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Africa

VAALCO, Sonangol secure offshore Angola license extension

VAALCO Energy has entered into the subsequent exploration phase on block 5 offshore Angola with partner Sonangol P&P.

Weather slows Ebok facilities expansion off Nigeria

Afren has issued an update on its development and exploration campaigns offshore West and East Africa.

Eco Atlantic acquires 2D seismic survey offshore Namibia

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. has acquired two previously shot 2D seismic surveys totaling 2,922 line km (1,816 line mi) on its Sharon block 22...

Asia

Eni reports significant gas find offshore Indonesia

Eni has made an important gas find in the Merakes exploration prospect, in the East Sepinggan block offshore Indonesia, where Eni is operator with a 100% stake.

Searcher acquires Mialara 2D broadband seismic survey

Searcher Seismic, in cooperation with the Philippines Department of Energy, and in conjunction with SeaBird Exploration, reports that acquisition of the Mialara 2D seismic survey, east of Palawan i...

KrisEnergy signs key elements for Wassana oil development

KrisEnergy Ltd. has chartered the Rubicon Vantage FSO vessel and a catenary anchor leg mooring (CALM) buoy for utilization on the Wassana oil development in the G10/48 license area in the Gulf of T...

Thailand plans Feb auction including offshore petroleum concessions

Thailand will host a new auction round next February for petroleum concessions on 29 onshore and offshore blocks.

Cairn plans multiple wells offshore eastern India

Cairn India has updated its offshore activity around the Indian subcontinent.

Australia & New Zealand

MEO Australia receives NT/P68 farm-in notices

MEO Australia Ltd. advises that Eni Australia Ltd. has elected not to drill an additional well on the Heron structure and will therefore withdraw from the Heron area of NT/P68.

Statoil takes an offshore operatorship in Australia

Statoil continues to expand in Australia, with the award of 100% equity share in an exploration permit in the Northern Carnarvon basin on the Northwest Shelf of Australia.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

Hakuryu 11 jackup mobilizes to Gobi-1 well

Nido Petroleum Ltd. announced that the Hakuryu 11 jackup has mobilized to the Gobi-1 well location, offshore Republic of Indonesia.

Manora production stalled as development continues

Tap Oil Ltd.’s planned batch drilling of the first three development wells on the Manora project is ahead of schedule.

Canada

Petrofac to manage Nova Scotia deepwater development study

The Government of Nova Scotia has contracted Petrofac to help identify the best means of exploiting the eastern Canadian province’s ultra-deepwater oil potential.

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.

Latin America

BG to rethink options for Jackdaw in North Sea

BG Group and its partners are delaying a sanction decision on the ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature Jackdaw project in the UK central North Sea.

 

Offshore E&P activities ramping up in Latin America

Offshore exploration, development, and production activities are on the rise in a number of Latin American nations, and include several new frontier areas as well as traditional resource plays.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

Online exclusive: Mexico’s 2015 Round 1 auction bid is approaching

Mexico is slated to host its first public auction bid, Round 1 in 1Q 2015, and expects to see international and private oil firms vie for rights to 109 blocks.

Petronas signs MOUs extending operations in Americas

Petronas has signed agreements with Mexico’s PEMEX and Argentina’s YPF, extending its aspirations for growth in the Americas.

 

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Middle East

BG to rethink options for Jackdaw in North Sea

BG Group and its partners are delaying a sanction decision on the ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature Jackdaw project in the UK central North Sea.

 

Tamar group negotiates gas deal with Egypt

Delek Group says the offshore Tamar gas field partners have signed a non-binding letter of intent with Dolphinus Holdings.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

TNO conducts Middle East research and development

Dutch research organization TNO is taking on more oil and gas projects in the Middle East from its branch in Qatar.

Iran to announce joint venture proposals in London

The Iranian Petroleum Ministry expects to finalize soon a new model for oil contracts, according to news service Shana.

North Sea & Europe

Mid-2015 startup for North Sea Cladhan project

Sterling Resources says the first production well (P1) has been drilled and completed at the TAQA-operated Cladhan oilfield development in the UK northern North Sea.

Lundin to spud Lindarormen prospect

Lundin Petroleum has commenced exploratory drilling of well 6405/12-1 in PL584.

Lundin chases more reserves north of Johan Sverdrup

The semisub Island Innovator has spud the Kopervik exploration well offshore Norway for operator Lundin Norway.

BG to rethink options for Jackdaw in North Sea

BG Group and its partners are delaying a sanction decision on the ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature Jackdaw project in the UK central North Sea.

 

JAPEX takes UK North Sea license option

JAPEX UK E&P, with financial assistance from Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corp., has exercised a farm-out option agreed on earlier this year with Apache North Sea.

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

Pre-funding agreed for Gulf of Mexico subsalt StagSeis program

CGG says an unnamed international E&P company has committed pre-funding of the contractor’s entire multi-client Gulf of Mexico StagSeis 871 offshore block program.

 

Repsol makes oil discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Repsol has made a new discovery of high-quality oil in the US Gulf of Mexico. The find was made 352 km (219 mi) from the Louisiana coast in an ultra-deepwater well named León, located in the Keathl...

Chevron hits oil offshore GoM in Guadalupe prospect

Chevron Corp. made an oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico.

BOEM proposes Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer 40 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in a sale that will include all ava...

Operators advancing deepwater projects with new and existing technologies

Work is proceeding on a number of deepwater production efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, and recent announcements regarding the Big Bend, Dantzler, and Jack/St. Malo projects are providing fresh evide...