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Africa

Eni reports new oil discovery offshore Angola

Eni has made a new oil discovery in block 15/06, in the Ochigufu exploration prospect, in deep water offshore Angola. Oghigufu is the 10th commerci...

Ophir finds more success offshore Equatorial Guinea

Ophir Energy plc has made a gas discovery in its Silenus East-1 well in block R, offshore Equatorial Guinea.

CGG nets quartet of 3D marine seismic contracts

CGG has agreed to 3D seismic acquisition of four major surveys using its BroadSeis with BroadSource, marine broadband technology.

Asia

ONGC Videsh signs LOI with PetroVietnam

ONGC Videsh Ltd. and PetroVietnam have signed a letter of intent to explore for oil and gas offshore Vietnam.

CNOOC offers 33 offshore exploration blocks for bids

The China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) is opening for bids 33 offshore blocks covering 48,691 sq mi (126,109 sq km).

CGG nets quartet of 3D marine seismic contracts

CGG has agreed to 3D seismic acquisition of four major surveys using its BroadSeis with BroadSource, marine broadband technology.

AWE updates Bohai Bay exploration drilling

ROC Oil Co. Ltd has updated the current exploration drilling activity for block 09 /05 in the western Bohai Bay basin offshore China.

Offshore Vietnam gas fields building to peak capacity

Gazprom has hosted a working meeting with directors of PetroVietnam National Oil and Gas Group.

Australia & New Zealand

CGG nets quartet of 3D marine seismic contracts

CGG has agreed to 3D seismic acquisition of four major surveys using its BroadSeis with BroadSource, marine broadband technology.

AWE updates Bohai Bay exploration drilling

ROC Oil Co. Ltd has updated the current exploration drilling activity for block 09 /05 in the western Bohai Bay basin offshore China.

Whio-1 to be P&A’d offshore New Zealand

Cue Energy Resources Ltd. reports the Whio-1 well has reached TD of 9,265 ft (2,824 m) in the Paleocene Farewell formation in the Taranaki basin offshore New Zealand.

MEO, Eni extend notice dates for NT/P68 license

MEO Australia Ltd. has agreed with Eni Australia Ltd. to extend the notice dates under the NT/P68 farm-in agreement.

Apache hits gas at Phoenix South-1

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd. reports that gas and indications of associated liquid hydrocarbons were observed in the Phoenix South-1 well, offshore Western Australia.

Canada

Shell welcomes partners to offshore deepwater Nova Scotia project

ConocoPhillips and Suncor Energy will join Shell as joint venture partners on its deepwater Shelburne basin exploration program.

 

Flemish Pass partners plan further deepwater drilling

Husky Energy and Statoil have secured the semisubmersible West Hercules for an exploration and appraisal campaign this fall in the deepwater Flemish Pass basin offshore Newfoundland & Labrador.

Enegi to drill its first well offshore eastern Canada

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has extended Period 1 of an exploration license held by Enegi Oil by one year.

Next-phase Hibernia subsea facilities in place

Detailed engineering and construction continues on the gravity-based structure and topsides for the Hebron platform offshore Newfoundland & Labrador, according to partner Suncor Energy.

Husky gets go-ahead on White Rose development plan

Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) has received regulatory approval on an amended South White Rose field development plan, the third satellite extension at the White Rose field in the Atlantic Region.

Latin America

Statoil takes first steps toward exploration offshore Nicaragua

Statoil has signed a cooperation agreement with Nicaragua’s state-owned company Petronic.

Statoil acquires deepwater acreage offshore Colombia

Statoil ASA has signed farm-in agreements with Repsol for deepwater licenses offshore Colombia.

Petrobras contracts Wood Group Kenny for Lapa subsea studies

Petrobras has awarded Wood Group Kenny (WGK) two contracts with a total value of over $2 million.

Optimism reigns following Mexico’s oil and gas reform

Optimism regarding Mexico’s oil and gas future continues to grow as new rules and operating procedures are rolling out subsequent to last year’s constitutional amendment and the more recent passage...

AziLat to join Chariot in exploration offshore Brazil

AziLat has signed a farm-in agreement with Chariot Oil & Gas for 25% of four blocks in the Barreirinhas basin offshore northeast Brazil.

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Middle East

RWE Dea secures new blocks offshore Egypt

Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. (EGPC) has awarded RWE Dea operating interests in two offshore concessions in the Gulf of Suez.

Israel approves four offshore license extensions

The Israeli Petroleum Commissioner of Energy and Water Resources has agreed to four short-term license extensions in the Mediterranean Sea, according to Delek Group.

Israel grants extension for offshore Ruth license

The Petroleum Commissioner of Energy and Water Resources in Israel has extended the validity of the offshore Ruth C/360 license until Feb. 28, 2016.

Noble Energy inks Leviathan gas deal with Jordanian utility company

Noble Energy has executed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to supply natural gas from the Leviathan field offshore Israel to Jordan’s National Electric Power Co. (NEPCO).

Delek reviews options for offshore Israel interests

Delek Group is considering forming a new company to handle its energy and oil and gas exploration interests. 

North Sea & Europe

New UK initiative addresses improved recovery, efficiency

PILOT, the government/industry forum focused on maximizing economic recovery of the UK’s remaining oil and gas resources, has established the Technology Leadership Board (TLB).

Up to 50 wells for Johan Sverdrup

Two of the partners in the Johan Sverdrup project in the central Norwegian North Sea have issued more details of the probable development scheme.

License issue stalls offshore Dorset well plans

InfraStrata and its partners Corfe Energy and Brigantes Energy have modified their drilling plans for the P1918 license offshore Dorset, southern England.

More topsides head to V. Filanovsky in Caspian Sea

LUKOIL says transportation has started of the topsides for the riser block to the Vladimir Filanovsky field development in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

Bids close for latest offshore Norway license round

Forty-seven companies have applied for licenses under Norway’s predefined areas (APA) 2014 bid round.

Russia

More topsides head to V. Filanovsky in Caspian Sea

LUKOIL says transportation has started of the topsides for the riser block to the Vladimir Filanovsky field development in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

Research study to cover offshore northern Russia

A research and development expedition is under way in the White Sea off northern Russia, the aim being to investigate ice and metocean conditions in the Russian arctic.

Frontier study analyzes conditions for future E&P in Russian arctic

The Arctic Research and Design Center (a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil) has completed its 2014 Kara Sea winter expedition.

Lukoil performs oil spill exercise ahead of Baltic Sea drilling

Lukoil has staged an oil response exercise ahead of exploration and appraisal drilling offshore Russia in the Baltic Sea.

Russian/Azeri E&P venture launched

Rosneft and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR have signed a joint venture agreement.

US & Gulf of Mexico

Foamed cement may help ensure wellbore integrity in deepwater

Following the Macondo incident, there was an increased focus on sustained casing pressure in the Gulf of Mexico within the offshore industry. As part of that response, the National Energy Technolog...

Offshore at 60: Remembering the Blue Water project

The Tennessee Gas-Columbia Gulf Blue Water Project was built between the 1960s and the 1970s and became one of the Gulf of Mexico's largest natural gas gathering systems. Its history offers clues a...

Is Atlantic oil and gas leasing on the horizon?

On June 13, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a request for information (RFI) and comments on the preparation of the 2017-2022 outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas leas...

Western GoM lease sale high bids total more than $109 million

Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the US outer continental shelf.

Court rules BP carries brunt of Macondo negligence

A US district judge has ruled that BP acted with gross negligence in the Macondo oil spill in 2010.