Sunday, June 16, 2019

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W&T Strikes Oil in US Gulf of Mexico

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Oil and natural gas producer W&T Offshore has discovered oil at the Gladden Deep prospect in Mississippi Canyon block 800 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.W&T is operator of the well, which is one of 14 planned for the drilling program under the Monza JV. The company owns a 17.25% interest in the discovery.Gladden Deep is located in approximately 3,000 feet of water and was drilled to a total measured depth of 18,324 feet and encountered 201 feet of net oil pay.

Chevron Starts Gorgon Stage Two Drilling

Gorgon subsea structure being lowered to the ocean floor. Image: Chevron

Chevron Australia and the Gorgon joint venture participants have started the Gorgon Stage 2 drilling campaign off the northwest coast of Western Australia.Gorgon Stage Two is an expansion of the existing subsea gas gathering network on the Chevron-led Gorgon facility and is part of the project’s original development plan.Chevron Australia Managing Director Al Williams said the campaign will drill 11 additional wells in the Gorgon…

Trump Administration to Revise Offshore Safety Rules

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The Trump administration will unveil on Thursday its final plan to roll back offshore drilling safety measures put in place by the Obama administration after the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst in U.S. history, raising concerns by some groups over potential risks to workers and the environment.The Interior Department will announce the final revised rule at an afternoon event in Port Fourchon, a Louisiana seaport that services over 90% of the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwater oil production.Last year…

Exxon, Chevron Accelerate Shale Production

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The two biggest U.S. oil companies Chevron and ExxonMobil plan to significantly ramp up production in the US shale heartland as the oil behemoths are seeking to go from shale to scale in the Permian.Rystad Energy’s shale team analysed as to which operator holds the best potential in the prolific basin spanning parts of Texas and New Mexico and announced that Chevron has the better opportunity to continue to grow post 2030.ExxonMobil will have to drill about twice as many new wells as Chevron to reach the communicated production goal.

Mexico to Invite 4 Firms to Bid on Pemex Oil Refinery

The Mexican government will invite four companies to bid in a restricted tender for work building the new Dos Bocas refinery for state oil company Pemex, Energy Minister Rocio Nahle said at a news conference on Monday.Dos Bocas would be Pemex's seventh domestic refinery and is intended to help wean Mexico off growing fuel imports, a major campaign promise of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December.Nahle said that the refinery…

Eni Makes Major Oil Find Offshore Angola

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Italian oil major Eni said on Wednesday it has made a major discovery in Block 15/06, in the Agogo exploration prospect, in the deep waters offshore Angola.The find is Angola's largest offshore discovery in years. Eni said the discovery is estimated to contain between 450 and 650 million barrels of light oil with further upside.The discovery was made in the Agogo-1 NFW well, located approximately 180 kilometers off the coast and about 20 kilometers west from the N’Goma floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO).

BP Dishes Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Contracts

Oil major BP has awarded subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and subsea production system (SPS) equipment contracts to services providers McDermott International and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project, located offshore Mauritania and Senegal.The Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field is located offshore on the border between Mauritania and Senegal, and contains an estimated resources…

DEA Extends Concessions in Egypt

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German oil company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG has said it has extended its concessions for the Ras Budran and Zeit Bay oil fields in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. DEA’s General Manager Sameh Sabry signed the new concession agreement. The new agreement extends the concession for five years ending mid-2022. It includes an optional extension of another five years until 2027, subject to mutual agreement.Sameh Sabry says: “I am delighted that we managed to agree on a concession extension.

Aker Energy Hits Oil Offshore Ghana

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Aker Energy, as the operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block, announced Monday that it encountered oil in the Pecan South-1A well south of the main Pecan field offshore Ghana.Aker Energy said it is in the process of analyzing the well result and will commence further drilling to verify the volume estimate. These volumes will be an addition to the gross contingent resources (2C) from the existing discoveries in the area…

Trump Warns Saudi Arabia on Oil Prices

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U.S. President Donald Trump has warned OPEC not to tighten the oil market too much and risk another spike in prices that could harm the global economy – and his re-election campaign in 2020.“Oil prices getting too high,” the president warned in a message posted on Twitter on Monday. “OPEC please relax and take it easy. World cannot take a price hike – fragile!”The president has kept up a regular commentary on oil prices over the last year and has pressed Saudi Arabia…

