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Aasta Hansteen starts production of gas in Norwegian Sea

On December 16, Equinor along with its partners sbegan the production from the Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea. On December 17, gas from the Aasta Hansteen field is available to the market for the first time and together with the Polarled pipeline the field opens a new region for gas export to Europe.

Equinor acquires offshore wind lease off Massachusetts

Norwegian oil major Equinor has been the provisional winner of one of the three leases offered in the US government’s wind lease sale for an area offshore the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and east of New York. This new lease is part of the company’s commitment to taking a leadership position in renewable energy development in the US.

US BOEM reminds the start of US’s 8th offshore wind auction

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management reminded that the auction for US’s 8th offshore wind auction will start on December 13, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. It will offer three lease areas, totaling approximately 390,000 acres. During October the US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three developments in American offshore wind energy spanning from coast to coast.

PSA Norway orders companies to fix lifeboat issues

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted audits of the Transocean, Maersk  and Odfjell companies to determine how they have established, verified and maintained the barrier function for evacuation on all their units which hold an AoC and are equipped with lifeboats (freefall and davit-launched).

Costruction begins on one of the biggest European offshore projects

Kvaerner and Aker Solutions cut the first steel plate for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup offshore field development. The Johan Sverdrup development, including phase 1 and phase 2, is one of the largest current industry projects in Europe with around 150 000 man-years involved in developing the installations.    

USCG explores first regulation that defined ‘Offshore Supply Vessels’

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE), the repository of US Coast Guard expertise and best practices on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activities, published the latest issue of ‘Drill Down’. The latest issue further explores Public Law 96-378 , the first regulation that defined offshore supply vessels.

UK greenlights Chevron’s plan for Captain EOR project

UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) approved, on December 11, Chevron’s field development plan to progress its Captain Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project in the Central North Sea. The installation comprises of a wellhead protector platform (WPP) and bridge linked platform (BLP) connected to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

Eni given notice of order after Goliat audit

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has conducted an audit of Eni Norge (Eni) and its follow-up and management of electrical facilities on Goliat FPSO in the Goliat offshore oil field in the Barents Sea. The audit identified regulatory breaches related to managing risk and barriers, and the Italian major has now been given notice of a order.

3.4GW offshore wind farm to be built off Vietnam

Enter-prize Energy and Vietnam Energy Association (VEA) have presented their plan for the creation of the 3.4GW Ke Ga offshore wind farm in Vietnam. The plans were presented on December 07, during a workshop regarding the massive wind farm.

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