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Warbonnet well in Wyoming's Pinedale Field flowing 42 million cfe/d
Pinedale Energy has reported flowrates from the Warbonnet 9-23-A-1H well in the Pinedale gasfield in the Green River Basin of Wyoming...

Ineos UK farms into UK West of Shetlands licenses with Siccar Point
(11/21/2017) Siccar Point Energy has entered into a farmout agreement with Ineos UK covering two exploration licenses in the West of Shetlands area...

PSA finds 4 regulation violations on Songa Endurance on Troll Field
(11/21/2017) The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has reported identifying four non-conformities with regulations by Statoil, Songa Offshore, and contractors...

Stage 2 of Azerbaijan Caspian Shah Deniz development near complete
(11/21/2017) The BP-Azerbaijan subsidiary of BP has reported Stage 2 of the Shah Deniz Field development in the Azerbaijan Caspian is now nearly complete...

FAR posits 1.4 billion bbl oil in offshore Gambia blocks
(11/21/2017) FAR Ltd has completed detailed geotechnical studies and assessed significant hydrocarbon resource potential in its two blocks offshore...

CGG completes Norwegian Northern Viking Graben MC 3D survey
(11/21/2017) CGG has concluded final time-processing of the data from its Northern Viking Graben multi-client 3D BroadSeis BroadSource survey...

BP selling UK North Sea Bruce assets to Serica Energy
(11/21/2017) BP has concluded an agreement with Serica Energy to sell a package of its interests in the Bruce Field and satellites in the UK North Sea...

Tellurian completes acquisition of Louisiana Haynesville Shale assets
(11/21/2017) Tellurian has closed an agreement with Rockcliff Energy Operating to purchase natural gas assets in the Haynesville Shale in northern Louisiana...
ONGC buys Tullow stake in Block 2012A off Namibia
(11/21/2017) the ONGC Videsh unit of India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has agreed with Tullow Oil to acquire interest in Namibia's license PEL30...

Union Jack stake in Fiskerton Airfield Field license approved
(11/21/2017) The UK Oil & Gas Authority has approved the acquisition by Union Jack Oil Company of interest in license EXL294 from Egdon Resources...
Mubadala plugs & abandons Ladawan-1 exploration well in Thai Gulf
(11/20/2017) Mubadala Petroleum has advised the Ladawan-1 exploration well failed to find significant hydrocarbons and has been plugged and abandoned...

AustinBridgeporth completes Morocco aero grav-mag survey for Sound
(11/20/2017) Sound Energy has reported completion of an airborne full tensor gravity gradiometry and magnetic survey by AustinBridgeporth in Eastern Morocco...

Saipem awarded $5.42 billion FPSO contract for Nigeria's Zabazaba Project
(11/20/2017) The floating production, storage, and offloading vessel to be part of the development of the Zabazaba and Etan Project offshore Nigeria...

Africa Energy takes stake in South Africa's Block 11B/12B
(11/20/2017) Africa Energy has concluded agreements to acquire interest in Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin off the southern coast of South Africa...

Premier sells stake in England's Wytch Farm Field & licenses
(11/20/2017) Premier Oil has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to sell its interests in Licenses PL089 and P534, containing the Wytch Farm Field...

Craig wins Chrysaor provision contract for UK North Sea platforms
(11/20/2017) Craig International has received a contract from Chyrsaor to provide procurement services for the Armada, Everest, and Lomond platforms...

BP drilling Mabrouk gas field onshore northern Oman
(11/20/2017) Intisar al-Kindy, exploration director at Petroleum Development Oman, has reported that BP has begun drilling operations on Oman's Mabrouk Field...

Ecopetrol awarded 4 deepwater US Gulf block leases
(11/19/2017) The Ecopetrol America subsidiary of Colombia's national oil company Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos has been awarded four blocks...
Archer wins 3-year extension to offshore Brazil Peregrino Field contract
(11/19/2017) Archer has obtained a three-year extension to its platform drilling management services contract for the Peregrino A and B platforms...

Argentina extends unconventional gas subsidies to Austral Basin
(11/19/2017) The Argentine Ministry of Energy has advised that subsidies for production of unconventional natural gas is being extended beyond Neuquen Basin...

