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LLOG scores deepwater US Gulf discovery in Mississippi Canyon
LLOG Exploration has achieved a new deepwater discovery in the US Gulf of Mexico's Mississippi Canyon Block 387 with its Nearly Headless Nick...

More than 66 killed in Mexican pipeline explosion due to illegal tapping
(1/19/2019) Mexican authorities have reported that at least 66 people have been killed and a minimum of 76 have been injured in a fuel pipeline explosion...

Cepemais partners with Ocean Infinity to perform AUV surveys off Brazil
(1/18/2019) Ocean Infinity and partner Cepemais have been contracted to provide high-resolution hydrographic mapping services for Petroleo Brasileiro...

Pertamina to replace Chevron as operator of Indonesia's Rokan Block
(1/18/2019) Indonesia's national oil company Pertamina has been named to replace Chevron in the production-sharing contract for the Rokan Block in Sumatra...

US rotary rig count down 25 rigs this week at 1050
(1/18/2019) Baker Hughes has reported that there was a drop in the US rig count this week of 25 rigs to leave the total of working rotary rigs at 1050...

Touchstone receives encouraging onshore Trinidad prospect evaluation
(1/18/2019) Touchstone Exploration has received a summary of the results of an independent review by GLJ Petroleum Consultants of its Ortoire Block...

Faroe, Shell, & Spirit equalize equity in UK Edinburgh Area
(1/18/2019) Faroe Petroleum has advised that it, Royal Dutch Shell, and Spirit Energy have agreed to equalize their equity in the UK North Sea Edinburgh Area...

Gulf Keystone progressing Kurdistan's Shaikan Field
(1/18/2019) Gulf Keystone Petroleum has reported achieving strong production at its Shaikan Field in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq with 31,563 b/d last year...

Saipem wins $1.3 billion Saudi Aramco Berri & Marjan contracts
(1/18/2019) Saudi Aramco has awarded contracts for the Berri and Marjan Fields in the Saudi sector of the Persian Gulf to Saipem, worth some US$1.3 billion...

Total set to quit upstream Netherlands with gasfields sale
(1/18/2019) Total is planning to end its participation in the Netherlands upstream sector with the sale of its gasfields as a result of the significant decline in reserves...

Corallian to drill Colter Prospect in the UK sector of the English Channel
(1/18/2019) Corallian Energy has concluded its Wick exploration well offshore Scotland, which it found to be water-wet and has moved the rig to drill the Colter Prospect...

Subsea Integration Alliance wins Esso Australia EPCIC contracts
(1/18/2019) Subsea Integration Alliance has been awarded integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning...

PGNiG granted license for Ras Al Khaimah exploration & production
(1/17/2019) Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo has concluded an agreement with the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to undertake exploration and production...

Chevron temporarily shuts in Gorgon LNG Train 3 in Western Australia
(1/17/2019) Chevron Australia has reported its Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Barrow Island off northwest Western Australia has temporarily shutdown...

Bureau Veritas wins major inspection contract for Norway's Fenja Field
(1/17/2019) Bureau Veritas has been awarded a four-year contract with Neptune Energy to provide inspection services for the new Fenja oil and gas field...

Pemex E&P plan for Mexico's Bay of Campeche Esah Field approved
(1/17/2019) Petroleos Mexicanos has reported receiving approval for its exploration and production development plan for the Esah Field offshore Mexico...

Woodside awards FEED contracts for Scarborough project
(1/16/2019) Woodside has awarded four contracts for front-end engineering design activities for Western Australia's Carnarvon Basin Scarborough Project...

Summit & Mitsubishi to start 2nd Bangladesh LNG terminal
(1/16/2019) Bangladesh's second liquefied natural gas receiving terminal floating storage and regasification unit is to commence operations in mid-March...

L&T Hydrocarbon & Subsea 7 win Saudi Aramco EPCI contract
(1/16/2019) The L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, in consortium with Subsea 7, has won another award for two Saudi projects...

CNOOC puts Huizhou 32-5 & 33-1 joint development on production
(1/16/2019) The CNOOC Limited unit of China National Offshore Oil Corporation has reported that it has begun production at the Huizhou 32-5 Huizhou 33-1 project...

NNPC suffers increasing pipeline vandalism across Nigeria
(1/16/2019) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has reported that its operations across Nigeria have suffered a 42.9% increase in pipeline vandalism...
Ragnfrid North a Norwegian Sea gas and condensate discovery
(1/16/2019) Equinor and its partners Petoro, ExxonMobil, and Total, have proven gas and condensate in the Norwegian Sea Ragnfrid North exploration well...

Equinor prepping to drill Verbier appraisal in UK North Sea
(1/16/2019) Jersey Oil & Gas has been advised by Equinor UK, operator of the P2170 UK license area, that the semisubmersible drilling rig West Phoenix will drill...

Total contracts Airborne for deepwater West Africa TCP jumper
(1/16/2019) Airborne Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract from Total to supply a thermoplastic composite pipe jumper for a deepwater project in West Africa...

Corallian Energy's UK North Sea Wick well found all wet
(1/16/2019) Reabold Resources has reported that Corallian Energy has advised that the Wick exploration well in the UK North Sea has been found water-bearing...

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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...⇒⇒⇒
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(1/17/2019) Crude futures slipped slightly today at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as traders considered surging US crude production concurrent with a weakening of global demand, even as the day's further growth in equities supported prices...⇒⇒⇒
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