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  • Repsol, Total cleared for Mexico plans

    Both players to conduct a wide range of geological studies on less-explored blocks

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 19:23 GMT Kathrine Schmidt

    Permian drillers add five rigs

    US drops two rigs overall for 1053 total

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 17:57 GMT Julia Martinez

    Transocean secures Equinor work off Norway

    Contract set to commence in summer of 2019

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 14:46 GMT Julia Martinez

    Noble buys jack-up, puts it to work

    Driller strikes $93.75m deal with PaxOcean group for rig to go work in the Middle East

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 14:05 GMT Kathrine Schmidt

    Tech firms 'graduate' from OGTC scheme

    10 companies complete maiden TechX Pioneers scheme at Aberdeen-based

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 13:00 GMT Rob Watts

    Unite to ballot OCA workers

    UK union to consult members over potential strike action in pay dispute

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 12:45 GMT Rob Watts

    RockRose in further deal at Arran

    UK oil company takes another 10% interest in UK field following initial deal last month

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 12:26 GMT Rob Watts

    Nigeria police recover $470.5m in stolen funds

    Sums retrieved in asset recovery exercise relate to state oil company NNPC

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 08:26 GMT Reuters

    Aker BP confirms Hanz volumes

    No resource change at Ivar Aasen tie-back candidate after appraisals; Slengfehogda wildcat well is dry

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 07:14 GMT Beate Schjølberg

    China's NEA head Bekri in graft probe

    Boss of country's National Energy Administration probed over suspicion of 'serious violation of discipline'

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 07:07 GMT Xu Yihe

    Jadestone closes in on Montara acquistion

    Acquisition of PTTEP's Australian oilfield expected to be completed in 10 days

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 07:03 GMT Josh Lewis

    Oil mixed ahead of Opec meeting

    Brent inches higher while US crude slips in early trade after presidential tweets

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 06:18 GMT Reuters

    Oz resource report handed down

    Resources 2030 Taskforce makes 29 recommendations to improve industry

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 05:55 GMT Josh Lewis

    Talos, Pemex finalise pre-unitisation deal

    Duo to study if giant Zama discovery extends into neighbouring block

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 03:46 GMT Josh Lewis

    Jemena, Santos in NGP transport deal

    Deal will see roughly 8TJ per day of Santos production sent to Mt Isa

    Online  upstreamonline.com 21 Sep 01:22 GMT Josh Lewis

    Byron gets nod for GoM bids

    Company gains 100% interest in three blocks which cover previously producing field

    Online  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 23:59 GMT Josh Lewis

    Hilcorp raises capex in San Juan basin

    Private company adding 10 well recompletions

    Online  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 23:19 GMT Julia Martinez

    CNOOC in training first for China

    Chinese offshore oil giant wins certification from global industry skills body

    Online  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 23:08 GMT Rob Watts

    Pegasus shines in Halo deal

    Spirit Energy is getting a new partner in the Greater Pegasus Area in the southern North Sea after London-listed junior Hague & London Oil (Halo) acquired the entire share capital of Third Energy Offshore (TEO), writes Rob Watts. Under the deal, Halo will take over TEO’s portfolio, which includes a 45% stake in the Greater Pegasus Area operated by Spirit, and the high-impact Andromeda prospect.

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    CNPC splashes cash to regenerate Ordos basin

    Chinese giant to re-activate oil and gas wells to help increase production after closure due to crude price slump

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Xu Yihe

    Sonangol in UAE talks

    Sonangol, Angola’s state oil company, will consider farming out stakes in offshore acreage to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Mubadala. In meetings held in Abu Dhabi this week, Diamantino Azevedo, Angola’s Minister of Mineral Resources & Petroleum, outlined his proposals to Adnoc chief executive Sultan Ahmed al Jaber and high-level officials with Mubadala. Azevedo was accompanied to the Unite

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Crude up as Iran fears persist

    Brent trading close to $80 per barrel as US stockpiles fall slightly

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nassir Shirkhani

    Petrobras set to link more gas to system

    P-66 will be connected to pipeline to begin exporting gas to mainland

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Gareth Chetwynd

    Ukranians to upgrade gas lines

    State-owned Ukrtransgaz is planning a 10-year, 60 billion hryvna ($2.1 billion) upgrade and maintenance programme to help bring Ukraine's gas trunkline network closer to the latest energy efficiency and safety standards, writes Vladimir Afanasiev. The programme, which has to be reviewed by parent company Naftohaz Ukrainy and rubberstamped by the government, also aims to maintain the networks's an

