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Norway grants Tordis and Vigdis fields a 34-year extension

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Equinor consent to use the facilities on the Tordis and Vigdis fields for a total of 34 years beyond their originally-approved lifetime. Tordis has secured consent to operate until December 31, 2036 and Vigdis until December 31, 2040.

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Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Another mixed outlook awaits the E&P sector

Voters deliver warning to Norway’s oil industry

Parties that want to rein in the country’s golden goose made significant gains in Monday’s local elections. That raises the prospect of more advances for those forces that want to limit drilling in the Nordic nation, which supplies 25% of the European Union’s natural gas.

Shearwater awarded two Barents Sea 3D acquisition contracts

Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a master services agreement by Lundin Norway, and new Isometrix seismic acquisition projects for Lundin and Spirit Energy Norway in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

BP spearheads offshore data harvesting in the North Sea

BP’s first foray into unmanned over-the-horizon operations, using Sonardyne technology and an unmanned surface vessel (USV), is helping it gather strategic data. It’s also a key step towards a more marine autonomous systems-led future.

FlyLogix, Total launch North Sea drone initiative

The project aims to overcome the challenges associated with drone inspection activities in the North Sea and allow commercial operators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles easier access to UK controlled airspace for beyond visual line of sight operations.

Industry showcases positive change at SPE Offshore Europe 2019

“We’ve had some great debates about our future, especially about the energy transition and our license to operate. I think the energy and ideas of the conference will carry on into our work in the future," said Michael Borrell, senior VP North Sea and Russia at Total, and chair of SPE Offshore Europe.

Record number of Scottish students experience OPITO’s “Energize Your Future” at OE19

Organizations from across the energy sector gave demonstrations, set interactive challenges and practical experiences to inform and inspire the next generation. The focus was on the energy transition, the use of technology and the variety of new roles and skills that will be required over the next 15 years.

Equinor to start Johan Sverdrup production ahead of schedule

The Johan Sverdrup development continues to progress well through the final stages of preparation for operations. As a result, Equinor and its partners Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total, are accelerating the planned schedule for production start-up.

Equinor launches $5 billion share buy-back program

“The upcoming start-up of the world-class Johan Sverdrup field, combined with several other new fields in production, provides additional confidence in our outlook for production growth and increased cash generation capacity. We are therefore in a good position to increase capital distribution, while continuing to invest in our high-quality project portfolio”, says Eldar Sætre, president and CEO of Equinor ASA.

Equinor sets North Sea depth record with Snefrid Nord online

On September 1st, Equinor and its partners started production from the Snefrid Nord gas field, the first discovery tied back to the Norwegian Sea Aasta Hansteen field. It also sets a new depth record on the Norwegian continental shelf.

TWMA sees North Sea operators shift to onsite drilling waste recycling

TWMA has seen a recent shift in the North Sea to companies choosing to process drilling waste offshore. Applying a TCC RotoMill offshore processing solution allows recovered oil from the drill cuttings to be recycled back into the active mud system, resulting in significant cost savings.

Offshore Europe 2019, Day 2: Making the industry part of the solution

The North Sea industry’s drive towards greater efficiency and lower-carbon operations reflects the sector’s willingness to play its part in meeting the world’s sustainability and climate change goals. But more needs to be done, keynote speakers told the Offshore Europe 2019 opening session on Tuesday.

Johan Sverdrup may be the North Sea’s last hurrah

The rise of a huge new Norwegian oil field is poised to give North Sea output one of its biggest boosts in years. The surge won’t last.

Fishbones completes two reservoir stimulation projects for Aker BP

Fishbones has completed two reservoir stimulation jobs for Aker BP in the North Sea, increasing accessible reserves on Ivar Aasen, while matching the productivity of proppant fractured wells on Valhall.

Offshore Europe 2019, Day 1: "Breakthrough to excellence – our license to operate"

“It is important to talk about keeping our costs low, pushing the boundaries of innovation, and focusing on excellence in our operations,” says Michael Borrell, conference chair and Total’s senior V.P., North Sea and Russia.

Norwegian government greenlights Johan Sverdrup start

“The Johan Sverdrup field is a shining example of the possibilities and the values that can be achieved through exploration of mature petroleum provinces on the shelf,” said Ingrid Sølvberg, director, development and operations in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Equinor swaps shares, $650 million in cash with Lundin to grow Johan Sverdrup share

Equinor has divested a 16 percent shareholding in Lundin for a direct interest of 2.6 percent in the Johan Sverdrup field, and a cash consideration of around USD $650 million.

2019 Offshore Safety Awards winners announced

The annual awards ceremony, jointly organized by OGUK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by Total, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Wild Well Control adds new 10,000 psi-rated capping stack to WellCONTAINED program

The 10,000 psi-rated stack is rated to water depths of 10,000 ft, and will play a vital role in supporting quick and effective service for subsea well control events in Northern Europe.