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US Trump administration reimposes Iran sanctions, exempts 8 countries
The US Trump administration has today reimposed all previous sanctions on Iran for what it terms Tehran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East...

Petrobras bring Brazil's Buzios Field area 2 into production
(11/12/2018) Petroleo Brasileiro has begun production of oil and natural gas in the Buzios 2 area of the pre-salt sector of Brazil's Santos Basin via the P-75...

TGS & AGS link for North Sea MC OB node projects
(11/12/2018) TGS Nopec Geophysical had established a strategic collaboration with Axxis Geo Solutions for multi-client ocean bottom node projects...

Saudis are circulating a proposal to cut oil production a million b/d
(11/11/2018) Saudi Arabia is circulating a proposal to members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and to directors of non-OPEC oil producers...

Cuadrilla flowing gas from shale well in Lancashire, England
(11/11/2018) Cuadrilla has begun to see natural gas flow to the surface from its shale exploration well at the company's Preston New Road site in Lancashire...

Mosman to drill 5 new wells onshore Texas this year & next
(11/11/2018) Mosman Oil & Gas plans to continue the rapid development of its US projects by proposing up to five new wells onshore East Texas...

Total inaugurates Angola's deepwater Kaombo Project
(11/11/2018) Total has inaugurated its operated Kaombo Project in Angola's deepwater Block 32, 260 km offshore Luanda in waters some 2,000 meters in depth...

BAM JV to build Rio Tinto terminal for LNG Canada
(11/11/2018) BAM International, JJM Construction, and Manson Construction have received an order to build the new Rio Tinto BC Terminal A for LNG Canada...

Maersk Giant sold into Australasian operations
(11/11/2018) Maersk Drilling has entered into an agreement to sell its jackup drilling rig Maersk Giant to an Australasian-based independent oil and gas operator...

Benthic completes work offshore Guyana for Esso
(11/11/2018) Benthic has completed field work for the Esso Exploration & Production Guyana unit of ExxonMobil involving an offshore geotechnical investigation...

China proposes ban on non-region companies drilling in South China Sea
(11/11/2018) China is seeking to insert a prohibition of non-regional oil and gas companies from exploration and production in the South China Sea...
Abu Dhabi's Ruwais Diyab stake awarded to Total
(11/11/2018) Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has awarded 40% interest in the Ruwais Diyab shale gas concession in the Rub'Al Khali of western Abu Dhabi to Total...

Empyrean receives oil-in-place audit of its Block 29/11 offshore China
(11/11/2018) Empyrean Energy has obtained an independent audit of oil initially in place in Block 29/11 in the Jade, Topaz, and Pearl Prospects, in the South China Sea...

BP's Aspy exploration well off Nova Scotia a dud
(11/9/2018) Hess Corporation has reported that the BP Canada-operated Aspy exploration well in 2,777 meters water depth failed to find hydrocarbons...

Keppel contracted to upgrade KrisEnergy production barge
(11/9/2018) KrisEnergy has awarded a US$21.7 million contract to Keppel Shipyard to carry out the miodification and upgrading of a production barge...

US rotary rig count rises 14 rigs this week
(11/9/2018) Baker Hughes has reported that the US rig count increased by 14 rig this week to take the total of working rotary rigs to 174 more than this time last year...

Aquaterra contracted for 16 wells on Norway's Sverdrup Field
(11/9/2018) Equinor, operator of the Johan Sverdrup Field in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea has awarded a contract to Aquaterra Energy...

SeaBird scores 30-day extension for Osprey Explorer in US Gulf
(11/9/2018) SeaBird Exploration has received another 30-day extension for its seismic acquisition vessel Osprey Explorer, currently working on an OBN survey...

FAR's Samo-1 offshore Gambia found water-bearing
(11/9/2018) FAR Limited has reported its Samo-1 exploration well in Block A2, offshore Gambia has been drilled to a total depth of 3,240 meters and is water-bearing...

Phillips 66 announces open season on 3 crude pipelines
(11/9/2018) Phillips 66 has declared open season on three of its operated crude oil transport pipelines to the Corpus Christi, Texas to commence service in 2020...

US federal judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline construction
(11/9/2018) The crude oil pipeline Keystone XL has been prohibited construction by a US federal judge in Montana, who rejected an executive order by Trump...

HydraWell wraps up P&A for TAQA offshore Netherlands
(11/9/2018) HydraWell has reported completion of its plugging and abandoning project offshore in the Netherlands sector of the North Sea on behalf of TAQA...

Shell to decommission UK North Sea Goldeneye Field
(11/8/2018) Shell UK has taken the decision to remove the Goldeneye platform and all of its associated subsea infrastructures in the UK Central North Sea...

AAOG suspends drilling producer on Congo's Tilapia Field
(11/8/2018) Anglo African Oil & Gas has temporarily suspended drilling operations on its production well TLP-103C in Congo's Tilapia Field until two rig parts are replaced...

Tailwind acquires EOG Resources' UK business
(11/8/2018) Tailwind Energy has acquired EOG Resources' UK business following its acquisition of Shell and ExxonMobil interests in the Triton oil cluster...
Anadarko sells midstream assets to Western Gas for $4 billion
(11/8/2018) Anadarko Petroleum has sold substantially all of its remaining midstream assets for US$4.015 billion to Western Gas Partners...

Equinor wins Newfoundland Jeanne d'Arc exploration parcels
(11/8/2018) Equinor has reported it and its partners were the successful bidders for new exploration parcels in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin, offshore Newfoundland...

CGG fast-track PSTM data from Mozambique Zambezi Delta
(11/8/3028) CGG has advised at Africa Oil Week that its fast-track 3D seismic data from its recent Zambezi Delta Basin multi-client survey is now available for license...

