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Interest in US Offshore Acreage Growing

Apr 05, 2019

With stabilizing oil prices and lower breakeven points, interest in the US offshore is increasing.Randall Luthi, president of National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said the interest extends well beyond the existing regions open for oil, gas and wind development. The 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program now in effect makes available less than 10% of the outer continental shelf (OCS) to oil and gas activities and doesn’t offer access to any new acreage…

Wintershall Wins Argentina Offshore Bid

13 hours ago

Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall won the bidding process for two blocks in the promising Malvinas Basin off the coast of Tierra del Fuego as part of the “Costa Afuera” licensing round.In addition to the CMA-1 exploitation concession…

Ocean Infinity Names Paul Helmore as CCO

13 hours ago

American seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity has announced the appointment of Paul Helmore as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).Paul has spent his career to date in business development roles, and brings a track record of managing complex commercial situations and driving international growth…

Equinor Scores Acreage Offshore Argentina

Apr 17, 2019

Equinor said it has added seven offshore exploration blocks to its portfolio, after presenting winning bids in the first open bid round for Argentinean offshore acreage in more than 20 years.The licensing round offered a total of 38 blocks,…

Qatar Petroleum Wins Exploration Rights Off Argentina

Apr 16, 2019

Qatar Petroleum has won exploration rights in five offshore blocks in Argentina as part of two consortia, the company said in a statement on its website.The consortium for three blocks in the Malvinas West basin is made up of an ExxonMobil affiliate with a 70 percent interest…

Oil & Gas Discoveries on the Rise in 2029

Apr 09, 2019

Oil and gas exploration is off to a flying start in 2019, with majors taking a bigger bite of the conventional resources discovered in the first quarter, according to Rystad Energy.Global discoveries of conventional resources in the first quarter reached a robust 3…

Brazil Seeks Expanded Pre-salt Exploration

Apr 03, 2019

Based on geological studies that point to great potential for ultra-deepwater pre-salt oil reserves beyond its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Brazilian government is considering offering for the first-time exploratory blocks beyond the limits…

E&P Sector Hits Record Free Cash Flow

Apr 03, 2019

The world’s publicly listed oil and gas companies are bringing in cash at the best rate ever witnessed even though oil prices have only partially recovered from the huge drop suffered in 2014 and 2015.According to a report by Rystad Energy, energy research and business intelligence company…

Two Contracts Go to SeaBird

Apr 02, 2019

Marine surveyor SeaBird Exploration said on Monday it has been awarded two new contracts, including one in West Africa and another in the Gulf of Mexico.The company said it received a letter of award for a niche 3D survey in West Africa, with a total value of approximately $6…

Equinor Gets Nod to Drill Korpfjell Deep

Mar 28, 2019

Norwegian oil company Equinor has received consent to drill exploration well 7335/3-1 in production licence 859 in the Barents Sea, Norway's offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority, said on Thursday.Well 7335/3-1, known as Korpfjell Deep…

Bourbon Wins Shell Contract in Bulgaria

Mar 28, 2019

Bourbon Marine & Logistics said on Thursday it has been awarded a contract from Shell to support the oil major's exploration drilling in the Black Sea offshore Bulgaria.The French services company said its project scope covers the full logistics solution project management…

Wintershall Dials In On Brazil Offshore

Mar 21, 2019

BASF's oil and gas subsidiary Wintershall on Thursday said it would build up its presence in the Brazilian offshore oil sector this year where it won exploration licences in 2018.'It is part of our growth course that we are also active in new regions…

Siccar Point Kicks Off 2019 Drilling

Mar 19, 2019

UK focused exploration and production company Siccar Point Energy announced Tuesday it has has commenced its 2019 offshore drilling campaign with the spudding of an exploration well at the Blackrock prospect West of Shetland.The campaign, using…

Aker BP Finds Oil in Froskelår Well

Mar 19, 2019

Norwegian operator Aker BP announced Tuesday it has found up to 130 mmboe in the the Froskelår Main exploration well in licence 869 in the Alvheim area.Aker BP said the preliminary gross resource estimate is 60-130 mmboe, and that part of the…

BHP to Drill More Wells in Trinidad

Mar 14, 2019

BHP Group Ltd has stepped up exploration drilling in deep water off Trinidad and Tobago hunting for gas which could supply the country's Atlantic LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant in the 2020s, a senior executive said.The company expects to complete drilling of three wells in block 14…

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