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Eni raises Mexico Bay of Campeche discovery to 1.3 billion boe
(7/20/2017) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has concluded the drilling and testing of its Amoca-3 discovery well offshore Mexico in Campeche Bay...

Vaalco temporarily suspends Avouma production off Gabon
(7/21/2017) Vaalco Energy has advised it has temporarily shut-in production at its Avouma platform offshore Gabon due to a mechanical problem...

US working rotary rig count lower by 2 rigs this week
(7/21/2017) Baker Hughes has reported that the US rig count has fallen by two rigs this week to a total number of 488 more than at this time last year...

Magnolia sheds stakes in North Dakota & Oklahoma fields
(7/21/2017) Magnolia Petroleum has divested its interests in 19 new wells, six in North Dakota and 13 in Oklahoma via two separate transactions...
Ensco logs more work contracts for its drilling rigs
(7/21/2017) Ensco has received new contracts for jackups and semisubmersible drilling rigs from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Sea, Qatar, and Australia...

Cunningham adds more output from West Virginia Lions Paw
(7/21/2017) Cunningham Energy has reported achieving 20,000 bbl of cumulative oil production from two new shallow horizontal wells in Clay County...

MacGregor contracted for Moheshhali FLNG terminal equipment
(7/21/2017) Cargotec's MacGregor unit has won an order for a complete mooring and riser system for the Moheshkhali FLNG terminal offshore Bangladesh...

Maersk completes Culzean Field jacket installations in UK North Sea
(7/21/2017) Maersk Oil has reported the safe installation of all three of the Culzean high pressure, high temperature field platform jackets in the UK North Sea...

ExxonMobil fined for violation of US sanctions on Russia
(7/20/2017) The US Treasury Department has levied a US$2 million fine on ExxonMobil and subsidiaries for their violation of sanctions imposed by the United States...

Norway rolling out offshore broadband network to counter oil spills
(7/20/2017) The Norwegian Coastal Administration has begun the rollout of an offshore broadband wireless network to improve offshore oil spill preparedness...

PetroNeft drilling producer on Russia's Sibkrayevskoye Field
(7/20/2017) PetroNeft Reources has reported it has begun drilling operations in its S-375 well on the Sibkrayevskoye Field in Russia's Tomsk Oblast...

Sound tests of Moroccan well show probable output at 40 bcf
(7/20/2017) Sound Energy has retrieved the downhole pressure gauges used in its extended well test on eastern Morocco's Tendrara Field TE-7 well...

Hovercraft to support Caspian offshore rigs
(7/20/2017) Kazakhstan's national oil company KazMunayGas has concluded an agreement with Griffon Hoverwork for a study on using hovercraft...

MITI pressing Japanese case for retaining offshore UAE stakes
(7/20/2017) Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yosuke Takagi has pressed for the extension of interests of Japanese companies...

Schlumberger acquires majority stake in Russia's Eurasia Drilling
(7/20/2017) Schlumberger has concluded an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Russia's Eurasia Drilling and its fleet of land drilling and workover rigs...

Sacgasco prepping for 1Tcf California Sacramento Basin Dempsey well
(7/20/2017) Empyrean Energy has reported its operating partner in California's Sacramento Basin projects, Sacgasco, has installed the conductor...

Shell lines up Island Constructor for Draugen Field off Norway
(7/20/2017) Royal Dutch Shell's Norwegian subsidiary Norske Shell has been given consent to employ Island Offshore's Island Constructor for the startup...

Drillship Atwood Advantage contract for Leviathan Field terminated
(7/20/2017) Noble Energy and its partners in the Eastern Mediterranean Leviathan gasfield development have determined to terminate the current contract...

AgileTek applies AELCloud for Fugro simulations
(7/20/2017) AgileTek has completed the first use of its AELCloud system on a project for Fugro that required a substantial number of operations simulations...
Sparrows Group & SPIE seal first Congo joint cranes contract for Total
(7/20/2017) Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas Services have secured their first joint delivery project with award by Total E&P Congo of a Moho Nord contract...

