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Eni makes Afoxe oil discovery offshore Angola
(12/10/2018) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has made a new oil discovery in the Afoxe exploration prospect offshore Angola 20 km west of its Kalimba-1 discovery...

Block starts exclusive drilling technology use on its Georgia Norio Field
(12/11/2018) Block Energy has retained exclusive rights to an advanced downhole perforation technology and drilling tool for use throughout Eastern Europe...

YPF in $2.3 billion Vaca Muerta JV with Petronas
(12/11/2018) Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales has entered into a US$2.3 billion joint venture with Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional to develop Vaca Muerta oil and gas...

British Columbia government releases climate change plan
(12/11/2018) The Government of British Columbia, Canada, has released its CleanBC plan for the reduction of climate pollution and promote a low-carbon economy...

UTEC contracted to provide positioning services in Bay of Bengal
(12/11/2018) The UTEC unit of Acteon has been awarded a subcontract by McDermott International formsurvey work projects offshore India...

US importing more oil from Canada than from all of OPEC this year
(12/11/2018) IHS Markit has issued a new report that reveals the United States will import more oil from Canada this year than from all OPEC countries combined...

Shearwater contracted to shoot 3D seismic offshore Oman
(12/11/2018) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi in partnership with Oman Oil Exploration & Production has awarded a 3D seismic acquisition project offshore Oman...

Qatar Petroleum taking stake in 3 Mozambique exploration blocks
(12/11/2018) Qatar Petroleum has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of ExxonMobil to acquire interest in three exploration blocks off Mozambique...

Spectrum shooting Potiguar Basin 3D survey offshore Brazil
(12/11/2018) Spectrum Geo has begun acquisition of a large 3D seismic survey offshore the Equatorial Margins of Brazil in the Potiguar Basin...

Novatek & Fluxys building Vysotsk LNG facility near St Petersburg
(12/11/2018) Novatek and its joint venture partner Fluxys are constructing the Cryogas-Vysotsk liquefaction plant and terminal on the Russian Baltic Sea coast...

Repsol planning 50% output boost at US Marcellus shale gas field
(12/11/2018) Repsol anticipates achieving a 50% increase in production from its Marcellus shale gas field in the Pennsylvania part of the Appalachian Basin...

Neptune submits pre-FID plans for Cara Project offshore Norway
(12/11/2018) Neptune Energy and partners have submitted their pre-final investment decision for the Cara Project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea...

BW Offshore recycling the FSO Belokamenka
(12/10/2018) BW Offshore has signed an agreement to dispose of the ultra large crude carrier converted FSO Belokamenka for recycling according to regulations...

Tethys launches 2D & 3D seismic program in southwest Oman
(12/10/2018) Tethys Oil has launched a new seismic campaign on Block 49 in southwest Oman to acquire seismic data in the northeastern region...

CNSOPB issues call for bids on Nova Scotia blocks
(12/10/2018) The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has issued Call for Bids NS18-3, which includes two industry-nominated Scotian Shelf parcels...

Amerisur makes Indico-1 discovery onshore Colombia in the Llanos Basin
(12/10/2018) Amerisur Resources has achieved an oil discovery with its Indico-1 exploration well on the CPO-5 Block onshore Colombia in the Llanos Basin...

Libya's El Feel & Sharara oilfields shutdown by protests
(12/10/2018) The Fezzan Rage Movement has forced the shutdown of Libya's El Feel oilfield in the southwest a day after it forced shutdown of the Sharara oilfield...

Adnoc adds Blockchain automated system for oil & gas production
(12/10/2018) The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in collaboration with IBM, is piloting a Blockchain-based automated system to integrate oil and gas production...
Verus completes acquisition of Equinor stake in UK Alba Field
(12/10/2018) Verus Petroleum has completed its purchase of 17% non-operated interest in the Alba Field on the UK Continental Shelf in the Central North Sea...

Egypt approves BP & Mubadala buy of stales in Noor deepwater block
(12/10/2018) The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum has given its approval to the purchase of interest in the Noor deepwater block in the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea...

