Meet Alaska’s Senior Climate Advisor. The Walker administration has said for more than a year that it’s working on a new set of policies to address climate change. Those policies have yet to materialize. This month, Gov. Walker appointed Nikoosh Carlo to the newly created position of senior climate adviser. “I think I probably took a deep breath and paused for a long time,” Carlo said, laughing about her reaction when asked to tackle climate policy. “It’s such a huge issue.” Originally from Fairbanks and Tanana, Carlo most recently worked with the U.S. State Department’s delegation to the Arctic Council. She also ran the commission that wrote Alaska’s official Arctic Policy. Carlo said her first step will be outreach: bringing together local and tribal leaders, industry and citizen groups. She said it’s going to be a long process. “But I’m excited,” Carlo said. “I think the interest to address this issue is definitely there within the state. I think we’re all going to come together on this. We have to.”
Potential in Arctic field confirmed. Austrian oil company OMV believes the Wisting license in Norway’s Barents Sea could hold up to 80 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalents. Resource estimates for the prospective area in the Barents Sea appear more certain as OMV gets data from its recent appraisal well. The semisubmersible Island Innovator did the drilling about two kilometers south of the spot where OMV in 2013 made its Wisting discovery. The appraisal well encountered an oil column of about 55 meters in sandstones from the Middle Jurassic to Late Triassic, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said. The resource estimates for the Arctic field will now be updated. OMV previously believed the Wisting held between 20-80 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalents.
“Big prospects for growth of oil production.” A small Alaskan independent oil company, Glacier Oil and Gas, is rebuilding production at two small fields it owns after acquiring them in 2014 from Miller Energy Resources, of Tennessee, which had filed bankruptcy. The overall production is small, about 5,000 barrels per day, but it was up 50 percent in mid-2017 compared to the same time in 2016, company president Carl Giesler said. Giesler spoke to the Alaska Industry Support Alliance, an oil service company contractor group, in Anchorage on Sept. 14.
All aboard the Nigerian LNG train. Baker Hughes, a GE company, said Wednesday it has secured a contract from Nigeria LNG, the operator of the giant Bonny export plant. Under the deal, BHGE will provide asset performance management software services to reduce unplanned outages and trips for Nigeria LNG’s trains. Using APM software, BHGE developed an outcome-based solution with a digital trip reduction program and has committed to a reduction of 20 percent of trips on the LNG trains and related balance of plant (BoP) within three years, the company said in the statement. BHGE will supply the bundle of its software services, powered by GE’s Predix, the platform for the industrial internet, in a multi-year agreement that includes support from GE Power Services and GE Digital. The company is also the main contractor of the project’s LNG trains, power generation and electrical motors units and has had a contractual service agreement in place with NLNG since 2003.
Politics over production in Norway. Norway’s ruling Conservative Party is willing to abstain from oil and gas exploration in a key Arctic region for another four years, in return for continued parliamentary support for its minority government, tabloid VG reported online on Wednesday. The fish-rich waters surrounding the Lofoten, Vesteraalen and Senja region have for years been off limits to drillers as a way for governments to secure backing for their broader agendas from parties focused on protecting the environment.
Arctic nations look at microgrids. A program is leading representatives of Arctic nations to Alaska, Canada, Iceland and Greenland to look at the microgrids in remote communities. The Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy, or ARENA, is in the middle of its pilot year and gives participants a look at innovative remote energy networks. They hope to gather information and contacts that could benefit their communities. This week, some academy participants are in Finland to present at the Arctic Energy Summit, which begins today and continues until Wednesday. In March, participants stopped by Yellowknife, Canada, for a week. In June, they visited Kotzebue, Fairbanks and Nome. One participant — George Roe is a University of Alaska research professor affiliated with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, one of the organizations behind ARENA — visited Kodiak. And next, they’ll go to Iceland. Roe said networking is a big part of the program.
OMV’s new appraisal well confirms potential in Arctic field
Arctic Now/Independent Barents Observer, Atle Staalesen, September 20, 2017
Diminutive Glacier Oil and Gas boosting its Alaska production
The Frontiersman, Tim Bradner, September 19, 2017
Walker administration appoints climate adviser, promises new policy “soon”
Alaska Public Media, Rachel Waldholz, September 19, 2017
Baker Hughes nets Nigeria LNG contract
LNG World News, September 20, 2017
Norway may maintain oil moratorium in key Arctic region –report
Reuters, Reuters Staff, September 20, 2017
Arctic nations tour microgrids, exchange green energy knowledge
KTOO Public Media, Kayla Desroches, September 18, 2017