The Norwegian government gave Equinor consent to start production drilling in an oil field in the Norwegian Sea set for a production start next year. “We have given Equinor consent to use the Songa Enabler mobile drilling facility for production drilling on the Trestakk field in the Norwegian Sea,” the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway announced Thursday. Equinor submitted a field development plan for Trestakk in 2016, outlining capital spending for the program of around $675 million. Discovered in 1986, the company estimates Trestakk contains around 7 million barrels of oil equivalent, with most of that existing as oil. Production is slated for 2019 and spending is about half as much as initially expected. Norway derives much of its own power from renewable […]