BaSEC group to collaborate on Barents Sea exploration issues

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil, Eni Norge, Lundin Norway, OMV, and GDF SUEZ will collaborate to address operations tied to exploration in the Barents Sea.

The Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration (BaSEC) will initially last for three years. The project will cover the Barents Sea, but with a special focus on the areas included in the 23rd licensing round.

The companies aim to find common solutions for operations in the Barents Sea, and through that contribute to high level of safety and emergency response. This will be through sharing of data, cost-effective solutions, more collaboration, and increased coordination.

The following working groups will be established:

  • MetOcean and ice
  • Environment and oil spill response
  • Logistics and emergency preparedness
  • Mobile drilling units
  • Health and working environment.

“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 organizations and other relevant institutions to deliver on this. We aim to be effective and address the concrete actions that need to be taken and share relevant solutions and data with both the authorities and the rest of the industry. It is in our common interest to have robust exploration activity in the Barents Sea,” said Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil senior vice president for exploration in Norway.


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