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Mobil Starts Production In Norway

Mobil Corp. said that production began from the world's largest subsea development, the Asgard oilfield in the Norwegian Sea, operated by Norway's state oil company Statoil and in which Mobil has a 7.35 percent stake.


EMAS Wins Statoil Contract

EMAS AMC, the subsea services division of EMAS, a global offshore contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, announced today that it has won a contract from Statoil for the transport and installation of subsea templates for the Norwegian Sea’s deepest offshore project – the Aasta Hansteen field development. The Aasta Hansteen field development, with a water depth of 1,300 meters, is located in the Norwegian Sea, 300 km west of Bodø


Tronstad Named President of Aker Kvaerner Verdal

Nina Udnes Tronstad joins Aker Kvaerner as President for the offshore yard at Verdal. She comes from a position as Executive Vice President for HSE in Statoil where she has been a member of the corporate executive committee since April 2005. She will start 1 September 2007. She will report to Mr. Bjørnar Skjevik who will return to his position as head of Aker Kvaerner's fabrication yards. The team of Presidents at Aker Kvaerner's Norwegian offshore yards will consist of:


HSV 2 Swift Completes Sea Trials

In a world first for a commercial based High Speed Craft (HSC), certified and operated in accordance with the HSC Code by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), USN HSV 2 Swift has completed very comprehensive heavy weather sea trials in the North Atlantic Ocean. HSV 2 Swift is a 98 metre Incat SeaFrame configured to US Navy specifications and is designed by Revolution Design in Tasmania, Australia, and built by Incat Tasmania, also in Tasmania, Australia


Aker Solutions to Deliver Offshore Wireline Tractor Services

Aker Solutions wins a Statoil four-year frame agreement to supply wireline tractor services on the Norwegian continental shelf. The wireline tractor can push well intervention equipment several kilometres along highly deviated and horizontal wells. It has eliminated the need for more heavily equipped and costly well conveyance methods, thereby significantly reducing both operational costs and HSE risk. Under the agreement Aker Solutions will deliver wireline tractor services to the


OW Bunker Buy Two Bunker Barges

OW Bunker acquire two bunker barges for Nordic operations: 'OW Copenhagen' and 'OW Aalborg'. Prior to the acquisition, OW Bunker operated both vessels on a bare-boat charter from international shipping company the Clipper Group. OW Copenhagen and OW Aalborg are modern double-hulled 3,500dwt tanker barges, built in 2006 and 2005 respectively. Both vessels have a tank capacity of 4,260 m3, fast pumping rates of up to 600 m3/hr and are oil major approved


Production Shutdown on Kristin

The Kristin platform in the Norwegian Sea (Photo: Trond Sigvaldsen)

StatoilHydro announced that production on the Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea has now been shut down and the platform staff is being temporarily reduced until the lifeboat systems have been tested and found to be functional. “A defect has been discovered in the release mechanisms of the new lifeboat type installed on the Kristin platform,” said Eileen Buan, head of operations on the Kristin field. “We are therefore carrying out a controlled production shutdown and


Oil Find Close to Norne

A number of discoveries close to the Norne field have been phased in. The Dompap find could help to make Norne even more robust and enhance oil production from the area. (Photo: Knud Helge Robberstad)

An oil discovery just north of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea will be considered for development with the Norne production and storage ship. A well on the North Sea Verona prospect is dry. Drilling of an exploration well on the Dompap prospect off the coast of Nordland county has been completed after proving oil. A sidetrack drilled to establish the oil/water contact in this discovery is also in the process of completion.


Green Light to Skuld

Skuld template onboard the Skandi Acergy vessel. (Photo: Aker Solutions)

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has given the green light to the plan for development and operation (PDO) of Skuld, a fast-track development tied in to the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea.   Skuld is Statoil’s fifth approved fast-track PDO, and the largest fast-track development so far. All of these fields are scheduled to come on stream by year-end 2012/early 2013.In combination, the approved fast-tracks are expected to produce almost 90


Expro Wins £7.3m Power Connector Contract

Photo: Øyvind Hagen / Statoil

Expro has been awarded its single biggest power connector order to date with a contract worth in the region of £7.3million. Aker Solutions, of Norway, has ordered high-voltage subsea connectors for the subsea gas compression system the company is developing for Statoil at the Åsgard field, which is located 124 miles offshore of Norway, in the Halten bank of the Norwegian Sea. The Åsgard project is a significant win for Expro as not only is it Expro Connectors &


