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Brazil's Petrobras and Equinor have signed a memorandum of understanding on the joint development of natural gas business projects. Both the companies want to focus on enhancing the downstream value through thermoelectric generation. Petrobras informed that "The companies intend to combine efforts in investment in the natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power generation segments".
Ashtead Technology has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Ocean Installer AS. To support the installation, Ashtead has integrated its Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) services and equipment. “The DMS system proved invaluable for the safe and efficient installation of the ITS structures during the Askeladd and Johan Castberg projects", said Ocean Installer, offshore manager.
The Norwegian energy major, Equinor, yesterday, said that it will commence cleaning activities for onshore oil spill discovered this week at its Bahamas storage terminal. The size of the oil spill which took place in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian has not been estimated yet. Operations at the South Riding Point terminal came to a halt on Aug 31st in lieu of the hurricane Dorian.
Norwegian energy major, Equinor has informed about concluding the divestment of its 16% stakes in Lundin Petroleum. First announced in July 2019, the divestment will give Equinor a 2.6% direct ownership share in Johan Sverdrup oilfield. Equinor, which gained $650m out of the deal, will continue to retain a 4.9% stake in Lundin.
Norwegian energy major, Equinor yesterday reported a light oil discovery in the Sputnik exploration well in the Barents Sea. The recoverable resources from the discovery has been estimated to be approximately 20-65 million barrels of oil (MMbbl). The Sputnik well was drilled in the PL855 licence, situated about 30 km northeast of the Wisting discovery. The PL855 licence is operated by Equinor, where OMV and Petoro are partners.
Norwegian oil major, Equinor has concluded the acquisition of Shell’s stake in the Caesar Tonga oil field. The acquisition has increased Equinor’s interest in the field to 46%. The operatorship of the field remains with Anadarko Petroleum, with a 33.75% interest, while Chevron owns a 20.25% interest. The deal between Equinor and Shell which was first announced in May 2019, recently received approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Norwegian energy major, Equinor ASA yesterday informed about its plans of divesting 16% of its interests in Lundin Petroleum for approximately $1.56 billion. Equinor holds about $54.5 million in Lundin. The firm will also increase its direct ownership share in the Johan Sverdrup field by 2.6%, for a cash consideration of $910 million.
Austrian oil firm, OMV and Equinor have come together for offshore Norway projects. Both the companies will simultaneously work on the Wisting development in the Barents Sea. Also, they will work on the concept development for the Hades-Iris discovery. Equinor’s Nylund said, "It is important for us to create value and maintain activity on the Norwegian continental shelf for many decades ahead, in close cooperation with other players".
Equinor has awarded subsea pipelines and marine operations contract. The contract pertains to phase two of the Johan Sverdrup project. Subsea 7 will be required to install 100 kms of infield pipelines and 25 spools, apart from installing umbilicals and carry out “marine operations”. The award is built upon successful delivery and installation of several subsea components and tie-in of pipelines by Subsea 7 in phase one.
Equinor’s report “Energy Perspectives” reveals that global climate action by energy companies to keep global warming below 2°C is not enough. The ninth edition of the report offers a global review of possible developments in the energy market towards 2050. Further, it focuses on the opportunities and challenges related to sustainable development while meeting global energy demands.
According to the executives at the Norwegian energy giant, UK’s significance is increasing for Equinor owing to landmark projects in the North Sea. “It is clearly one of the most important countries in our international portfolio. We have 30 countries in there, including three very significant ones – Norway, Brazil and the US”, said the Executive VP for development and production international at Equinor, Torgrim Reitan.
Equinor has awarded a contract to Kaefer Energy AS. It is a service contract within insulation, scaffolding and surface treatment (ISO) on Johan Sverdrup field. It is worth approximately more than NOK700 million. The scope of work the contract will include ordinary operations and maintenance work, some of the work from Phase 2 of the project.
Maersk Drilling has revealed plans of converting the Intrepid platform into the first hybrid, low-emission offshore rig. The 2014-built Intrepid, an ultra-harsh environment rig, is currently hired for operational support at Equinor’s Martin Linge field. The Danish rig operator is looking to lower the NOx and CO2 emissions on the Maersk Intrepid through a number of upgrades. The full implementation of upgrades is slated to conclude by year-end.
Energy major, Equinor yesterday released Q1 earnings, reporting $1.54 billion in profits. The Norwegian firm saw a 4% rise in profits from Q12018, as total equity production in the quarter rose to 2,178 million barrels of oil per day (Mboe/day). Conferring to the results, Equinor said that the results were impacted by lower prices, even though the level of production remained consistently high.
Equinor has decided to close the Statfjord A platform. It is after 43 years since the platform produced first oil that it will be shut down. Statfjord A has till date produced more than five billion barrels of oil and gas and £132 billion in revenues. The energy major has informed that the other two platforms of Statjford, Statfjord B and Statfjord C will be online until 2025, at least.
In a rather shocking scene on Monday, environmental activists of Greenpeace climbed aboard the drilling rig of oil major Equinor, currently deployed in the Norwegian Arctic. Greenpeace organization said that four activists from Norway, Sweden and Denmark climbed aboard the West Hercules rig, anchored off Hammerfest. West Hercules is scheduled to carry out drilling operations in production license 859 in the Barents Sea.
Equinor has assured its support to the goals of 2016 Paris Agreement. The company said, "Equinor is committed to playing an active and positive role in society’s decarbonisation through engagement, technology, operations, innovation and investments. Our activities do not include direct engagement with end users of products". It has informed about its climate change targets through a statement prepared jointly with other investors participating in the Climate Action 100+ initiative.
In Argentina’s first offshore licensing round, Norwegian energy major, Equinor won big with the award of seven exploration blocks in the bidding. While on four blocks Equinor secured 100% operatorship, it will partner with YPF and Total on the remaining three blocks. The bidding round which had 38 offshore blocks on offer was the first open bid round for Argentinian offshore acreage in almost three decades.