Argentina offering 38 offshore blocks in Argentine & Austral-Malvinas Basins
(11/7/2018) Argentina has launched its first licensing round for offshore concessions with a total of 38 blocks offered in the Argentine and Austral-Malvinas Basins...

Croatia kicks off 2nd onshore licensing round
(11/7/2018) Croatia has launched its second onshore license round in which seven onshore blocks in the Pannonian Basin have been presented for bid...

Tower pens new license pact for 3 offshore Namibia blocks
(11/7/2018) Tower Resources has signed a petroleum agreement with the Republic of Namibia for operated interest in Walvis Basin and Dolphin Graben blocks...

iSurvey completes German Baltic seabed survey for Allseas
(11/7/2018) iSurvey has reported successfully completing a 30-day geophysical seabed survey for Allseas as part of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project...

Vantage acquire Williston basin assets from QEP Resources
(11/7/2018) Vantage Energy Acquisition Corporation has entered into definitive agreements with the QEP Energy subsidiary of QEP Resources...

North Carolina Mountain Valley Pipeline goes to FERC for authorization
(11/7/2018) Mountain Valley Pipeline today formally applied to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to build the MVP Southgate l...

Trinity files for 1st phase development of Trinidad's Galeota TGAL Area
(11/6/2018) Trinity Exploration & Production has submitted the first phase of its field development plan for the TGAL Area of the Galeota Block offshore Trinidad...

Total lines up drillship Rowan Renaissance for Mexico drilling
(11/6/2018) Total has awarded a contract to Rowan Companies for the R-Class ultra-deepwater drillship Rowan Renaissance to drill an exploration well...

Panoro acquiring OMV Tunisia Upstream for $65 million
(11/6/2018) Panoro Tunisia Production has reached an agreement with Osterreichischen Mineralolverwaltung to acquire OMV Tunisia Upstream...

Madagascar opens licensing round for 44 offshore blocks
(11/6/2018) Madagascar's Office des Mines Nationales et des Industries Strategiques has launched its 2018-19 Licensing Round at Africa Oil Week Conference...

Eni & Lukoil in farmout pacts for 3 Mexico shallow water blocks
(11/6/2018) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi and Lukoil have signed a farmout agreement for the transfer of participating interests in three Mexican exploration licenses...

Australia Pacific LNG to share infrastructure with QCLNG
(11/6/2018) An agreement has been reached on long term infrastructure sharing arrangements between Australia Pacific LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG...

MacGregor cleared to acquire TTS Marine businesses
(11/6/2018) The MacGregor unit of Cargotec has received clearance from the German Federal Cartel Office for acquisition of TTS marine and offshore businesses...

SandRidge sells Trust's underlying oil & gas properties
(11/6/2018) SandRidge Permian Trust's SandRidge Energy unit has sold all of its interests in oil and gas properties underlying the Trust to Avalon Energy...

Roxo sells Texas North Midland Basin leases to Murchison
(11/6/2018) Roxo Energy has sold its interest in oil and gas leases and wells in the Northern Midland Basin, Wolfcamp and Spraberry play...

Cameron LNG commissioning 1st train at Hackberry, Louisiana project
(11/5/2018) Sempra Energy has reported that Cameron LNG has initiated the commissioning process for the support facilities and first liquefaction train...

East Java's Sampang Block Paus Biru-1 well sees high gas readings
(11/5/2018) Cue Energy Resources has advised the operator of the Sampang Block offshore East Java, Indonesia has encountered elevated gas readings...

License conditions met for UK North Sea Rhum Field under US sanctions
(11/5/2018) Serica Energy has reported the license conditions for the UK North Sea Rhum Field, held by the Iranian Oil Company have now been met in full...

Rover Pipeline wins FERC approval of final laterals
(11/5/2018) Energy Transfer has advised the Rover Pipeline has received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to commence gas service...

Lundin facing possible fine & financial loss for Sudan operations
(11/5/2018) Lundin Petroleum has received notification from the Swedish Prosecution Authority it may be liable to a corporate fine and forfeiture of economic benefits...
Union Jack farms into UK East Yorkshire onshore license area
(11/5/2018) Union Jack Oil has signed a farm-in agreement with the Rathlin Energy UK subsidiary of Connaught Oil & Gas, for interest in the PEDL183 permit...

CPS told to decommission Spain's Ayoluengo Field
(11/5/2018) Columbus Energy has advised that its Spanish subsidiary, Compania Petrolifera de Sedano has been ordered to begin decommissioning...

Kreuz Glorious bound for 2-year ONGC project offshore India
(11/5/2018) Kreuz Subsea and consortium partner Seamec Ltd have successfully completed the mobilization of the Kreuz Glorious vessel to India...

Danos contracted by Shell for US Gulf Ursa TLP project
(11/5/2018) The Shell Exploration & Production Company subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has awarded a contract to Danos for coatings maintenance...

Kosmos pairs with Shell for West Africa exploration
(11/5/2018) Kosmos Energy has entered into a strategic exploration alliance with Royal Dutch Shell to jointly explore offshore following farm-ins in West Africa...

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From the Editor

Rigs for recycling dumped in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Dev George
Managing Editor


Up to 80% of offshore drilling rigs, platforms, FPSOs, and allied vessels end their days in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, with most others seeing their final existence end in Turkey and China. With their numbers growing significantly as the aging fleet is replaced with newer versions of them, even more offshore units are to be decommissioned, with most of them to be cut up and recycled and only a few finding another purpose, including as a seafloor coral habitat...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude prices decline a 9th day on growing global stocks

(11/8/2018) Trade at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) went down about 2% today as speculators shifted their focus from most other factors to the growing crude oil supply being stockpiles in virtually every market and increasing at a more rapid pace than had been anticipated...⇒⇒⇒
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