-safe Solutions awards contracts for dedicated P&A rig

Well-Safe Solutions has awarded two multi-million-pound contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian, the decommissioning company’s first asset, into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.

Equinor to start Utgard production in September

Equinor estimates the expected total Utgard sales volume at 1.71 million m3 condensate, 2.73 billion m3 gas and 0.56 million tons of NGL.

Wintershall Dea starts Dvalin production drilling offshore Norway

Wintershall Dea has begun drilling four production wells on the Dvalin gas field in the Norwegian Sea, getting ready for the start of production in 2020.

Oil majors reluctant to place bets on aging North Sea, as output descends

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Since the 1960s, the North Sea has remained a highly sought-after region for oil and gas E&P.

Capricorn Norge drills an Upper Jurassic duster offshore Norway

Capricorn Norge AS completed drilling the first exploration well in Norway’s production license 842, about 13 kilometers northeast of the Norne field.

ConocoPhillips awarded wildcat permit offshore Norway

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS a wildcat drilling permit for well 25/7-7, to be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson drilling facility.

Equinor and partners discover oil at Utsira High in the North Sea

Equinor and partners Lundin and Spirit Energy have made a small oil discovery in production licence 167 at the Utsira High in the North Sea.

Aker BP completes drilling of wildcat northeast of the North Sea's Alvheim field

Aker BP ASA, operator of production license 442, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 25/2-21 (Liatårnet).

Norway’s Halfwave scores four major pipeline inspection contracts

In-line oil and gas pipeline inspection technology company Halfwave has been awarded four contract wins for subsea inspection in the first half of 2019, seeing its ROV mounted ARTEMIS tool utilized on major oilfield projects around the world.

Improved reservoir recovery anticipated for Norway’s Gudrun field with new investment

The Gudrun partners have decided to invest in a water injection plant on the Gudrun field to improve reservoir recovery. This will extend the field life by three years compared to the original plan.

Equinor drills dry Norwegian well west of Johan Sverdrup

Equinor Energy AS, operator of production licence 502, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 16/5-7.

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reports high activity in the first six months of the year

Production on the Norwegian shelf is holding steady at a high level. Many projects are in the development or planning phases.

Aker BP strikes oil in the NOAKA area, offshore Norway

Aker BP is about to complete the Liatårnet exploration well in license 442 in the NOAKA area. The well has proved oil with a gross resource estimate of 80-200 MMboe.

NPD reports June production figures below forecast

Preliminary production figures for June 2019 show an average daily production of 1,409,000 bbl of oil, NGL and condensate, which is a decrease of 184,000 bpd compared to May. Total gas sales were 9.4 Bscm, which is a decrease from the previous month.

Capricorn Norge strikes out southeast of Norne field

Capricorn Norge AS, operator of PL 758, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6508/1-3.

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Rebound seen in new offshore exploration

Equinor grabs bigger slice of giant oil field in deal with Lundin

Equinor ASA built up its share in Norway’s giant Johan Sverdrup oil field in a deal with Lundin Petroleum AB that saw it sell its 16% stake in the Swedish producer.

Equinor finds more oil in the Oseberg area

Equinor has, on behalf of the Oseberg partners, made a profitable oil discovery related to Oseberg Vestflanken.

Tata Steel wins pipe contract for North Sea project

Tata Steel has secured a contract to provide high frequency induction (HFI) line pipe for an oil and gas project north-east of Shetland in the UK North Sea.