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Promises, promises

Jan 04, 2013

'The most disappointing part of the empty energy pledges made by both candidates is that cutting oil imports does very little to address oil prices.'The US election is now over. However, from what the candidates said during the long campaign…

ITF scales up for the ‘push and pull’

Jan 04, 2013

ITF, the global industry technology facilitator, was set up in 1999 and is today owned by 30 major operating and service companies from around the globe, Qatar Petroleum having become the latest recruit in July. Meg Chesshyre talked to chairman…

Durban study

Jan 01, 2013

ExxonMobil has acquired a 75% stake in Impact Africa’s Tugela South Exploration Right off the eastern coast of South Africa.ExxonMobil has also secured a one-year permit to study the hydrocarbon potential of the deepwater Durban Basin, which covers approximately 12.4 million acres.

ExxonMobil makes S. Africa splash

Dec 18, 2012

ExxonMobil acquires 75% stake in Durban BasinTugela South Exploration RightExxonMobil is set to explore the deepwater Durban Basin offshore South Africa after acquiring 75% stake in the Tugela South Exploration Right, the company announced on 17 December 2012…

Rosneft, Exxon form tight oil project

Dec 07, 2012

ExxonMobil's Rex TillersonMajors to jointly develop Siberian tight oil Rosneft and ExxonMobil signed a pilot development agreement establishing a joint project to assess the possibility of commercial production of tight oil reserves at the Bazhenov and Achimov formations in Western Siberia…

Enbridge plans $6.2B expansion

Dec 07, 2012

Light Oil Market Access Program mapPipeline expansion targets light oil markets Enbridge Inc. has received shipper support to proceed with a $6.2 billion program to expand access to markets for growing volumes of North Dakota and western Canada light oil production…

Cobalt hits homer at N. Platte

Dec 06, 2012

Ensco 8503Cobalt says deepwater oil find is significant Cobalt's deepwater Gulf of Mexico prospect North Platte has encountered significant oil pay, the company announced on 5 December 2012.Cobalt characterized the discovery as containing…

Freeport acquires PXP, McMoRan

Dec 05, 2012

FCX specializes in copper and gold miningFreeport enters energy sector with $9B merger Phoenix-based copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) has moved to acquire subsidiary McMoRan Exploration as well as Houston-based Plains…

Petrobras cheers Muriú find

Dec 05, 2012

Map of Muriú prospectPetrobras makes 4th find off Sergipe-Alagoas Petrobras has made a fourth oil discovery in the ultra-deepwater Sergipe-Alagoas basin offshore Brazil, the company announced on 5 December 2012.Tests confirmed the presence of light oil in the Calumbi formation…

Cypriot love potion for the eastern Med

Nov 27, 2012

Like a Christmas present, what was widely rumored and anticipated following recent Israeli hydrocarbon discoveries, Houston’s Noble Energy announced in late December 2011 the results of its recent well in the Cypriot Economic Zone. It contains up to 9tcf of natural gas…

Gulf deeps on track for ‘new normal’

Nov 01, 2012

Burdened by high drilling costs, lower success rates and smaller discoveries relative to other regions, not to mention post-Macondo regulatory changes, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico will nevertheless draw $70 billion in investment over the next two decades…

Having fun with heavy oil

Nov 01, 2012

Some notable heavy oil projects offshore Brazil are entering advanced phases to increase or maintain production. Russell McCulley reports from Rio de Janeiro on the latest developments at three Campos Basin fields – Statoil’s Peregrino, Petrobras’…

Brazil to play key role in energy future

Oct 01, 2012

With massive investment and aggressive technology development required to match world energy demand in coming decades, South America’s ‘southern cone’ will have a big role to play. Russell McCulley reports from Rio de Janeiro.Thanks in large part to Brazil’s pre-salt discoveries…

Gloves come off over South China Sea

Sep 12, 2012

The South China Sea didn’t get a lot of respect – until the last few decades anyway. Now the area that rests between China and its fledgling Southeast Asian neighbors has become a geopolitical flash point. Tensions turned into a shooting war in the 1970s and looks like it could again…

Bridging the skills gap: an operator's view

Sep 01, 2012

Recruiting and retaining skills remains one of the industrys biggest talking points. In this OE two-parter examining the issue from differing offshore sector perspectives, operator BP's Simon Drysdale discusses the need for continual nurturing of existing talent…

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