MTN Supply New Cruise Ship Hybrid Communications Network

Norwegian Getaway Godmothers: Image courtesy of NCL

MTN explains that this advanced hybrid network enables satellite and terrestrial broadband connectivity for higher performance connections on large vessels both at-sea and in-port.  With approximately 4,000 guests and 1,600 crew, the new cruise ship Norwegian Getaway is the first to


Kvaerner Gets Offshore Spar Topsides Sub-Contract,

Example of Kvaerner topside work: Image courtesy of Kvaerner

Hyundai Heavy Industries (Hyundai) has awarded Kvaerner a sub-contract to provide services for inshore and offshore hook-up and commissioning assistance for the topsides for the Aasta Hansteen spar project.  The inshore-work will be carried out at Stord and the offshore scope will be done at


Norway Confirms Small Arctic Oil Find

Norwegian oil explorer Det norske made a small oil discovery in the Arctic Barents Sea with a gross oil column of about 30 metres and much poorer reservoir quality than expected, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday. Det norske earlier said it found some oil in the prospect but


New Arctic Spyship Hull Arrives at Norwegian Shipyard

Norwegian Arctic Surveillance vessel: Photo courtesy of NMI

The first photo of what is to be the most important military intelligence vessel for NATO in the Barents and Arctic Seas is to be seen on the right. “This is an important project to ensure Norway’s interests in the North. Control with the development there is strategically important


Statoil Contracts Kongsberg for Subsea Structures

Pipeline End Module placed at the end of the pipeline to make it possible to clean (pigg) the pipeline and at the same time connecting it to the export line. Photo: Kongsberg

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS (KOGT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KOG), has signed an agreement with Statoil for the delivery of subsea structures, in-line tee’s, tie-in and connection systems for the Polarled gas pipeline


Samskip Launches Weekly Shortsea Service to Norway

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As of September 30, Samskip Multimodal introduces its own weekly shortsea service to the Norwegian West Coast, connecting its pan-European network to Tananger, Bergen and Ålesund via Rotterdam, the Netherlands, deploying the 518 TEU MV Pioneer Bay. Linkage Samskip network


First TWMA Offshore Processing Contract in Norway

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TWMA, a  company in integrated drilling and environmental solutions for the international onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, has been awarded a major contract with Total E&P Norge AS to deliver offshore waste management services during the development of the Martin Linge field


Telenor Selects iDirect as Ground Infrastructure Platform

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), a European satellite operator, and iDirect, a company in satellite based IP communications, jointly announced that TSBc has chosen iDirect’s new Velocity product line as the ground infrastructure solution for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite


Ferguson Norge Boosts Product Range

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Ferguson Norge AS, part of the Ferguson Group, specialists in the rental of offshore containers, refrigeration/chiller modules, engineering modules and accommodation solutions to the offshore energy sector, has increased its fleet in Norway ahead of this year’s Offshore Technology Days (OTD)


Extreme Weather Likely to Cause Delays in the North Sea

Some voyages are expected to be delayed in the North Sea waters as a very intense low is expected in the South Norwegian Sea on December 5 and is moving E-ward over Scandinavia on December 6. It will cause severe weather conditions in the North Sea with STORM and HIGH to VERY HIGH SEA December


Norwegian Cruise Ship to Pilot High-tech Satellite Modem

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

MTN Communications (MTN) announces its partner, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian), is pioneering the new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on its Norwegian Breakaway ship. MTN installed the X7 after a six-month test process in its Miramar, Fla. engineering lab


Lankhorst Wins Big Spar Mooring Contract

Deepwater rope manufacture at Lankhorst Ropes (Photo: Lankhorst Ropes)

Offshore rope manufacturer Lankhorst Ropes has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Technip USA consortium (HHITECH) to supply the mooring lines for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen Spar platform to be located in the Norwegian sector of the Norwegian Sea


Vestdavit: Out Ahead on Innovation and Safety

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New regulations for davits used in the Norwegian offshore industry will not come into force until 2015, but in the meantime, they are already raising the safety bar. In fact, Norwegian-based davit manufacturer Vestdavit already has a NORSOK-compliant davit


Norwegian Private Equity Firms Target North Sea

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Cash-rich Norwegian private equity firms are eyeing up potential North Sea acquisitions, encouraged by proven management teams and reasonable market prices, claims a leading energy expert. Rosalie Chadwick, a partner in legal firm Pinsent Masons


North Sea Compression Services Contract for Technip

North Sea Giant: Photo credit Technip

Technip inform they have been awarded by Statoil a substantial contract for future intervention services on the Asgard Subsea Compression Stations situated on the Norwegian contenental shelf. Ranking among the largest developments on the Norwegian continental shelf


 
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