Norway must explore and discover more to maintain production, report says

first_imgProduction of oil and gas in Norway will increase going forward but new and larger discoveries have to be made in order to maintain the same level after the mid-2020s, according to a resource report by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the country’s petroleum resources regulator.The Norwegian regulator published the 2018 Resource Report for Exploration on Thursday, June 21.According to the report, there is a lot of remaining oil and gas on the Norwegian shelf, which still provides significant opportunities in both mature and less explored areas. Increased knowledge, more and improved data, new work methods and new technology will create new exploration possibilities and can yield more profitable discoveries.However, the report stated, to maintain the production of oil and gas over time, companies must explore – and discover – more.The NPD exploration director, Torgeir Stordal, says: “This report includes an updated overview of undiscovered petroleum resources on the shelf. It shows that after more than 50 years of activity, about 55 per cent of anticipated oil and gas resources have yet to be produced. Of these, just under half have not even been discovered.”The estimate for undiscovered resources is 4000 million standard cubic meters of oil equivalents (Sm3 o.e.), which corresponds to about 40 Johan Castberg fields. The NPD expects about two-thirds of the undiscovered resources to be located in the Barents Sea; the rest is distributed between the North Sea and Norwegian Sea.“The figures tell us that opportunities on the Norwegian shelf are great and could provide the basis for oil and gas production for decades to come,” says Stordal.“The authorities facilitate regular access to acreage through licensing rounds. The industry has shown considerable interest in the most recent rounds, and after a few years of less exploration activity we are seeing this pick up again. This is important for the resource potential to be proven and produced.”The NPD’s analyses show that it has been profitable to explore in all sea areas on the Norwegian shelf. The exploration director therefore emphasises that it is important that companies continue to actively explore in both familiar and more frontier areas, and that a diverse range of players contribute to this.The NPD noted that the trend in recent years is that the discoveries have been smaller than before. Moreover, it is becoming more difficult to find the oil and gas deposits. In this context, new technology has provided better data and better tools, which have contributed to new insight and new exploration concepts.“This development will continue. The combination of better geotechnical expertise and digital technology will probably become the key to identifying new resources in the years to come.”The report presents numerous analyses that will make up part of the knowledge basis for both the authorities and the industry. The purpose of the analyses is to provide a basis for learning and good decisions that can contribute to maintaining the exploration activity and production level over time.New chapterIn many places in the world there are minerals with rare earth elements on the seabed, and there is a beginning commercial interest in exploiting these resources. There are seabed minerals in the deep parts of the Norwegian Sea on the Norwegian shelf. In the summer of 2018, the NPD will start its own surveys to learn more about these minerals:“This could become a new chapter in the story of Norway’s ocean resources,” says Stordal.last_img read more

Spanish LNG imports down in August

first_imgLNG World News Staff Spain’s imports of liquefied natural gas dropped 26.6 percent in August on a yearly basis as pipeline supplies from Algeria surged 42 percent, according to the data released on Monday by the LNG terminal operator, Enagás.LNG imports reached some 14 terawatt hours (TWh) or about 1.1 million tonnes of LNG last month, the Enagás data shows.Total natural gas imports, including piped supplies, dropped 4.3 percent to 30.2 TWh. Pipeline supplies from Algeria rose to 13.7 TWh, as compared to 8 TWh in August 2017.Qatar was the biggest LNG supplier to Spain last month with some 3.1 TWh, followed by Trinidad with 2.5 TWh. Qatari LNG volumes dropped 65 percent year-on-year while volumes from Trinidad almost tripled to 2.5 TWh.The rest of Spain’s August LNG imports were sourced from Norway (1.8 TWh), Nigeria (1.8 TWh), Peru (1.7 TWh), Algeria (o.9 TWh) and the US (o.9 TWh), according to the Enagás data.The Barcelona regasification plant received six LNG cargoes out of the total 16 cargoes imported into Spain during the month under review.Huelva and Bilbao received four LNG cargoes in August, each. The Mugardos and the Cartagena plant also receive one cargo, each.There were no reloads last month, according to the Enagás data.last_img read more