Coal's Uncertain Future and Glencore's Output Cap

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It's been weird in the coal world in recent days, with the world's largest shipper saying it's capping output, biggest seaborne buyer China putting restrictions on some imports, and an Australian court saying mines must factor in climate change.Throw in an executive at a major Indian coal-fired power generator saying his company won't build any new plants as coal can't compete with renewables, and it's little surprise that environmental…

Repsol Unveils Big Gas Discovery in Indonesia

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Spanish energy giant Repsol has made a substantial natural gas discovery in Indonesia along with its partners, Malaysia's Petronas and Japan's Mitsui Oil Exploration (Moeco).The company described the discovery in South Sumatra as "the largest gas find in Indonesia in 18 years" and one of the 10 largest in the world over the past 12 months.The discovery is also among the ten largest finds worldwide in the last 12 months. The KBD-2X…

McDermott Bags Pan Malaysia Jobs

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American multinational McDermott International has announced Malaysian offshore projects contracts for developing pan Malaysia oil fields.One contracts was from Sarawak Shell Berhad and the other from Sapura Exploration and production, a press release from the fully-integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry said.McDermott's scope of work for SSB includes the transportation and installation of jackets, topsides and pipelines for the Gorek gas field.

Total Plans Biggest Exploration Drive in Years

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Total is launching its biggest exploration campaign for years in 2019 as part of a turnaround plan that is ditching the company's focus on risky long-shots in favor of areas known to contain commercial levels of oil or gas.The French major aims to drill 23 wells this year, its senior vice president for exploration, Kevin McLachlan, told Reuters, in waters off Mauritania, Senegal, Namibia, South Africa, Guyana and Brazil.While the company declined to say how many wells it drilled in 2018…

LNG Import: China is World's No. 2 buyer in 2018

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China's imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in December soared 25 percent from the same period a year earlier to a monthly record of 6.29 million tonnes, customs data showed on Wednesday.The previous record of 5.99 million tonnes was set in November.For the whole of 2018, imports grew 41 percent from 2017 to a record 53.78 million tonnes, according to the data from the General Administration of Customs. That saw China retain its position as the world's second-buyer buyer of the super-chilled fuel after Japan…

Barclays Rejects Arctic Drilling

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U.K.-based international bank Barclays  announced a new energy policy that significantly restricts the bank’s financing for the exploration or extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic.The policy  rules out funding for companies seeking to drill in the Arctic Refuge as well as other climate change threats.According to the British multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in London, arctic oil and gas…

DNO Clinches Faroe Petroleum

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Norwegian oil company DNO has secured control of Faroe Petroleum, a day after raising its hostile bid for the British company to 641.7 million pounds ($819 million).The move effectively ends a bitter battle that started around nine months ago when DNO bought a stake in the British firm, only for Faroe to resist its requests for board seats.DNO said on Wednesday it owned or had acceptances for its bid representing 52.44 percent of Faroe’s share capital…

Three60 Acquires North Sea Construction and Commissioning

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Australian energy services group Three60 Energy  has acquired Aberdeen-based North Sea Construction and Commissioning (NSCC) for an undisclosed sum. This is now the fourth company to be added to the fast-developing energy services group which now employs over 320 people.Established in 2017, NSCC specialises in the provision of construction, mechanical completion and commissioning support services for the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry…

Eni Makes New Oil Find Offshore Angola

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Italy's Eni said it ha struck a new oil discovery in the Afoxé exploration prospect located in Block 15/06, offshore Angola.The discovery, estimated to contain between 170 and 200 million barrels of light oil in place, was made in the Afoxé-1 NFW well located in the southeast area of Block 15/06, approximately 120 kilometers off the coast, 50 kilometers southwest from the Olombendo floating production, storage and offloading unit…

Sound Energy Starts Drilling Well in Eastern Morocco

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Moroccan focused upstream gas company Sound Energy confirmed that the drilling at TE-10, the second well of a planned three exploration well campaign in Eastern Morocco, has commenced.The TE-10 well will test the North East Lakbir prospect in the Company's Greater Tendrara permit and is located approximately 25 kilometres to the northeast of the recently awarded Tendrara production concession.The well is designed to test both a material TAGI stratigraphic trap and a smaller TAGI structural closure.