Gorgon News

ExxonMobil to add 450,000 boe/d by 2017

Mar 02, 2016

As ExxonMobil decreases its capital spending budget this year by 25%, the supermajor looks to start up 10 new upstream projects between now and 2017 that will see its production capacity increase. Tillerson…

ExxonMobil to spud Liza as earnings fall 50%

Feb 02, 2016

ExxonMobil is moving quickly to spud a well at its Liza discovery, offshore Guyana, in addition to several major projects that are set for start-up in the next two years. Image from Exxon. Exxon…

Undeveloped Down Under

Feb 01, 2016

Australia and New Zealand hold vast petroleum potential, much of which remains undeveloped. Audrey Raj sets out the detail. Samples of oil from various New Zealand discoveries. Photo from TAG Oil…

Chevron cancels Buckskin-Moccasin

Jan 29, 2016

In Chevron's Q4 2015 earnings conference call today, the company announced it was cancelling the deepwater Gulf of Mexico project Buckskin-Moccasin, instead choosing to advance other projects, particularly onshore in the Permian basin. Chevron's…

Pilenko: Technip saw downturn coming

Nov 03, 2015

Technip CEO Thierry Pilenko. Photo from Technip. “We are in an environment where something was broken.” It’s a harsh summary but one few would dispute. Nor would many now…

Investigating the deep

Nov 01, 2015

Heather Saucier speaks with Mark Randolph and Susan Gourvenec, professors at the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, about deepwater geotechnical challenges, such as complex carbonates found off the coast of Australia…

Chevron to slash 6-7000 jobs

Oct 30, 2015

US supermajor Chevron announced in its Q3 results that it expects to make further workforce reductions in the realm of 6000-7000 in an effort to cut costs. The company’s earnings this quarter were better than anticipated, according to analysts Simmons & Co…

Chevron to pay millions in Auz taxes

Oct 23, 2015

In a battle between the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and Chevron in the Australia federal court, the US supermajor lost and will have to pay more than US$232 million (A$322 million) in back taxes, in addition to fines. Wheatstone…

Lamprell seeking new CEO

Aug 14, 2015

Dubai-based fabrication and engineering firm Lamprell's CEO James Moffat (pictured) is to retire 30 June 2016. Lamprell says a search to find his successor is under way.  Moffat joined Lamprell in 2013, at a time when it had been under financial strain…

Chevron in 2Q drastic drop

Jul 31, 2015

Chevron’s results for 2Q 2015 show the company in a drastic drop of nearly 90% compared to last year, from substantial impairments that have lead the company to implement multiple efforts to improve future earnings and cash flows. Image…

Realizing CCS’s potential

Jul 01, 2015

Could the North Sea become a CO2 storage site? Elaine Maslin takes a look at two proposed projects and some of the challenges involved. The CCS goal—how the Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage sees carbon capture and storage on and offshore…

Woodside's Browse FLNG enters FEED

Jul 01, 2015

After postponing a final investment decision due to the low oil prices last December, Australian operator Woodside Petroleum has announced it will press forward into the FEED phase for its long-struggling Browse LNG mega project. The…

Ensuring the integrity of fatigue-sensitive SCRs

May 01, 2015

Denise Smiles, of Optical Metrology Services Ltd (OMS), discusses how to correct internal HiLo misalignment between butted pipes. OMS’ automatic pipe end dimensioning tool. Images from OMS. Deepwater…

Short-term uncertainties in the deep

May 01, 2015

Infield Systems’ Catarina Podevyn takes a look at recent oil price movements and market conditions on the deepwater (500m+) capex spending up to 2019. Olympus platform in deepwater US Gulf of Mexico…

Chevron adds to Gorgon gas finds

Apr 30, 2015

Chevron Australia made an additional gas discovery at the Greater Gorgon Area in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore northwest Australia. The Isosceles-1 exploration discovery well found about 134m of net gas pay in the Triassic Mungaroo Sands in 968m water depth…

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