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Vladimir Afanasiev

    Swedish court backs Naftohaz over Gazprom

    New round of confrontation expected after April ruling reversed

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Vladimir Afanasiev

    Shell vows to cut emissions from oil and gas assets

    Anglo-Dutch supermajor aims to reduce methane releases to 0.2% of total output by 2025

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Russell McCulley

    Walvis basin boost for Global Petroleum

    Global Petroleum has signed a deal to secure block 2011A in the northern Walvis basin off Namibia. The junior company will have an 85% operating stake in the 5800-square kilometre block — where water depths range from 400 to 1500 metres — and is partnered by state-owned Namcor on 10% and local player Aloe Investments on 5%. Block 2011A is sited immediately east of Global’s blocks 1910B and 2010A

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Ophir in drive at Bualuang

    UK independent Ophir Energy is busy at its Bualuang oilfield in Thailand where it is drilling new offshore wells and building new facilities for an expansion phase. A jack-up rig recently began a campaign of three replacement production wells as well as the workover of two existing wells. The new facilities being built are part of the US$138 million Bualuang phase four scheme, which was sanction

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    ONGC delays deadline for KG-DWN-98/2 floater bids

    Indian giant tells bidders to submit technical and commercial offers by 17 October — almost four months after tender launched

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nishant Ugal

    Llog wins key approval for Shenandoah project

    BSEE approves suspension of production for tracts involved with find in Walker Ridge

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Kathrine Schmidt

    Petrobras seeks Marlim teams

    Petrobras to tender for services covering decommissioning of old platforms and deployment of new units at Campos basin field

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Fabio Palmigiani

    TransCanada signs First Nations deal for Coastal Gaslink

    Progress for pipeline plan as agreement reached with all 20 elected indigenous bands along route

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Drillship moves for new well

    ExxonMobil is honing in on its next target in the US Gulf of Mexico, this week having moved the drillship Rowan Relentless to the location of its Thunder Horse East prospect in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico. The US supermajor has the unit onsite at Mississippi Canyon 779, immediately east of the BP-operated Thunder Horse hub in the US Gulf of Mexico, according to records from the US Bureau of

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    Buffalo charge

    Australian independent Carnarvon Petroleum has applied to the local regulator to drill one exploration well and possibly two appraisal wells in the Timor Sea. The company said it wants to drill the Buffalo East-1 exploration well in Block WA-523-P, and up to two appraisal wells (Buffalo East-2 and Buffalo East-3) in the same permit. Drilling is planned to take place by the third quarter of 2020.

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    Huge Adnoc survey starts

    Chinese specialist BGP has started work on the giant $1.6 billion onshore and offshore seismic survey project for Abu Dhabi state oil company Adnoc that it was awarded this summer. The company has organised a crew made of 404 seismic workers including 24 Chinese and 380 local contractors to perform the onshore survey work, which started last weekend. The work is based on a contract signed in Jul

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Xu Yihe

    Quieroz deal

    Brazilian drilling contractor Queiroz Galvao Oil & Gas (QGOG) has confirmed it has signed an agreement to supply compatriot Queiroz Galvao E&P (QGEP) with a rig to spud one development well in the Atlanta field. QGEP chartered the drillship Laguna Star for a three-month period, renewable for an additional three months, with operations starting in the first quarter of 2019. QGEP is also expected

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Fabio Palmigiani

    Kwispaa bids sought for facilities FEED

    Steelhead LNG has issued invitations to bid for the liquefaction facilities’ front-end engineering and design contract for its potential C$18 billion (US$13.9 billion) Kwispaa liquefied natural gas export project in British Columbia, Canada to three short-listed players, writes Amanda Battersby. The trio vying for the coveted FEED prize are TechnipFMC; a consortium of Black & Veatch, Samsung Heav

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Amanda Battersby

    Extra rig time sought for Aspy

    PF Collins applies to extend licence for semisub to drill ahead on wildcat off Nova Scotia until end of year

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Buhari faces a daunting battle

    Generally regarded as a straight player, Nigeria's veteran statesman nonetheless has his work cut out in a climate of animosity and suspicion

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Barry Morgan

    Shell scraps three-week work rotas on UK shelf

    Anglo-Dutch supermajor to revert to two-weeks-on-three-weeks-off system for staff

