As BarentsObserver reported, Statoil had planned to start drilling two or three wells in the Hoop frontier exploration area this summer. This would not only be the northernmost drilling ever on the Norwegian continental shelf, but also the world’s northernmost oil drilling at sea.
The company has now changed its plans and postponed the Hoop area project to next year. The reason for this is delays in preparations and winterization of the with the West Hercules exploration rig, which was supposed to go to the Hoop area after completing drilling at the Skrugard field.
“Our drilling plans are subject to continual reviews where we consider what is optimal. We now plan to drill four wells at Skrugard. We’ll then be drilling one in the Hammerfest Basin before starting in the Hoop area. This means we’ll first be going there [to Hoop] around this time next year,” Statoil press spokesman Ola Anders Skauby tells Stavanger Aftenblad.
Statoil plans to drill the prospects Nunatak, Iskrystall, Skavl, and Kramsnø back-to-back. All these are located in the immediate vicinity of Skrugard and Havis, meaning a discovery there can take advantage of the infrastructure that is planned to be built.
Greenpeace boarded rig Last week two Greenpeace representatives entered the West Hercules rig to demonstrate against Statoil’s drilling in the Barents Sea.
Two polar bear costume-clad environmental activists, including Greenpeace leader Truls Gulowsen, climbed up one of the legs of the rig at western Norway’s Ølen yard.
Greenpeace believes there are considerably excessively safety challenges involved in Arctic oil drilling. “Extreme weather conditions and the risk of equipment icing up mean drilling in the Arctic cannot be compared with activities in the North Sea,” Erlend Tellnes, head of Greenpeace Norway’s Arctic campaign, told Stavanger Aftenblad.
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.