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Statoil is collaborating with four European energy companies to resolve operational issues in oil and gas exploration in the Barents Sea.

The three-year Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration (BaSEC), will involve Eni Norge, Lundin Norway, OMV and GDF Suez.

The companies intend to identify common solutions for operations in the Barents Sea, including a high level of safety and emergency response.

BaSEC will cover the Barents Sea, with a particular focus on Norway’s 23rd licensing round.

Statoil will lead the first phase and all the companies will participate in the steering group and contribute to the working groups.

" Our goal is to increase coordination and develop cost-effective solutions for exploration in the Barents Sea in both the short and medium term."

Working groups will be established on MetOcean and ice, environment and oil spill response, logistics and emergency preparedness, mobile drilling units and health and working environment.

Statoil senior vice-president for exploration in Norway Irene Rummelhoff said: "We are taking operational responsibility seriously and have connected leading companies with operations in the Barents Sea to work together to find good and robust solutions for the tasks we see ahead, especially considering the new areas that have been opened in the Barents Sea south-east.

"Our goal is to increase coordination and develop cost-effective solutions for exploration in the Barents Sea in both the short and medium term. We will collaborate with authorities, industry organisations and other relevant institutions to deliver on this."

The companies intend to add more participants after the 23rd licensing round.


Image: The Barents Sea exploration collaboration will initially last for three years. Photo: Courtesy of Ole Jørgen Bratland.