Offshore Regulations


ConocoPhillips, Petronas Carigali Awarded Block Off Sabah, Malaysia

Feb 19, 2021

ConocoPhillips and Petronas Carigali have been awarded Block SB405, offshore Sabah, Malaysia, Petronas has informed.The offshore block is located in the North East Sabah basin, off the coast of Sandakan, with an area size of 5,857 square kilometers and in a water depth of up to 100 meters…

Myanmar Coup Won't Affect Offshore Exploration Plans, Woodside CEO Says

Feb 19, 2021

Australia's Woodside Petroleum sees the military coup in Myanmar as 'a transitionary issue' that would not affect its drilling in waters off the Southeast Asian nation, its chief executive said.His comments came as Australia, India, Japan, and…

Malaysia's Petronas to Offer 13 Offshore Blocks in Feb. 26 Bid Round

Feb 19, 2021

Malaysian national oil and gas company Petronas will be offering 13 offshore exploration blocks in Malaysia at the upcoming Malaysia bid round 2021 launch on February 26, 2021. Also included, Petronas said, are six discovered fields to incentivize…

U.S. to Unveil Nord Stream 2 Report. Sanctions May Take Time

Feb 19, 2021

The Biden administration is expected to name as early as Friday the companies it believes are helping build Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, five sources said, a move that could eventually prompt sanctions on the nearly-completed project.The State Department report to Congress…

U.S. Lawmakers ask Blinken for Briefing on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Feb 18, 2021

Several U.S. Representatives on Wednesday raised pressure on the State Department to share plans on potential sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline Russia is racing to finish to take fuel to Europe.'If completed, Nord Stream 2…

Egypt Launches Oil and Gas Bid Round for 24 blocks

Feb 18, 2021

Egypt announced on Thursday the start of a bid round for exploration and exploitation of oil and natural gas in 24 blocks.The round, which concludes on Aug. 1, includes nine blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, 12 in the Western Desert and three in the Gulf of Suez…

Energy Charter Treaty Talks: EU to Seek Fossil Fuel Phase-out

Feb 16, 2021

The European Union's executive will push for a 10-year phase-out of the protection for fossil fuels under an international energy treaty, following calls from some countries to quit the accord unless it can be aligned with Europe's climate goals…

UK: Oil Firms Required to Support Net-Zero as OGA's Revised Strategy Enters Force

Feb 12, 2021

The UK oil and gas regulator Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said Thursday that its revised strategy that features an obligation for the oil and gas industry to support UK's net-zero target had come into force on February 11.OGA's revised strategy was laid before Parliament on December 16…

USA: BOEM Names New Director

Feb 08, 2021

The U.S. offshore energy industry regulator Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Friday announced Amanda Lefton would be its new Director.Lefton most recently served as First Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment for New York…

Nigeria Renegotiating Terms with Oil Majors to Keep Investments Flowing

Feb 05, 2021

Nigeria's state oil company is renegotiating commercial contract terms with major oil firms, its chief told Reuters, in a move that it hopes will keep investment flowing into a sector crucial for its economy at a time when spending is being slashed…

BOEM to Restart Permitting for Major US Offshore Wind Project

Feb 03, 2021

The Biden administration said on Wednesday it would restart permitting for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, reversing a Trump administration decision that canceled the process late last year.The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline: 'We won't meddle in Germany's energy choices,' French FM says

Feb 03, 2021

France will not put pressure on Germany about its plans for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to pump more Russian gas to Europe, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.A junior French minister said this week that Europe should consider…

Offshore Wind Firm Ørsted's CEO Optimistic Biden Will Speed Up Permitting

Feb 03, 2021

Energy group Ørsted expects previously delayed U.S. wind farm projects to receive swifter approval under President Joe Biden's administration, the new chief executive of the Danish energy group said on Wednesday.Mads Nipper, who took the helm of the company in January…

India Could Give Cairn Offshore Oil Field in Lieu of $1.2B Arbitration award

Feb 01, 2021

The Indian government may give Cairn Energy a surrendered oil field such as the Ratna R-Series [offshore the west coast] in lieu of an arbitration award against the South Asian country, according to a Press Trust of India report in financial daily Mint…

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