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.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.