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Africa

AziNam increases stake in license offshore Namibia

AziNam says a new license has been issued for blocks 2312A&B and 2412A&B offshore Namibia.

ABS to class first self-elevating liftboat built in Qatar

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine has selected ABS to class the first self-elevating liftboat unit ever to be built in Qatar.

Mozambique gas play could extend to Comoros

ION Geoventures has completed acquiring an additional 2,330 km (1,448 mi) of 2D seismic for Bahari Resources and Discover Exploration offshore the ...

Asia

Mancharee in Gulf of Thailand comes up dry

KrisEnergy Ltd. has concluded drilling operations at the Mancharee-1 exploration commitment well.

Azimuth, Mitra to explore frontier basin offshore Vietnam

AziPac subsidiary Azimuth Vietnam has agreed to farm into a production-sharing contract for block 127 offshore southeast Vietnam.

KrisEnergy finalizes development concept for Wassana

KrisEnergy Ltd. has finalized a development concept for the Wassana projec.

AWE farms in to tract in Bohai basin offshore China

AWE Ltd (ASX:QWE) has signed a farm-in agreement to acquire a 40% working interest from ROC Oil Co Ltd (ASX:ROC) in block 09/05 offshore China in Bohai basin.

KrisEnergy updates partnership of Vietnam blocks

KrisEnergy has updated the status of its Vietnam contract areas, blocks 105 and 120. Pursuant to the default and subsequent withdrawal of Neon Energy (Song Hong) Pty Ltd, a deed was executed on Aug...

Australia & New Zealand

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.

Apache explores Phoenix-1 in Western Australia

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd has reported that the consortium continues to explore the Phoenix South-1 well in permit WA-435-P on the northwest shelf offshore Western Australia.

ConocoPhillips, Karoon Gas make gas discovery at Pharos-1 in the Browse basin

Karoon Gas Australia Ltd, a partner in the WA-398-P block, has stated that movable hydrocarbons were detected in the Pharos-1 well in the Browse basin 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

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.

Mexico’s president signs laws to start implementing oil and gas reforms

Legislation to define how Mexico will treat foreign direct oil and gas investment in upstream operations continues to move through the country’s legal system.

Mexico’s oil and gas regulatory reform makes legislative progress

Mexico’s legislative movement to open the country to direct foreign participation in oil and gas licenses is progressing.

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Middle East

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. 

ABS to class first self-elevating liftboat built in Qatar

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine has selected ABS to class the first self-elevating liftboat unit ever to be built in Qatar.

Israel recognizes offshore gas discoveries

Delek Group says the Karish and Tanin reservoirs offshore Israel have been declared natural gas discoveries under the country’s Oil Law – 1952.

Infield sees subsea market growth over next five years

The “Global Perspectives Subsea Market Report to 2018” by Infield predicts that capex in the segment will grow by 6.72% over the time span.

Zubara authorized to drill offshore Sharjah

Sharjah’s government has extended Lime Petroleum subsidiary Zubara Petroleum’s concession agreement for the Sharjah Offshore block in the UAE.

North Sea & Europe

ONS 2014: Johan Sverdrup in final planning stages

More platforms could be featured in later phases of the Johan Sverdrup development in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Dong expects production delays in Hejre, Laggan-Tormore

DONG E&P UK Ltd. updates North Sea operations.  

Atlantic strengthens offshore Norway ties with Repsol

Atlantic has agreed to farm out 6% of its 15% stake in Norwegian Sea license PL528/528B to Repsol.

Partners agree on North Sea Kraken drilling locations

Operator EnQuest expects first oil from the Kraken development in the UK northern North Sea in 2016/2017, according to partner Cairn Energy.

Shell takes charge of oil-prospective UK blocks

Sterling Resources has transferred operatorship of two UK central North Sea licenses to Shell UK following a farm-in deal.

Russia

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.

Russian giants strengthen E&P ties

Gazprom and Lukoil have signed a general agreement for a strategic partnership that runs until 2024.

US & Gulf of Mexico

Noble hits pay in deepwater GOM

Noble Energy Inc. has successfully completed both the Katmai exploration well and the Dantzler appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Crowley’s Ocean Sky completes blackout testing in Gulf of Mexico

Crowley’s Ocean Sky has completed back-up station-keeping and holdback services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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...

Western GoM lease sale attracts $110 million in high bids

Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $110 million in high bids on Aug. 20 for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the US outer continental shelf.

Shell strengthens Western Gulf of Mexico position through Lease Sale 238 win

Shell says it continues to build on its position in the Perdido fold belt by adding a block in the Western Gulf of Mexico region through the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Lease Sale 238.&n...