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Eni makes Afoxe oil discovery offshore Angola
Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has made a new oil discovery in the Afoxe exploration prospect offshore Angola 20 km west of its Kalimba-1 discovery...

Senex scores 8 million cf/d in Gemba-1 gas discovery test
(12/17/2018) Senex Energy has achieved a successful initial flowtest of its Gemba-1 gas discovery well in South Australia's southwestern Cooper Basin...

Equinor to extend operation of Norne FPSO to yearend 2036
(12/17/2018) The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has consented to extending operation of the Norne floating production, storage, and offloading vessel...

88 Energy set to spud Winx-1 on Alaska North Slope
(12/17/2018) 88 Energy has advised that it has received all permits except for drilling for its Alaskan North Slope Winx-1 exploration well in the Western Blocks...

Eni sells 35% interest in Mexico's Area 1 offshore block to Qatar Petroleum
(12/17/2018) The Eni Mexico subsidiary of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has concluded an agreement with Qatar Petroleum for the sale of 35% interest in Mexico's Area 1...

Ensco launches Continuous Tripping Technology
(12/17/2018) Ensco has launched its new proprietary solution, Continuous Tripping Technology, which is said to provide more efficient and safer pipe tripping...

Sonangol & BP make FID for Angola's deepwater Platina Field
(12/17/2018) Sonangol and BP have signed an agreement for the final investment decision for development of the Platina Field in deepwater Block 18...

Norwegian Sea's Aasta Hansteen gasfield onstream
(12/17/2018) Equinor has reported its operated Aasta Hansteen gasfield in the Norwegian Sea commenced production today into the Polarled pipeline...

Noble has obtained contracts & extensions for five of its rigs
(12/16/2018) Noble Drilling has revealed it has secured contracts and extensions for five of its rigs, the drillship Noble Sam Croft, and four jackup rigs...

Shell & partners make North Sea Shearwater gas hub FID
(12/16/2018) Royal Dutch Shell and its partners Esso Exploration & Production UK and BP, have made a final investment decision for a Shearwater gas hub...

Cairn India takes41 blocks in India's open acreage bid round
(12/16/2018) The Cairn India unit of Vedanta Ltd, has won a total of 41 blocks in India's first open acreage licensing round that offered a total of 55 blocks...

i3 puts UK North Sea Liberator-Serenity structure at 500 million bbl
(12/16/2018) i3 Energy has advised its Serenity Prospect in its Block 13/23c in the UK sector of the North Sea is estimated to contain P50 oil in place of 197 million bbl...

PetroChina strikes oil & gas in China Tarim Basin exploration well
(12/16/2018) The PetroChina subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation has made a significant oil and gas discovery with its exploration well Zhongqiu-1...
US rotary rig count down 4 rigs this week at 1071
(12/14/2018) Baker Hughes has reported that the US rig count fell another four rigs this week to take the total of working rotary rigs to 141 more than this time last year...

US FERC authorizes Williams' Gateway pipeline expansion
(12/16/2018) The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized Williams Company's Gateway expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline...

Qatar Petroleum to invest $20 billion in US LNG projects
(12/16/2018) Qatar Petroleum is planning expansion of its liquefied natural gas interests with investment of a minimum of US$20 billion in the United States LNG projects...

Phillips 66 selling stake in Gray Oak Pipeline to Enbridge
(12/14/2018) Phillips 66 Partners has agreed to sell more than a quarter of a pipeline from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale to the Texas Gulf Coast...

ADES renews contract for Admarine 657 jackup off Saudi Arabia
(12/14/2018) ADES International has renewed its contract for the jackup drilling rig Admarine 657, currently operating in the Saudi sector of the Persian Gulf...

European Parliament calls for Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be cancelled
(12/14/2018) European Parliament members are calling for the Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline from Russia to Germany to be canceled for security reasons...

Freemont to drill JW Powell well in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin
(12/14/2018) Freemont Petroleum is set to spud its JW Powell #23-25 well this weekend on its Pathfinder Field in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in northwest Colorado...

Giant pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit joins Nord Stream 2 Project
(12/14/2018) The giant Allseas-operated pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit is being prepared to take part in construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines...

TomCo adds 7 Green River shale leases in Utah
(12/14/2018) TomCo Energy has secured seven additional leases from their current holder, subject to their transfer to the company being approved...

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From the Editor

Trump pro-oil stance mostly talk, little action

Dev George
Managing Editor


After two years in office, the administration of US President Donald Trump, although ostensibly pro-oil, has had only a minor effect on the industry other than offering tweets and a great deal of rhetoric mostly lacking in substance and serving simply as self-aggrandizement. During this initial two years, support of the oil and gas industry looked to be certain with the nomination of Rex Tillerson...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude price keep seesawing - down again across the board

(12/14/2018) Crude futures prices fell again across the board today at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as oil followed stock markets brought lower by global economic weakening, particularly in China, where retail sales had their weakest growth in 15 years...⇒⇒⇒
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