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OE13: Record North Sea investment

Sep 03, 2013

As the North Sea continues to attract record investment, the scale of opportunity for the supply chain is growing, says the EIC. The growth is characterised by four key areas of activity: small or marginal developments, led by a growing number of independents…

Tributes to petrophysicist

Sep 02, 2013

Centrica Energy has paid tribute to the life of one of its pioneering exploration engineers who first discovered gas in Morecambe Bay Retired Chief Petrophysicist John Bains has died following a distinguished career which saw him discover one of the UK’s largest gas fields…

OMV takes Madagascar stake

Sep 02, 2013

OMV is to invest in an offshore exploration block west of Madagascar. OMV will acquire a 40% stake in the Grand Prix block from Niko Resources (Niko). OMV will farm-in to the area for the planned drilling of an exploration well. OMV will…

Romanian exploration campaign starts

Sep 02, 2013

Petroceltic International has launched drilling campaigns offshore Romania and in Kurdistan. The Romanian campaign, in the Black Sea, started with the spudding of the Cobalcescu South exploration well using the GSP Prometeu jack-up drill rig…

Scandinavia: investing to grow

Sep 01, 2013

Scandinavia’s oil and gas industry, focused on Norway and Denmark, is expecting a resurgence. Espen Erlingsen looks at trends in the sector. The North Sea is characterized by large, producing platforms with declining production. To stop the falling production in the North Sea…

Global Briefs: September 2013

Sep 01, 2013

Alaska states Arctic needs Alaska’s Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell stated the case for the state’s needs at the Ice-Diminished Arctic Conference in Washington, D.C. He emphasized the need for safety, security, and economic development in the region…

Danish Energy Agency releases annual report

Sep 01, 2013

The Danish offshore is a mature oil and gas province with 40 years of production, but the Danish Energy Agency’s latest annual report,* says that the country is expected to remain a net exporter of oil through 2020, while gas production is…

Third strike for Statoil in Flemish Pass

Aug 27, 2013

Statoil has made a third discovery of crude oil in the Flemish Pass basin, offshore Newfoundland. The discovery was made on the Bay du Nord prospect (EL1112), located approximately 500km northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador…

QGEP discovery at 1-QG-5A-BAS well

Aug 22, 2013

QGEP Participações S.A. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A. (QGEP) filed a Notice of Discovery with the ANP (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Combustível) for well 1-QG-5A-BAS, located…

Santos gains 50% PSC interest

Aug 22, 2013

Santos announced the acquisition of a 50% interest in the Northwest Natuna Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in the South China Sea offshore Indonesia from AWE Ltd. The NW Natuna PSC contains the undeveloped Ande Ande Lumut oil field, which…

Record spending in North Sea

Aug 21, 2013

Upstream oil and gas investment on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) reached a record £13.5 billion this year, according to a new study. But, despite the high spending, production efficiency continues to be an issue in the North Sea, says Oil & Gas UK’s 2013 Economic Report…

Lundin wildcat comes up dry

Aug 20, 2013

Lundin Norway AS has plugged and abandoned well 16/4-7, northeast of the Sleipner Øst field in the central North Sea off Norway, after it was found to be dry. The objective of the well, in 91m deep water, was to prove petroleum in Jurassic…

UK business secretary to lead Offshore Europe keynote

Aug 20, 2013

Vince Cable, MP, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills (BIS) is to speak at SPE Offshore Europe 2013 at one of the conference’s keynote sessions. The session, The technology imperative – collaborating today to realise the next 50 years of North Sea potential…

OMV strikes US$2.65bn deal

Aug 20, 2013

Austrian energy group OMV is to buy Norwegian and UK North Sea assets from Norway’s Statoil in a US$2.65billion deal. The deal will see OMV acquire 19% interest in the producing Gullfaks field and 24% in the Gudrun field, both oil and gas fields offshore the Norwegian Continental Shelf…

ONGC touts discoveries off India

Aug 15, 2013

India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) announced three offshore and one onshore discovery during Q1 of its fiscal year 2013-2014, which ended 30 June, and one additional onshore discovery in August 2013 (Q2). Offshore: New prospect discovery: exploratory well KGOSN041NANL-2…

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