Western Australia's Wheatstone LNG about to go onstream
(7/20/2017) Woodside Energy has advised that the giant Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia is to commence production in a few days...

Ichthys Venture FPSO sailing for Western Australia Ichthys LNG Project
(7/19/2017) The Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project's floating production, storage, and offloading vessel Ichthys Venturer, departed yesterday from South Korea...

Ireland's Port of Cork pens MoU with NextDecade for FSRU
(7/19/2017) NextDecade has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Cork for a new floating storage and regasification unit and terminal...

Three deepwater basins in Mexico's upcoming bidding round
(7/19/2017) The Mexico's Comission Nacional de Hidrocarburos has revealed blocks in three of the country's deepwater basins are to be available for bidding...

North Dakota governor challenges state oil and gas industry
(7/19/2017) North Dakota's Governor Doug Burgum has issued challenges to the state's oil and gas industry that would take its oil production to 2 million b/d...

IOG submits UK North Sea Blythe & Elgood FDPs for approval
(7/19/2017) Independent Oil & Gas has submitted its field development plan to the UK Oil and Gas Authority for the Blythe Hub North Sea gasfields project...

Horizon ups stakes in PNG Western Foreland fields
(7/19/2017) Horizon Oil has increased to about 28% its interest in the total certified resources contained in Papua New Guinea's Western Foreland fields...

Melbana gets extra time on Cuba's onshore Block 9 exploration
(7/19/2017) The Cuban national oil company, Union Cuba Petroleo, has approved an amendment to Melbana Energy's Block 9 production sharing contract...

Petrobras picks CGG to process Santos Basin 3D OBN survey
(7/19/2017) CGG has received a contract from Petroleo Brasiliero to process seismic data from a 3D ocean bottom node survey in Brazil's deepwater Santos Basin...

Alaska ending cash reimbursements on new discoveries
(7/18/2017) The Alaskan state legislature has passed a bill to end the state's cash reimbursement program for explorers and developers of new discoveries...
Toyo to undertake workover of Iran's Salman Field
(7/18/2017) Toyo has concluded an agreement with National Iranian Oil Company to carry out a revamping of the Salman gasfield in the Iranian Persian Gulf...

Sofec to provide Mozambique Coral South turret mooring system
(7/18/2017) MODEC has reported its Sofec subsidiary has received a contract from the TechnipFMC and JGC Corporation joint venture for the Coral South Project...

Development plan for Gabon's Dussafu fields approved
(7/18/2017) Panoro Energy subsidiary Pan Petroleum Gabon has advised that the proposed work program and budget for development of Dussafu...

WorleyParsons wins Saudi Aramco contract for Marjan Field
(7/18/2017) WorleyParsons has been awarded by Saudi Aramco a project management and front end engineering and design contract for the Marjan Field...

Statoil given go-ahead for Norwegian North Sea Carmen wells
(7/18/2017) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil a permit to undertake the drilling of two exploration wells on the Carmen Prospect...

Hyperdynamics promised 2-year appraisal period for Guinea discovery
(7/18/2017) Hyperdynamics has received a letter from the government of Guinea confirming that a two-year appraisal period will be granted...

ExxonMobil exiting Indonesia's East Natuna gas block
(7/18/2017) ExxonMobil has ended discussions regarding the giant Natuna Field in the Indonesian sector of the South China Sea and decided to withdraw...

Quadrant picks GSF Development Driller 1 for Phoenix South-3 well
(7/18/2017) Quadrant Energy has contracted Transocean's semisubmersible drilling rig GSF Development Driller 1 for the Phoenix South-3 off Western Australia...

Providence puts Avalon Prospect off Ireland in prime position
(7/17/2017) The Avalon Prospect offshore Ireland in the central Porcupine Basin, soon to be operated by Total, is described by present operator as significant...

