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PetroRio Nears Full Takeover of Frade Offshore Field. Decom Costs Cut

3 hours ago

Brazilian oil company PetroRio has received regulatory approval to acquire a 30% stake in the Frade oil field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil from Petrobras.The company expects that the procedures for the assignment of 30% interest to PetroRio will be completed in the upcoming days…

Exxon Strikes Out at Hassa-1 Offshore Guyana

Jan 15, 2021

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday that its latest exploration well in the prolific Stabroek block off Guyana's coast did not find oil in its target area, the second setback to its drilling campaign in recent months.Exxon, which operates the Stabroek…

Shell Farms Into Offshore Block in Argentina

Jan 14, 2021

Oil and gas giant Shell has agreed to farm into the CAN 100 block, offshore Argentina, currently jointly owned by the Norwegian energy firm Equinor and Argentina's YPF.In October 2019, Equinor farmed into the YPF CAN 100 block and agreed to take over the operatorship…

20 High Impact O&G Exploration Wells to Watch in 2021

Jan 13, 2021

High impact exploration has weathered a perfect storm of a pandemic, an oil price crash, and an accelerating energy transition, and enters 2021 with a substantial drilling program that should at least match 2020.High-impact exploration started…

Brazil: TGS Starts Espirito Santo 3D Seismic Survey

Jan 13, 2021

Norwegian marine seismic data firm TGS on Wednesday announced the start of the Espirito Santo multi-client 3D seismic survey offshore Brazil.'This survey, covering 2,694 square kilometers, will broaden the region's 3D coverage while adding to the extensive offshore seismic library…

PGS to Reprocess Uruguay's Exploration Data

Jan 12, 2021

Norwegian oil and gas exploration seismic data company PGS has signed an agreement with Uruguay's state oil company ANCAP to reprocess over 11 000 km of existing 2D lines of various vintages, applying the latest seismic imaging techniques.'This rejuvenation will provide new…

Petrobras Hires Ocyan's Norbe VIII Drillship

Jan 11, 2021

Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras has on behalf of the Libra consortium, hired Ocyan's deepwater drillship Norbe VIII to drill at the Mero field, off Brazil.The contract is for a period of 425 days and is expected to start in July 2021,…

Constellation Nets Long-Term Drillship Deal with Petrobras

Jan 08, 2021

Brazilian oil and gas drilling company Constellation has won a long-term contract for its ultra-deepwater drillship Brava Star with the Brazilian oil firm Petrobras.Constellation said this week that the contract for the 2015-built Brava Star…

Petrobras Says 2020 Oil Output Averaged Record 2.28 Million BPD

Jan 07, 2021

Brazil's state-run oil company Petrolero Brasileiro SA produced a record 2.28 million barrels of oil per day on average in 2020, according to a securities filing on Thursday.The combined oil and natural gas output of Petrobras, as the company is known…

EIG Sells Share in Brazil-Bolivia pipeline, Eyes Petrobras' Assets

Jan 06, 2021

EIG Global Energy Partners has sold to Fluxys Belgium a portion of South America's biggest natural gas pipeline, clearing a regulatory obstacle to buying a bigger share of the Brazil-Bolivia duct, EIG's CEO said on Tuesday.U.S.-based EIG wants…

ExxonMobil Spuds Bulletwood Well, Offshore Guyana

Jan 05, 2021

U.S. oil major ExxonMobil has reportedly started drilling at the Bulletwood-1 well site on the Canje Block, offshore Guyana.The news was shared Tuesday by Westmount Energy, an indirect partner in the Canje Block. Westmount owns an indirect interest in the Canje Block as a result of its circa 7…

Venezuela's Oil Exports Plunge to 1940's Level Under Tighter U.S. Sanctions

Jan 04, 2021

Pressured by strict U.S. sanctions, Venezuela's oil exports plunged by 376,500 barrels per day (bpd) in 2020, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and internal documents from state-run PDVSA, financially squeezing socialist President Nicolas Maduro…

Falklands Oil Explorer in Board Changes

Dec 30, 2020

Borders & Southern Petroleum, a company with oil and gas exploration assets offshore the Falkand Islands, on Wednesday announced board changes.The London based independent oil & gas exploration company announced the retirement of Nigel Hurst-Brown from the Board of Directors…

Brazil: Petrobras receives $45M in Vitol Corruption Settlement

Dec 30, 2020

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras said that it had received 232.6 million reais ($44.65 million) on Tuesday in a settlement with Swiss energy trading firm Vitol, which was implicated in a sprawling national corruption probe.Petroleo Brasileiro SA…

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