Appraisal next year of giant Zama discovery off Mexico
(11/19/2017) Premier Oil has advised that the appraisal of the world class oil discovery at the Zama-1 well offshore Mexico get underway late next year...

Field development plan submitted for India's deepest gas find
(11/19/2017) Reliance Industries Ltd has submitted a field development plan for approval to India's Directorate General of Hydrocarbons for the MJ-1...

Berlanga to study Iran's Dalpari Field in Ilam Province
(11/19/2017) The Berlanga Group has signed a memorandum of understanding and a non-disclosure agreement with the National Iranian Oil Company...
US working rotary rig count up eight rigs this week
(11/17/2017) Baker Hughes has reported the US rig count has risen by eight rigs this week to a total of 327 more than at this time last year when it was just 588...

Keystone pipeline leaks some 5,000 bbl in South Dakota
(11/17/2017) TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline has sprung a leak that has spilled approximately 5,000 bbl of oil in Marshall County, South Dakota...

Petrobras transferring rights to onshore Brazil fields in non-binding phase
(11/17/2017) Petroleo Brasileiro has begun the non-binding phase of its transfer of exploration, development, and production rights to onshore fields...

World's longest well drilled in Sea of Okhotsk off Sakhalin Island
(11/17/2017) Part of the Sakhalin-1 Consortium, Rosneft has successfully drilled the world's longest well from the Orlan platform at Russia's Far East Chaivo Field...

SOCO awarded production permits for offshore Congo areas
(11/17/2017) SOCO Exploration & Production, operator of Marine XI Block offshore the Republic of Congo, has been issued a 25-year exploitation permit...

Deloitte links with Foroil to deploy brownfield Digital Oil Recovery
(11/17/2017) Deloitte is collaborating with Foroil to increase production and reserves from brownfields with more than seven years' operating history...

Angus puts England's Weald Basin Lidsey-X2 Field on production
(11/17/2017) Angus Energy has commenced production at the Lidsey oilfield onshore southern England in PL241 in the Great Oolite limestone reservoir...

Polarcus set to shoot Zenaide MC 3D survey off Western Australia
(11/17/2017) Polarcus has advised that prefunding has been secured for its Zenaide multi-client broadband 3D marine seismic acquisition in Bonaparte Basin...

TAQA Bratani lines up Well-Safe for UK North Sea assets
(11/17/2017) Well-Safe Solutions has received a contract from TAQA Bratani to provide intervention management services for all of its assets in the UK North Sea...
Aker Solutions contracted for Sverdrup, Utgard & Bauge umbilicals
(11/17/2017) Statoil has contracted Aker Solutions to provide umbilicals for its operated Johan Sverdrup, Utgard, and Bauge developments in offshore Norway...

Canacol makes key gasfield discovery onshore Colombia
(11/17/2017) Canacol Energy's Pandereta-1 exploration well in Colombia's Magdalena Basin has encountered 149 ft of gas pay in the Tubara and Cienaga de Oro...

Hilcrest set to restore production at Alberta & Saskatchewan farm-in fields
(11/17/2017) Hilcrest Petroleum, under a binding joint venture agreement with a Canadian oil and gas company, will earn up to 75% working interest...
Kvaerner to construct Yme support structure for Repsol Norge
(11/16/2017) Kvaerner has been awarded a contract with Repsol Norge for the construction of a permanent caisson support structure for the Yme platform...

PDVSA to partner SAIPI in Orinoco Belt Junin 10 Block
(11/16/2017) Petroleos de Venezuela has selected Stichting Administratiekantoor Inversiones Petroleras Iberoamericanas as its joint venture partner...

Aker BP gets go-ahead for North Sea exploration well
(11/16/2017) Aker BP has been given consent to drill an exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea by the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority...

EMGS scores 2 electro-magnetic surveys off Indonesia
(11/16/2017) Electromagnetic Geoservices has received letters of intent for two contracts to carry out prefunded multi-client electro-magnetic surveys...

Kalnin adds more Marcellus Shale acreage in Pennsylvania
(11/16/2017) Kalnin Ventures has acquired its fifth parcel of assets in just over two years in the northeastern part of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania...

