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Johan Sverdrup now officially receives power from shore

On October 9, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, officially opened the power-from-shore solution which will provide the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea with electricity for more than 50 years. Power from shore to Johan Sverdrup will reduce emissions by about 460,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Woodmac: Ensco, Rowan merger ‘no surprise’ amid drillers consolidation

Commenting on the news that offshore drilling company Ensco will acquire Rowan in a $2.38 billion deal, Leslie Cook, principal analyst, Wood Mackenzie, noted that this ‘comes as no surprise’, as it is in line with a trend of consolidation among drillers over the last two years as ‘a paramount to a recovery’.

Norway to boost funds for mapping petroleum resources in Barents Sea

The Norwegian government issued a proposal to increase funding to geological surveying with NOK 50 million, to boost knowledge through mapping of the petroleum resources in the Northern parts of the Barents Sea. The acquired seismic data will provide important information about the geology of the Barents Sea.

Offshore platforms in Gulf of Mexico evacuated due to Hurricane Michael

Energy companies stopped almost a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated staff from 13 platforms ahead of Hurricane Michael. Offshore producers such as Anadarko Petroleum, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron have all evacuated staff from their offshore platforms in the Gulf.

PSA Norway looks into accident prevention system on Equinor’s Statfjord C

From 1 to 7 June 2018, PSA Norway performed an audit of Equinor and its management of drilling and emergency preparedness on the Statfjord C facility. The audit identified one regulatory non-conformity, regarding the function testing of boosters for the shearing function of blowout preventers.

US approves ‘Icebreaker’ offshore wind farm in Lake Erie

US Department of Energy proposed to provide funding to Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation to construct and operate a 20.7 MW offshore wind project (Project Icebreaker), approximately 8 miles offshore of Cleveland, Ohio in Lake Erie. DOE found no significant environmental impacts of the project.

Oil and gas companies under pressure to invest in new projects

The world’s biggest oil and gas companies are under pressure to leverage a crude price rally after years of austerity and to put a stop to output declines. In the meantime, more and more new project approvals are coming into place.  Companies are pressured to drill more, while wages are increasing and rates will have to increase.

BSEE presents findings from fired vessels inspections

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations from a recent risk-based Inspection. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce risks associated with fired vessels.

Petrobras, Equinor assess offshore wind in Brazil

Brazilian energy major Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian oil major Equinor to evaluate a joint business development in the offshore wind energy industry in Brazil.

Norway finds non-conformity in Troll field drilling

PSA Norway conducted an audit of Equinor and Transocean’s use of managed pressure drilling operations involving Songa Equinox in the Troll oil province, finding a non-conformity and an improvement point. Equinor and Transocean have been given a deadline of 25 October 2018 to report on how the non-conformity and improvement point will be addressed.


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