North Sea

Lundin announces two oil discoveries off Norway

Swedish oil and gas company Lundin Norway, a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum AB, has made two oil discoveries in exploration wells 16/1-31 S (Jorvik) and 16/1-31 A (Tellus East) on the eastern edge of the Edvard Grieg field in PL338 on the Utsira High, in the North Sea. 

Watch: Lifting vessel removes Brent Bravo platform in North Sea

On June 18, ‘Pioneering Spirit’ visited the Brent field in the UK North Sea, to remove the Brent Bravo platform. Brent Bravo, located 115 miles north-east of Lerwick in Shetland, had produced its first oil back in 1976. Brent Bravo will now be taken to Hartlepool, in order to be recycled. However, its concrete legs have been left in position for now.

Porthos project seeks to close cooperation agreements

Following investigation on storage of CO2 in depleted offshore gas fields under the North Sea earlier this year, the Port of Rotterdam-led Porthos project now aims to close cooperation agreements (Joint Development Agreements, JDA) with interested companies.

Aker receives consent for search drilling at North Sea

Petroleum Safety Authority has given Aker BP consent to drilling of exploration well 24 / 9-13 in the North Sea. The well is located in the North Sea, close to the field Bøyla and Alvheim, while the sea depths of the city are 117.5 meters. The drilling is expected to being at the earliest in mid-June 2019, and is estimated to be for at least 21 days.

Repsol Sinopec resumes operations at North Sea platforms after repairs

Repsol Sinopec has restored production at three North Sea platforms, after shutting them down because of pipeline repairs. Repsol had closed the platforms two weeks ago, repairing a problem with the main export pipeline from the Claymore platform to the Flotta oil terminal in Orkney.

Norway announces new offshore licensing round

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced this year’s licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf. In the new licensing round, the predefined area has been expanded by a total of 90 blocks; namely five in the North Sea, 37 in the Norwegian Sea and 48 in the Barents Sea.

North Sea oil production to face difficulties

As Rystad Energy reports, on top of production declines in Iran and Venezuela, ongoing OPEC cuts, Urals contamination outages in Russia and maintenance in Kazakhstan, North Sea production is also facing difficulties. It is expected that North Sea oil production will drop during June, reaching the lowest level since August 2014 as Ekofisk goes into maintenance.

North Sea gas fields to be used for CO2 storage

Three amongst the largest European ports, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent, are planned to be used to capture and bury 10m tonnes of CO2 emissions under the North Sea. The aim of the project is to build the CO2 network in the port of Rotterdam by 2026, with work then to be completed in the following four years on a cross-border pipeline to Antwerp and the North Sea port by Ghent.

Autonomous vessel makes first ever commercial crossing of North Sea

An autonomous boat has successfully conducted a cargo run from the UK to Belgium. The 12m-long SEA-KIT Maxlimer sailed from West Mersea to Oostende on May 6, carrying a box of oysters. In order to navigate safely in one of the busiest shipping lanes, it relied in various technologies. The sail lasted a total of 22 hours, as the ship can move slowly at only a few knots.

Temporary channel to ease passage through North Sea Port during building of new Terneuzen lock

The North Sea Port announced that a temporary channel was officially opened on 6 May. The ‘Captain Rooibos channel’ aims to conduct shipping traffic to and from the main channel between Ghent and Terneuzen. Ships in North Sea Port have been able to use the temporary channel since 4 May. The barge Lurona was the first vessel to transit the Captain Rooibos channel.

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