Monday, October 14, 2019

Oil And Gas Exploration News

Norway Sovereign Fund to Divest E&P Firms

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Norway's $1.1 trillion sovereign fund will divest companies solely dedicated to oil and gas exploration and production in a bid to shield itself from a long-term fall in oil prices, the finance ministry said late on Tuesday.The move will partly shift the world's largest sovereign wealth fund away from oil and gas, as called for by the central bank, which had originally sought to remove all petroleum producers to protect the country if oil prices fell.The fund will continue to maintain stakes in refiners and other downstream firms.An earlier decision to maintain investments in so-called integrated oil firms…

China, Philippines: 'Bigger Step' Possible Offshore

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a "bigger step" in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can "properly" handle their dispute over sovereignty.Xi made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting in Beijing with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has positioned himself as a friend of Beijing but has come under growing pressure at home to push back against China's maritime assertiveness.The visit comes amid a recent rise in tension on multiple fronts, with Chinese vessels challenging energy assets and sea boundaries of Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, prompting the United States to accuse China of "co

Lekoil Acquires Interest in Niger Delta Basin

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Nigeria and West Africa-focused oil and gas exploration and development company Lekoil has agreed to acquire, subject to the receipt of the required consents, a 45% participating interest in the production sharing contract (PSC) in relation to the oil prospecting licence (OPL) 276.The PSC is acquired by Lekoil 276 Limited, which is a 100 per cent. owned subsidiary of Lekoil Nigeria, covers a territory located onshore in the eastern Niger Delta basin.The agreed acquisition, from Newcross Petroleum, is for a total staged consideration of US$5million.

Ocean Monarch Mobilises to Otway

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Australian upstream oil and gas exploration and production company Cooper Energy  announced the semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Monarch, operated by Diamond Offshore, has commenced mobilisation from the Gippsland Basin to the Otway Basin where it is to drill 2 offshore gas exploration wells.According to a press release, the wells, Annie-1 and Elanora-1, will be the first offshore gas exploration wells drilled in the Otway Basin in seven years.Cooper Energy (Operator and 50% interest holder) and Mitsui E&P Australia (50% interest) are drilling the wells to identify new sources of gas supply for south-east Australia…

Turkey to Drill Near Cyprus for Three Months

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Turkey launched a second drilling ship on Thursday which will conduct natural gas operations off the northeast coast of Cyprus for three months, a move which risks aggravating a conflict with Cyprus over jurisdiction rights for oil and gas exploration.Turkey and the internationally recognised Cypriot government have overlapping claims in that part of the Mediterranean, an area thought to be rich in natural gas.Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said at the launch of the vessel, Yavuz, it would operate in a borehole near Cyprus' Karpas peninsula, and reach a depth of 3…

Asian Renewables Investment on the Rise

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Renewable energy investment in the Asia-Pacific region will overtake spending on oil and gas exploration by 2020, consultancy Rystad Energy said on Monday.Total capital expenditure in renewables will rise above $30 billion in the region by 2020, just overtaking investment into exploration and production for oil and natural gas, the consultancy said.India, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea will be the leading destinations for investment in Asia, according to Rystad.The company focuses on China separately and did not include the nation in this assessment.

Environmental Activists Block BP London HQ

Activists blockade entrances to the BP headquarters in London, demanding an end to new oil and gas exploration. The campaigners arrived at 3 a.m. on Monday and encased themselves in heavy containers before the oil company’s annual general meeting on Tuesday. Other activists are also climbing the building to hang signs from the windows. (© Chris J Ratcliffe / Greenpeace)

Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to BP's London headquarters on Monday, demanding one of the world's biggest energy companies ends all new oil and gas exploration or goes out of business.Greenpeace activists arrived at the building in St James' Square in central London at 0200 GMT and encased themselves in specially designed containers to block all of the main entrances.A team of activists abseiled from the top of the building and placed huge letters over the windows reading 'CLIMATE EMERGENCY'."BP is fuelling a climate emergency that threatens millions of lives and the future of the living world…

Pemex Requests $8bn Loan Amid Heavy Uncertainty

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Petróleos Mexicanos’ (Pemex) US$8 billion bank loan comes amid heavy investor uncertainty over the oil company’s debt load, but lenders wanting to maintain links with Pemex and the left-wing administration overseeing the firm may have little choice but to commit to the financing.The state-backed oil producer is tapping its relationship banks to refinance a chunk of liabilities, a big ask when there is minimal visibility over Pemex’s refining capabilities and doubts over future revenue for a company that was once a darling among fixed-income investors.“No one is excited about it,” said a senior banker following the transaction.“The credit is very difficult.

Timeline: Occidental's Anadarko Victory

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Before Occidental Petroleum Corp clinched a deal on Thursday to buy Anadarko Petroleum Corp for $38 billion, it pursued its U.S. oil and gas exploration and production rival for nearly two years, culminating in the sector's most high-profile public contest since the 1980s.For most of Occidental's pursuit, Anadarko snubbed its overtures, arguing its offers were too risky. Last month, it entered into a deal with deep-pocketed oil major Chevron Corp to sell itself for $33 billion in cash and stock.Yet Occidental turned the tables on Chevron by securing a $10 billion investment from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and an $8.8 billion asset sale to France's Total SA .