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Rob Watts

    Shell deserves credit for scrapping 3:3

    The workforce campaign slogan “3:3 is not for me!” has sounded loudly around the North Sea since operators began adopting the controversial three-week-on-three-off rota system in 2015 in a bid to cut costs. From the outset, trade unions and worker representatives warned 3:3, which many felt had been imposed without proper consultation, would not be good for workers’ welfare or offshore safety and

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Rob Watts

    Industry's eyes must be on the global game

    The decision by the US government to roll back controls over methane emissions could be a pyrrhic victory that may harm the longer term fortunes of oil and gas. The proposals by the US Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle some regulations will save industry up to $75 million a year, it says. Every cost saving helps, but relaxing rules for monitoring leaks at well sites and compressor sta

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Editorial

    Duo go head-to-head for K5 role

    Sapura Energy and Cosco team in competition with VME and CMHI for Petronas MOPU contract

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Amanda Battersby

    BP to add to Azeri presence

    UK supermajor BP is expanding in Azerbaijan’s onshore play by acquiring a 61% operating stake in the South West Gobustan licence from a subsidiary of Vitol Group’s Arawak Energy, writes Kama Mustafayeva. The company plans to start exploring next year in the licence, which consists of three separate blocks covering a total of 600 square kilometres, about 50 kilometres from Baku. BP’s main interes

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Kama Mustafayeva

    Aker Solutions leads race for Lingshui subsea job

    Norwegian player said to have offered lowest price to supply CNOOC Ltd with trees, umbilicals and other services at Chinese development

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Xu Yihe

    Equinor plans Caspian well

    Norway’s Equinor is set to spud a well to appraise the Karabakh gas and condensate discovery in the northern part of Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea late next year, writes Kama Mustafayeva. Equinor and Azeri state-owned player Socar will be equal partners for a development of Karabakh if the probe confirms the discovery is financially viable. “Equinor will start drilling in Karabakh in the second half

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Kama Mustafayeva

    Zennor buy at the hub of plans

    UK player makes ‘strategic’ acquisition of Mitsui interest in Britannia field, near its own Finlaggan project

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Rob Watts

    Total’s LNG plans shape into ‘golden triangle’

    French giant to focus sector investment on what it sees as cost-competitive projects in Qatar, Russia and the US

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    NEB runs rule over Sable and Panuke abandonment plans

    ExxonMobil and EnCana look to decommission projects while keeping pipelines in place

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Drill plan process in spotlight

    A draft agreement has been developed by various Canadian agencies to prepare the groundwork for regional environmental assessments of exploration drilling plans off Newfoundland & Labrador to help improve the existing environmental assessment process, writes Iain Esau. Currently, each offshore operator must submit separate, detailed environmental documents for proposed drilling programmes even th

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Chevron in the hunt for Niger Delta jack-up unit

    US supermajor wants rig for drilling campaign starting next year

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Shell on the move in Qatar

    Shell has joined a growing list of international oil companies confirming they are bidding to participate in Qatar's planned liquefied natural gas expansion, which aims to boost the nation's export capacity to as much as 100 million tonnes per annum, writes Nassir Shirkhani. The Anglo-Dutch supermajor's director of integrated gas and new energies, Maarten Wetselaar, said in Barcelona on the sid

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nassir Shirkhani

    Egypt progresses plans to revive LNG exports

    Damietta plant to get back to full production in early 2019, with pipeline to take gas from Zohr field

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nassir Shirkhani

    Aker nets Campos bundle

    Norway’s Aker Solutions has won a major contract to provide maintenance and modification services for nine platforms operating for Brazil’s Petrobras in the Marlim and Voador fields in the Campos basin, writes Fabio Palmigiani. Aker, through its local subsidiary CSE Mecanica & Instrumentacao, has been awarded a three-year contract worth more than 250 million reais ($60.2 million). The contract al

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Fabio Palmigiani

    Petrobras team offers up Mero subsea feast

    Consortium opens door to contractors to provide 23 wellheads but attaches tough local content requirements

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Gareth Chetwynd

    Tortue now online off Gabon

    Oslo-listed BW Offshore has produced first oil from its Tortue field in the Dussafu Marine block off Gabon. The operator said first oil flowed on 16 September via the BW Adolo floating production, storage and offloading vessel. BW Offshore’s chief executive Carl Arnet said the project came on stream “within budget and on schedule”. He said that “execution of the project confirms the attractiven

