Norwegian Oil History is 40 years old


#81

Glad your father enjoyed that short post about the Drillship/J.W.Bates.
I was never on board the J.W.Bates but saw her while she was laid up in Bombay, before being towed to Thailand for scrapping in 1985 or 86.

I was on the R&B rig W.T.Adams for a tow from Bombay to Jebel Ali, UAE, if I remember right. (It could have been for the offloading of the R&B rig J.W.McClain, or for a rig move in the Bombay High)

I met many who had been working on the J.W.Bates on other R&B rigs in the 1970-90’s and heard many stories, but I cannot recall any names off the cuff. (Maybe your Father was one of them)


#82

Pioneering Spirit is enroute to Norway to commence her next job:

At the same time Saipem’s Castorone is laying the pipeline that will bring the oil ashore in Norway:

Yes that is right, Norway doesn’t have the capability to handle everything with own equipment.
Luckily there is a worldwide market to draw on when needed.


#83

Another major operation is on progress in Norway. Pioneering Spirit is lifting the 22000 m.t. John Sverdrup topsides off a barge for transport to the field, where it will be placed on the jacket already in place:

PS> This just the first of three topsides that will be transported and installed by P.S. The heaviest being 26K m.t.


#84

They don’t piss around on this project.
The Johan Sverdrup Drilling Module has arrived in the field and been placed on the jacket in one easy motion:


#85

Nice video of the Johan Sverdrup operation in this article:


#86

The Johan Castberg development in the Barents Sea has finally been approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy:


#87

the opposite would have been quite surprising :wink:


#88

Another approval has been granted.
This time for the life extension of the oldest field in Norway; Ekofisk:

God only know how much Phillips(later ConocoPhillips) and partners have earned in the nearly 60 years since this field was first found (1969)

PS> Or how much have gone into the Norwegian Government coffers in that period.


#89

The oil rig strike in Norway is over for this time:


#90

I have mentioned the shift of development of new technology for the offshore oil and gas industry from USA to Europe, especially Norway and the Netherlands in the last 3-4 decades.

Today a Dutch HLV loaded with drilling modules built in Grimstad and assembled from drilling equipment produced by Cameron in Kristiansand left Norway:

She is headed to Texas, where the modules will be incorporated into a bigger unit, before being transported to Brazil for installation in a field operated by Equinor.

That is a typical example of how modern projects are developed; by multi-national co-operation, not by national protectionism.


#91

Other technology is also soon showing up in a gulf near you soon.
This one doesn’t require HLVs to be carried across the Atlantic though:


#92

The case is not entirety closed yet, apparently:


#93

Another new technology that may spread to the world soon: