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Safety Regulator Approves Three Drilling Projects Off Norway

Jul 02, 2020

The Norwegian offshore safety regulator PSA Norway has in the past two days approved three offshore drilling projects in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea.On Wednesday, the PSA gave consents for ConocoPhillips' Warka and Wellesley Petroleum' Schweinsteiger exploration wells…

OMV Petrom Snaps Up Black Sea Block in Georgia

Jun 29, 2020

Romania's OMV Petrom has provisionally won the rights to explore for oil and gas in a Black Sea block off the coast fo Georgia.OMV Petrom said Monday it had been selected as the winner of the open international tender held by the Ministry of…

Aker BP Secures Approval for Two Norwegian Sea Wells

Jun 25, 2020

Norwegian oil company Aker BP has secured regulatory approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill two wells in a block in the Norwegian Sea.Under the plan, Aker BP will drill wells 6607/12-4 and 6607/12-4 A in the production license 127 C…

Far Signs Gambia JOAs with Petronas. Seeks Drilling Partners

Jun 25, 2020

Australian oil and gas company Far has signed new Joint Operating Agreements with Petronas related to the A2 and A5 offshore blocks in The Republic of The Gambia.This follows the granting of new licenses for those blocks by the country's government effective October 1…

Woodmac: How has the Price Crash Changed the Upstream Sector?

Jun 25, 2020

According to Wood Mackenzie’s analysis, the oil price crash wiped US$1.6 trillion off the valuation of the global upstream industry.Andrew Pearson, vice president, upstream, said: 'This figure captures the impact of Wood Mackenzie’s downgraded…

PGS: First Peru MegaSurvey Seismic Data Available

Jun 17, 2020

Norwegian offshore seismic data acquisition company PGS has said that the first data of its Peru MegaSurvey is now available. The seismic dataset, including 2D and 3D data, is aimed at E&P companies interested in South America, specifically Peruvian coastline hydrocarbon potential…

Call for Bids Launched for Offshore Blocks in Eastern Newfoundland

Jun 12, 2020

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has issued a Call for Bids for Exploration Licenses in the Eastern Newfoundland Region.Call for Bids NL20-CFB01 (Exploration Licences, Eastern Newfoundland Region) consists of 17 parcels and a total of 4…

Bahamas Petroleum Expands Portfolio with Uruguay Offshore Block

Jun 09, 2020

Oil and gas firm Bahamas Petroleum Company, expected to spud its first well offshore the Bahamas later this year, has expanded its portfolio.The company on Tuesday said it has been awarded the AREA OFF-1 petroleum licence offshore Uruguay. According to Bahamas Petroleum…

Norway Oil Companies Slash Investment Plans

Jun 04, 2020

Norwegian oil and gas investment, a key economic driver, is expected to decline sharply in 2021 after rising less than previously anticipated this year, an industry survey by the national statistics agency (SSB) showed on Thursday.The biggest…

Nigeria Launches Licensing Round for Marginal Oilfields

Jun 02, 2020

Nigeria has launched its first licensing round for marginal oilfields in nearly 20 years, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said on Monday, despite court rulings last week that barred some of the fields from being auctioned.Marginal…

National Oil Companies to Cut Over a Quarter of Exploration Budgets

May 20, 2020

National oil companies (NOCs) globally are estimated to cut exploration budgets by over a quarter on average in 2020, says energy intelligence group Wood Mackenzie.Woodmac said Wednesday its analysis was based on announcements and tracking well plans of 11 top spending NOC explorers…

Angola's Oil Exploration Evaporates

May 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has done in a handful of months what even a 27-year civil war did not: it has brought oil drilling to a halt in Angola, Africa's second-largest oil producer.The consequences could be grave for a poor country that relies…

Tough Time for Exploration, But There's Still a Business Case For It

May 20, 2020

Confidence had returned to global exploration with improved performance and the emergence of several new multi-billion barrel plays.  The confidence carried over into 2020 but has evaporated in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and the collapse in oil prices…

Petronas Farms Out Part of Suriname Offshore Block to Exxon

May 19, 2020

Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas has completed the farm-down of a 50% stake in an offshore Suriname block to a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.The offshore block, known as Block 52, is located north of the coast of Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city…

Qatar Petroleum Farms into Total's Offshore Blocks in Mexico

May 07, 2020

Qatar's state-owned oil and gas company Qatar Petroleum has signed three farm-in agreements to acquire about 30% of Total’s participating interest in blocks 15, 33 and 34 located in the Campeche Basin, offshore Mexico.Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs…

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