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Norwegian government realigns Johan Sverdrup field interests

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has determined the various ownership interests in the Johan Sverdrup field in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Noreco settles offshore Denmark liabilities

Norwegian Energy Co. (Noreco) has reached agreement with its joint venture partners in the Danish North Sea on its forfeited licenses and related abandonment liabilities.

PSA approves Premier North Sea well

Premier Oil Norge has Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s consent to drill an exploration well in the southern Norwegian North Sea.

Drilling & Completion

PSA approves Premier North Sea well

Premier Oil Norge has Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s consent to drill an exploration well in the southern Norwegian North Sea.

Statoil finds more oil and gas near Gina Krog offshore Norway

The semisubmersible Songa Trym is close to completing drilling of an exploration well and two side tracks northeast of the Gina Krog field development in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Shell’s Arctic exploration to begin in late July

Royal Dutch Shell said it could begin its 2015 Arctic oil exploration drilling as early as the third week in July, Reuters reported. Forecasters predict that the sea ice over its prospects will beg...

Field Development

Samsung to construct Johan Sverdrup process, riser decks

Statoil has contracted Samsung to build the decks for the process and riser platforms for the Johan Sverdrup field in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Statoil to convert Gullfaks wells for Shetland/Lista development

Statoil has submitted an amendment to the plan for development and operations for the Gullfaks license in the North Sea to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. 

First steel cut for Johan Sverdrup jacket, template

Construction work has started on facilities for the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup project in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Subsea

CIS completes Subsea 7 piling operation in the North Sea

Conductor Installation Services Ltd. (CIS), an Acteon company, has completed a subsea piling operation for Subsea 7 in the UK North Sea. 

DNV GL, ExproSoft to develop risk-based subsea barrier valve test procedure

DNV GL and ExproSoft are joining to offer a risk-based approach to testing barrier valves in subsea completed wells anywhere in the world. 

Fugro provides Technip with real-time wave data for Alvheim subsea tiebacks

Fugro is providing wave measurements to support construction operations at an improved oil recovery project on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Geology & Geophysics

Hansa expands North Sea acreage position

Hansa Hydrocarbons has received operatorship of five contiguous licenses in the Dutch and German sectors of the North Sea.

EMGS licenses more Barents Sea data

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA continues to find interest in its Barents Sea data. 

Baker Hughes helping IOG develop North Sea resource base

Independent Oil and Gas PLC is extending its seismic remapping agreement with Baker Hughes’ Reservoir Development Services group.

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Pipeline & Transportation

Antin engages Wood Group to manage North Sea CATS pipeline

Wood Group will provide operating services to Antin Infrastructure Partners for the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) pipeline in the UK North Sea for up to 10 years, subject to regulatory an...

Turkey approves Black Sea gas pipeline system surveys

Gazprom says Turkey has issued a permit on engineering surveys for the offshore section of the planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline system in the Black Sea.

Gassco gets approval to operate Johan Sverdrup gas pipeline

The Norwegian parliament (Storting) has approved Statoil’s plan for development and operation of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.

Production

Teekay completes purchase of Knarr field FPSO

Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) has completed the acquisition of the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO serving BG’s Knarr field in the Norwegian North Sea from Teekay Corp. 

Statoil to convert Gullfaks wells for Shetland/Lista development

Statoil has submitted an amendment to the plan for development and operations for the Gullfaks license in the North Sea to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. 

Petroceltic taking steps to stem gas decline offshore Bulgaria

Petroceltic’s gas production in the Bulgarian sector of the Black Sea averaged around 18.6 MMcf/d (526,693 cm/d) last year. 

Rigs/Vessels

Teekay completes purchase of Knarr field FPSO

Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) has completed the acquisition of the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO serving BG’s Knarr field in the Norwegian North Sea from Teekay Corp. 

SeaZip to support Heerema in North Sea

SeaZip Offshore Service has agreed to provide its service vessel SeaZip 4 to Heerema Marine Contractors for work this summer in the North Sea.

Siem Pilot rescues more than 600 migrants

Siem Offshore's platform supply vessel Siem Pilot rescued more than 600 migrants from two wooden boats in the Mediterranean earlier this week.

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