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Far lines up well in Gambia

    Australia's Far Ltd is set to spud the first well off Gambia in more than 40 years next month, writes Josh Lewis. Speaking at an industry conference in Perth last week, Far managing director Cath Norman told delegates the drillship Stena Drillmax was expected to start drilling the Samo-1 prospect in October. “We will be spudding around 20 October, that date will be nailed down in the next few we

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Josh Lewis

    Egas extends bidding in latest Egyptian round

    Deadline moved back to late November for acreage offering in Mediterranean Sea and Nile Delta areas

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nassir Shirkhani

    Basin trio on radar for ONGC

    India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is expected to start production from as many as three new sedimentary basins over the next few years after recent hydrocarbon discoveries in the states of Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, writes Nishant Ugal. ONGC exploration director Ajay Kumar Dwivedi said production from the three new basins, which also include the Kutch basin off the west coast wher

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nishant Ugal

    India enhances drive to boost oil and gas plans

    New fiscal incentives target EOR and IOR projects throughout country

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nishant Ugal

    Sole ahead of target for Cooper

    Cooper Energy has moved ahead of schedule on developing its 100%-owned Sole gas project off Victoria in south-east Australia, writes Josh Lewis. Cooper managing director David Maxwell said that 70% of the offshore project had been completed by the end of August, beating the original target of 64%. He said the umbilicals were being loaded out from the UK, while offshore pipelay operations were al

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    High demand crowns Ocean Monarch efforts

    Operators look to extend contract for Diamond Offshore semisub's multi-well campaigns off south-east Australia

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Josh Lewis

    Cameroon unrest grows ahead of election

    Evidence is emerging of fresh attacks on civilians in the oil-rich Anglophone regions by both Cameroon security forces and by secessionist rebel militias with some 260 incidents recorded this year alone, according to a report this week from Amnesty International, writes Barry Morgan. Incidents are likely to rise further in the run-up to presidential elections on 7 October, the organisation warned

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Barry Morgan

    Ghana gets on track with efforts to increase offshore activity

    Ghana this week began the process of evaluating acreage bids submitted under its current licensing round, negotiating with suitors to ensure compliance with technical and financial conditions and assessing their commitment to proposed work programmes, writes Barry Morgan. “We have past experience of inactive companies, some without track record, just holding on to blocks without conducting any ac

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Barry Morgan

    Zanganeh to snub Opec date

    Iranian oil minister to stay away from Algeria meeting

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Nassir Shirkhani

    West Hercules is signed up

    Norway's Equinor has signed on Seadrill's semi-submersible rig West Hercules for more exploration work next year. The rig is scheduled to drill two wells starting in the spring of 2019, possibly followed by up to nine optional wells. The contract is based on a master framework agreement between Equinor and Seadrill. Equinor is about to spud the first of three Barents Sea wildcats scheduled for

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Beate Schjølberg

    IOG close to Harvey charter

    Independent Oil & Gas is closing in on chartering a rig for an appraisal well on its Harvey gas discovery off the UK, which is set to spud in January. The London-listed player said the award of rig and well services contracts are imminent, while Fraser Well Management has been handed the contract to manage and operate the well. IOG has received Harvey 3D data reprocessed by Schlumberger Western

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    Equinor set for drilling bonanza off Norway

    State-controlled operator targets more than 20 exploration wells before the end of this year

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Ole Ketil Helgesen

    Arctic LNG 2 reserves up

    Russia's Novatek has increased the reserves estimate for the Utrenneye field on West Siberia's Gydan Peninsula, the proposed feedstock source for its Arctic LNG 2 project, writes Vladimir Afanasiev. Novatek said that after drilling and testing well 294 at Utrenneye, it had discovered two new reservoirs and confirmed production potential in deeper middle Jurassic layers. Following interpretation

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Vladimir Afanasiev

    Duo team up for mid-scale train

    KBR and ConocoPhillips have teamed up to design a mid-scale liquefied natural gas train that should be available for new LNG projects starting in 2019. The train will have a capacity of between 1.5 million and 3 million tonnes per annum, and will be "an off-the-shelf solution to reduce costs and shorten schedules for LNG facility installations", said KBR. The duo have agreed to carry out a front-

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Russell Searancke

    Small-scale Vietnam study

    State-owned counterparts Gazprom and PetroVietnam have decided to progress a feasibility study into a pilot project for a small-scale liquefied natural gas facility in Vietnam. LNG produced at the plant would be utilised as fuel for vehicles. The two companies are already partners at the producing Hai Thach and Moc Tinh fields in the Nam Con Son basin off Vietnam through the 50:50 joint venture

