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Oil spill training center unveiled in northern Norway

Oil spill management specialist Aptomar and partner Transas have developed what they claim is the world’s most advanced oil spill combat simulator, in cooperation with the North Cape Maritime Train...

PSA approves Oseberg life extension offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has sanctioned continued operations at the Oseberg Vestflanke in the North Sea.

EMGS enters into data licensing agreement

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into a data licensing agreement worth $7.1 million with an unnamed oil company for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS' multi-client data librar...

Drilling & Completion

PSA approves Oseberg life extension offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has sanctioned continued operations at the Oseberg Vestflanke in the North Sea.

NPD authorizes three wells offshore Norway

Maersk Oil has permission from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for exploration drilling in license PL 510 in the Norwegian Sea.

Statoil gets approval for North Sea drilling, platform modifications

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has cleared Statoil to drill exploration well 30/11-11 in the Krafla prospect using the semisubmersible Transocean Leader.

Field Development

Statoil sanctions Rutil-Gullfaks tieback offshore Norway

Statoil and partners Petoro and OMV have committed to develop the Rutil gas/condensate discovery in the Gullfaks Rimfaks valley in the North Sea.

Chevron commissions Captain Phase 4 subsea engineering

Chevron has contracted Wood Group Kenny Caledonia Ltd. for subsea engineering on its fourth-phase Captain oil field development in the UK central North Sea.

Chevron chooses polymer injection for Captain Phase IV in North Sea

Chevron North Sea has awarded Amec Foster Wheeler a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the Captain enhanced oil recovery (EOR) development in the UK North Sea.

Subsea

PSA approves Oseberg life extension offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has sanctioned continued operations at the Oseberg Vestflanke in the North Sea.

Shell extends CSL subsea agreement in Europe

Shell UK has awarded CSL a two-year extension of an offshore/onshore frame agreement.

Statoil sanctions Rutil-Gullfaks tieback offshore Norway

Statoil and partners Petoro and OMV have committed to develop the Rutil gas/condensate discovery in the Gullfaks Rimfaks valley in the North Sea.

Geology & Geophysics

Searcher to begin Echidna survey offshore Ireland

Searcher Seismic, in conjunction with project partner MAGE, is set to begin its Echidna regional broadband 2D seismic survey offshore Ireland. 

TGS to expand coverage of 3D electromagnetic data over Barents Sea

TGS and Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) have agreed to further expand the companies' previous cooperation agreement in the Barents Sea. TGS will partner with EMGS to acquire electromagn...

EMGS clinches more Norway 3D EM data sales

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has entered into a $10-million data licensing agreement to provide Statoil with 3D EM data from its multi-client (MC) data libraries in Norway.

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Pipeline & Transportation

PSA approves Oseberg life extension offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has sanctioned continued operations at the Oseberg Vestflanke in the North Sea.

PSA authorizes North Sea Knarr gas pipeline operations

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has cleared Norwegian trunklines operator Gassco to use a new pipeline for exporting gas from the Knarr field.

Technip modernizes its flexible pipe plant

Technip has invested €68 million ($84.4 million) over four years to modernize its flexible pipe manufacturing plant, Flexi France, in Le Trait, France.

Production

PSA approves Oseberg life extension offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has sanctioned continued operations at the Oseberg Vestflanke in the North Sea.

North Sea Huntington still out of action

Noreco says production from the E.ON Ruhrgas-operated Huntington field in the UK central North Sea remains shut in, due to an incident that arose during re-start of the CATS riser platform.

Statoil commences production at Gudrun

Statoil ASA and its partners commenced production of the $3.4 billion development of the Gudrun oil and gas field in the North Sea on June 16, 2014, making it the first new Statoil-operated platfor...

Rigs/Vessels

MacGregor signs contract with Kleven shipyard

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a major order from Kleven in Norway for six comprehensive deck handling equipment packages.

Songa Dee ready to resume drilling on Gullfaks

Songa Offshore says its drilling rig Songa Dee has completed its special periodic survey in Invergordon, northern Scotland, and has left the yard.

Statoil continues offshore Norway drilling slowdown

Statoil has extended the suspension periods for three of its contracted rigs offshore Norway due to continued overcapacity.