Wintershall granted consent to start production at Maria Field
(11/16/2017) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has given its permission for the commencement of production from the Maria Field in the Norwegian Sea...

Sercel pairs with Fotech for borehole seismic & DAS monitoring
(11/16/2017) Sercel has entered into a partnership with Fotech Solutions to jointly develop future borehole seismic and distributed acoustic sensing...
ADES Admarine III jackup contracted for offshore Egypt
(11/16/2017) Egyptian General Petroleum Company has contracted the Admarine III jackup drilling rig from ADES International Holding for drilling services...

Devon puts Coyote offset well in Oklahoma STACK play onstream
(11/15/2017) Devon Energy has brought online a high-rate Lower Meramec oilwell offsetting its Coyote development in the over-pressured STACK play...

Statoil given permit to drill Tune Statfjord Prospect
(1/15/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil a drilling permit for an exploration well on the Tune Statfjord Prospect in the Norwegian North Sea...

Savannah Petroleum acquiring Seven Energy's Nigeria assets
(11/15/2017) Savannah Petroleum has agreed with the Seven Energy Group to acquire its Nigeria assets, including the Uquo and Stubb Creek Fields interests...

ONGC contracts Shearwater for 3D seismic surveys in 2017-18
(11/15/2017) Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D broadband marine seismic acquisition contract by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation...

Vantage in JV for deepwater drilling offshore Egypt
(11/15/2017) Vantage Drilling International has agreed with a subsidiary of ADES International Holding to form a joint venture to provide deepwater drilling...

Mari Petroleum makes gas discovery in Pakistan's Sindh Province
(11/15/2017) The Mari Petroleum Company has reported achieving a significant gasfield discovery in the Ghotki District of Pakistan's Sindh Province with its Tipu-1...
Mitsui & BW Group JV to own FSRU BW Integrity
(11/15/2017) Mitsui & Company has formed a joint venture with BW Group to jointly own the BW Integrity floating storage and regasification unit to operate off Pakistan...

Sikorsky S-92 approved for offshore Mexico transport
(11/15/2017) Mexico's Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics has issued an offshore and utility certificate for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for offshore oil and gas...

SandRidge buying Bonanza Creek Energy for $746 million
(11/15/2017) SandRidge Energy has revealed it is acquiring Bonanza Creek Energy for approximately US$746 million in a cash and stock transaction...

B-80 Field development plan submitted to India's DGH authority
(11/14/2017) Hindustan Oil Exploration Company has advised that its field development plan for the Block B-80 Field in the Mumbai Offshore has been submitted...
Norwest to shoot 3D seismic over Xanadu discovery
(11/14/2017) Due to the successful drilling of the Xanadu-1 discovery offshore Western Australia, the Norwest Energy led joint venture plans a seismic acquisition...

Spectrum shooting 2D MC seismic offshore Southern Argentina
(11/14/2017) Spectrum Geo has begun its multi-client 2D seismic survey offshore southern Argentina covering the Austral and Malvinas Basins...

Sacgasco completing & flowtesting California Dempsey well
(11/14/2017 OGI: San Diego) Sacgasco has reported that completion and flowtesting of the Dempsey 1-15 well in California's Northern Sacramento Basin...

Cenovus selling stake in Saskatchewan's Weyburn Project
(11/14/2017) Cenovus Energy has agreed to sell its majority interest in the Weyburn carbon-dioxide EOR operation for US$940 million...

OMV Norge given go-ahead to drill test of Hades & Iris Prospect
(11/14/2017) The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway has consented to the OMV Norge unit of Osterreichischen Mineralolverwaltung drilling an exploration well...

COPL & ExxonMobil exit Liberian offshore block
(11/14/2017) Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited and ExxonMobil, operator of Block LB-13, off Liberia, have both elected not to enter a third exploration period...

Adnoc upgrading giant onshore Bab Field
(11/14/2017) Abu Dhabi National Oil Company plans to upgrade operations at its maturing Bab Field to sustain production levels and increase capacity...

Sonoro drillstem testing LG-1 Up-dip well in West Sulawesi
(11/14/2017) Sonoro Energy has reported commencing drillstem tests at its LG-1 Up-dip well in the Budong Budong Block onshore West Sulawesi, Indonesia...

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