Aker BP has found gas in the Barents Sea

Ekofisk oil fieldPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB
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Aker BP has made a small gas discovery at the Stangnestind well in the Barents Sea. The Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation wants to ban new drilling of exploration wells.

Between 1.6 and 2.1 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil have been found, but the find is not economically profitable today, according to a report issued by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate on Tuesday.

The sea depth is 247 meters, and the exploration well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.

Aker BP has applied for a permit to drill an exploration well in the southeastern part of the Barents Sea. The Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation, together with Nature and Youth, Greenpeace Norway, and the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature, demand that the application be rejected.

“This must mean the end of oil exploration in the vulnerable Barents Sea. If we are to prevent a catastrophic climate and nature crisis, we can’t look for more oil and gas, at least in our most vulnerable areas,” deputy head of the Nature Conservation Association Pernille Hansen noted.

Aker BP’s proposed drilling zone is also located at the ice edge zone, where hot and cold water masses meet and provide fertile ground for algae, crustaceans, fish, seabirds, marine mammals, and polar bears, which, according to nature conservation organizations, are the “cornerstone for life in the Barents Sea.”

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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