Norway’s Equinor has been granted consent for continued use of the Oseberg Øst (East) platform located in the North Sea until March 31, 2031.Oseberg Øst is the smallest platform in the Oseberg area and it is located in the northern part of the North Sea, 15 kilometers east of the Oseberg field. The field was proven in 1981 and production started in 1999.Equinor had a permit to use the platform through 2018.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Friday it believes there is a basis for continuing operations on Oseberg Øst to recover remaining resources in the field and therefore has given its consent to Equinor to do so.The original oil reserves were 26.6 million standard cubic meters of oil (167 million barrels). The remaining oil reserves are estimated at 4.9 million cubic meters (31 million barrels).The field was developed with an integrated fixed platform with living quarter, drilling module and separation of oil, water and gas.The oil is transported by pipeline to the Oseberg field center for further treatment and transport via the Oseberg transport system to the Sture terminal in Hordaland County. The gas is primarily used for injection and power production for the installation.Equinor has also received consent from Norway’s offshore safety agency, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), to extend the operating life of the Oseberg Øst platform and associated pipelines to Oseberg A.The PSA said earlier this week that the consent for extended operating life was contingent on the operator having ascertained that the facilities, pipelines and equipment were in a state that permits them to always be operated safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements.Considering that Equinor has made the requisite assessments and investigations to ascertain this, the safety agency has given its consent for extension.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Aside from the tubing race, theAntique Provincial Tourism Office will launch #Namit: A Karay-a KulinaryaCooking Challenge, a competition of cooks and chefs of various resorts,restaurant and catering in the province. The success of the 1st National RiverTubing Race in Tibiao last February 2018 inspired various resorts to trainlocals and turn them into river guides. The Northern Antique River Festival willalso campaign for a plastic-free event on Oct. 26-27. No water bottles will beallowed, encouraging participants to bring refillable water containers. The AETA is an association of variousresorts, hotels, restaurants, tourist establishments and community-basedtourism organization. SAN JOSE, Antique – Rivers of Bugang,Pandan and Tibiao in this province will hold the Northern Antique RiverFestival 2019: 2nd National Extreme River Tubing Race this month. Water stations with reusable cups willalso be placed in designated areas during the event. “We want to promote the rivers ofNorthern Antique as adventure-sports tourism sites, specifically for rivertubing. This is also a good venue to expose our (authorities) to search andrescue techniques,” said Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement officer and race director Broderick Train. The main ingredients for the main dishmust be sourced from the river, while promoting the use of native chicken andpork. “We conceptualized this event topromote Bugang River in the municipality of Pandan and Tibiao River in themunicipality of Tibiao for sports and recreation purposes, and to furtherdevelop the province as an ecotourism hub,” said Flord Nicson Calawag,president of the Antique Eco-Tourism Association (AETA), Inc. “We want to position Antique as thecapital of native pig lechon. Becauseof our highlands, it is easy for us to raise native pigs and advocate for ahealthy meat to our locals and tourists,” said Gov. Rhodora Cadiao./PN “We want to market the Province ofAntique as an eco-friendly tourist destination,” said AETA member KimberlyEng.