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OE Daily: 2015 / January

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:16

BOEM issues GoM draft EIS

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for the US Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico map.…
Friday, 30 January 2015 09:47

Shell returning to the Arctic

Shell has its sights set for Arctic exploration this year by spending US$1 billion, after being absent since 2012. Ben Van Beurden. From Shell.  …
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:51

MWCC receives new ECS for GoM

Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC) received delivery of its expanded containment system (ECS) for operations in the US Gulf of Mexico. MWCC Containment System in…
Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:40

DNV GL to SURF Maria for US$3.95 million

Wintershall Norge awarded DNV GL a US$3.95 million contract to be the sole supplier for the combined role of independent verification body (IVB) and third…
Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:50

Shell curtails $15bn spending

Super major Shell is curtailing its spending by more than US$15 billion over the next three years and has futher options to reduce spending, the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:29

More pay at Kangaroo-2

Karoon Gas Australia completed the down-dip side-track drilling of the Kangaroo-2 well, offshore Brazil. The Olinda Star. From Karoon.   Kangaroo-2 is located in exploration…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:46

Supermajors exploring GoM

A team of US and UK supermajors led by Chevron are exploring and appraising 24 jointly-help offshore leases in the northwest portion of Keathley Canyon…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:10

US details new offshore leasing program

The US Department of the Interior today (Tuesday) announced details of a proposed oil and gas leasing program for 2017-2022. US Secretary of the Interior…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:41

Statoil returns Greenland licenses

Norwegian explorer Statoil returned three licenses off the west coast of Greenland this month, the company confirmed. The reduction follows the company’s announcement last February…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:09

Eni sanctions Ghana OCTP project

Italian explorer Eni sanctioned the Offshore Cape Three Point (OCTP) deepwater development project that will provide domestic gas supply to Ghana’s thermal power plants for…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:03

Hess cuts budget but stays with deepwater

New York-headquartered Hess says it is cutting its 2015 capital and exploration budget by 16%, compared to 2014, to US$4.7 billion. While the firm said…
Monday, 26 January 2015 15:11

Wintershall gets eight licenses in APA 2014

Germany’s Wintershall picked up eight new exploration licenses from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the current licensing round APA 2014. Image from…
Friday, 23 January 2015 15:34

Fire out on Energy XXI GoM platform

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) responded to an Energy XXI, GOM-operated platform that was damaged by a fire in South Timbalier (ST)…
Friday, 23 January 2015 12:06

Statoil using Spitsbergen for wildcat

Statoil is bringing the Transocean Spitsbergen semisubmersible back to the waters to drill a wildcat well in the Snedrid Nord prospect, after gaining consent from…
Friday, 23 January 2015 10:23

Conoco spuds latest Barossa well

  ConocoPhillips has started drilling on the third well in its Barossa area exploration campaign, Barossa-4, in the Bonaparte basin, offshore Australia's Northern Territory.  The…
Friday, 23 January 2015 09:47

EnQuest ups production

North Sea oil independent EnQuest is expecting its 2015 production to be at least 10% above previous expectations, and announced a 40% cut in capital…
Friday, 23 January 2015 08:53

Large scale consolidation looms

Oil and gas operators will need to cut costs by US$170 billion, or 37%, to maintain net debt at 2014 levels at a Brent oil…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:22

Gazprom targets Baltic LNG

Russia’s Gazprom announced plans to build a new LNG plant on the Baltic Sea on Thursday (22 January).  The project, called Baltic LNG, will be…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:23

BPZ spuds new Albacora well

BPZ Energy spudded a new well in the Albacora development well, offshore Peru. Map of Block Z-1. From BPZ.   Well A-22D was spudded on 10…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:35

Ivar Aasen production drilling starts

Maersk Drilling's Maersk Interceptor harsh environment jackup drilling rig has started production well drilling on Det norske oljeselskap's Ivar Aasen development in the Norwegian sector…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:47

Lekoil eyes early Otakikpo production

Lekoil Nigeria is eying a two-phase field development plan for its Otakikpo marginal field project offshore Nigeria.  The firm, which received approval, in early December…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:32

Aker lands latest Johan Sverdrup contract

Statoil has continued a contract award spree on its giant Norwegian North Sea Johan Sverdrup project, awarding Aker Solutions a US$590 million detailed engineering contract. …
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:48

PetroRio acquires Shell Brazil fields

Brazil’s PetroRio is acquiring 80% interest in the Bijupirá and Salema fields, offshore Brazil from Shell Brasil Petróleo. Image of the Fluminense FPSO. From Modec.   The…
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:53

Kværner wins Johan Sverdrup contract

Kværner Verdal is delivering the riser platform jacket for the giant Johan Sverdrup field under a US$261 million contract. The Johan Sverdrup concept. From Statoil.…
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:41

43 companies net Norwegian stakes

Norway's Ministry of Petroleum has welcomed interest in its latest Awards in Pre-defined Areas licensing round, despite the expection that future discoveries in the area…
Monday, 19 January 2015 09:21

Anadarko's Lucius on stream

Anadarko began first production at the Lucius field in the US Gulf of Mexico. Image of the Lucius spar. From Anadarko.   Lucius is located…
Monday, 19 January 2015 08:46

ExxonMobil starts-up Arkutun-Dagi

ExxonMobil began production at the Arkutun-Dagi field, off Russia. Image of the Arkutun-Dagi topside.   Arkutun-Dagi is part of the multi-billion-dollar Sakhalin-1 project, which also…
Friday, 16 January 2015 14:14

Det norske bringing Viper-Kobra to life

Det norske is planning a US$238 million development for the Viper-Kobra fields near Alvheim in production license (PL) 203, in the central North Sea, off…
Friday, 16 January 2015 11:04

Gazprom Neft awarded two Arctic blocks

Gazprom Neft’s subsidiary, Gazpromneft Sakhalin has been awarded subsoil-use rights to two blocks in the Russian Arctic. Image from Gazprom Neft.   The first block, the Severo-Zapadniy…
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:25

Repsol flies coop on Canaries well

Spain’s Repsol is flying the coop on the Sandia exploration well off the Canary Islands after the find proved to be very thin, with non-exploitable…
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