Oil and gas exploration in the Norwegian Barents Sea has a chicken-and-egg problem.

Explorers have been reluctant to drill because of the region's lack of natural gas export infrastructure in place. Norway's ban on flaring compounds the problem, making the associated gas in an oil discovery a problem for operators.

Equinor plans to export the associated gas from its large Wisting oilfield in the Barents Sea to the LNG plant at Melkoya, in Norway's far north.

However, Melkoya has no available capacity, meaning the Wisting licence will not be able to ship the gas until capacity comes available late in the 2030s.