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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.
Partners Group, a Swiss private equity firm will acquire CapeOmega for nearly $1.34bn. CapeOmega is a Norwegian midstream infrastructure company which was incorporated in 2014. MD of Partners Group Private Infrastructure Europe said, "Partners Group welcomes the opportunity to partner with a well-respected and experienced management team to realise the associated infrastructure expansion potential for CapeOmega in one of Europe’s key natural gas supply hubs”.
Some of the installations of Equinor were scheduled for a shutdown in the near future. But, the Norwegian company has now received approval from the authorities for extending the life of eight installations on the NCS during the last three years. The life extension has been given to Gullfaks A, B and C (2036), Oseberg East (2031), Snorre A and B (2040), Norne (2036) and Åsgard A (2030).
Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) recent decision to pull off investment in global oil and gas exploration firms is expected to affect India’s oil and gas sector as well. The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has so far made $7.39 billion-investment in Indian firms, out of which RIL ($485.19 million), ONGC ($108.74 million), Indian Oil ($61.6 million) and Oil India ($2.03 million) are some of the big names.
Rowan Companies has secured a seven-well program for its N-class jack-up rig, Rowan Viking from Lundin Norway AS. The ultra-harsh environment rig will be deployed in Norway for a minimum duration of 265 days. Work under the contract is likely to begin in second-quarter/third-quarter 2020. The contract also has four additional one-well priced options.
Lundin Norway AS has awarded a sizeable contract to EPC giant, TechnipFMC for the Luno II and Rolvsnes development in the North Sea. The contract requires TechnipFMC to deliver and install subsea equipment including umbilicals, flexible jumpers, rigid flowlines, and subsea production systems. The EPCI contract is estimated to be around £190-£380 million.
DNO Oman Block 8 Limited has given up operatorship and participation in Oman Block 8 to Sultanate of Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas and state-owned Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production LLC, informed DNO ASA. DNO Oman Block 8 Limited is a subsidiary of DNO ASA. In the handover ceremony held at Muscat, DNO’s MD informed that Block 8 produced 35 MMbbl of oil.
Norway’s energy company, Equinor has completed the sale of its two non-core discoveries on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Both the discoveries were announced in October 2018. The first sale worth $250 million, was of a 77.8% operated interest in the King Lear discovery to Aker BP. The second sale worth $220 million, was of 42.38% non-operated interests in the Tommeliten Unit (PL044 TA) and 30% in PL044 to PGNiG.
Norwegian energy major, Equinor has announced the replacement of accounting firm, KPMG with EY in 2019. Final decision with regard to EY’s appointment will be taken at Equinor’s Annual General Meeting in May, 2019. KPMG lost to EY following a competitive audit tender. KPMG will carry out Equinor’s audit for the current financial year. KPMG and EY are part of the ‘big four’ global auditing firms.
Houston-based Fairfield Geotechnologies has farmed out its Seismic Technologies business. The firm informed today that it entered into an agreement with Norway-based Magseis ASA. Fairfield’s Seismic Technologies business comprises of data acquisition, nodal and system sale & rental activities. Magseis will also get ownership of all shares in Fairfield's wholly-owned, WGP Group.
Aker Solutions has signed a huge subsea deal with CNOOC. Under this deal, which is worth more than £158 million, Aker will supply umbilicals and subsea production system for the Lingshui 17-2 gas field. This project is located almost 5000 feet deep and is CNOOC’s first project at this depth. The work scope includes connecting the subsea development to a new, semisubmersible platform and more than 930 miles of umbilicals.
Equinor has signed a framework agreement with Norway Rowan. The Rowan Stavanger jack-up rig has won a £17.7million contract for drilling work at Equinor’s Gurdrun field. Under the scope of the contract, the rig will drill two wells for five months. It has five extension options that are not included in the initial contract value. The framework agreement gives the operator exclusive rights to the rig.
Norwegian oil major, Equinor has entered into an agreement to farm out its non-operated interests in the Tommeliten discovery to PGNiG. The Tommeliten field, containing gas/condensate, was discovered in 1976. This $220 million transaction follows the recent sale of Equinor’s King Lear discovery to Aker BP. Equinor will also divest its 30% stakes in another block of acreage. ConocoPhillips is the operator of both the blocks.
BASF-owned Wintershall has received green light to go ahead with drilling operations at the Marisko Prospect in the Norwegian Sea. Wintershall will deploy Transocean Spitsbergen rig for carrying out the drilling process on the prospect. Operations at the prospect are expected to last 61 days. If a discovery is made, operations will continue for 93 days. Repsol, OMV and Equinor are stake holders of Marisko prospect where Wintershall is the operator.
China's state-owned CNPC yesterday agreed on collaborating with Norwegian energy major, Equinor for oil and gas exploration, renewables and carbon capture technology. The firms inked an MOU to explore opportunities in tapping unconventional gas resources in China, apart from partnering at global oil and gas projects. Relations between China and Norway had soured over the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarding its Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.
Oil supermajor, Chevron has become the first major oil and gas firm to leave the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Chevron is transferring its 20% interests in an exploration license in the Arctic to DNO. The Norwegian oil and energy ministry wrote that decision indicates “Chevron Norway shuts down its activities in Norway and leaves the NCS permanently”. A number of oil majors have edged down their presence in Norway.
DNO ASA is the oil and gas operator of Norway and has announced that the production at Peshkabir field of Iraq has increased up to 50,000 bopd. The company has informed that it has completed the 2018 target before time and below budget. Two wells have been completed recently, out of which Peshkabir-7 is producing over 10,000 bopd from nine Cretaceous zones.
Europe’s leading E&P Company, Lundin Petroleum will acquire Equinor’s 15% in the Norway’s license including the discovery of Luno II. The deal involves the transfer of 20% stake in the Rungne to Equinor. This acquisition will increase Lundin’s interest in PL359 to 65%. The transaction date has been decided as January, 2018 and completion is the matter of government approvals.