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UK Offshore Licensing Round 'Encouraging'

Nov 14, 2018

The U.K.’s latest offshore licensing round has attracted 36 applications covering 164 blocks in frontier areas of the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS). A strong and diverse set of applications were received from 35 companies ranging from multinationals to microbusinesses…

China Names CNPC Exec Top Energy Official

Nov 14, 2018

China's government has appointed a senior oil industry executive as the country's top energy official, state-run media China Energy News reported on Wednesday.Zhang Jianhua, president of China's largest oil and gas group CNPC, has been named director of the National Energy Administration…

Trump Hopes OPEC Won't Cut Production

Nov 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he hoped there would be no oil output reductions, after Saudi Arabia said OPEC was considering cutting oil supply next year, citing softening demand.'Hopefully, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production…

UK Petroleum Reserves Could Sustain Production for 20 Years

Nov 08, 2018

The U.K.’s oil and gas reserves remain at a level which could sustain production for at least the next 20 years and beyond if additional undeveloped resources can be matured, according to the U.K. Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).OGA’s ‘UK Oil and Gas: Reserves and Resources’ report…

Optimistic Tower Resources Returns to Namibia

Nov 08, 2018

Three years after Tower Resources and its partners relinquished their assets in Namibia, the company has returned after signing a new Petroleum Agreement it previously promised shareholders and which gives it an 80 percent operated interest…

Rosneft Snubs Government Oil Meeting

Nov 08, 2018

Russia's largest oil firm, Rosneft, snubbed a meeting chaired by Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Thursday aimed at consulting domestic energy companies as leading global producers signal a possible cut in crude output.A return to oil production…

GOIL to Partner in Exxon Deepwater Field

Nov 07, 2018

Ghana has approved state-owned company GOIL as minority local partner for Exxon Mobil's deepwater offshore oilfield, Energy Minister Peter Amewu said on Wednesday.The West African nation is receiving 'huge interest' from international and local…

Gabon Launches Offshore Exploration Round

Nov 07, 2018

Gabon plans to scrap a 35 percent corporate tax on energy companies as part of a revised hydrocarbons law and has launched a new offshore oil and gas exploration licensing round for 34 blocks, Oil Minister Pascal Ambouroue said on Wednesday…

Life Extension for Total's Skirne and Byggve

Oct 30, 2018

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has greenlighted Total E & P Norge AS (Total) to use Skirne and Byggve off Norway beyond the originally planned operational life to March 2024.Skirne, including the Byggve deposit, is in the central North Sea at 120 meters water depth…

US Aims to Be Key Source of Global Energy Supplies

Oct 30, 2018

The United States will become a key source of energy supplies to meet growing demand globally, with innovation in technology and financing set to boost U.S. oil and gas production in the next decade, the country's top energy diplomat said.'In the next 5-10 years…

Turkish Drillship to Start Mediterranean Operations

Oct 30, 2018

A Turkish drilling ship will start operating in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, 100 km (62 miles) off the coast of Antalya province, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, adding it would aim to open two drill holes annually.Donmez made the…

UK Government supports North Sea

Aug 31, 2017

New Energy Minister Richard Harrington has told oil and gas leaders they have the 'full support' of the UK government in maximizing the economic opportunity in the North Sea during his first visit to the region in his new ministerial post…

A pinch of pre-salt

Oct 17, 2016

After a thoroughly no good, very bad, couple of years for Brazil, the country is on the path to reform, and the first part starts with the country’s coveted pre-salt. Audrey Leon reports on what the opening means for the country and its state-owned oil company…

UKCS tax cuts, on reflection not so great

Apr 01, 2016

Mid-March, the UK Government made a headline grabbing announcement – taxes would be halved for the ailing North Sea industry.  Chancellor George Osborne said he would cut a supplementary charge on operators (a tax in addition to corporation tax) from 20% to 10%…

UK Govt-funded seismic shoot complete

Oct 30, 2015

A UK Government funded project to acquire new seismic data over underexplored areas of the North Sea in a bid to boost exploration in the basin has completed. The £20 million program saw WesternGeco acquire 20,000km of new 2D seismic shot over 200…

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