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    Clio-Acme gas boon for NWS

    Chevron’s Clio-Acme gas resource in Western Australia’s offshore Carnarvon basin could be used as additional backfill for the North West Shelf joint venture’s liquefied natural gas plant at Karratha, writes Josh Lewis. Speaking at an industry event in Perth last week, Chevron Australia managing director Nigel Hearne said the company had already started pre-front end engineering and design work, a

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Josh Lewis

    Drilling surges in Oklahoma's hot Merge play

    Operators have had as many as 11 rigs working in state's emerging area between Scoop and Stack

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Caroline Evans

    Seven up for US rig count

    The US rig count grew by another seven units in the latest week to 1055 despite much discussion of headwinds in the Permian basin. Explorers added four land rigs across the US, for a total of 1030, well ahead of 915 a year ago. The count of rigs in inland waters increased by two to total five — compared to four a year ago — while the offshore sector also added one rig for a total of 20, up from

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    Roan gears up to go public

    Privately held Roan Resources is set to go public in a reverse merger with Linn Energy, just over a month after the US independent spun off its remaining assets into another company. The merger is expected to close by the end of September. Roan was formed in 2017 through contributions from Linn and Citizen Energy, which added up to 140,000 net acres in the Scoop, Stack and Merge plays of Oklahom

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Caroline Evans

    US state record output

    THE US state of North Dakota's oil and gas production achieved new all-time highs in July as drilling and completions activity climbed, according to preliminary figures. The state pumped 1.27 million barrels of oil and 2.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in July, compared with 1.22 million bpd and 2.3 Bcf per day in June, according to numbers from the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Caroline Evans

    Brazil turns to weighty problem of hardware removal

    Aim is to overhaul regulations as part of vital preparation for coming surge in offshore decommissioning projects

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Gareth Chetwynd and Fabio Palmigiani

    Petrobras sets sights on new Cacao tender

    Brazil’s Petrobras is planning to award a contract by the end of the year to a company to carry out the long-awaited decommissioning of the Cacao shallow-water field in the Espirito Santo basin, writes Fabio Palmigiani. The decommissioning project, which has been on hold since the field was shut down in 2010, covers three wellhead platforms, 13 wells and three pipelines lying in less than 20 metr

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Fabio Palmigiani

    Report tackles Campos basin decline

    A recent report by consultancy Wood Mackenzie suggests that redeveloping mature oilfields in Brazil's Campos basin could extend its life and add more than 200,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent to its declining production by 2025, write Gareth Chetwynd and Fabio Palmigiani. The report notes the burden that Petrobras has borne in developing the pre-salt fields, leaving the company with insuffic

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Fabio Palmigiani

    Joint project is taking the initiative in Brazil

    JIP playing a key role in formation of guidelines for addressing the complex task of decommissioning

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Gareth Chetwynd

    Dunlin role for Heerema

    Dutch company Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has been awarded a contract for the decommissioning and disposal of Fairfiled Energy's Dunlin Alpha topsides in the UK North Sea. The contract was won in a consortium with AF Gruppen, and covers the removal and disposal of Fairfield Betula's Dunlin Alpha topsides, which weighs about 20,000 tonnes. The platform is to be removed and disposed of in the

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Global Mediator

    Ophir race against time as it takes Fortuna hit

    UK-listed player still hopeful for Equatorial Guinea FLNG scheme as it prepares for Asia switch

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    Indie set sights on Asia move

    Ophir Energy now sees Southeast Asia as “the heart of its business” as the UK independent sets its sights on moving headquarters to the region and landing a new permanent chief executive, writes Eoin O'Cinneide. The London-listed company late last week revealed a strategic review has led to it deciding to close its London headquarters, focus on cash-generative activities and steer away from front

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    CPP seeks compensation

    The China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company (CPP) wants to discuss compensation with the Malaysian government for pipeline construction contracts that were cancelled by recently elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, writes Amanda Battersby. CPP said that it wanted to talk terms of compensation after Mahathir pulled the plug on a controversial Chinese-backed multi-billion-dollar pipeline c

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Amanda Battersby

    Offshore reforms get industry approval

    New process for Australia's acreage policy likely to lead to suspension of cash bidding and elimination of multiple rounds

