North Sea & Europe Offshore Regional Report

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Solitaire starts work on Polarled pipelay in Norwegian Sea

Allseas’ Solitaire has started laying Polarled, the first pipeline to extend Norway’s gas infrastructure into the Arctic Circle.

Statoil gets go-ahead for Gina Krog area well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized Statoil to drill an exploratory well close to the Gina Krog field in the central Norwegian North Sea.

EMGS signs two more Barents Sea data licenses

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into two new data licensing agreements with two oil companies for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS’ multi-client data library in the Barents ...

Drilling & Completion

Statoil gets go-ahead for Gina Krog area well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized Statoil to drill an exploratory well close to the Gina Krog field in the central Norwegian North Sea.

PSA probes dropped object on Troll semi BOP

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway is investigating a dropped object incident that occurred on Monday on the drilling deck of the semisubmersible West Venture.

Lundin drilling again on Barents Sea oil discovery

The semisubmersible Island Innovator has spudded an appraisal well for Lundin Norway on the Alta oil discovery in the Barents Sea.

Field Development

Centrica reviewing three options for Butch offshore Norway

Centrica is working to complete development studies for the Butch field in the southern Norwegian North Sea, according to partner Faroe Petroleum.

Det norske questions Johan Sverdrup alignment process

Det norkse oljeselskap Chairman Sverre Skogen has issued an open letter voicing his concerns over the distribution of interests in the Johan Sverdrup field development in the central Norwegian Nort...

Statoil contracts Reinertsen to ready Kristin for tie-in to Maria

Statoil has contracted Reinertsen to prepare the Kristin platform for tie-in with Wintershall’s Maria field.

Subsea

Solitaire starts work on Polarled pipelay in Norwegian Sea

Allseas’ Solitaire has started laying Polarled, the first pipeline to extend Norway’s gas infrastructure into the Arctic Circle.

Centrica reviewing three options for Butch offshore Norway

Centrica is working to complete development studies for the Butch field in the southern Norwegian North Sea, according to partner Faroe Petroleum.

Statoil contracts Reinertsen to ready Kristin for tie-in to Maria

Statoil has contracted Reinertsen to prepare the Kristin platform for tie-in with Wintershall’s Maria field.

Geology & Geophysics

EMGS signs two more Barents Sea data licenses

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into two new data licensing agreements with two oil companies for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS’ multi-client data library in the Barents ...

Fastnet gains extensions for licenses offshore Ireland

The Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has awarded Fastnet Oil & Gas a new licensing option in the North Celtic Sea basin off southern Ireland.

UKOG sees oil potential in offshore Isle of Wight area

UK Oil & Gas Investments says its initial subsurface analyses of southern England license P1916 confirm the potential for significant unrisked hydrocarbon volumes in the M prospect.

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Pipeline & Transportation

Solitaire starts work on Polarled pipelay in Norwegian Sea

Allseas’ Solitaire has started laying Polarled, the first pipeline to extend Norway’s gas infrastructure into the Arctic Circle.

Statoil, Gassco name Fugro to inspect subsea pipelines

Statoil Petroleum AS and Gassco AS have awarded the 2015 annual pipeline inspection contract to Fugro. 

TAP calls for construction prequalification on Adriatic section

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has launched two prequalification contracts for construction of the 105-km (65-mi) offshore pipeline section under the Adriatic Sea. 

Production

PSA to probe Knarr vessel fire offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority will investigate yesterday’s fire on the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO serving the Knarr field in the North Sea.

All operations normal following fire aboard Knarr FPSO

A spokesperson for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Stavanger confirmed to Offshore  that a “minor fire” broke out on the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO, currently at work in the Knarr field...

Upsurge in drilling activity offshore southern Argentina

Wintershall says operator Total has been drilling new wells on the Carina field offshore Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, since last May. 

Rigs/Vessels

PSA to probe Knarr vessel fire offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority will investigate yesterday’s fire on the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO serving the Knarr field in the North Sea.

All operations normal following fire aboard Knarr FPSO

A spokesperson for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Stavanger confirmed to Offshore  that a “minor fire” broke out on the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO, currently at work in the Knarr field...

More work needed on Statoil CAT D-1 semi

Songa Offshore says the purpose-built semisubmersible CAT D-1 drilling rig Songa Equinox started its sea trial last week.