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Mexico's energy reform marches on

Jul 22, 2014

Mexico’s senate passed the secondary legislation that defines new institutional framework for state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) following the December 2013's sweeping energy reforms. After 12 hours of debate and hearing from more than 50 senators…

Gabon, DRC reject Angola’s redraw of maritime border

Jul 21, 2014

Both Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Kinshasa are rejecting Angola's proposed changes to the maritime borders, in which Angola seeks to increase its continental shelf length by more than 200mi. Gabon and the DRC have…

Gabon names seven for deepwater blocks

Jul 21, 2014

The Republic of Gabon’s Ministry of Petroleum announced today that it has selected seven companies to participate in a final round of negotiations for deepwater blocks in the offshore licensing tender round from October 2013. The Ministry said Impact Oil & Gas…

BOEM offers US-Mex boundary blocks in Sale 238

Jul 17, 2014

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include…

Australian Parliament repeals maritime crew visas

Jul 17, 2014

On 17 July, senators in the Australian Parliament voted to disallow the Federal Government from continuing to issue Maritime Crew (subclass 988) visas to foreign workers for the purposes of working in Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry…

Gazprom appoints Burmistrova to head gas export

Jul 16, 2014

Gazprom, the world's largest conventional gas producer, has appointed Elena Burmistrova as Director General of its natural gas export division. Prior to her appointment, Burmistorva was Deputy Director General of Oil and Gas Products…

Russian PM names LNG exporters

Jul 16, 2014

The Russian Government has granted exclusive rights to four companies to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), Russian Prime Minister Dimtry Medvedev signed a resolution on 14 July granting LNG export privileges to OJSC Gazprom, its subsidiary Gazprom Export…

£15m funding for new regulator

Jul 16, 2014

The UK Government is to contribute £15 million short-term funding over five years to help kickstart the establishment of a new arm’s length regulatory body, to be called the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), based in Aberdeen, to oversee the oil and gas industry…

NJ in court to stop seismic surveys

Jul 09, 2014

New Jersey is moving to stop an ocean research project opposed by the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), fishing groups, and environmentalists. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a permit on 1 July and the seismic surveys began…

US Congress to discuss new ocean technologies

May 21, 2014

The US Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) of the 113th Congress will conduct a hearing in Washington, DC on 21 May, about using new ocean technologies…

Italian shake-up yields new Eni CEO

May 12, 2014

After nine years with Paolo Scaroni serving at the helm of Italy’s Eni S.p.A., the company’s board of directors appointed his successor: Claudio Descalzi (pictured), chief operating officer of Eni’s Exploration and Production division since 2008…

US sanctions Rosneft president

Apr 29, 2014

The US Department of the Treasury issued sanctions against seven Russian government officials and 17 entities on 28 April. Among those officials listed was OAO Rosneft President and Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin. These…

North Sea rig tax disappoints

Mar 20, 2014

A new tax break for high-pressure, high-temperature fields in the UK North Sea has been overshadowed by a move by the UK Government to change to taxes on drilling rigs. The move, relating to bare-boat chartering, “perplexed” industry…

Exploration key to North Sea

Feb 24, 2014

How to increase exploration drilling rates on the UK Continental Shelf forms the largest section in today’s Wood Review report (see for more).  Better seismic, data sharing…

Ocean thermal energy considered in Caribbean

Feb 10, 2014

While the Caribbean may not be rich in traditional petroleum energy resources, the evolution of renewable energy has revealed that the region possesses an abundance of another valuable source – water. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Energy…

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