Novatek Sell 20% Stake in Arctic LNG 2 to China

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Russian gas producer Novatek said on  that it had signed agreements with two Chinese companies to sell a combined 20 percent stake in its new liquefied natural gas project, Arctic LNG 2.Under the agreement, the Chinese firms -CNOOC and CNODC - will become shareholders in the Arctic LNG project with 10 percent each. Novatek gave no financial details in a statement announcing the agreements.According to a press release, Novatek  has signed a binding agreement to enter the Arctic LNG 2 project with China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company Ltd (CNODC)…

Chrysaor to Buy ConocoPhillips’ UK Assets

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Chrysaor has reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips’ oil and gas exploration and production assets in the UK for $2.675 billion, the companies announced on Thursday.Full-year 2018 production and year-end 2018 proved reserves associated with the assets being sold were approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) and approximately 99 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), respectively. This acquisition increases Chrysaor’s pro forma 2018 production to 177,000 boepd, making Chrysaor one of the largest oil and gas producers in the UK North Sea.The transaction will be backdated to January 1…

Vermilion to Drill Exploration Wells in Central Europe

Canada's Vermilion Energy will drill its first two exploration wells in Croatia in June, a senior official from the company said on Monday. Vermilion won four licences in 2015 for oil and gas exploration in Croatia's flat northeastern areas and the drilling will take place on one of these."Although we see evidence of gas charge from the new seismic data we have acquired, we'll not know for sure whether any of this is commercially producible until after these initial wells are completed," Bryan Sralla, who heads the unit for central and eastern Europe…

Gazprom’s Arctic Offshore Platform Hits Milestone

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Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) said that the Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov loaded the milestone 10-millionth tonne of commercial oil produced at Prirazlomnaya offshore platform in the Pechora Sea.The energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production said that this cargo of oil has become the 150th shipped from the platform since the transportation began in April 2014.Symbolically, it…

Genel Energy Names Higgs CEO

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Genel Energy Plc named oil veteran and Chief Operating Officer Bill Higgs as its top executive, the oil and gas exploration and production company said on Monday.Higgs' appointment as chief executive officer comes as the company, the largest holder of reserves and resources in Iraq's Kurdistan region, negotiates with the regional government to develop Bina Bawi field after it wrote down $424 million on neighboring Miran oil and gas field in March.The company swung to an operating loss of $254.6 million in the year ended Dec. 31, including the non-cash charge…

Shell Faces Lawsuit From Environmentalists

Environmentalist and human rights groups said on Friday they had started a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands to force the energy firm to cut its reliance on fossil fuels.The groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, handed over a court summons to Shell at its headquarters in The Hague, demanding it stop extracting oil and gas and cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050."Shell spends billions on oil and gas exploration each year, with current plans to invest just 5 percent of its budget in sustainable energy and 95 percent in exploiting fossil fuels," the groups said.They said Shell's plans were "incompatible with the goal to limi

Petrobras to Bid in Israeli Gas Tender

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Israel's energy minister said on Sunday that Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras will take part in a tender to explore for oil and gas off Israel's shore, Reuters reports."It was agreed that Petrobras ... will take part in a process of oil and gas exploration in Israel," Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro began a visit to Israel.A previous auction elicited bids from only two groups of companies, but prospects in the waters offshore Israel have become potentially more lucrative following a number…

Wellesley Hits Dry Well in North Sea

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Norwegian oil and gas exploration company Wellesley Petroleum has drilled another dry well in the Norwegian section of the North Sea, 220 kilometers northwest of Stavanger.The explorer for oil and gas sees second dry well this year with latest probe using semisub Transocean Arctic. "Following last month’s announcement of a dry well in the production license 931, Wellesley has now failed to hit the target at the 25/1-13 wildcat in the production license 871," said a statement.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Wednesday that the objective of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Eocene (the Frigg formation).According to NPD…

Ecopetrol Wins Offshore Colombia Block

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Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA has signed Colombia’s first offshore exploration and production contract under a newly revised contract model.According to a report in Reuters, the deal for a nearly 400,000-hectare (988,000-acre) bloc in the Caribbean is country’s first new oil and gas contract in more than four years.The Col-5 tract in the Caribbean Sea is adjacent to US independent Anadarko Petroleum's Purple Angel gas find.The country recently modified its bidding system for offshore oil and gas exploration contracts and relaunched bidding for more than 20 possible production areas…

Asia: Pertamina, Petronas Join Forces

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Indonesian state-owned energy company PT Pertamina and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) of Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop oil and gas business – upstream and downstream, not only in Indonesia or Malaysia but also in other countries.As per MoU, Pertamina will swap crude produced in its Malaysian fields of Kikeh, Kimanis and Kidurong with crude from Petronas' Indonesian fields of Jabung and Ketapang, said a Reuters report quoting Pertamina sources.Meanwhile, Pertamina,  Jakarta-based state-owned oil and natural gas corporation…

INPEX Selects NAPA for LNG Carrier Fleet

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Japan's largest oil and gas exploration and production company INPEX Corporation has installed ClassNK-NAPA GREEN for monitoring operations on three of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.NAPA said that Inpex awarded a deal to the company for the provision of a solution for monitoring and follow-up of ship operations on two LNG carriers built to service the Ichthys project and one LNG carrier for Shell’s Prelude FLNG project.With the core motivation of accurately verifying the technical performance of these highly complex carriers, INPEX chose…