Commentary, 11/12 2013Dec 6, 2013
Thinking back a couple of years – all the way back to late 2010, early 2011 – we can recall a time of celebration. 2011 was the year when the 2010 Avaldsnes/Aldous discovery, later renamed Johan Sverdrup, kept making headlines as a series of appraisal drilling revealed its dazzling scope: 1.7 to 3.3 billion boe of gross recoverable resources. 2011 also included the Skrugard discovery in the Barents Sea. Not since the 1980s had the Norwegian Continental Shelf seemed so promising. [ In 11/12 2013 ]
From the Editor, 11/12 2013Dec 6, 2013
40 Years and Counting
Welcome to the celebration.
It’s been 40 years in the making, and we hope that we’ve managed to capture a hint of how much has changed across the Norwegian Continental Shelf since the beginning of Norway’s “oil adventure”. [ In 11/12 2013 ]
The Elephant HunterDec 6, 2013 Not for the first time can Lundin Norway Managing Director Torstein Sanness say, “We told you so.” A monumental production test, this time at Gohta in the Barents Sea, has found oil where no one had looked smartly enough before: upwards of 135 million barrels of oil lay hidden in the 250-million-year-old Permean-age rock. [ In 11/12 2013 ]
Stavanger a Key Hub for AGR’s OperationsDec 6, 2013 One of the global oil and gas industry’s foremost female executives, Jorunn Johanne Sætre joined AGR earlier this year to lead the company’s successful Norwegian Rig Team and manage its rapidly growing Stavanger office. With a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years in the international energy industry, she returned to Norway from Houston, where she most recently held the role of Vice President Production Enhancement with Halliburton. [ In 11/12 2013 ]
Technology Advances in Subsea SamplingDec 6, 2013
While the last few years has seen a host of new subsea technology innovations, few technologies have developed quite as fast as that of subsea sampling. Originally characterised as a manual-focused process with little consideration for flow dynamics and fluctuating reservoir conditions, today subsea sampling is providing operators with real-time information on oil, gas and water fractions as well as fluid properties and PVT data from closer to the wellhead than ever before. [ In 11/12 2013 ]
Offshore Monitoring – Innovative Solutions for Demanding EnvironmentsDec 6, 2013
Last Mile Communication’s latest venture – optical sensors for a variety of monitoring functions on offshore oil and gas facilities – is based on the company’s extensive experience with optical monitoring, supported by proven networking expertise. Built on open-architecture software and off-the-shelf equipment, the LMC optical sensor system offers flexibility via multi-functionality that allows the offshore industry to monitor continuously to verify functionality and ensure safety. [ In 11/12 2013 ]
Contents, 9/10 2013Oct 16, 2013
Check out the contents of our latest issue – 9/10 2013 – published 11 October. [ In 9/10 2013 ]
Commentary, 9/10 2013Oct 16, 2013
Playing it Safe?
Not so very long from now, we may look back to this autumn as a turning point for the oil and gas industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Most wait until a new year begins before making predictions, but as a result of Norway’s recent Parliamentary elections, we can take a look at what we think the future might hold.
And, as with New Year’s predictions, it’s probably best to tread carefully, as the situation is in flux – a pitfall for all predictions. [ In 9/10 2013 ]
From the Editor, 9/10 2013Oct 16, 2013
Although safety is a 24-7-365 concern, we traditionally reserve our fall issue to take up health, safety and environmental issues.
The Arctic is an especially sensitive area in which to work, and we start with two features that take up this topic. [ In 9/10 2013 ]
Arctic Comment – Towards the Ice EdgeOct 16, 2013
Legitimate concerns for the environment and an unprecedented series of discoveries now define “Arctic oil”. As we planned this issue, OMV in Norway was proving oil at Wisting Central, Lundin was staring at a 75-metre oil column at Gohta near Snøhvit and Statoil grimaced at Iskrystall gas. In the background, big fields Skruugard and Johan Castberg await development. Yet, capturing headlines were anti-artic-oil protests in downtown London, the Russian Arctic and on the Formula 1 circuit. “Greens” insist there are flaws in operator safety credentials, although arctic safety-tech has never been more capable. What’s eating the Greens is the industry’s drive to the Barents Sea ice edge. [ In 9/10 2013 ]