Norwegian Oil History is 40 years old


The official invitation for APA 2017:
Not only “Oil Majors” are interested in obtaining licenses to explore in the Barents Sea though.
In the last round there were 29 successful applicants:

Lundin is one of the most active and successful applicants, with some spectacular finds:


Slightly less successful if I look at today’s news. Not too much luck with finding oil at that Gohta prospect.


There are other resources than oil, gas and scallops on the seabed on the Norwegian Continental shelf and EEZ. The future may be mineral extraction in deep water, using best practices and technology learn from the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry and Scallop scraping in Arctic waters:å-samme-måte-som-for-oljesektoren-14731195.ece?cx_front_click=baseline_test&cx_front_click_place=2&cx_front_click_articles=2
More future jobs for Mariners and Oil field hands??


some planning (and surely financial) headaches for Statoil’s drilling plans. Back to the ‘old school’ tools then.


Did you notice this little notice at the bottom of the article??:

Statoil helped fund the development of the technology as well:

I’m a bit surprised that Statoil didn’t ensure their right to use this technology before deploying it in the Barents Sea.

BTW; Suction anchors were originally developed by Statoil back in the 1970’s


Yes, quite remarkable. Seems someone wasn’t paying attention or didn’t do his homework.

Will be a bummer if they now have to bring that alternative equipment in all the way from Stavanger or Bergen.


History is made today. A drilling rig gets it’s power supply from shore via cable, not from on board generators:


still no clarity on the legal case


Ombrugge, I’m new to posting on this Forum but have been following lots of subject posts regarding your promotion of everything Norwegian . Very good and very patriotic of you as I find all Norwegians to be similarily patriotic.
Your promotion of Norwegian technology and ship design is generally a reflection of todays vessels and I have been on many for diving projects, multi purpose construction vessels etc and they really are top of the range regarding comfort and technology.
This posting began with the heading of Norwegian Oil History is 40 years old and you included links to stories from the old days with the Norwegian content but you don’t really reflect the true story over the 40 years you seem to forget that Norway had no capital equipment to develope fields once oil had been found and even today the Norwegian sector could not be developed without the use of non Norwegian vessels. Pipelay vessels such as Allseas Lorelay, Solitaire and Audacia not to mention Crane Ships such as Saipem S7000 and Heeremas Hermod and Thialf incidentally I have been on all these vessels as Company Rep.
I have been involved in the North Sea in platform installation subsea pipeline installation starting in ’ 83 on the LB 200 and the ETPM 1601 laying pipe across the Norwegian Trench. Installation of 6 or 7 platforms and topsides with the Heerema and Saipem vessels starting with Ekofisk 2/4K in '87 with the McDermott DB102 - now Heeremas Thialf .Pipeline pressure testing with companies such as BJ and Halliburton neither of which are Norwegian companies but have the obligatory offices in Norway.The most recent platform installation only 5 years ago with the Heerema vessels. I have been involved in approx 20 saturation hyperbaric welds with the most recent ones on State of the Art Norwegian diving vessels. They had to be Norwegian diving vessels because Norway has such high specifications that only vessels specifically developed for Norway are allowed for sat diving in Norway which basically means you can only go out to bid to two companies.
Whilst I do admire your patriotism I am not altogether with you on everything Norwegian is the best in the world.


Thanks for noticing my newfound Norwegian patriotic streak. I’m actually more of a Singapore patriot and very much a critic of some of the Norwegian foreign and domestic policies.

I AM very proud of what both Norway and Singapore have accomplished in Marine technology over the last 40 or more years. I don’t know if you have seen my posts in other threads, acknowledging the leading role Americans had in developing the base for what is today’s Offshore industry? I have been part of this industry for a long time and seen the changes as they happened.

I have NEVER said that Norway have all the equipment needed to conduct all operations. On the contrary, I have pointed out that the large SSCV and Pipelayers are dependent on being able to work worldwide, incl. in Norway, USA, Brasil, Australia etc., which they do.

In the years from 1980 to 1990 I worked some times in the North Sea. We appears to have been on some of the same vessels, but not at the same time. In 1981 I was Marine Adviser on LB 200. Also as MWS and/or Company Rep. on the Hermod, Balder and DB 102 (with Capt. John)
I have been working with Heerema on several projects, not only in the North Sea.

In 1989 I was Towmaster for Micoperi, working with what was then Micoperi 7000 (now Saipem 7000) while setting “world records” for both inshore lifting (Veslefrikk jacket; 9,800 m.t.) and offshore lifting (Gyda jacket; 8,500 m.t) Both records were quickly broken, however.
When Micoperi went bankrupt we were working on plans for doing an inshore lift of over 11,000 m.t. on DP. (Sleipner deck onto the concrete base in Gandsfjorden)

Yes, NMD put demands for DP3 for Dive Support Vessels at a very early stage, but there were no demand that they should be NOR flag.
It is a fact that there were few non-Norwegian owned DSVs to meet that requirement initially, but now there are several, with more under construction, as other shelf states put the same demand.

BTW; To have offices in Norway are not obligatory, but it helps if you are doing major work there.


Here is the result of the first half year’s activity in 2017 on the Norwegian OCS:


Thanks ombugge for your info, i was loking for it on interenet for while! been searching for and i found this site which is amazing. thanks a lot.


You are welcome. Always a pleasure to be of assistance to someone.:smile:


The first major accident on the Norwegian OCS happened in 1966:

Nobody got killed or seriously injured, but the weaknesses in systems, routines and line of command was exposed. It instigated the first dedicated rules for offshore operations.


Ulstein Group was 100 years old on 09. Aug. 2017. It is synonym with the history of the oil industry development in Norway, or at least the development of the vessels serving the industry in the North sea and beyond:


The history of Oil in Norway is also the history of Phillips Petroleum:


Not history, but present Norwegian reality.
Statoil give incentive for fuel saving on vessels on contract to them:
They also recommend that part of the incentive go to the crew, not only to the Owners.

Do you think this idea would grab among GoM Oilcos and Owners?


Norwegian/American oil history in the making??
From Sysla Offshore today:


Ekofisk was the first Norwegian oil field, but it is far from dead yet:


History in the making. Two new CAT J rigs are heading to Norway in the middle of the worst down turn for the Offshore Oil & Gas industry in living memory: