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QatarEnergy Joins ExxonMobil in Two Exploration Blocks Offshore Egypt

May 13, 2024

QatarEnergy has signed a farm-in agreement with ExxonMobil to acquire a 40% participating interest in two exploration blocks offshore Egypt.Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to customary approvals by the government of Egypt…

Norway Expands Acreage for Oil and Gas Exploration

May 08, 2024

The Norwegian Ministry of Energy has offered 37 bocks in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea as part of its annual licensing round for predefined areas (APA), which give oil companies the opportunity to gain access to attractive acreage in the mature areas of the Norwegian shelf…

NSTA Awards 31 More Licenses in Latest North Sea Oil and Gas Round

May 03, 2024

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has offered further 31 exploration licenses in the latest phase of the U.K.'s 33rd oil and gas licensing round.A total of 82 offers to 50 companies have now been made in the round which attracted 115 bids from 76 companies across 257 blocks and part-blocks…

Finder Energy Granted License Extension Offshore Western Australia

Feb 20, 2024

Australian oil and gas company Finder Energy has secured a license extension for its WA-547-P development, located in the prolific Dorado play trend in the Northern Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia.Finder Energy has been granted a…

Wellesley Gets Permit to Drill Wildcat Well in Toppand East

Jan 30, 2024

The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Wellesley Petroleum a drilling permit for well 35/11-29 S in production license 248 C in the North Sea offshore Norway.The exploration well will be drilled with COSL’s COSLPromoter rig, hired on behalf of 248 C license partners by Wellesley Petroleum…

Valeura Gears Up for Busy Year in Gulf of Thailand

Jan 18, 2024

Canada-based oil and gas company Valeura Energy has announced plans to invest around $8 million in 2024 for new exploration within its Gulf of Thailand licenses, with opportunities identified in Wassana North, Nong Yao D, and the Ratree Prospect…

What to Watch in '24: Global Exploration Outlook

Dec 27, 2023

Industry continues chasing big oil, key gas targets also on the radarGlobal exploration drilling is set for a boost in 2024 – we have line of sight on over 200 wells targeting over 30 bnboe of resource (unrisked). Several gas hotspots are on the industry agenda…

Trinidad Doubles Shallow-Water Energy Auction

Oct 04, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday launched an auction of 13 shallow-water oil and gas exploration blocks, more than double the number of blocks in its last auction, as the Caribbean nation tries to increase energy supplies for its industrial based…

Guyana Receives Bids for Eight Oil and Gas Blocks

Sep 13, 2023

Guyana on Wednesday received bids for eight of 14 offshore oil and gas exploration blocks offered in its first auction, including from groups formed by Exxon Mobil and TotalEnergies, according to the government and documents seen by Reuters…

Norway Oil and Gas Exploration Round Attracts Bids from 25 Companies

Aug 29, 2023

Norway's annual offshore exploration licensing round in mature areas attracted bids from 25 oil and gas firms, including Shell, ConocoPhillips, Aker BP and Equinor, the country's energy ministry said on Tuesday.In May, the ministry offered 92…

Mega Machine Deep Driller: JOIDES Resolution

Aug 21, 2023

The JOIDES Resolution embarks on Expedition 395 to understand the impacts of mantle plumes on deep ocean currentsThe world’s oceans, still largely unexplored, remain a treasure trove for scientists and researchers alike. Physical, chemical and…

ONGC Videsh Secures Three-Year Extension to Explore South China Sea

Aug 20, 2023

Indian energy company ONGC Videsh has secured a three-year extension from Vietnam to explore 'Block 128' in the South China Sea, it said in a post on social messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.Conflicting territorial claims over…

Oil and Gas Exploration Spending Expected to Recover from Historic Lows

Aug 16, 2023

Exploration spending (excluding appraisal) will recover from historic lows to an average of $22 billion per annum in real terms over the next five years, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie.Tailwinds from attractive exploration economics…

Norway Offers 92 Blocks in Mature Areas Licensing Round

May 11, 2023

Norway offered 92 new blocks to explore for oil and gas in the Norwegian and the Barents Seas on Wednesday in so-called APA round, the country's oil and energy ministry said.In recent years, Norway used annual APA rounds to aggressively expand exploration acreage in the Arctic Barents Sea…

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