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Alaska North Slope auction draws $54.5 million in high bids
Alaska's Department of Natural Resources received the highest total in high bids in 21 years in the state's North Slope license auction yesterday...

ConocoPhillips adding another drilling rig on North Slope
(11/21/2014) ConocoPhillips has contracted Nabors Alaska Drilling to build and provide a coiled tubing drilling rig the operator can employ on Kuparuk River Field...

Fieldwood platform explosion in US Gulf kills 1, injures 3
(11/21/2014) Fieldwood Energy has reported an explosion occurred late yesterday on its platform in the US Gulf of Mexico in the West Delta Block 105E...

Petronas awards Sabah blocks to SapuraKencana-led JV
(11/21/2014) Petroliam Nasional, Malaysia's national oil company, has awarded two production sharing contracts onshore Sabah to SapuraKencana Energy...

Rockefeller Hughes augments acreage in East Texas Halo Project
(11/21/2014) Rockefeller Hughes has acquired all of its Halo Project partner's Buda/Georgetown rights in exchange for half of its Eagle Ford rights...
Benthic wins Golfinho Field geotech project off Mozambique
(11/21/2014) Anadarko Petroleum has contracted Benthic to carry out a deepwater geotechnical investigation in the Golfinho Field offshore Mozambique...


FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela goes onstream at Petrobras' Sapinhoa Field
(11/21/2014) Petroleo Brasileiro has advised that the Cidade de Ilhabela floating production, storage, and offloading vessel has begun operations...

One more rig in US working rotary rig fleet this week
(11/21/2014) Baker Hughes has reported the number of working rotary rigs in the United States this week increased by one to a total of 1,929...

Cue farms into Bukit's Mahato Block onshore Sumatra
(11/21/2014) Cue Energy Resources has farmed in with Bukit Energy Central Sumatra to acquire participating interest in the Mahato production sharing contract...

Apache drilling Commodore-1 in Western Australia Canning Basin
(11/21/2014) Apache commenced drilling operations today on the Commodore-1 exploration well onshore Western Australia in the Canning Basin area...

CGG MC 3D US Gulf survey prefunder expands position
(11/21/2014) CGG has received an expansion of position from an earlier prefunder of its StagSeis multi-client 3D seismic acquisition in the US Gulf of Mexico...

Technip wins flowline contract for Brazil's Iracema North Field
(11/21/2014) Technip has been awarded a contract by the Tupi consortium for the ongoing development of the Iracema Norte Field in the Santos Basin...

EMGS mapping gas hydrates off Brazil in Pelotas Basin
(11/21/2014) Electromagnetic Geoservices has commenced a survey offshore in the Brazilian sector of the South Atlantic's Pelotas Basin as part of research...

Harkand scores subsea project in UK Southern North Sea
(11/21/2014) Harkand has revealed receipt of a multi-million-dollar contract for subsea work in the UK sector of the Southern North Sea for a major independent...

Quantum testing well on Alexander First Nations lease in Alberta
(11/21/2014) Quantum Energy has drilled a well on its Alexander First Nations permit area in central Alberta northwest of Edmonton held with Sundance Energy...
Statoil halts Angola Kwanza Basin exploratory drilling
(11/21/2014) Statoil has decided to cancel the Stena Carron rig contract after fulfilling the work commitments for its operated blocks in Angola's Kwanza Basin...

Ecopetrol & Talisman make 2nd oil discovery in Colombia block
(11/21/2014) Talisman Energy has reported that its Colombia affiliate and Ecopetrol have achieved a second oil discovery onshore in the Llanos Basin...

Oyster farms into UK North Sea South Viking Graben blocks
(11/20/2014) Oyster Petroleum has entered into a farm-in agreement whereby it will acquire interest in license P.2132 in the UK sector of the North Sea...

SapuraKencana buying Petronas blocks off Vietnam
(11/20/2014) SapuraKencana Petroleum is purchasing the Malaysian national oil company Petroliam Nasional's entire interest in three blocks off Vietnam...
Ineos to invest $1 billion in Scotland shale gas E&P
(11/20/2014) The petrochemicals giant Ineos has revealed plans to invest some US$1.004 billion in shale gas exploration and production in Scotland...

Colombia Pendare discovery appraisal campaign underway
(11/20/2014) PetroNova has reported that Tecpetrol, operator of the CPO-13 Block in Colombia's Llanos Orientales Basin, has commenced drilling operations...

Empire exiting Western Australia's onshore Carnarvon Basin
(11/20/2014) Empire Oil & Gas has agreed to sell its remaining acreage in the onshore Carnarvon Basin via sale of its subsidiary Rough Range Oil...

Dejour prepping to drill 2 production wells at BC's Woodrush Project
(11/20/2014) Dejour Energy expects to receive approval from British Columbia's Provincial Oil and Gas Commission for its two-well development program...

Worker fatally falls from Reserve Drilling rig in West Texas
(11/20/2014) A rigworker has fallen to his death at a drillsite in Howard County, Texas where he was working for Reserve Drilling, operator of the rig, on a well...
Tethys suspends Oman onshore exploration well
(11/20/2014) Tethys Oil has advised that the exploration well LE-1 in the eastern part of Block 4 onshore Oman has been suspended to allow for further studies...

Apache sells Louisiana & Anadarko Basin assets for $1.4 billion
(11/20/2014) Apache Corporation has agreed to sell non-core southern Louisiana and certain Anadarko Basin oil and gas assets in two separate transactions...

DNV GL wins Maersk Oil UK North Sea Culzean Field project
(11/20/2014) DNV GL has secured a major project from Maersk Oil North Sea UK for the Culzean Field development project in the UK sector of the North Sea...

Mazarine contracts CTF-4 rig for 2 wells in central Tunisia
(11/20/2014) Mazarine Energy has signed a drilling contract with Compagnie Tunisienne de Forage for the use of the 2,000-hp drilling rig CTF-4...

TGS signs with SeaBird for Mexico & US Atlantic 2D acquisition
(11/20/2014) TGS Nopec Geophysical has signed a letter of award with Seabird Exploration for the acquisition of up to 300,000 km of 2D seismic data...

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From the Editor

Ebola - don't panic but don't take chances

Dev George
Managing Editor


Although they didn't publicize it, there was a meeting of major international oil companies and large service companies in New Orleans on 17 October to share ideas and present methods of dealing with the Ebola epidemic in general and specifically how to best monitor workers and prepare offshore paramedics to prevent its spread in the oil and gas industry. Attending were Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Noble Drilling, and Schlumberger as well as many other company representatives from key offshore oil producing countries...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude in 1st weekly gain in 8 weeks on possible OPEC cut

(11/21/2014) All of our monitored benchmarks were higher again today at both the Intercontinental Exchange in London and the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) with the exception of Tapis on increasing anticipation that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will approve a production cut next week at its Vienna meeting. It was the first weekly gain in eight weeks...⇒⇒⇒
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