Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gas Field News

Verus Petroleum Mulls 12-Fold Production Growth

Alan Curran. Photo: Verus Petroleum

Aberdeen, UK-based Verus Petroleum has secured a 12-fold increase in its production – from 1,500 to 18,000 barrels per day in less than a year – with the closing of three recent acquisitions on the UK Continental Shelf.A press release from the petroleum exploration and production services provider said that it  has recently completed three significant acquisitions; an interest in the Babbage gas field acquired from Premier Oil on 6th December…

Gazprom Starts Operations at Final Yamal Unit

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Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it had begun operations at a third and final unit at its Bovanenkovo gas field on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, allowing it to boost natural gas production.Gazprom also said it had increased the capacity of the Ukhta-Torzhok gas pipeline, aimed at facilitating Russian gas exports to northern Europe, including via the Nord Stream pipeline.Gazprom plans to export record-high natural gas volumes of 200 bcm to Europe this year.The company said that with the launch of the final unit, Bovanenkovo will reach a

Eni in Talks to Grow Presence in the Gulf

Italian major Eni is in talks to grow its footprint in Oman and the United Arab Emirates as part of plans to build its asset base in the oil-rich Gulf and offset its reliance on Africa, a source close to the matter said.The international oil company has a limited presence in the Middle East, where some of the world's biggest oil and gas reserves lie, producing more than half its output in Africa."Eni is in talks with Oman for various opportunities…

Petronas Q3 Profit Jumps 43%

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Malaysian state-owned energy firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, on Tuesday said it will increase its dividend payout to the government after its third-quarter net profit jumped on higher revenue and oil prices.The new administration led by Mahathir Mohamad is relying more on Petronas - a significant contributor to government revenue and the country's largest employer - to offset a revenue shortfall from the government's plan to…

Delek Drilling to Spin Off Tamar Stake

Tamar Platform (Photo: Albatross Aerial Perspective Ltd. / Delek Drilling)

Israel's Delek Drilling is looking to spin off its remaining 22 percent stake in the offshore Tamar gas field in 2019, the company's chief executive said on Monday.Last year Delek spun off an initial 9.25 percent of Tamar into a new company in Tel Aviv called Tamar Petroleum. It said at the time it expected to get $980 million for the sale.CEO Yossi Abu said Delek Drilling is now focusing abroad, including the Euronext market, since the…

Changing Shale Field to Boost Gas Output

China's Changning shale gas field in southwestern Sichuan province will more than double its output during the winter heating season after putting new wells into operation, China's top oil and gas group CNPC said on Wednesday.Daily output at the field, which began operating in 2015, is expected to reach 12 million cubic metres during the heating season from mid-November through mid-March, CNPC said on its website.That represents an increase of 7.5 million cubic metres a day over last year, a rise of 166 percent, it said.China's Sinopec and Petr

Groningen Gas Production Pared

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The Dutch government on Wednesday confirmed plans to gradually scale back production at the Groningen gas field, beginning with a reduction to 19.4 billion cubic meters (bcm) in the current 2018-2019 year that began in October.In a statement, the government confirmed a draft plan announced in August which will see production falling to below 12 bcm by October 2022, and to 7.5 bcm or possibly much further in the following years, ultimately falling to zero.(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Susan Fenton)

Panoro Energy Buys OMV Tunisia

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London-based E&P company Panoro Energy said its Norwegian subsidiary Panoro Tunisia Production has reached an agreement with OMV Exploration & Production GmbH to acquire 100 percent of the shares of OMV Tunisia Upstream GmbH.According to the Oslo-listed company, the acquisition is for a cash consideration of $65 million.OMV Tunisia Upstream holds a 49 percent interest in five oil producing concessions in Tunisia with net 2P reserves of 8.1 million barrels…

Sonatrach Awards LPG Train Contract to Tecnimont

Algeria's Sonatrach on Monday signed a contract worth $248.5 million with Italy's Maire Tecnimont Spa to build a fourth liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) train at the Hassi Messaoud gas field, Sonatrach's chief executive said.The Italian firm had announced a preliminary deal in September, a spokesperson for Maire Tecnimont said.The train will have a capacity of 8 million cubic metres per day, Sonatrach CEO Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour told reporters, adding that the project was expected to come on line in 30 months.(Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; editing

Bahr Essalam Phase Two to Finish by End 2018

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi (left) with NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla (Photo: NOC)

Seven remaining wells are expected to be online at Libya's Bahr Essalam offshore gas field by the end of the year, the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in a statement on Sunday.The statement came after a meeting between NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla and Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi.

