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Woodside, Reliance Terminate Survey Deals with Shearwater

Apr 14, 2020

Norwegian seismic survey company Shearwater has lost two contracts in the Asia Pacific, joining the likes of Polarcus, SeaBird, EMGS which have all been hit by the recent low oil prices and COVID-19 pandemic situation.Shearwater said Tuesday…

Polarcus' Project Cancellations Highlight Oil Price Slump

Mar 23, 2020

Polarcus Ltd, which operates ships that search for offshore oil and gas, announced two project cancellations that will reduce its fleet utilization next quarter, highlighting the effects of the oil price slump on the energy services sector.Polarcus'…

Equinor Dumps Great Australian Bight Oil Drilling

Feb 24, 2020

Norwegian company Equinor has become the third major fossil fuel producer to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, after years of work. Previously, BP and Chevron canceled their drilling plans in the area, in 2016, and 2017 respectively…

Where Next for Exploration in Asia Pacific?

Feb 18, 2020

The drill bit still plays a key role across the region, with exploration increasingly the domain of national oil companiesReports of the death of exploration have been greatly exaggerated. Since the 2014 oil price downturn, the industry has re-imagined exploration…

SeaBird Tallies Australasia Survey

Sep 11, 2019

Marine seismic surveyor SeaBird Exploration said it has been awarded a contact to acquire 2D seismic data in the Australasia region. The survey is due to commence during the fourth quarter of 2019 and is estimated to run for approximately three to four months plus mobilization…

Lekoil Acquires Interest in Niger Delta Basin

Aug 26, 2019

Nigeria and West Africa-focused oil and gas exploration and development company Lekoil has agreed to acquire, subject to the receipt of the required consents, a 45% participating interest in the production sharing contract (PSC) in relation to the oil prospecting licence (OPL) 276…

EOG Bags Offshore Ireland Licence

Aug 08, 2019

United Kingdom-based exploration and production company Europa Oil & Gas  (EOG) has been awarded a 15-year frontier exploration licence for an area in the Slyne Basin, offshore Ireland.The area includes Europa’s flagship Inishkea prospect, which…

Investments in Exploration Drilling to Double

Aug 05, 2019

Rystad Energy sees investments both in offshore and onshore exploration drilling doubling in the next five years, compared to the last five years. Conventional onshore demand will be driven by Asia, Africa and South America.Europe on the other hand…

Deepwater Leads in Discovered Oil and Gas

Jul 12, 2019

Half of the 6.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) new conventional oil and gas discoveries in the first half of 2019 were deepwater finds, signalling a return for explorers to high-risk frontier deepwater plays, said analyst Rystad Energy…

Europe Invests in African Renewable Energy

Jun 09, 2019

The provider of testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy management, DNV GL has joined European signatories including ABB, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power, Ge Renewable Energy, Pöyry, Prysmian…

Total to Discuss Anadarko Assets with Algeria

May 29, 2019

Total will meet Algerian authorities for talks over its plans to buy Anadarko's assets in the country and is not worried by media reports that Algiers would block the deal, Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Wednesday.'We will meet Algerian authorities very soon…

Argentina Grants Offshore Exploration Permits

May 17, 2019

Argentina awarded permits to begin hydrocarbon exploration in 18 areas off the coast of the country in the Malvinas West basin to companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Total SA, YPF SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the government said on Friday…

Occidental Agrees to Sell Anadarko Assets to Total

May 06, 2019

Texas-headquartered Occidental Petroleum has reached an agreement to sell Anadarko Petroleum's oil and gas assets in Africa to French oil major Total for $8.8 billion.The binding agreement with Occidental to acquire Anadarko’s assets in Africa (Algeria…

Wintershall, DEA Complete Merger

May 03, 2019

The merger between oil and gas firms Wintershall Holding GmbH and Deutsche Erdoel AG (DEA) has been completed, creating the largest independent exploration and production company in Europe.Wintershall DEA will be headquartered in Hamburg, with activities across Europe…

Sonangol Plans to Downsize

Apr 22, 2019

Angola's state oil company Sonangol plans to divest 52 joint ventures, reduce staff and focus on its core business, part of an ongoing reorganization and package of reforms designed to lure back investors, its chairman said on Friday.'We are going to sell…

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