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PSA Norway finds non-conformity on ‘West Elara’

From 16 to 31 May 2018, PSA Norway conducted an audit of Seadrill’s management of emergency preparedness and the working environment, including arrangements for employee participation, on the West Elara mobile drilling facility. A non-conformity concerning the maintenance of emergency preparedness equipment was found.

ADNOC awarded contracts for world’s largest 3D seismic survey

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company awarded contracts worth US $1.6bn for the world’s largest 3D onshore and offshore seismic survey, covering an area up to 53,000 square kilometres. This is under the company’s attempts to maximize value from its hydrocarbon resources and deliver its 2030 smart growth strategy.

Court dismisses New York’s lawsuit against major oil companies

In the beginning of the year, New York sued five major oil companies. Namely, it demanded ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips to pay for the cost of protecting the city from the arising threat that the climate change poses. However, a New York federal judge dismissed the city’s complain.

Norway finds improvement points at Lundin’s Barents Sea well testing

PSA Norway conducted an audit of Lundin Norway’s extended well testing of well 7220/11-5 S in the Barents Sea. The audit included Ocean Rig as the holder of the AoC for the Leiv Eiriksson drilling facility. The audit was conducted between 22 March and 28 June 2018 and found points that can be improved.

Equinor allowed to supply power from onshore to Johan Sverdrup

PSA Norway has given Equinor consent to use a facility to supply power from onshore to the Johan Sverdrup field. Electrical power will be obtained from the onshore grid and converted to DC at a transformer station at Haugsneset close to the Kårstø facility in Rogaland. 

Norway sees high exploration activity with 20 offshore projects underway

A total of 20 development projects are currently underway on the Norwegian Shelf, and 13 exploration wells in the first half of 2018 have yielded 6 discoveries. Production has been a little lower in the first six months of the year as compared with the same period last year, says Norwegian NPD.

UK oil and gas skills strategy project launched

A new project to develop a UK oil and gas skills strategy has been launched following release of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review. Launched in May 2018, the study found that if the sector achieves energy transition ambitions, around 40,000 people will need to be recruited into the sector over the next 20 years.

UK sees increased production efficiency in 2017

UK’s Oil and Gas Authority released its Production efficiency for 2017. OGA reports the PE continued its rise for the fifth year in a row. Namely, in 2017 it reached 74%, increasing production in the UK Continental Shelf. Th total UKCS production potential in 2017 was 800 million boe, a slight increase from 2016.

Over 1,000 failures reported in Gulf of Mexico rigs in 2017

Through its SafeOCS program, the US BSEE released its annual report Blowout Prevention System Safety, informing that through 2017, 18 of 25 operators associated with rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico reported 1,129 equipment component failure events, which represents a decrease from 2016. 

US announces new Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will offer about 78 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The region-wide lease sale is scheduled for August 15, 2018, and includes all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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