Gazprom 95% Completes TurkStream Gas Pipeline's Offshore Section

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Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom is progressing a number of gas pipeline  stretching across the Black Sea projects with three major projects already 95.5 percent complete, the company claimed.The TurkStream will soon see the completion of its offshore section, bringing closer a consistent the supply of Russian gas to Turkey and its neighbours."The Company continues to pursue the extensive Eastern Gas Program and to build facilities associated with supplying gas to domestic consumers and to China.

Norway's Aasta Hansteen Field to Start Producing Gas

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Norway's Aasta Hansteen gas field will start production from Nov.

High-End Seismic Imaging Solves Shallow Gas Challenges

This slice, at a depth of 595 m through the Q model, clearly highlights the extent of the Peon gas field (image courtesy of CGG Multi-Client & New Ventures)

The latest Q modeling, and Q-compensating imaging techniques bring greater clarity to Northern Viking GrabenCGG has recently completed seismic depth imaging of its entire Northern Viking Graben multi-client survey, in the Norwegian North Sea. The latest visco-acoustic (“Q”) velocity modeling and seismic imaging technologies have been applied to BroadSeis broadband variable-depth streamer field data, acquired between 2014 and 2016. The final output forms a contiguous data volume covering 35…

Shell Sells its Danish Upstream Assets for $1.9 Bln

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Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its Danish upstream business to Norwegian Energy (Noreco) in a deal valuing the assets at $1.9 billion, as part of its wider divestment strategy, the company said on Wednesday.The sale brings Shell's three-year $30 billion divestment plan close to its conclusion, having begun the process in 2015 after the acquisition of BG Group. Deals so far have included large portfolios in the British North Sea, Gabon…

Algeria Hopes to Have Energy Law Ready by 2019 - Sonatrach CEO

Algeria wants to have a new energy law ready by the first half of 2019 and might use Mexico's legislation as inspiration, the CEO of state energy firm Sonatrach said on Tuesday.The North African OPEC member has been preparing changes to its hydrocarbon law in a bid to attract foreign investors that have stayed away in recent years, citing bureaucracy and tough terms."A good model of an energy law is Mexico's as it allowed them to attract $300 billion in investment ...

Hoegh LNG Vessel to Leave Egypt Before Weekend

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Egypt's petroleum minister said on Tuesday that a regasification vessel would leave Egypt by the end of the week, a day after Norway's Hoegh LNG said Egypt was to give up one of its two floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.The minister, Tarek El Molla, told Reuters the other vessel would stay behind as part of the petroleum ministry's strategy to maintain energy supplies for the country.Hoegh said Egypt Natural Gas Holding (EGAS)…

Wintershall Struggles to Boost Output from Norway's Maria Field

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German oil firm Wintershall's flagship project in Norway - the Maria oil and gas field - is not meeting output expectations due to water injection issues, the company said on Monday.The field, which started nine months ahead of schedule at end-2017, was welcomed by the Norwegian government as an innovative project to squeeze more barrels from Norway's continental shelf.But 10 months after the startup Maria's output has not lived up to expectations."The production performance of the Maria field does not yet fully meet our expectations…

US Grants BP, Serica Licence to Run Iran-owned North Sea Field

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BP and Serica Energy received a conditional licence from U.S. authorities to continue operating a North Sea gas field partly owned by Iran's national oil company, Serica said in a statement.The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control extended a licence for U.S.

China's Top Gas Field to Produce Record Amount of Gas This Year

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China's Changqing oil and gas field, operated by state energy giant PetroChina, is expected to produce record amount of natural gas this year exceeding 38 billion cubic meters (bcm), as more wells were brought online, its parent company CNPC said on Monday,Changqing, in northern China, the largest gas producer in the country, has nearly 11,000 wells in production by late September, after over 100 new wells started pumping, CNPC said on its news website.At 38 bcm, the output at Changqing makes up about a quarter of China's total gas production.S

Equinor's Martin Linge Field Costs Rise Again, Start-up Delayed

Martin Linge utility module installation by the heavy-lift vessel "Thialf" in July this year. (Photo: Jan Arne Wold and Bo B. Randulff / Equinor ASA)

Norway has again revised up the estimated cost of developing the Martin Linge oil and gas field, which state-controlled Equinor bought from France's Total last year, with the start-up delayed until 2020, according to the fiscal budget.The North Sea field is now expected to cost 47 billion crowns ($5.7 billion) to develop, up from the 41 billion crowns estimated last year, and 59 percent more than originally seen in 2012.The field's start-up has also been pushed back to the first quarter of 2020 from the first half of 2019…