Rakhine Basin News


New Zealand offers four blocks in 2016

Mar 21, 2016

New Zealand is offering four offshore blocks in its 2016 block offer petroleum tender. 2016 block offer map, from New Zeland Petroleum & Minerals. The four offshore release areas have a total acreage of 525…

China offers 18 offshore blocks

Feb 25, 2016

A total of 18 blocks are up for bid for exploration in 2016 to international oil and gas companies wanting to partner with operator China National Offshore Oil Co. (CNOOC). Map of blocks up for bid…

New Zealand data pack updated

Feb 23, 2016

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, the government's petroleum permitting agency, has released its 2016 Petroleum Exploration Data Pack. This year’s data pack adds a number of new projects to the comprehensive compilation of open-file seismic and well data…

Petrobras starts up Cidade de Maricá, Route 2

Feb 16, 2016

Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) has started production from the Cidade de Maricá floating production storage offloading unit (FPSO), in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil, in addition to the expansion of the country’s longest subsea natural gas pipeline…

Twice lucky for Woodside offshore Myanmar

Feb 12, 2016

Australia's Woodside Energy has announced a second gas discovery offshore Myanmar just weeks after announcing its first in the newly opened country. Following the discovery, the firm is set to shoot more seismic over its acreage offshore Myanmar…

Woodside spuds latest Myanmar probe

Jan 22, 2016

Woodside Energy and partner Daewoo International have started drilling their latest exploration well offshore Myanmar just weeks after announcing a gas discovery in the region. The latest well, the Thalin-1 well in Block AD-7, was spudded 20 January…

Battle of the seismic titans offshore Myanmar

Jan 21, 2016

It's what just a few years ago was seen as possibly one of the most unlikely places for a battle over who could tow the largest seismic spread. However, just that is underway offshore Myanmar, or Burma, which has come under exploration…

Myanmar pays off for Woodside

Jan 04, 2016

Woodside Energy has made a gas discovery offshore Myanmar giving hope to the string of majors who entered the country following its emergence from sanction driven isolation.  Woodside made the discovery on the Shwe Yee Htun-1 exploration well in Block A-6 in the Rakhine Basin…

PGS claims seismic spread record

Dec 17, 2015

Norway-based geoscience firm PGS has laid claim to the industry's largest seismic spread, offshore Myanmar. The firm says its vessel, the Ramform Titan, working in the Bay of Bengal, is towing the industry’s first ever single vessel 18 streamer seismic operation…

BG Group, Woodside start Myanmar seismic

Nov 20, 2015

Two seismic acquisition campaigns are due to start offshore Myanmar in coming weeks according to reports of a notice in state media from the country. UK-based BG Group and Australia’s Woodside Energy will both start 3D campaigns later this month using the Ramform Sovereign and Ramform Titan…

Searcher completes Barents Sea seismic

Sep 30, 2015

Image: silver-eye/Searcher Seismic Searcher Seismic announced that the acquisition of the Silver-Eye 3D seismic survey in the Hammerfest Basin, Norwegian Barents Sea is now complete. The…

Shell targets deepwater Myanmar

Sep 07, 2015

Shell is planning to start 3D seismic acquisition offshore Myanmar following its return to becoming an operator in the country. The firm has issued a letter of award to Oslo-listed geoscience firm Polarcus for a 3D marine seismic project…

Noble hits delays on Falklands Humpback

Aug 25, 2015

Noble Energy's Humpback exploration well in the south Falklands basin has hit operational issues with results likely to be delayed by about a month, according to partner Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL).  The well, which spudded on 13 June 2015…

Boundary disputes: South China Sea

Aug 01, 2015

Offshore assets in the South China Sea are ripe for further development, but territorial challenges are common. Focusing on Vietnam, Jeannie Stell talks to Quynh Anh, partner at Mayer Brown, for an overview of the political conditions, contract…

Noble targets billion+ bbl Falklands cluster

Jun 15, 2015

Noble Energy started drilling on the potentially play-opening Humpback prospect in the south Falklands basin on Saturday, according to partner Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL).  According to Noble, Humpback holds 250 MMbbl estimated gross…

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