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Oil shows at Tunisian Sfax

Jan 02, 2015

Oil shows were found on the Jawkara-3 well in the Sfax Offshore Exploration Permit, off Tunisia, according to Norway-based oil and gas explorer DNO. Jawhara-3 well vertically drilled to a total depth of 2815m by DNO and state-run Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activités Pétrolière…

Dry North Sea well for RWE

Dec 19, 2014

RWE Dea Norge is to plug and abandon its wildcat well 35/9-12 S on the Atlas prospect in production license (PL) 420 in the North Sea after it was classified dry.  The well was drilled about 20km southwest of the Gjøa field in the North Sea and about 80km southwest of Florø…

RWE Dea moves on Atlas

Nov 05, 2014

RWE Dea Norge has started drilling the Atlas exploration well in production license 420 after approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).   Atlas, also known as well 35/9-12 S, is located in the North Sea approximately 45km off Norway…

VAM USA celebrates 30 years

Oct 09, 2014

VAM USA celebrated its 30th anniversary on 9 October. The company hosted a gathering at its Houston headquarters to mark the event. Among the participants were customers, the board members from Vallourec, NSSMC and Sumitomo Corporation, the group’s North American leadership…

Setting sights on Tunisia

Sep 01, 2014

Audrey Leon takes a look at recent exploration and production activities occurring offshore Tunisia. Top: The Ashtart platform offshore Tunisia. Bottom: The Maamoura platform operated by Eni Tunisia…

Afren suspends top executives

Jul 31, 2014

London-based, Africa-focused explorer Afren has suspended CEO Osman Shahenshah as well as Chief Operating Officer Shahid Ullah pending the results of an investigation into unauthorized payments, the company announced on 31 July 2014. Afren…

ECN approves Mitsubishi Electric’s compact wind lidar

Jul 25, 2014

The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) conducted tests to validate and subsequently approved Mitsubishi Electric’s compact wind lidar as complying with European wind measurement standards. The lidar (portmanteau of “light”…

ADX Energy wins permit offshore Italy

May 21, 2014

Australia's ADX Energy has won 100% stake in an exploration permit offshore Italy, which it will operate through its wholly owned Italian subsidiary. The offshore exploration permit d 363 C.R-.AX was awarded by the Italian Ministry of…

Deepwater drilling markets - already coming to an end?

Apr 04, 2014

Deepwater drilling is no longer just about exploration. Lars Eirik Nocolaisen looks at market sentiment and potential reality. Reporting season 1Q 2014 saw deepwater drillers’ reporting numbers in-line with expectations, but still stock prices have plummeted…

Ramform Atlas named in Japan

Jan 24, 2014

Petroleum Geophysical Services ASA (PGS) has launched its second Ramform Titan class vessel, the Ramform Atlas, at a naming ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan today. The vessel will typically tow a network of several hundred thousand recording sensors over an area greater than 12sq km…

Cairn plans 9 2014 wells

Jan 21, 2014

Cairn Energy has outlined a nine-well exploration program for 2014, with a strong focus on the Atlantic margin. Four of the five Atlantic margin wells will be operated by Cairn, including the JM-I exploration well, in the Juby Maritime III block…

DNO seals Tunisia deal

Jan 20, 2014

Norway's DNO International AS has completed a farm-in by its wholly-owned subsidiary DNO Tunisia AS to the Sfax Offshore Exploration Permit and the Ras El Besh Concession in the Republic of Tunisia. The agreement, with Eurogas International Inc…

Atlas Copco acquires Tentec

Nov 22, 2013

Atlas Copco has acquired U.K.-based bolt tightening developer and marketing firm Tentec Ltd. Tentec, based in West Bromwich, has 65 employees and had revenues, in 2012, of £9.8million. The company, which was founded in 1988, specialises in hydraulic bolt tensioners…

DNO International increases acreage offshore Tunisia

Jul 10, 2013

DNO increases Tunisia acreage DNO International is increasing its acreage offshore Tunisia and plans to drill next year. Its subsidiary DNO Tunisia AS has entered a farm-in agreement with Atlas Petroleum National des Hydrocarbures et…

New CEO at Northern Petroleum

Jul 10, 2013

Exploration and production firm Northern Petroleum has promoted Keith Bush, 43, to managing director.   Bush joined Northern in May 2012 as chief operating officer and was appointed to the board last November. Bush has a degree in physics…

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