E&P consortium formed explore massive North Caspian structure
(7/17/2017) A consortium composed of Rosneft, Kazmunaygaz, Socar, CNPC, and Eni has been formed to explore what is expected to be a giant oilfield...

Centrica & Bayerngas Norge merging into E&P joint venture
(7/17/2017) Centrica and Stadtwerke Munchen have agreed to combine Centrica's European exploration and production business with Bayerngas...
Equatorial Guinea & Cameroon to develop Yolanda & Yoyo gasfields
(7/17/2017) An agreement has been reached between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea to unitize the Yolanda and Yoyo Fields, which lie adjacent...

Jaguar-Sun God JV takes almost half Mexico's Rounds 2.2 & 2.3 blocks
(7/17/2017) Calgary-based Sun God Resources and Mexican company Jaguar E&P have won 11 of the 24 blocks offered in Mexico's Rounds 2.2 and 2.3...

President completes another Puesto Guardian workover in Argentina
(7/17/2017) President Energy has reported that it has completed another well in its workover program at its Puesto Guardian Concession in Argentina...

India set to auction 60 more small & marginal discovered fields
(7/17/2017) India's Directorate General of Hydrocarbons is in final preparations for a second round of bidding for discovered small and marginal fields...
OneSubsea contracted by TAQA for North Sea Otter Field EPCIC
(7/17/2017) TAQA Bratani has awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning contract to Schlumberger's OneSubsea...

Maya farming out 50% stake in Oklahoma leases
(7/17/2017) Maya Energy has entered into a US$2 million farmout of a 50% interest in its currently 100% owned and operated Osage County, Oklahoma leases...
Baker Hughes lined up for gas flaring at Iraq's Nassiriya & Gharraf Fields
(7/17/2017) The Iraqi Ministry of Petroleum has contracted Baker Hughes to develop advanced solutions for fast-track gas flaring on fields south of Baghdad...

Zarubezhneft to develop Iran's Shadegan & Rag-e Sefid Fields
(7/17/2017) Zarubezhneft has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian South Oil Company to carry out initial development studies...

Statoil scores small Blamann gas discovery in Barents Sea
(7/17/2017) Statoil and partners Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi and Petoro have made a small gas discovery with their Blamann exploration well in the Barents Sea...

Thailand launches PSCs & service contracts
(7/16/2017) Thailand's Ministry of Energy has introduced both production sharing contracts and straight service contracts to attract new investors...

Russian air strikes & Syrian army rout Isis from Raqqa oilfields
(7/16/2017) A Syrian military spokesman has reported the Syrian Army backed by heavy Russian air strikes has seized several oilfields from Islamic State...

PDVSA in JV with Horizontal Well Drillers to improve development
(7/16/2017) Petroleos de Venezuela has concluded an agreement with Horizontal Well Drillers to improve oil production in Venezuela in a three-year project...
COSLInnovator contracted by Lundin Norway for 1-8 wells
(7/16/2017) COSL Drilling Europe has received a contract from Lundin Norway for its semisubmersible drilling rig COSLInnovator for drilling offshore Norway...

Noble Globetrotter II to drill for Total in Bulgarian Black Sea
(7/16/2017) Noble Corporation has revealed receiving a contract from Total for the employment of its Noble Globetrotter II in the Bulgarian Black Sea...

Turkey warns against southern Cyprus offshore drilling
(7/16/2017) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the World Petroleum Forum meeting in Istanbul last week that companies must bide their time...

IDRO to develop Iran's 5-billion bbl Susangerd Field
(7/16/2017) The Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran is preparing to develop the giant Susangerd oilfield onshore southwestern Iran...

TechnipFMC's Deep Orient set to start work at Prelude
(7/16/2017) Deep Orient, TechnipFMC's construction vessel, is to commence work at the Shell Prelude FLNG Project offshore Western Australia...

Premier prepping for UK North Sea Tolmount Field sanction
(7/16/2017) Premier Oil is currently involved in front-end engineering and design at its Tolmount Field in the UK sector of the North Sea Southern Gas Basin...

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