Monday, October 14, 2019

Gas Field News

Sinopec Resumes Production at Sichuan Gas Processing Unit

China's Sinopec Corp last month resumed production at a key natural gas processing plant in southwestern Sichuan province after a planned maintenance, the parent company of the state oil and gas group said on Tuesday.By August-end, Sinopec had completed maintenance at a desulphurising facility at Puguang gas field - the firm's largest gas-producing asset in China - ahead of the heating season, which normally begins at mid-November.There…

Europe Looks for Gas as Groningen Folds

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Europe’s energy landscape will be completely changed once the Dutch shut down the largest gas field on the continent years ahead of schedule, according to Rystad Energy.The Netherland recently announced that production at Groningen – Europe’s largest gas field – will be halted in 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned. However, despite the ambitious target of decommissioning the field by 2022, Rystad Energy expects that there could…

Oil Search Boss to Retire in 2020

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Papua New Guinea's biggest company Oil Search Ltd said on Tuesday long-serving Managing Director Peter Botten will retire from the firm next year after 25 years in the role, just as the company enters a major growth phase in PNG and Alaska.Botten will be succeeded by senior executive Keiran Wulff in February and will step down from the board on Aug. 25."Under his leadership, Oil Search has grown from a small exploration and production company to a regionally significant oil…

Mozambique Eyes $880 Mln in Tax from Anadarko Takeover

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Mozambique is targeting $880 million in capital gains tax from the takeover of Anadarko Petroleum by Occidental Petroleum, local newspaper O Pais reported on Friday.Anadarko led a liquefied natural gas project in the southern African country, but it was replaced by Total after the French oil major agreed to buy Anadarko's African assets as part of the Occidental takeover.President Filipe Nyusi announced the capital gains tax target after he met Occidental and Total managers in the city of Chimoio, O Pais reported.Mozambique's economy has been h

Inpex Eyes Australia Expansion

Ichthys LNG onshore facilities (Photo: Inpex)

Inpex Corp, Japan's top oil and gas company, wants to expand in Australia at its Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and through potential acquisitions, as part of a plan to become a major regional gas company, its Australian boss said."In Australia our focus is on fully utilizing our Ichthys LNG facilities while creating a solid base for future expansion," Inpex's president director for Australia, Hitoshi Okawa, told Reuters in an interview on Friday.Inpex completed construction last year on its first LNG project…

Woodside Looks to Sell Gas Assets

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Australian oil and gas producer Woodside is seeking to reduce its stakes in the Scarborough gas field at home and in Canada's Kitimat liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to cut its capital exposure, its chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.The comments by CEO Peter Coleman came after speculation Saudi Aramco could be interested in Scarborough, a gas resource that, once developed, would feed into and expand Woodside's Pluto LNG production…

PGNiG Starts Norwegian Drilling

Platform Deepsea Nordkapp. Photo: Odfjell Drilling

Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG said its unit PGNiG Upstream Norway started drilling an exploration well in licence area PL838 (the Shrek prospect) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, for the first time in the role of the operator.It is the first exploration well in this licence area, located in the vicinity of the Skarv oil and gas field, in which PGNiG holds a 12% interest, said the subsidiary of Polish Oil and Gas Company."The main objective of our operations in Norway is to scale up our own production of gas in the region.

Novatek Wins Arctic Gas Field

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Novatek said that its wholly-owned subsidiary Arctic LNG 1 has won an auction for a geological survey, exploration and production license for the subsoil area including the Soletsko-Khanaveyskoye gas field.The license is located on the Gydan peninsula in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, said the natural gas producer in Russia.The license area has estimated hydrocarbon resources of 2,183 billion cubic meters of gas and 212 million tons of liquids…

CNOOC Earnings on the Rise

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China's national offshore producer CNOOC Ltd reported a near 19% rise in first-half profit on Thursday, as higher sales of oil and gas offset weaker global oil prices.The listed arm of state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp said that it was able to manage the impact on its business of the China-U.S. trade war and CNOOC President Xu Keqiang said the company would boost oil output to offset currency effects amid the escalating trade…

BP Exits Alaska with $5.6Bln Sale

Aerial view of BP Alaska's Prudhoe Bay operations. Photo: BP Images

British oil major BP Alaska announced that it is selling its entire business to Hilcorp Alaska, marking the exit from Alaska after six decades.The $5.6 billion sale includes Opens a New Window. interests in the Prudhoe Bay oil field, Point Thomson gas field and the trans-Alaska pipeline system, BP said in a release.Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive, said: "Alaska has been instrumental in BP's growth and success for well over half a century and our work there has helped shape the careers of many throughout the company.

