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Press Release: Equinor partners with BP in US offshore wind to capture value and create platform for growth

Equinor (OSE: EQNR, NYSE: EQNR) has entered into an agreement with BP (LSE: BP, NYSE: BP) to sell 50% non-operated interests in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets on the US east coast for a total consideration before adjustments of USD 1.1 billion. Through this transaction, the two companies are also establishing a strategic partnership for further growth within offshore wind in the US.

Currently Equinor holds a 100% interest in both the Empire Wind lease, located off the coast of New York State, and the Beacon Wind lease, located off the Massachusetts coast. The transaction is in line with Equinor’s renewable strategy to access attractive acreage early and at scale, mature projects, and capture value by de-risking high equity ownership positions.

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World Oil: Equinor performs world’s first offshore logistics operation via drone

OSLO – A drone flew a 3D-printed part for the lifeboat system from the Mongstad base to the Troll A platform in the North Sea. The operation was completed efficiently and according to plan.

“Development is rapid, and we see a huge potential within drone technology that could transform the way we operate, both under and above the sea surface. Equinor aims to lead the way in utilizing new technology on the Norwegian continental shelf,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway.

“Drones could reinforce safety, boost production efficiency and contribute to lower CO2 emissions from Norwegian oil and gas. Drones will also play a role as we shape new energy solutions on the Norwegian shelf,” Nylund continues.

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Reuters: Equinor to cut jobs in U.S., Canada and UK following oil price fall

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor is set to cut jobs significantly in the United States, Canada and Britain to adjust to a fall in oil prices, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

The group plans to cut employee numbers in those countries by about 20% and contractor numbers by around half to ensure profitability at lower oil prices, the spokesman told Reuters, adding that the targets were communicated internally on Tuesday.

Equinor will also not drill any new unconventional wells this year in the United States, where it has acreage in the Bakken and Marcellus shale formations, he said.

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Press Release: Anders Opedal taking over as president and CEO of Equinor from 2 November 2020

Anders Opedal taking over as president and CEO of Equinor from 2 November 2020

 August 10, 2020 06:58 CEST | Last modified August 10, 2020 08:30 CEST

The Board of Directors of Equinor (OSE: EQNR, NYSE: EQNR) has appointed Anders Opedal as new president and CEO of Equinor from 2 November 2020. Eldar Sætre will retire after six years as CEO and more than 40 years in the company.

“The Board is proud to present Anders Opedal as our next CEO. Equinor is entering a phase of significant change as the world needs to take more forceful action to combat climate change. The board’s mandate is for Anders to accelerate our development as a broad energy company and to increase value creation for our shareholders through the energy transition,” says Jon Erik Reinhardsen, Chair of the Board of Directors in Equinor.

Anders Opedal comes from the position as Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling. He joined Equinor as a petroleum engineer in 1997, spent many years in Drilling and Well and served as Chief Procurement Officer. In 2011, he was chosen to lead Equinor’s approximately NOK 300 billion project portfolio. He later served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before taking the role as Senior Vice President and country manager Brazil. Opedal holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from The Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

“Anders Opedal has deep knowledge of and broad experience from the energy sector. He has risen through the ranks of Equinor and has demonstrated outstanding leadership and consistently delivered results exceeding expectations. As the first engineer to become CEO he is passionate about technology, digitalisation and industrial development. A unanimous Board is confident that Anders is the right person to further develop Equinor as a force in the green shift, and together with our dedicated people, further strengthen the company culture and our safety performance,” Jon Erik Reinhardsen says.

“I am honoured and proud to take over the responsibility as CEO. I am confident in Equinor and all our people, and in our ability to change and continue creating long-term value for our shareholders also in a low carbon future. We have a great starting point for what will be a massive transition with our strong assets, outstanding competence, technology and innovation skills, and we have highly engaged people and strong values to guide us in this process. Together, we will accelerate the development of Equinor as a broad energy company and our growth within renewables,” says Anders Opedal.

“I really look forward to take on the role as CEO. I will use the time until I take over to prepare and plan for this great company’s future. And I will take the opportunity to engage and listen, both to the organisation and external stakeholders to get their valuable perspectives before setting the direction for my leadership for a new time,” Opedal says.

The Equinor Board of Directors have systematically and continuously worked with CEO succession planning, considering and assessing a diverse set of male and female candidates throughout this process.

Eldar Sætre turns 65 years early next year and indicated before summer to the Board that this could be a natural point of retirement. This allowed the Board to plan a stepwise transition process to give a new CEO time to prepare for taking over the role.

Opedal will take over the position as president and CEO from 2 November and Eldar Sætre will be available to advise the new CEO until he retires from the company 1 March 2021.

“Eldar has dedicated his whole career to Equinor since joining the company at the age of 24. As CEO since 2014, Eldar has developed Equinor as a broad and more global energy company. He took over as CEO at a time when the oil price saw a dramatic downturn. Thanks to his leadership and strong performance across the organisation, Equinor is today a safer, stronger and more competitive company, well positioned to thrive in the energy transition. The name change from Statoil to Equinor reflects the company’s reorientation and will forever stand as an important milestone during Eldar’s tenure. The Board is grateful for Eldar’s leadership, achievements and long commitment to the company,” says Jon Erik Reinhardsen.

“I have spent my entire working life in Equinor. I love this company and it has been the utmost privilege to work with all the great people in Equinor for the last four decades. I am very proud of what we have achieved together. Thanks to the relentless efforts from competent and dedicated people across the company, Equinor is today a stronger and more competitive company, better prepared for a low carbon future than ever. I know Anders well, and I am confident that he is the right person to lead the company during the next phase of the energy transition,” says Eldar Sætre, CEO of Equinor.

