Shell drops big Norway gas project
Oslo, April 12, 2014
Royal Dutch Shell has dropped one of Norway's biggest and most innovative industrial projects due to rising costs and complexity, dealing a blow to a technology that some hope could revolutionise offshore production.
Shell yesterday said it would postpone a project to provide subsea compression at the North Sea's Ormen Lange, the second-biggest Norwegian gasfield, despite the objections of a key licence partner.
The decision will not be re-evaluated for several years, until new technology and reservoir information become available, Shell said.
Costs have soared in Norway's vast offshore oil sector over the past decade, and oil firms are cancelling or delaying major developments to save on costs and earn more cash for dividends.-Reuters