A total of 27 wildcat wells have been completed, giving a discovery rate of 44 per cent.
So far, 42 exploration wells have been spudded, and 38 completed. The number of spudded exploration wells was down ten compared to last year, and is lower than was forecast by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at the beginning of 2012, the directorate’s web site reads.
Of the spudded wells, 27 are wildcat wells, and 15 were appraisal wells. Thirty of the exploration wells were drilled in the North Sea, seven in the Norwegian Sea, and five in the Barents Sea.
In the forecast presented in January, the number of exploration wells was estimated between 50 and 55. The fact that fewer wells than expected were drilled is largely due to the tight rig market, and the fact that some drilling operations have taken longer than planned.
Statoil has drilled 11 exploration wells, making it the operator to have drilled the largest number of wells. Lundin, with seven wells, is second, followed by Wintershall, which drilled six. Det norske oljeselskap has drilled four wells, while Eni and Total have both drilled two. BP, Centrica, Dong, Faroe, Lotos, Mærsk, Noreco, RWE Dea, Suncor and Talisman have all drilled one well each.
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.
“Young journalists are the future of cross border communication in the North. We feel it is important to give them a possibility to network and learn about new media”, says Virpi Komulainen, project coordinator of the Barents Mediasphere.