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Energean Charters Stena Drillship for Drilling Campaign Offshore Israel

Jun 28, 2021

Oil and gas company Energean has signed a drilling rig contract with Stena Drilling for the use of the Stena Icemax drillship for a drilling campaign offshore Israel that aims to double the company's reserve base.The 2022-2023 drilling program in the Mediterranean Sea, off Israel, is expected to target the derisking of unrisked prospective recoverable resources of over 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent ('boe')…

Hezbollah Warns Israel against Drilling in Disputed Waters

Oct 25, 2021

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Friday warned Israel against drilling for oil and gas in the disputed maritime border area between the two countries until the issue is resolved, and said the Iran-backed group would take action if it did so…

Lebanon-Israel Maritime Border Talks Need to Be Quick, U.S. Mediator Says

Oct 22, 2021

The U.S. mediator for indirect talks on border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel said on Thursday that the negotiations he was hoping to revive should be concluded in a short period if they were to succeed.Amos Hochstein, speaking to Al Hadath TV during a visit to Beirut…

Israel Looking to Boost Gas Exports to Egypt via New Onshore Pipeline

Oct 21, 2021

Israel is considering the construction of a new onshore pipeline to Egypt in order to quickly boost natural gas exports to its neighbour in the wake of the recent tightening of global supplies, the Israeli energy ministry said.The pipeline,…

Lebanon Can't Dictate Terms in Sea Border Talks, Israel's Energy Minister Says

Oct 05, 2021

Israel is ready to renew efforts to solve its dispute with Lebanon over the delineation of their territorial waters in the Mediterranean, but it will not accept that Beirut dictates the terms of the negotiation, its energy minister said on Tuesday…

Turkey Sends Cypriot Vessel Away From Its Continental Shelf

Oct 04, 2021

Turkey sent a Greek Cypriot research vessel away from what it says is its continental shelf in the Mediterranean on Sunday after it entered the area without permission, Turkey's Defence Ministry said, in a sign of renewed tensions.For decades…

Lebanon's Prime Minister Seeks Clarification over Halliburton's Offshore Drilling Deal in Israel

Sep 20, 2021

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati has asked his foreign minister to seek clarification from the international community after Israel granted U.S. oilfield services group Halliburton an offshore drilling contract in the Mediterranean.Lebanon…

Van Oord Set to Install Italy's First Offshore Wind Farm

Sep 01, 2021

Dutch offshore installation firm Van Oord has secured a contract to install offshore wind turbines at Italy's first offshore wind farm.The company's offshore installation vessel MPI Resolution has this week set sail to Italy where it will install the monopiles…

Israel Shipyards' Coating Services for Chevron's East Med Facilities

Jul 13, 2021

Oil and gas giant Chevron has through its Israeli subsidiary Noble Energy Mediterranean awarded Israel Shipyards a coating program contract for its offshore and onshore assets. Under the 16-month agreement, Israel Shipyards will provide coating repair services for these facilities…

Turkey's TPAO Applies for East Med Exploration

Jul 09, 2021

Turkey's state-owned energy company TPAO has applied for a licence to explore for [oil and gas] in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish Energy Ministry said in a statement in the country's Official Gazette on Friday.According to a Turkish map database…

Turkey to Keep Exploring for Oil and Gas in Mediterranean, Erdogan Says

Jul 02, 2021

Turkey will carry on exploring for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday in comments that may revive tensions with the European Union and Greece amid attempts to repair their frayed ties.Turkey…

Limited Window of Opportunity: Israel Thinking of Rolling Back Gas Export Limits

Jun 03, 2021

Israel is considering rolling back export limits on natural gas, allowing energy companies to sell more abroad before demand wanes in the global market, according to a draft government report.Fewer restrictions could attract more energy groups to explore Israeli waters…

PGS Kicks Off Work on Rejuvenation of Cyprus' Offshore Seismic Data

May 31, 2021

Norwegian seismic data firm PGS has begun the first phase of the Cyprus Vision data rejuvenation project in partnership with the Cypriot Ministry for Energy, Commerce, and Industry.'This 14 750 sq. km PSDM re-processing endeavor will deliver…

Turkey's Foreign Minister Set to Visit Greece

May 26, 2021

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he will visit Greece on May 31 as the NATO members seek to improve ties after a dispute last year that stoked regional tensions, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.Tensions flared last year over…

Israel Orders Chevron to Restart Output from Tamar Offshore Platform

May 21, 2021

Israel's energy ministry has instructed Chevron to restart operations at the offshore Tamar natural gas platform, nine days after it was shut due to unrest in the region, the company said.Production at the Tamar platform, located some 25 kilometers (15…

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