• 2019 July 18 17:24

    PGNiG acquires interest in another gas field in the North Sea

    PGNiG Upstream Norway has acquired 20 percent shares in the Duva field – PL 636 and PL636B licenses – from Wellesley Petroleum AS. First production is expected at the turn of 2020 and 2021, PGNiG says in a press release.

    “We are focused on the implementation of the strategy related to the increase in production in Norway, which is why we consistently build our portfolio of shares in licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” commented Piotr Woźniak, President of the PGNiG Management Board. “Duva field has been one of the most promising development projects on the NCS in recent years. It is characterized by the exceptional good quality of reservoir rock. Estimated reserves and the proximity to existing infrastructure reduce development and production costs. We estimate that the average natural gas production from the Duva field by PGNiG during the first five years of operation of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline between 2023 and 2028 will amount to 0.13 billion cubic meters annually,” he added.

    The Duva field is an oil and gas development project discovered in 2016. It is located within the PL636 and PL636B license area in the North Sea, approx. 140 km north of the city of Bergen. According to data from the Norwegian Oil Directorate, the deposit's resources are 88 million barrels of oil equivalent (including approximately 8.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas).

    Chris Elliott, CEO of the Wellesley Group of companies, commented: “For Wellesley, this transaction allows us to redeploy our development resources to mature our operated Grosbeak development project, whilst maintaining focus on our core business of exploration. PL636 was Wellesley’s first license on the NCS and we are proud of our contribution to the exploration, discovery and development planning of Duva. However, at this phase in the project PGNiG is a more logical owner and I believe their deep experience of oil and gas development and production will be a valuable asset to the Duva development partnership. We wish both PGNiG and the other Duva partners well in bringing the field to first production. I would also like to thank the PGNiG team for our collaboration on this transaction, and look forward to our companies working together again in future. We remain confident in the potential of the NCS to deliver high quality commercial discoveries like Duva in the coming years”.

    In June 2019, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approved the Duva plan for Development and Operation. The field will have three production wells – two producing oil and one producing natural gas, with the potential for an additional oil well. After the commencement of exploitation planned at the turn of 2020 and 2021, the maximum annual production from the deposit in the initial period is to amount to approx. 30 thousand boe. The operator of the license is Neptune Energy Norge (30% of shares). The remaining shareholders, apart from PGNiG Upstream Norway, are Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (30%) and Pandion Energy (20%).

    PGNiG Upstream Norway’s most recent acquisitions were the purchase of 42.4 percent shares in the Tommeliten Alpha field in 2018 and 22.2 percent shares in the King Lear field in June 2019. After finalizing the transaction related to the Duva field, the company will hold shares in 27 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, where it is an operator on four of them.

    Wellesley Petroleum is an independent oil company focused on exploration on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Wellesley is qualified as an operator on the NCS and is now one of the most active explorers on the shelf. Wellesley is funded by Bluewater Energy LLP and associates, specialist investors in the energy sector. Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd advised Wellesley in the transaction.

    Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) deals with exploration and production of natural gas and crude oil and – through its branches and key companies from the Capital Group – with import, storage, sales, distribution of gaseous and liquid fuels, production of heat and electricity as well as geophysical and drilling services. Its subsidiaries and branches carry out exploration and production activities in Norway and Pakistan, gas sales in Germany and LNG trading through an office in London.




2019 December 6

11:30 Canada Infrastructure Bank invests $300 million in Port of Montreal’s expansion project in Contrecoeur
11:20 Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard
11:02 Yang Ming sets up subsidiary in China
10:45 Largest Latvian transit companies represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week
10:17 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
10:12 Joint Russian-Vietnamese exercise underway in Cam Ranh
09:59 MAN Energy Solutions and Orcan Energy agree to collaborate
09:49 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 06
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.44% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $58.23
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,575 points
08:31 DNV GL awards Hudong-Zhonghua AiP certificate for gas-fueled 25000 TEU containership design

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Marintec China 2019
12:30 Crew of IBSV Gennadiy Nevelskoy rescued three men in Sea of Okhotsk
12:08 GTT and WISON sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of membrane tank systems
11:53 AS Tallink Grupp reports increase of passenger and cargo turnover in November 2019
11:26 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 3.4% to 281.4 million tonnes in 11M’19
11:08 LR collaborates with DSIC and Man Energy Solutions for first ammonia-fuelled ULCS in China