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Trillion Energy Says Black Sea Drilling Program Fully Funded

Jul 07, 2022

Black Sea-focused oil and gas company Trillion Energy International said this week that its 49% cost share for the Black Sea drilling program was fully funded, as the company completed capital raises totaling CDN$ 40.4 Million (USD$32million) year-to-date…

Black Sea Gas Platform Launched Offshore Romania Despite War Risks

Jun 28, 2022

A new Black Sea offshore gas platform was officially launched off Romania on Tuesday and plans to extract gas despite risks posed by war in Ukraine, including mines detected in waters nearby.The project by Black Sea Oil & Gas (BSOG), controlled by U…

Ukraine Attacks Crimean Offshore Platform for Second Time

Jun 27, 2022

Ukrainian forces have attacked a drilling platform in the Black Sea owned by a Crimean oil and gas company, Tass news agency cited local officials as saying on Sunday, the second strike in a week.The platform is operated by Chernomorneftegaz…

Trillion Books Uranus Jack-up Rig for Drilling in Turkish Black Sea

May 20, 2022

Black Sea-focused oil and gas company Trillion Energy International has signed a definitive offshore drilling services contract with Romanian drilling company GSP Offshore to secure a jack-up rig for its 2022 – 2023 drilling program on its South…

Romania Tweaks Tax Law to Drive Offshore Black Sea Gas Investments

May 18, 2022

After years of stalling, Romanian lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday to reduce taxes on future income from offshore gas projects, hoping it would unlock investment in the Black Sea to extract its sizeable reserves.As Europe grapples with an energy crisis amid the war in Ukraine…

ExxonMobil Agrees to Sell Romanian Subsidiary to Romgaz for Over $1B

May 03, 2022

U.S. oil major ExxonMobil has agreed to sell its Romanian upstream affiliate, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania, to Romgaz for more than $1 billion, subject to Romanian government approvals.The deal includes all shares in ExxonMobil…

Turkey to Provide Tax Cuts for $10B Offshore Gas Project

Apr 20, 2022

Turkey will provide tax cuts to support a 145.1 billion lira ($9.9 billion) Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) project to develop the natural gas field it discovered in the Black Sea, the country's Official Gazette said on Wednesday.Natural gas was discovered…

OMV Petrom Welcomes 'Much-needed' Changes to Romania's Offshore Gas Law

Apr 20, 2022

Romania's OMV Petrom on Wednesday welcomed changes to an offshore gas tax law filed by the government in Bucharest last week as a 'much-needed' step for the development of Black Sea gas.Gas producers have spent 15 years and billions of dollars…

Romania Moves Forward with "Much Awaited" Offshore Law

Apr 18, 2022

Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă last Friday, with the other two leaders of the ruling coalition, Marcel Ciolacu and Kelemen Hunor, signed the Offshore Law, aimed at ensuring stability and legislative predictability for oil and gas…

Kazakh Oil Woes Another Headache for Top Western Producers amid Ukraine War

Mar 25, 2022

Top Western oil producers could experience a hit to revenue if disruptions at a Russian Black Sea port curtail output from Kazakhstan's giant oilfields, highlighting the growing global supply risk after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.Chevron, Exxon Mobil…

Russia Warns of Sharp Caspian Pipeline Oil Export Drop After Storm

Mar 23, 2022

Russian and Kazakhstan oil exports via the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) from the Black Sea may fall by up to 1 million barrels per day (bpd), or 1% of global oil production, due to storm-damaged berths, a Russian official said on Tuesday…

Trillion Energy to Use GSP Offshore's Jack-Up for Black Sea Drilling Campaign

Feb 17, 2022

Black Sea-focused oil and gas company Trillion Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Romanian offshore drilling company GSP Offshore for drilling services at Trillion's planned SASB natural gas production and development program in the Black Sea…

Romania to Revise Tax Seen Blocking Black Sea Gas Investment

Jan 14, 2022

Romania's offshore gas tax that has held up big projects in the Black Sea is set to be revised by the first half of this year after repeated delays, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu said, paving the way for investment.The tax on offshore projects…

OMV Petrom Could Delay Black Sea Gas Project FID Pending Tax Change

Dec 08, 2021

Romanian OMV Petrom could postpone a final investment decision over its Black Sea deep water gas project until 2023 if lawmakers do not amend an offshore law by the end of this year as agreed, its chief executive said on Wednesday.OMV Petrom…

Romania: Romgaz Expects to Wrap Exxon Deal in Q1 2022

Nov 17, 2021

Romanian gas producer Romgaz has estimated it will finalize the acquisition of a 50% stake in a Black Sea offshore gas project from Exxon Mobil in the first quarter of next year, its manager Aristotel Jude said on Wednesday.Romgaz will ask shareholders to approve the deal at a meeting on Dec…

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