Challenging Arctic drilling offshore Norway
The Norwegian government has sold ten new drilling licenses in the previously unspoilt Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. The move has prompted Greenpeace Nordic and Nature & Youth to launch a legal challenge against the sales, claiming they flout the Paris Agreement on climate change. Molly Lempriere asks could this case set a new precedent for legal challenges worldwide?
Drilling Africa’s Great Lakes
Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped up by exploration companies but what of East Africa’s enormous great lakes? With exploration well underway in Lake Albert and plans laid down for Lake Malawi, Philip Kleinfeld looks at the social, political and environmental challenges.
Australian Oil & Gas investment: down and out down under?
The Australian government’s latest oil and gas exploration expenditure is grim reading for industry, showing that the number of exploration wells drilled offshore is at its lowest in nearly 20 years. Continued low oil prices explain some of the decline – but what else is stifling exploration investment offshore Australia and can the trend be reversed?
Oil rig salvage: what have we learnt from Lewis?
In August the TransOcean semi-submersible oil rig Winner became grounded on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland. Given the significant environmental risks associated with oil spills, this incident has naturally caused concern. So how exactly did it happen, and how can similar groundings be prevented in the future? Molly Lempriere investigates.
Nooros Gas and Condensate Field, Nile Delta
The Nooros gas and condensate field is located in the shallow waters of the Nile Delta, approximately 120km north-east of Alexandria, Egypt. Discovered in July 2015, the field is part of the Abu Madi West development license.
Hummer Development Project, Gulf of Mexico
The Hummer development project lies in the three outer continental shelf lease blocks Main Pass 270/273/274 of the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 80km south-east of the Mississippi river delta.
Parque das Conchas (BC-10)
Also called BC-10, Parque das Conchas is in the north of the Campos Basin, offshore Espirito Santo state, Brazil.
Liza Prospect Development, Stabroek Block
The Liza prospect is located approximately 120 miles (193km) offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block, which is operated by ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana.
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