Saturday, March 23, 2019

Oil And Gas News

US Rig Cuts Continue

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a fifth week in a row to its lowest in nearly a year as independent producers follow through on plans to cut spending on new drilling with the government cutting…

Schlumberger, Rockwell Form Automation JV

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Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation and oilfield services provider Schlumberger have teamed up to create what they're calling the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider.The new Houston based joint venture…

The Decommissioning, Marine Life Connection

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Data sharing and better understanding of how marine life interacts with manmade structures is the target for the next phase of the Insite program.What to do with offshore structures is a sticky problem for oil companies, regulators and policy makers alike…

Ophir Agrees to be Bought by Medco

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London-listed Ophir Energy Plc said on Wednesday it agreed to be bought by Indonesian oil and gas group Medco for a sweetened cash bid of 408.4 million pounds ($539 million) after previously agreeing to a lower offer.Under the terms…

Energean Facing Delays at Epsilon

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Energean trimmed the top end of its 2019 production forecast after facing delays at its Epsilon well in Greece, the oil and gas producer said on Thursday.Energean expects to produce between 5,000 and 5,500 barrels of oil per day in 2019…

Murphy Oil Sells Malaysian Assets

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Murphy Oil Corp said on Thursday it is exiting Malaysia with the $2.13 billion sale of its oil and gas assets to a Thai company and will use the deal proceeds to pay down debt, buy back shares and fund potential deals in the United States.The buyer…

GoM Lease Bids Hit $244mln

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Oil and gas Lease Sale 252 generated $244.3 million in high bids for 227 tracts covering 1,261,133.85 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). According to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management data, that’s still way below the…

Global Energy Takes Over Apollo Offshore

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Global Energy Group, the provider of contract services to the oil and gas industry, has bought a majority stake in Aberdeen-based Apollo Offshore Engineering, forming a new contractor firm.The new company will be named Global Engineering and Construction (E&C)…

Oil Majors Rush to Dominate US Shale

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In New Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, Exxon Mobil Corp is building a massive shale oil project that its executives boast will allow it to ride out the industry's notorious boom-and-bust cycles.Workers at its Remuda lease near Carlsbad - part of a staff of 5…

Exxon Mulls FEED for Far East LNG Project

Exxon Mobil's Russian unit may take a decision this year on the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for its Far East Liquefied Natural Gas project with Rosneft, Alexander Popov, vice president at Exxon Neftegaz, said on Wednesday.The company is continuing to hold talks on gas supplies from

US Lease Sale a Test for Drilling Demand

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The Trump administration will hold its fourth major auction for oil and gas leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, in a fresh test of demand from drillers that have lately been shying away from the region.The outcome of the…

Norway Oil Exploration Refunds Are Not State Aid -ESA

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Norway's regulations allowing oil and gas companies to claim refunds for exploration spending do not constitute state aid, the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority (ESA) said on Wednesday."Having scrutinized it on the basis of a comprehensive complaint…

Wood's Profit Beats Estimates

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Wood Plc's 2018 profit topped market expectations as the British oilfield and engineering services provider trumpeted the success of its 2017 takeover of smaller rival Amec Foster Wheeler and increased revenue synergies from the deal.Aberdeen…

Woodside Invests in Cyber Security

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Australia's largest independent oil and gas company said it has invested in a Western Australian company specializing in the protection and security of critical infrastructure.Woodside will take a 10% shareholding in Sapien Cyber, subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent…

Urquhart Joins Reactive Downhole Tools

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well completion solutions provider Reactive Downhole Tools announced MOnday it has appointed Niall Urquhart as VP Eastern Hemisphere.Urquhart brings to the position more than 10 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including project engineer for Baker Hughes…

Rising US Oil Clout on Show in Houston

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A glance at the attendee list at one of the world's largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics.Present: top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo.

US Rig Count Lowest Since April 2018

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a fourth week in a row with drilling slowing to its lowest in nearly a year, prompting the government to cut crude output growth forecasts.Drillers cut one oil rig in the week to March 15…

Seismic Shoot Offshore South Africa Begins

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Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, has announced the start of a new 3D marine seismic acquisition programme over the Paddavissie Fairway on Block 11B/12B offshore South…

Norway to Offer More Arctic Exploration Blocks

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Norway plans to expand the offshore oil and gas acreage offered to companies under its annual licensing round in so-called predefined areas (APA), oil minister Kjell-Boerge Freiberg said on Thursday.The 2019 APA round will offer 90 new blocks…

Equinor Extends Oceaneering Contract

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Houston-based subsea engineering company Oceaneering International has secured a contract renewal from Equinor, the Norwegian multinational energy company, covering the provision of maintenance, reliability and integrity management.The oilfield provider of engineered services and products…