African LNG to Attract $103Bln in 2019

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With greenfield investments in Nigeria, Egypt, Mozambique and elsewhere reaching nearly $103 billion this year, it is clear that liquefaction is viewed as the most profitable strategy for realizing Africa’s gas potential, said Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).Africa is an exciting frontier in the global natural gas sector. The continent holds 7.1 percent of proven global gas reserves and is expected to contribute nearly 10 percent of…

Empyrean Energy to Spud Well in Indonesia

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Australia's Empyrean Energy provided an operational update in relation to the upcoming drilling campaign in the Duyung PSC in the West Natuna basin, offshore Indonesia, in which Empyrean holds an 8.5% interest.The oil and gas development company with interests in China, Indonesia and the United States, said that  campaign will comprise of two wells, an exploration well designed to test the Tambak prospect beneath the central area of the Mako gas field…

Centrica Extends Stork Contract

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Fluor Corporation announced that Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, was awarded a contract extension by Centrica Storage Limited to continue providing fabric maintenance and associated services for the company’s UK onshore and offshore oil and gas assets. Fluor said it booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2019.“Stork is extremely pleased to deepen our long-term relationship with Centrica in the UK by providing services to extend the life and efficiency of its assets in the northeast of England…

EOG Bags Offshore Ireland Licence

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United Kingdom-based exploration and production company Europa Oil & Gas  (EOG) has been awarded a 15-year frontier exploration licence for an area in the Slyne Basin, offshore Ireland.The area includes Europa’s flagship Inishkea prospect, which lies immediately to the north-west of the producing Corrib gas field in the Corrib Field Petroleum Lease Area.The Inishkea prospect has estimated gross mean un-risked prospective gas resources of…

Stork Awarded Evergreen Gig for UK Assets

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Fluor Corporation announced that Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, was awarded a contract extension by Centrica Storage Limited to continue providing fabric maintenance and associated services for the company’s UK onshore and offshore oil and gas assets.Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2019, said a release.“Stork is extremely pleased to deepen our long-term relationship with Centrica in the UK by providing services to extend the life and efficiency of its assets in the northeast of England…

Boskalis Wins Woodside Scarborough Contract

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Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the contract for the seabed intervention and shore crossing activities for Woodside’s proposed Scarborough export gas pipeline in northwest Australia.The contract awarded by Woodside Energy Ltd. (Woodside), in its capacity as operator of the Scarborough Joint Venture, potentially carries a value of EUR 145 million if all options are called and is subject to a final investment…

South-Khadyryakhinskoye Gas Flows

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Russian largest independent gas producer and LNG player Novatek has begun commercial production at the South-Khadyryakhinskoye gas field, whose capacity is estimated at about 1 bcm of natural gas per year.“The South-Khadyryakhinskoye field is located in close proximity to the Company’s existing infrastructure, which allowed us to quickly commence initial gas production and optimize the field’s capital costs,” said Novatek’s Chairman of the…

Leviathan Platform Starts Voyage to Israel

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The gas platform for the Leviathan natural gas field is on its way to Israel from the Gulf of Mexico, the partners in the project said on Sunday.The first of four barges transporting the production structure units has left Texas and the other three will set sail in the coming weeks. In September, all the units will be installed on the jacket of the platform already in place 10 kilometers from Israel's shore.After connecting the units to the platform…

The Fundamentals of AI in Oil and Gas

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The oil and gas industry has cutting-edge technology when it comes to the processes of drilling for oil, but when it comes to invoicing and scheduling crews and equipment, the technology is rather basic. On top of the antiquated technology for administration work, the oil and gas industry faces challenges of working in unconnected environments and complex pricing of their products and services.When taking into consideration these challenges, artificial intelligence (AI) innovation is not the first thought for the oil and gas industry.

Mitsui, JOGMEC join Arctic LNG-2

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Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co and state-owned Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) have signed a sales and purchase agreement with Russia’s Novatek for a 10% participation interest in the Arctic LNG 2 project.The share will be acquired through the Dutch Company, Japan Arctic LNG B.V., in which Mitsui has invested jointly with JOGMEC. The equity ratio of JOGMEC and Mitsui will be set at 75 percent and 25 percent respectively.The…