Ocean Infinity Joins ‘Stellar Daisy’ Search

first_imgOcean Infinity will be working with the government of South Korea in the search for the wreckage of the ship Stellar Daisy, which was lost on 31 March 2017. The vessel was lost in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 2500 nautical miles due east of Uruguay with 24 people on board, whilst transporting iron ore from Brazil to China.Operations are expected to start in January 2019. Ocean Infinity will deploy a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to search for Stellar Daisy. Upon locating the wreck there will be an extensive 3D imaging survey.Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said: “For the sake of all involved we sincerely hope that we can find Stellar Daisy and be able to collect as much evidence about her loss as we can. As always with deep sea search there can be no guarantee of success as neither the precise location nor the specific circumstances of her loss are known. We are grateful that the Government of South Korea awarded us the contract for this challenging project and affirmed Ocean Infinity’s position as the leading deep-sea search and recovery services provider in the world.”last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgORPC Secures $7.5 Million in Private Financing Supergen ORE Hub Launches Research Landscape Tool SBM Offshore to Deploy WEC Prototype Off Monaco Atlantis Adds GHRcenter_img has compiled the top news from marine energy industry from November 04 – November 10, 2019. Nova Innovation Launches £500K Crowdfunding Campaignlast_img

Fire breaks out on seismic vessel in Senegal

first_imgA fire broke out in the engine room of the Shearwater-owned seismic vessel Polar Marquis on Monday, November 11, 2019. Polar Marquis vessel; Source: ShearwaterThe vessel is owned by seismic services provider Shearwater GeoServices and managed by offshore vessel owner GC Rieber Shipping.GC Rieber informed on Tuesday that the fire had occurred in the engine room. The fire was put out and the situation is under control.The vessel is located offshore Senegal, with 55 crew members on board. All 55 are accounted for and no injuries have been reported. No spill to the environment has been reported.GC Rieber Shipping said that its contingency team was working with the vessel’s owner Shearwater GeoServices’ contingency team, local authorities and relevant stakeholders to care for all employees on board. The vessel has transferred 30 of the crew members to a support vessel on-site and is considering further planned transfers. The vessel is under tow and the weather in the area is calm.A full assessment of the situation is being conducted to establish the extent of the damages. GC Rieber Shipping has sent a team to Senegal to assist the crew and the rescue effort locally.Polar Marquis is a 3D seismic vessel, capable of deploying 16 streamers. The vessel was built in 2000, converted in 2006, and completed a four-month upgrade in 2014.As previously reported, Shearwater was awarded a contract by Woodside for a high-density multi-azimuth 3D seismic acquisition over the SNE field offshore Senegal.Shearwater said in May that the work, designed as high density and multi-azimuth survey, would be acquired by the Polar Marquis using 14 streamers, and FlexiSource triple source. The survey was scheduled to start in early 3Q 2019 and take approximately 90 days to complete.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Radio station’s divorce promo ‘cowardly’ 10 Feb 2012A Valentine’s Day promotion by an Auckland-based radio station to spring a divorce on an unsuspecting spouse has been slammed as “cowardly and disrespectful” by a relationship counselling organisation. The Rock hosts Robert Taylor and Jono Pryor – who are also behind the aggravating Wind Up Your Wife stunts on the Drive show – are offering to “lend a helping hand” to a not-so-in-love couple on what is meant to be the most romantic day of the year. The MediaWorks-owned station will pay for the divorce provided there are no children involved and the person being dropped only learns their relationship is over live on air. Mary Gray, executive director of Home and Family Counselling, said the breakdown of a relationship was “no laughing matter” and should be taken seriously. “We find the promotion a very cowardly and disrespectful response to a very serious problem between two people,” she said. “We would like to see anyone breaking off a relationship to do so with courage and respect.” read more

Street Workers Headache

first_imgManukau Courier 11 Feb 2012Lace and Craft Shop owner Susan Maxey has been driven out of the Manurewa community by aggressive sex workers, after more than 35 years providing its sewing and craft supplies. Maich Rd is just too unsafe for her customers and staff, Maxey says. Used condoms, half-naked sex workers and bad language during office hours were hard enough to stomach, but over the last 18 months the issues have ”snowballed”, she claims. Prostitutes have become more aggressive, accosting passersby and cat fighting amongst themselves on the corner of Northcrest Way and Maich Rd – meaning customers have stayed away. ”They’d say ‘Love the shop! But we don’t want to see that – and we don’t want our children to see that’.” Other customers complained their husbands and partners were constantly accosted, Maxey says. The final straw came when a customer had to rescue an elderly man who was threatened at knifepoint by a sex worker. read more

