On August 18, Rosneft together with Norwegian company Statoil Petroleum AS started exploration operations at the Pingvin License PL713prospect in the Norwegian section of the Barents Sea.
Gazprom has been awarded the license to the Kheysovsky without tender, Barents Obsever reports. The company is paying 1,07 billion roubles for the license, a press release from the government reads. The Kheysovsky is estimated to hold more than two trillion cubic meters of gas, 394 million tons of oil equivalents and 32 million tons of condensate.
TGS announces two multi-client geochemical seafloor sampling and seep studies offshore Canada and in the Barents Sea. Sampling locations for both programs were identified using recently acquired multi-client seismic data.
Statoil has completed the drilling of a wildcat well about 45 kilometers north of the “Wisting Central” discovery, and 350 kilometers north of Hammerfest. The well was dry, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate writes in a statement.
Eni has made a new offshore oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Barents Sea, approximately 230 km from Hammerfest.
GDF SUEZ, operator of production licence 607, has concluded drilling of wildcat well 7218/8-1. The well is dry, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on April 10.
Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin has met with Statoil executive director Helge Lund in Norway. They discussed joint projects in the Barents Sea (Perseyevsky) and the Sea of Okhotsk (Magadan-1, Lisyansky and Kashevarovsky).
Several of the blocks suggested in the upcoming 23rd License Round are in areas where it has been sea-ice for periods the last 15 years. That calls for special caution, the Norwegian Environmental Agency says in a statement on March 28, Barents Observer has reported.
Norway is not yet ready for drilling along the border to Russia, Barents Observer reported on March 21.
The postponement of the 23rd Norwegian License Round is reportedly not connected with the ice-cold relations with Moscow.
WesternGeco and PGS have been awarded contracts for seismic acquisition in the southeastern Barents Sea.