Norway Approves Extension to Giant Oil Field

Authorities in Norway have formally approved the development and operation of the second phase of the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field. Developer Equinor says the extension to the field, with planned start-up in 2022, will increase production from 440,000 barrels of oil per day to 660,000 barrels per day. Johan …

Cambridge University Agrees to Explore Fossil Fuel Divestment Plan

The former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has welcomed an “urgent change” by Cambridge University, after it agreed to provide fully costed plans setting out how it could divest multibillion-pound endowments from fossil fuel corporations. The university’s management accepted a motion, known as a grace, which urged Cambridge to “set …

UK Offshore Oil and Gas Production up by a Fifth over past Five Years

UK offshore oil and gas production has increased by a fifth over the past five years, following 14 years of decline. That’s according to a new report from Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), which suggests momentum is again building around exploration activity, with up to 15 exploration wells expected in …

Could US Overtake Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Exporter?

The US will start exporting more oil than Russia and could potentially overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s top exporter in the next five years. The forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA) comes after a “spectacular growth” of 2.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) of oil in the US …

Mysterious Oil Spill on Massachusetts’ Charles River Spurs Major Emergency Response

An oil spill on Massachusetts’ Charles River drew a major emergency response Wednesday night, as several fire trucks and emergency vehicles, including a hazmat team, raced to help with the cleanup, 7 News Boston WHDH reported. The spill was detected in Waltham, a town about 12 miles west of Boston. Authorities were alerted …

Great Lakes ‘at Risk’ from Plan to Replace Aging Enbridge Pipelines, Environmentalists Argue

The state of Michigan and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge announced a deal Wednesday to replace controversial aging pipelines that environmental groups worried put Lakes Michigan and Huron at risk for an oil spill, The Detroit Free Press reported. Under the new plan, the existing 65-year-old pipelines, which are part of Enbridge’s Line 5 carrying oil and …

Oil and Gas Giants Agree Target to Cut Methane Emissions

They aim to reduce emissions from upstream operations to below 0.25% by 2025. Thirteen of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies have agreed a first collective target to reduce methane emissions. They have announced a goal to cut methane intensity from their upstream oil and gas operations to below 0.25% by 2025. …