Racial connotations over black sheep prompts changes to Baa Baa Black Sheep at Victorian kinders

first_imgHerald Sun 17 October 2014Staff at childcare centres in the south-eastern suburbs told the Herald Sun the lyric was being changed to reflect a multicultural community.Kindergarten teachers have told the Herald Sun a centre in Melbourne’s east had also considered changing the line “one for the little boy who lives down the lane” in case it could be deemed sexist.Some parents and teachers say it is political correctness gone mad.Celine Pieterse, co-ordinator of Malvern East’s Central Park Child Care, said children could still use “black” if they chose to. “We try to introduce a variety of sheep.”At nearby Bubbles Pre-School, owner Belli Spanos encouraged the original lyrics: “There are black sheep and there are white sheep … it’s not implying anything, other than the colour of the sheep.”Cheltenham’s Lepage Primary principal came under fire in 2010 after pupils were told to replace “gay” with “fun” in Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gumtree.The Education Department said it did not tell early learning staff what to teach children. read more

Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD

first_imgBBC News 15 September 2015Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, says a global study from the OECD.The think tank says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results.The OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher says school technology had raised “too many false hopes”.Tom Bennett, the government’s expert on pupil behaviour, said teachers had been “dazzled” by school computers.The report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examines the impact of school technology on international test results, such as the Pisa tests taken in more than 70 countries and tests measuring digital skills.It says education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology have seen “no noticeable improvement” in Pisa test results for reading, mathematics or science. read more

Euthanasia supporters shouldn’t rely on slammed survey

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia Free NZ 2 June 2017Family First Comment: This is the last survey that supporters of assisted suicide should rely on! Already completely debunked.“This particular study, the subject of a 2016 TVNZ story, did not even verify that respondents were indeed New Zealand medical professionals or prevent a respondent from completing the survey  multiple times. In the May 2016 NZMJ paper on the same study the researchers disclosed that four days’ of responses were removed due to notice of two faked responses by a TVNZ journalist’.”Two-thirds of doctors oppose ‘assisted dying’ according to slammed surveyMembers of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society claim in a NZMJ paper that 37% of doctors and 67% of nurses support ‘assisted dying’, that is, legal voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.“I am skeptical of self-selected online surveys with relatively small sample sizes, with questions based on euphemisms such as ‘assisted dying’,” says Renée Joubert, executive officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ. “The term ‘assisted dying’ is vague enough to mean different things to different people.”This particular study, the subject of a 2016 TVNZ story, did not even verify that respondents were indeed New Zealand medical professionals or prevent a respondent from completing the survey  multiple times. In the May 2016 NZMJ paper on the same study the researchers disclosed that four days’ of responses were removed due to notice of two faked responses by a TVNZ journalist’.“For all we know, the study may have been rigged by Voluntary Euthanasia Society members,” says Ms Joubert.The study’s many flaws were analysed by a group of eight experts.“Much of the new paper seems to consist of pro-euthanasia propaganda,” says Ms Joubert.“The authors engage in wishful thinking that ‘assisted dying’ may be legalised in New Zealand soon, likely based on their own bias as members of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.“Any ‘practical and professional support’ to perform euthanasia or assisted suicide, as recommended by the authors, is ridiculously premature.”After extensive media coverage, New Zealanders have clearly expressed their overwhelming opposition to changing the law. Parliament’s Health Select Committee received a record number of about 21,435 unique submissions in response to the petition by Maryan Street and 8,974 others.A full analysis, confirmed by an independent research company, found that 77% of submissions (16,411) are opposed to the legalisation of ‘assisted dying’ while only 19.5% (4,142 submissions) were in favour.In January to May 2017 ‘assisted dying’ bills have been stopped or defeated in eight jurisdictions: In Tasmania, Australia, as well as the US states of Maine, Hawaii,Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Maryland. In several other states, bills were introduced but lacked support to even be debated.The authors presume that under a future New Zealand law both doctors and nurses would be performing euthanasia.However, there is significant opposition to the medicalisation of ‘assisted dying’, the recent article by Ron Jones being a case a point.A growing list of New Zealand doctors (see are calling for doctors to be left to focus on healing and providing real care for the dying. They argue that doctors are not necessary for the execution of euthanasia and are drawn into the debate only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.ENDSlast_img read more