OSLO (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil is considering selling all of the stakes it holds in oil and gas fields off the Norwegian coast, a spokeswoman said.
Two years ago the U.S. major – the world’s largest oil company – sold its operated assets in the area. But it has retained stakes in more than 20 other fields, including Equinor-operated Snorre and Shell-operated Ormen Lange.
“Following interest expressed by several parties, Exxon Mobil has decided to open a data room to test the market interest for the upstream portfolio in Norway,” Anne Fougner said, adding that no decision to sell had yet been made.
The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces this year’s licensing round in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf – Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2019.
– I am delighted to announce this year’s APA round. We are continuing our practice of offering regular concessions on the NCS to provide the industry access to new acreage. Awarding prospective acreage is a central element in the Government’s policy. I believe the oil companies are well motivated to continuing exploring the NCS, says Minister Kjell-Børge Freiberg.
In the APA 2019, the predefined area has been expanded by a total of 90 blocks – five in the North Sea, 37 in the Norwegian Sea and 48 in the Barents Sea.
– The expansion of the APA-area is important to ensure effective exploration of larger parts of the NCS, including the Barents Sea. The expansion will give the companies access to new opportunities that can enable value creation, employment and technology development.
LONDON & PARIS & HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– TechnipFMC (Paris:FTI) (NYSE:FTI) has been awarded a significant(1) integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (iEPCI™) contract from ConocoPhillips for the TOR II development, located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea at a water depth of 80 meters.
This contract covers the delivery and installation of a subsea production system including installation of umbilical, rigid flowlines and associated subsea equipment.
Arnaud Pieton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “This is the first iEPCI™ award by ConocoPhillips. Through early engagement and collaboration, with ConocoPhillips we engineered an integrated subsea solution enabling first oil sooner than with a traditional project execution. We have partnered with ConocoPhillips in the Ekofisk area on several projects and are honored that ConocoPhillips is expanding its scope with us, embracing our innovative and comprehensive approach”.
(1)For TechnipFMC, a “significant” contract ranges between $75 million and $250 million.
STAVANGER — Equinor has, together with partners Petoro, ConocoPhillips and Repsol, made an oil discovery from the Visund A platform in the Telesto exploration well in the North Sea. The resources are estimated at 12-28 MMbbl of recoverable oil.
“We are pleased to have made a new discovery on Equinor-operated acreage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). These are profitable barrels that can be quickly tied in to existing infrastructure and generate substantial revenues for society. Infrastructure-led exploration is an important part of our roadmap for the NCS,” said Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior V.P. for exploration in Norway and the UK.