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Yellowtail-1 the 13th discovery in Guyana's Stabroek Block
(4/18/2019) Hess Corporation has reported operator ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration & Production Guyana has made a new discovery offshore Guyana...

Petrobras confirms Moita Bonita gas extension
(4/19/2019) Petroleo Brasileiro has completed the drilling of its well 3-SES-192/3-BRSA-1367-SES offshore Aracaju, Brazil in the area known as Moita Bonita...

DNV GL in UK extends contract for Dana Petroleum
(4/19/2019) DNV GL has secured a three-year contract across the Dana Petroleum operated assets on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf...

Four Qatar North Field LNG mega-trains EPC contracts up for bid
(4/19/2019) Qatar Petroleum has issued an invitation to tender package for engineering, procurement, and construction of the four liquefied natural gas mega-trains...
Socar completes drilling 1st pf 2 planned Bangladesh wells
(4/19/2019) The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic has competed drilling of the first of two wells it committed to drill in Bangladesh in January...

Union Jack sells stake in UK PEDL143 to UK Oil & Gas
(4/19/2019) Union Jack Oil has conditionally agreed to sell its 7.5% interest in the UK onshore license PEDL143 to UK Oil & Gas subject to an agreement...

US rotary rig count down 10 more rigs this week to 1012
(4/19/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there were ten less rigs actively drilling in the United States rotary rig fleet this week, which lowered the rig count to 1012...

Mari Petroleum makes oil discovery in Pakistan's Punjab Province
(4/19/2019) Mari Petroleum Company and partner Pakistan Petroleum Limited have made an oil discovery with their exploratory well Dharian-I ST-3 in Rawalpindi...

Easternwell contracted to drill Surat Basin gaswells for Senex
(4/18/2019) Senex Energy will start its Surat Basin natural gas drilling program next month with Easternwell set to do the Queensland drilling...

Schlumberger converts stake in Morocco's Anoual permits
(4/18/2019) Schlumberger has converted its existing 27.5% interest in Morocco's Anoual permits to a direct license position with receipt of approval...

Equinor wins seven exploration blocks offshore Argentina
(4/18/2019) Equinor has increased its offshore exploration block portfolio in Argentina with the addition of seven blocks won in the first offshore licensing round...

US FERC issues authorization for Louisiana Driftwood LNG
(4/18/2019) Tellurian has reported that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued authorization for the proposed Driftwood LNG liquefaction facility...

Gazprom Neft developing Yamalo-Nenets Achimov strata
(4/18/2019) Gazpromneft subsidiary Zapolyarye has concluded agreements to start developing the Achimov strata at Russia's Yamburgskoye Field...

Chrysaor acquiring ConocoPhillips UK for $2.67 billion
(4/18/2019) Chrysaor Holdings is to acquire ConocoPhillips' UK oil and gas business for US$2.675 billion, which produced approximately 72,000 boe/d last year...

Eni awarded Block A offshore Ras Al Khaimah
(4/18/2019) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has signed an exploration and production sharing agreement covering Block A offshore Ras Al Khaimah...

Black & Veatch given notice to outfit the Golar Gimi FLNG
(4/17/2019) Black & Veatch, a global leader in floating liquefied natural gas topside solutions, has received a full notice to proceed on work to joutfit the Golar LNG vessel...

Europa selling UKOG its stake in onshore England license
(4/17/2019) Europa Oil & Gas has conditionally agreed to sell its 20% interest in UK onshore license PEDL143 to UK Oil & Gas for a total of £300 000...

Egypt pens pact with IFC for oil & gas infrastructure funding
(4/17/2019) The Fluor Corporation and China Offshore Oil Engineering Company joint venture has completed construction of the central and wellhead platforms...

Halliburton contracted for services in Brazil's Campos & Santos Basins
(4/17/2019) Halliburton Company has obtained an integrated services contract with Royal Dutch Shell for post-salt development and pre-salt exploration...
ConocoPhillips completes sale of its stake in Greater Sunrise Fields
(4/17/2019) ConocoPhillips has completed the transaction to sell its 30% interest in the Greater Sunrise Fields to the government of Timor-Leste...

ExxonMobil & Qatar Petroleum win 3 offshore blocks in Argentina
(4/17/2019) ExxonMobil subsidiary ExxonMobil Argentina Offshore Investments and an affiliate of Qatar Petroleum have won three exploration blocks off Argentina...

Santos appraisal confirms Corvus discovery offshore Western Australia
(4/17/2019) Santos' successful Corvus-2 appraisal of the Corvus Field off Western Australia in the Carnarvon Basin has confirmed a significant gas resource...

Dog swimming 217 km from shore in Thai Gulf rescued by rigworkers
(4/16/2019) Rigworkers on a Chevron Thailand offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Thailand spotted a dog swimming in the open sea 217 km from land...

BP signs Azerbaijan drilling extension contract with Turan Drilling
(4/16/2019) BP, operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli and Shah Deniz Fields in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea, has given a US$500 million extension...

Talos taps down Zama discovery appraisal offshore Mexico
(4/16/2019) Talos Energy has advised that its Zama appraisal program in Block 7 offshore Mexico in the Sureste Basin is underway with the Zama-2 ST1...

Sapura picks up $316 million in 5 new E&C contracts
(4/16/2019 OGI: Singapore) Sapura Energy has won five new contracts worth approximately $316 million for engineering, construction and drilling...

Gazprom and partners lay 1,000 km of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
(4/16/2019) Gazprom has reported it and partners have now laid 1,000 km of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across German, Finnish, and Swedish territorial waters...

