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Santos Nabs Exploration Permit Offshore W. Australia

Dec 24, 2020

Australian oil and gas company Santos has been granted an offshore exploration license in Northern Carnarvon Basin, offshore W. Australia.The Exploration Permit WA-546-P was granted by National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) earlier this week…

Eni, PTTEP Grab Hold of Giant Offshore Block in UAE

Dec 22, 2020

Italian oil and gas firm Eni and Thailand’s national oil company PTTEP have been awarded exploration concession for Offshore Block 3 in the United Arab Emirates, with the concession deal signed with ADNOC on Monday.Eni is the operator with a 70% stake in the Exploration Offshore Block 3…

DOF Subsea Nets 2-year Extension for Skandi Africa Vessel

Nov 03, 2020

Norwegian offshore vessel operator DOF Subsea has won a 2-year contract extension for its Skandi Africa subsea construction vessel.Skandi Africa is a subsea vessel designed for harsh environment and deepwater subsea construction and flexlay operations…

PNOC, CNOOC to Start Offshore Exploration Venture by 2021

Oct 20, 2020

The president of the exploration arm of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) said on Tuesday the company aimed to start an energy exploration venture with China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) in the South China Sea by 2021.PNOC was…

Beach Energy, Bridgeport Energy Get Offshore Exploration Blocks in Victoria, Australia

Jul 13, 2020

Beach Energy and Bridgeport Energy have been awarded permits to explore for gas in Victoria, Australia, state waters near Portland and Port Campbell.'As Victorians turn up their gas heaters during the winter chill, the search for new gas off…

Over 40 Offshore Rig Deals Dropped Since March. Still, There's Room for Optimism

Jul 08, 2020

After the long, slow downturn that began in late 2014, this year was set to be better with many dormant regions resuming exploration and long-awaited development drilling programs going ahead. Then in mid-March, a double disaster struck as an oil price crash coincided with a global pandemic…

Total Wins Woodmac's 'Most Admired Explorer' Award

Jul 06, 2020

French major Total has been named the upstream industry’s most-admired explorer, an accolade awarded in conjunction with Wood Mackenzie’s annual Exploration Survey.  Dr. Andrew Latham, Vice President, Global Exploration Research, at Wood Mackenzie…

CNOOC Makes 'Significant' Discovery Offshore China

Jun 29, 2020

Chinese oil and gas company CNOOC has said it has made a significant discovery of Huizhou 26-6 in the Eastern South China Sea.CNOOC on Monday said the discovery was expected to become the first mid-to-large sized condensate oil and gas field in the shallow water area of Pearl River Mouth Basin…

Woodmac: How has the Price Crash Changed the Upstream Sector?

Jun 25, 2020

According to Wood Mackenzie’s analysis, the oil price crash wiped US$1.6 trillion off the valuation of the global upstream industry.Andrew Pearson, vice president, upstream, said: 'This figure captures the impact of Wood Mackenzie’s downgraded…

Rystad: Covid-19 Brings Peak Oil Date Closer

Jun 18, 2020

The Covid-19 downturn will expedite peak oil demand, putting a lid on exploration efforts in remote offshore areas and as a result, reducing the world’s recoverable oil by around 282 billion barrels, Rystad Energy said in its annual global energy outlook released this week…

China: Empyrean Gets More Time to Drill at 29/11 offshore block

Jun 03, 2020

London AIM-listed oil and gas explorer Empyrean Energy has been given more time to drill a well in its 29/11 offshore block in China.Empyrean said Wednesday that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant global control policies, it engaged…

National Oil Companies to Cut Over a Quarter of Exploration Budgets

May 20, 2020

National oil companies (NOCs) globally are estimated to cut exploration budgets by over a quarter on average in 2020, says energy intelligence group Wood Mackenzie.Woodmac said Wednesday its analysis was based on announcements and tracking well plans of 11 top spending NOC explorers…

PTTEP: Two New Oil Finds Offshore Mexico

May 04, 2020

Thai energy company PTT Exploration and Production Pcl said on Monday its joint venture had made two deep-water oil discoveries in the Salina Basin, offshore Mexico.The Mexican subsidiary of PTTEP, Thailand's largest oil and gas producer, and…

New Offshore Acreage Licensing to Drop 60% in 2020, Rystad says

Apr 15, 2020

Newly licensed offshore oil and gas exploration acreage is likely to fall by about 60% and onshore acreage by 30% compared with 2019 levels, Rystad Energy has said, as the Norwegian energy market analytics company expects more than half of the…

OMV Strikes Oil and Gas Offshore New Zealand

Apr 14, 2020

Austrian energy firm OMV has said it has struck oil and gas in the Taranaki Basin offshore New Zealand.  OMV, as the operator of the Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) 60093, started drilling at the Toutoiwai-1 well in early March 2020.The oil…

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