For many years, Equinor has been a guarantor of activity and value creation in Northern Norway. We have explored the Barents Sea since the 1980s and have participated in more than 100 of the 150 exploration wells drilled so far in the Barents Sea. We have a clear, long-term ambition to maintain current levels of activity on the Norwegian continental shelf up to and beyond 2030.
In the Barents Sea we are focusing our exploration in areas where we have proved success earlier, around Johan Castberg, Wisting, Goliat and Snøhvit.
When exploration drilling is complete, wells are plugged and sealed with concrete (irrespective of whether a find is made) and the rig then leaves the area for operations elsewhere.