Friday, February 22, 2019

Oil Equivalent News

Exxon, Microsoft Ink Cloud Computing Deal for U.S. Shale

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Exxon Mobil Corp and Microsoft Corp have agreed to use cloud technology in the U.S. oil producer's shale operations, they said on Friday, helping to boost profitability in the nation's largest shale field.The companies will collect data from Exxon's wells and other…

Verus Petroleum Up For Sale

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Private equity firm HitecVision is seeking to sell its British North Sea oil and gas production unit Verus Petroleum, which last year completed a string of large acquisitions ramping up its output, industry and banking sources said.The sale process is being run by investment bank Jefferies and could fetch $500 million…

Repsol Makes Huge Find in Indonesia

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A consortium led by Repsol has found new gas resources in Indonesia estimated at at least 2 trillion cubic feet, the Spanish oil and gas firm said on Tuesday, equivalent to around two years' worth of Spanish demand.The discovery at the Sakakemang block in South…

Repsol's Biggest Gas Discovery in Indonesia in 18 years

A consortium led by Repsol has found new gas resources in Indonesia estimated at at least 2 trillion cubic feet, the Spanish oil and gas firm said on Tuesday, equivalent to around two years' worth of Spanish demand.The discovery at the Sakakemang block in South…

Noble Energy Q4 Disappoints, Lower CapEx Coming

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Noble Energy posted quarterly profit on Tuesday that fell short of analysts' estimates, and forecast lower capital expenditure for 2019 citing a drop in oil prices.An unexpected drop in global crude oil prices and tight pipeline capacity in U.S. shale basins have…

Reserves at Snoehvit Gas Field Cut

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Reserves at Equinor's Snoehvit field, the only producing natural gas field in the Barents Sea, were revised down by 8.5 percent, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday.Estimates for gross reserves were reduced by 17 million cubic meters (107 million barrels) of oil equivalent, on top of a reduction stemming from

South Africa: Has Up to 60 tcf of Offshore Gas Potential

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South Africa, where oil major Total recently made a big offshore discovery, said on Friday it had potential gas resources of up to 60 trillion cubic feet in waters off its coast.Last week Total's chief executive said its offshore discovery probably contained 1 billion barrels of total resources…

Aker Energy Eyes IPO

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Norwegian oil company Aker said on Thursday that its exploration start-up in Ghana will submit development plans to Ghanaian authorities in March and the parent will then decide whether to sell stakes via an initial public offering or other means.The subsidiary…

BHP Approves Funding for BP-led GoM Project

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BHP Group, the world's largest miner, said on Wednesday its board has approved $696 million in funding to expand production at the BP PLC-led Atlantis oil project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The move comes about a month after London-listed oil and gas major BP discovered further oil prospects in the Gulf of Mexico…

Tullow Oil Returns to Net Profit

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Africa-focused Tullow Oil reported its first annual net profit in five years on Wednesday and said it would resume dividends with a 4.8 cent per share payout as it sets its sights on East African projects and drilling in Guyana.As flagged in November, Tullow will pay out at least $100 million to shareholders from this year…

Occidental Petroleum Profit Jumps

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Occidental Petroleum Corp on Tuesday reported a quarterly profit that beat analysts' estimates, helped by a surge in Permian basin production and higher realized prices for its crude.Production from its Permian resources unit rose 57 percent to 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in the fourth quarter…

High Impact Exploration on The Rise

2019 High Impact Discoveries. Source: Westwood Wildcat Service

In the first few weeks of 2019 there have been four high impact discoveries of conventional oil and gas, finding 25% of the high impact volume discovered globally in the whole of 2018.According to Westwood Insight, one of these discoveries, Glengorm in the UK North Sea…

Giza and Fayoum Gas Fields Come Onstream

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BP on Monday announced first gas production from the second stage of its West Nile Delta development offshore Egypt, marking the second start-up in a string of new upstream projects expected to be brought on line by the supermajor in 2019.The project, which produces gas from the Giza and Fayoum fields…

Apache Cuts 2019 Capital Spending

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U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp said on Thursday it expects to spend much less on exploration and production this year than originally planned, becoming the latest shale producer to cut capital spending amid a fall in crude prices.Apache set a capital budget for oil production of $2.4 billion…

DNO 2019 Spending to Rise Sharply

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Norwegian oil firm DNO reported on Thursday a higher-than-expected operating profit in the fourth quarter and said it would hike 2019 spending as it planned to drill a record number of wells.The Oslo-listed firm, which produces most of its oil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq…

Total Makes Discovery Off South Africa

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French oil and gas major Total said it had made a significant gas condensate discovery after drilling its Brulpadda prospects on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, offshore South Africa.Total said the Brulpadda well encountered 57 meters of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs.

Record Production Lifts Total's Profits

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French energy major Total said its net adjusted profit rose 10 percent in the final quarter of 2018, lifting its full year earnings by more than a quarter after record oil and gas production.Total said on Thursday that output reached an all-time high of 2.8 million…

ExxonMobil Makes Two Discoveries Offshore Guyana

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ExxonMobil and its partners have made two additional discoveries offshore Guyana at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells, bringing the total number of discoveries on the Stabroek Block to 12, the U.S. supermajor announced Wednesday. The discoveries build on the previously…

OMV Q4 Core Profit Surges

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Austrian oil and gas group OMV on Wednesday said it would propose a dividend hike for 2018 after the company posted a 53 percent surge in fourth-quarter adjusted operating profit, topping estimates, buoyed by higher sales volumes in Russia and the United Arab Emirates.OMV…

Anadarko Profit Misses as Costs Rise

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Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates by a wide margin, as it spent more on its projects in West Texas and northeast Colorado.Oil producers, betting on a recovery in oil prices since their slump in 2014, have ramped up production in the U.S.