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Josh Lewis

    Osaka Gas plans to expand in Australia

    Japan's Osaka Gas is keen to boost its energy portfolio in Australia where it owns several upstream interests, including 10% of the "sleeping beauty" Sunrise liquefied natural gas project, writes Russell Searancke. The company has been investing in Australia since establishing its local subsidiary in 2000, and currently owns non-operator interests in five significant gas resources — Sunrise, Evan

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Russell Searancke

    JDC lands Pertamina contract

    Japan Drilling Company (JDC) has won an important long-term drilling contract with Indonesia's Pertamina. The Japanese offshore contractor said its Indonesian subsidiary and a local shipping company partner had entered into a drilling contract with Pertamina Hulu Mahakam to provide the newly built jack-up drilling rig Hakuryu-14. Under the contract, the rig will operate in the Mahakam Block offsh

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Russell Searancke

    Karachaganak parties sign gas timeframe deal

    Shareholders in Eni-led development agree terms with Kazakh government over debottlenecking

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Vladimir Afanasiev

    Petrofac seals North Sea deal

    UK services player Petrofac has won a contract from Tailwind Energy to provide well operator services at a trio of licences in the UK North Sea. The five-year deal will see London-listed Petrofac provide services to the UK oil company’s Gannet E, Belinda and Evelyn licences in the central part of the basin. Petrofac also secured well engineering work for two international oil companies and a tri

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    Oil find in Siberia's West Messoyakha onshore block

    Russia’s Messoyakhaneftegaz joint venture has hit hydrocarbons on its West Messoyakha onshore block on West Siberia's Gydan Peninsula, writes Vladimir Afanasiev. The joint venture between state-controlled Gazprom Neft and Rosneft said an exploration well drilled earlier this year penetrated a reservoir with estimated in-place reserves of about 620 million barrels of crude and flowed water-free oi

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Vladimir Afanasiev

    FPSO set for sea trials

    Hurricane Energy expects to begin sea trials for the floating production, storage and offloading unit for its Lancaster oilfield in the UK North Sea before the end of this month. The UK player has completed the offshore installation programme for the early production system (EPS) at Lancaster, with installation of the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines at the West of Shetland fractured basem

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    Rain in Spain detains main stage policy brains

    A funny thing happened on the way to Gastech in Barcelona this week. Conference attendees encountered delays getting to the major gas industry event on Tuesday morning after heavy bursts of rain caused roads and subways to flood, while also putting access to taxis at a premium. Needless to say, there was no singin' in the rain on the part of the delegates. Among those delayed were members of th

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Caroline Evans

    Towering ambition in Manila

    State-owned Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) has set its sights on a so-called Tower of Power, based on the Petronas Twin Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. PNOC has elicited interest from companies interested in developing its existing site at the Fort Bonafacio Global City, Metro Manila into an energy centre that will include the huge building. The plan is to develop PNOC’s pr

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Amanda Battersby

    Going with the flow...

    Gulf Island Fabrication has named Westley Stockton chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary Mariano Ferrari is replacing Leonardo Junqueira as chief executive of Repsol Sinopec Brazil Pahala Nugraha Mansyuri has been appointed finance director of Pertamina, replacing Arief Budiman Giulio Bozzini has quit as Saipem’s chief financial and strategy officer Randy Neely is taking over from R

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    Brown left blue by Greens

    California governor takes the heat in climate battle despite his opposition to Trump’s policies

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Russell McCulley

    Gas and wind set to tie in

    The owners of gas platforms and wind farms in UK offshore waters are being urged to collaborate in order to generate more power, while maximising production and lowering costs if they work together, writes Anamaria Deduleasa. The UK's Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) said in a report this week that such a partnership could work using the concept of gas-to-wire, which involves electrifying offshore the g

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Players line up for Equus work

    Western Gas assessing bids from companies chasing engineering, procurement and construction services contract

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Russell Searancke

    Bristow chief charts steady course ahead

    Fascination with F-4 Phantom II fighters led to military career, and when Jonathan Baliff moved into finance, aviation came calling again

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Kathrine Schmidt

    Offshore bid round on way

    November target for launch, with offering said to consist of 44 blocks

    Weekly  upstreamonline.com 20 Sep 22:00 GMT Iain Esau

    Novatek to boost local content for LNG trains

    Novatek is aiming to significantly increase the amount of local content in the second and third trains at its proposed Arctic LNG 2 project, as the Russian independent starts building a construction facility in Murmansk to handle modules work, write Nassir Shirkhani and Eoin O'Cinneide. The operator will contract the majority of work for the first 6.6 million tonnes per annum liquefied natural

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