AFGlobal launches its Performance Drilling platform
(12/10/2018) AFGlobal has launch its Performance Drilling platform, a combination of equipment and software designed for onshore and shallow water drilling...
Total refused permit to drill in Brazil's Foz do Amazonas Basin
(12/10/2018) Brazil's government environmental regulator Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renovaveis has denied a drilling permit...

Baker Hughes contracted by Saudi Aramco to stimulate & test new wells
(12/9/2018) GE's Baker Hughes has been awarded a major stimulation and well-testing contract by Saudi Aramco...
Sasol development of Mozambique oil & gas fields approved
(12/9/2018) Sasol has received permission to proceed with the development of additional oil and gas fields in Mozambique by the government's ENH...

Equinor & Faroe swap Norwegian & North Sea assets
(12/9/2018) Equinor and Faroe Petroleum have agreed to a number of transactions in the Norwegian Sea and the Norwegian sector of the North Sea in a balanced swap...

Kiewit wins EPC contract for Louisiana's Calcasieu Pass LNG Project
(12/9/2018) Venture Global LNG and Kiewit have advised the Calcasieu Pass LNG export project engineering, procurement, and construction contract...

Rose Petroleum & Utah BLM agree on Gunnison Valley well plan
(12/9/2018) Rose Petroleum has agreed to an updated operational plan for its Gunnison Valley Unit in Utah's Paradox Basin with the Bureau of Land Management...

Gazprom commissions Bovanenkovskoye Field gas production & pipeline
(12/9/2018) Gazprom has launched the third and fourth gas production facilities at its Yamal Peninsula Bovanenkovskoye Field and the Ukhta-Torzhok 2 gas pipeline...

Quadrant applies to shoot Bedout sub-basin survey off Western Australia
(12/7/2018) Santos' Quadrant Energy has submitted a request to Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety & Environmental Management Authority for a seismic survey...

Sound drilling Tendrara-10 producer onshore Morocco
(12/7/2018) Sound Energy has begun drilling operations on the TE-10 development well onshore Morocco in the Tendrara Block with the Saipem National 110UE rig...

President taps down Argentina Puesto Flores/Estancia Vieja well
(12/7/2018) President Energy has reported completing and testing its Puesto Flores/Estancia Vieja Well PFE-1001 in in Argentina's Rio Negro Province...

Ophir boosts Thailand's Bualuang output via development drilling
(12/7/2018) Ophir Energy has completed the fourth phase of its development drilling program on Thailand's Bualuang Field in the Gulf of Thailand Block G4/50...

Tower contracts Topaz Driller jackup for Thali well offshore Cameroon
(12/7/2018) Tower Resources has contracted Vantage Drilling International's Topaz Driller jackup rig to provide drilling operations offshore Cameroon...

US rotary rig count down 1 rig this week at 1076
(12/7/2018) Baker Hughes has reported that the US rig count decreased by another rig this week to a total of working rotary rigs 147 more than this time last year...

Spirit Energy drilling Cassidy exploration well in Norwegian North Sea
(12/7/2018) Faroe Petroleum has reported operator Spirit Energy Norge is drilling an exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea on the Cassidy Prospect...

BGP completes 2D seismic survey in Cuba's Gulf of Mexico EEZ
(12/7/2018) The Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting unit of China National Petroleum Corporation has concluded its 25,000-km 2D seismic acquisition program...

Cushing to Houston Gladiator Pipeline open season launched
(12/7/2018) SemGroup and DCP Midstream are soliciting binding commitments for development of a new pipeline to transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma...

November international rig count down 26 rigs
(12/7/2018) The Baker Hughes subsidiary of GE has released its international rig count for November, which was 991, down 26 from the 1,017 counted in October...

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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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(12/7/2018) Crude futures closed the week today higher by almost 3% by the closing bell at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as traders responded to a somewhat unexpected agreement by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia, and major international oil producing national companies...⇒⇒⇒
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