Anders Opedal will establish a transition team and prepare to take over as CEO from 2 November. Effective immediately, Opedal will step out of his role as EVP Technology, Projects and Drilling and Geir Tungesvik will step into the role as acting EVP. Until commencement of the role as CEO, Opedal will be Executive Vice President reporting to the CEO and be part of the Corporate executive committee.

Anders Opedal will receive a base salary of 9,1 million NOK. He will participate in the variable pay schemes within the framework previously established for the CEO role. His annual variable pay target will be 25% (maximum 50%) and long-term incentive 30% of base salary. The pensionable salary will be capped at 12 G. He will receive a fixed salary addition of 18% of base salary in lieu of pension contribution above 12G.

CV Anders Opedal:

Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling, Equinor


Executive Vice President, Development and Production, Brazil, Equinor
Senior Vice President, Development and Production International, Brazil, Equinor

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Equinor

SVP Projects, Technology, Projects and Drilling, Equinor

SVP Chief Procurement Officer, Technology, Projects and Drilling Equinor

Several Leadership Positions Equinor

Petroleum Engineer, and Sector Leader, Equinor

Log Analyst and Well Site Logging Engineer, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes Inteq.

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Press conference:

Equinor invites to a press conference.

Time: Monday 10 August at 12.00 CET

Place: Equinor’s offices at Fornebu, Martin Linges vei 33 (main entrance)

Chair of the Board Jon Erik Reinhardsen, announced new CEO Anders Opedal and CEO Eldar Sætre will participate at the press conference.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be limited space at the press conference. Please register to participate by Monday 10 August at 11.00 to Elisabeth Bruksås (elbru@equinor.com).

The press conference can also be followed on webcast at www.equinor.com or participate via Zoom by registering at this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We ask all visitors to follow Covid-19 related government advice, and we also remind you that Equinor is practicing two meters distance when seated and one meter when walking in Equinor’s offices. Visitors are expected to practice good hand hygiene and to stay at home if experiencing symptoms.

Further information from:

Investor relations:
Peter Hutton, senior vice president, Investor Relations,
+44 7881 918792 (mobile)

Bård Glad Pedersen, vice president, Media Relations,
+47 918 01 791 (mobile

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act

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Equinor second quarter 2020 results

Equinor reports adjusted earnings of USD 0.35 billion and USD 0.65 billion after tax in the second quarter of 2020. IFRS net operating income was negative USD 0.47 billion and the IFRS net income was negative USD 0.25 billion.

The second quarter was characterised by

  • Financial results impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and very low commodity prices.
  • Strong trading results, capturing significant value in volatile markets.
  • Overall solid operational performance and cost reductions.
  • After tax results positively impacted by temporary tax changes in Norway.
  • Net debt ratio(1) increased to 29.3% due to very low commodity prices and tax payments from 2019 earnings.

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World Oil: TechnipFMC lands three subsea construction projects offshore Norway

Equinor has awarded two contracts and issued a letter of intent to TechnipFMC for pipelaying and subsea installation for three projects on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

The projects in scope are Breidablikk and the Gas Import System for the Snorre Expansion Project, for which contracts have been awarded, and Askeladd Vest, for which a letter of intent has been issued. The Breidablikk contract has subsea installation as an option.

The total value of the three assignments, including the option, is about NOK 1.8 billion.

“We are pleased to award TechnipFMC new large assignments within pipelaying and subsea installation on the NCS. Giving three assignments to the same supplier enables efficiency gains and cost savings. It will also allow for a coordinated follow-up of the total delivery during the implementation phase. This creates value for all parties”, says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.

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JPT: Equinor Subsea Shuttle Concept Brings CO2 to Subsea Reservoirs

CO2 sequestration today is almost exclusively an onshore operation, involving networks of pipelines, compressors, and teams of personnel to oversee it all. In a newly released video, Equinor has proposed another idea: a fleet of electrically-powered submarines that will carry COto subsea injection sites autonomously.

Each of these “subsea shuttles” would be 135 m (443 ft) long, roughly equivalent to eight semi-trucks parked one after another, but significantly taller. Equinor has shared the concept so far only on its LinkedIn page where it said the idea was the result of a collaboration between an inventor and experts in IT, 3D printing, and CO2 management.

In the computer animation, multiple shuttles are shown transiting to and from a subsea installation that also features resident underwater vehicles—itself an emerging but not fully realized concept.

Reuters: Norway oil firms slash investment plans amid pandemic

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian oil and gas investment, a key economic driver, is expected to decline sharply in 2021 after rising less than previously anticipated this year, an industry survey by the national statistics agency (SSB) showed on Thursday.

The biggest drop will come in the exploration for new reserves and in spending on development plans, while ongoing oilfield construction work continues largely as expected, the data showed.

Next year, investment in Norway’s oil sector is now projected at 145.6 billion crowns, compared with a forecast of 152 billion three months ago, SSB said.

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Innlegg i DN: Equinor betaler skatt der verdiene skapes

I en artikkel i Dagens Næringsliv 23. mai rettes det kritikk mot at Equinor har selskaper i USA registrert i staten Delaware. DN har beklaget at Equinor ikke fikk anledning til å kommentere i artikkelen, og det er bra. Vi ønsker derfor å presisere følgende:

Equinor betaler skatt til de delstatene i USA der verdiene skapes, samt på føderalt nivå.

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Reuters: Norway plans temporary tax relief for oil firms

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway proposed on Thursday to temporarily ease tax rules for oil firms to try to prevent a collapse in investments due to the coronavirus pandemic and a related collapse in crude prices.

The plan could boost the liquidity of oil companies by as much as 100 billion Norwegian crowns ($9.7 billion) over 2020 and 2021, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.

The companies will be allowed to write-off investments more quickly, effectively postponing tax payments until later years.

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