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Woodside given approval for GWF and Lambert Deep development
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Galilee Energy multiwell pilot program in Queensland onstream
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Clough moves to Stage 2 in Western Australia's Waitsia Field
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ADX wins E&P and storage concession in Upper Austria
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88 Energy buys Alaska's North Slope Umiat Field
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Chrysaor receives drilling permits for wildcats off Norway
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Lion's Balam Energy processing 2D seismic shot off Seram Island
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McDermott completes Reliance' KG-D6 R Cluster off India
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Finder awarded Western Australia North West Shelf Block WA-547-P
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Petrobras selling interest in Mangue Seco wind farms
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ExxonMobil spuds Bulletwood-1 exploration well off Guyana
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Cambodia's Thai Gulf Apsara Field goes onstream
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Petrobras selling entire stake in Brazil's Bahia Terra Cluster
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McDermott wins Qatar North Field South FEED contract
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Tethys drilling Thameen-1 exploration well onshore Oman
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Santos launches Phase 3C infill drilling on Bayu-Undan Field off Timor Leste
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BP strikes out offshore Western Australia with Ironbark-1
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Petrosibir successfully tests Yanbayskaya-1
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Shell acquires operation of 3 Colombian Caribbean Sea blocks
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OMV Petrom divests Kazakhstan assets
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Total-led consortium granted Egypt's North Ras Kanayis Offshore Block
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PGS wraps up Santos Vision MC seismic project off Brazil
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