Eni Installs first foreign offshore oil facility in Mexican waters
(4/15/2019) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has installed Mexico's first foreign offshore asset with the installation of the its Mizton platform in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico...

Kazakhstan BNG Contract Area wells progressing
(4/15/2019) Caspian Sunrise has reported further developments at its BNG Contract Area in northern Kazakhstan have been accomplished in the first quarter...

Vermilion set to spud 2 exploration wells in NE Croatia
(4/15/2019) Vermilion Energy will drill its first two exploration wells in Croatia in June at two of several key sites in northeastern Croatia in one of the four blocks...

Energean achieves gas discovery at Karish North
(4/15/2019) Energean Oil & Gas has made a gas discovery on its Karish Field in the Eastern Mediterranean on the Karish North Prospect with one of four wells...

Jogmec financing Inpex Offshore Timor-Leste
(4/15/2019) Japan Oil Gas, & Metals National Corporation has revealed it will provide equity financing for the Inpex Offshore Timor-Leste subsidiary of Inpex...

MX Oil achieves 10th lifting from Nigeria's Aje Field
(4/15/2019) MX Oil has advised that oil production from the Aje Field offshore Nigeria in Block OML113 has remained broadly consistent at 3,150 b/d since February...

Black Sea Midia Gas Development Project approved to proceed
(4/15/2019) Black Sea Oil & Gas and its co-venture partners, Petro Ventures Resources and Gas Plus International have received government approval...

Smart Oil granted PSC for China's Bohai Bay Block 09/17
(4/14/2019) China National Offshore Oil Corporation has signed a production sharing contract with Smart Oil Investment for a Bohai block...
Uganda to launch second oil licensing round in May
(4/14/2019) Uganda's Minister of Energy & Mineral Development Irene Muloni has announced plans to launch a second competitive bidding round next month...

McDermott awarded Qatar North Field EPCI contract
(4/12/2019) McDermott International has reported receiving a large contract award from Qatargas for engineering, procurement, construction, and installation...

SeaBird set to purchase two BOA seismic vessels
(4/12/2019) SeaBird Exploration is in an exclusive process to acquire the seismic vessels BOA Galatea and BOA Thalassa in a US$21.7 million transaction...

US rotary rig count down 3 more rigs this week to 1003
(4/12/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there were three less rigs actively drilling in the United States rotary rig fleet, which brought the rig count down to 1022...

BP relinquishing Sichuan, China shale gas PSCs
(4/12/2019) After having undertaken three years of unsuccessful shale gas exploratory operations onshore China in the Sichuan Province, BP has decided to give it up...

Lundin Norway gets go-ahead to drill North Sea exploration well
(4/12/2019) The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has given its consent to the Lundin Norway unit of Lundin Petroleum to proceed with drilling...

Key lining up rigs to drill Queensland Tanbar Gas Project
(4/11/2019) Key Petroleum subsidiary Key Cooper Basin has received three tenders from drilling contractors for the company's Tanbar Gas Project...

Baltic Pipe enviro impact assessment submitted by Gaz-System
(4/11/2019) Gazociagow Przesyłowych has submitted the environmental impact assessment reports for the investment in all three territorial seas...

Egypt pens pact with IFC for oil & gas infrastructure funding
(4/11/2019) The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation on funding infrastructure projects...

Shell signs shale exploration JV with China's Sinopec
(4/11/2019) Royal Dutch Shell has agreed with Sinopec Shengli Oil Field Company to join in exploration for shale oil resources in China's flagship Shengli Field...

Acteon to acquire Benthic to expand surveying capabilities
(4/11/2019) Acteon is to acquire geotechnical and geophysical survey company Benthic to increase its deepwater and ultra-deepwater surveying capabilities...
Genel brings on new Kurd Iraq Taq Taq well at 2,000 b/d
(4/11/2019) Genel Energy has completed, tested, and brought TT-20z, a new production well onstream in the Taq Taq Field onshore Kurdistan Iraq...

OMV prepping to drill off New Zealand's Otago coast
(4/11/2019) Osterreichischen Mineralolverwaltung has retained the COSL Prospector to undertake its exploration Program in New Zealand's Great South Basin...

Shell contracts Shearwater for North Sea & Australia seismic surveys
(4/11/2019) Shearwater GeoServices has received a new, multi-project marine seismic 3D and 4D acquisition contract from Shell International Exploration...

Total to assume operation of Oman's Block 12
(4/11/2019) Total has advised that a heads of agreement has been signed with the Omani Ministry of Oil and Gas for the award to Total of an exploration license...

Shell sells stake in US Gulf Caesar-Tonga development to Delek
(4/11/2019) The Shell Offshore subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell agreed yesterday to sell its non-operated interest in the Caesar-Tonga Field complex in the US Gulf...

Crestwood takes 50% stake in Powder River Basin JV
(4/11/2019) Crestwood Equity Partners and The Williams Companies have concluded an agreement whereby Crestwood Niobrara has acquired a 50% interest...

Ensco and Rowan Companies merge to form Ensco Rowan
(4/11/2019) EnscoRowan has advised that the merger that formed the company has been completed with the satisfaction of the transaction's closing conditions...

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by Taiyab Zain Shariff, Rystad Energy

Oil and gas exploration is off to a flying start in 2019, with majors taking a bigger bite of the conventional resources discovered in the first quarter.
Global discoveries of conventional resources in the first quarter reached a robust 3.2 billion boe...⇒⇒⇒
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