www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Statoil back on Isfjell trail http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378595/Statoil-back-on-Isfjell-trail Statoil has resumed drilling at its Isfjell prospect in the Barents Sea and has also been given the go-ahead by Norway’s safety agency to drill a further wildcat at Saturn in the Arctic region. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378595/Statoil-back-on-Isfjell-trail Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:43:56 +0000 live Energy Searcher back in action for Camac http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378558/Energy-Searcher-back-in-action-for-Camac Camac Energy has once again resumed drilling operations at the Oyo field in Block OML 120 off Nigeria after problems with a drillship’s blowout preventer (BOP) were fixed. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378558/Energy-Searcher-back-in-action-for-Camac Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:38:56 +0000 live Dana Gas plans $270m Egypt ramp-up http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378550/Dana-Gas-plans-270m-Egypt-ramp-up United Arab Emirates-based explorer Dana Gas has agreed to invest $270 million in a gas production enhancement programme on its Egyptian blocks in return for a new deal on the $300 million the company is owed by the Egyptian government. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378550/Dana-Gas-plans-270m-Egypt-ramp-up Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:38:45 +0000 live Shell, Statoil land Algeria acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378548/Shell-Statoil-land-Algeria-acreage Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell and Norway's Statoil are among a clutch of international players to secure acreage in Algeria's latest licensing round. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378548/Shell-Statoil-land-Algeria-acreage Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:33:07 +0000 live Russia-Ukraine gas pact 'in sight' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378538/Russia-Ukraine-gas-pact-in-sight Russia and Ukraine are reported to be close to finalising an agreement this week to restore gas supplies cut off by Gazprom due to a payments dispute, although the latter has misgivings about the deal brokered by the European Union. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378538/Russia-Ukraine-gas-pact-in-sight Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:18:12 +0000 live Shell recovers Brent A container http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378528/Shell-recovers-Brent-A-container Shell has recovered to the seabed a large container that dropped from a crane on the Brent Alpha platform, and has begun returning production to normal at the Far North Liquids & Associated Gas System (Flags) line in the UK North Sea. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378528/Shell-recovers-Brent-A-container Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:28:22 +0000 live Enagas joins TAP as Total, E.ON exit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378526/Enagas-joins-TAP-as-Total-E.ON-exit Spain’s Enagas has joined the Trans Adriatic Pipeline consortium and Belgium’s Fluxys has increased its stake after the two companies bought out France’s Total and Germany’s E.ON from the pipeline project. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378526/Enagas-joins-TAP-as-Total-E.ON-exit Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:52:54 +0000 live NZOG relinquishes Takapou http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378506/NZOG-relinquishes-Takapou Australia-listed New Zealand Oil & Gas (NZOG) has given up one of its permits offshore New Zealand after losing confidence in the potential pay-out of drilling in the area. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378506/NZOG-relinquishes-Takapou Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:45:10 +0000 live Range drops Colombia farm-in option http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378467/Range-drops-Colombia-farm-in-option Range Resources has dropped a farm-in option for the onshore PUT-6 block in Colombia due to high costs associated with the block. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378467/Range-drops-Colombia-farm-in-option Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:40:31 +0000 live Camac numbers boosted off Nigeria http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378439/Camac-numbers-boosted-off-Nigeria US independent Camac Energy has seen the latest estimate of prospective resources at four prospects on two Nigerian offshore blocks increase more than four-fold. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378439/Camac-numbers-boosted-off-Nigeria Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:40:20 +0000 live BP, Dana Gas gain Nile Delta permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378407/BP-Dana-Gas-gain-Nile-Delta-permits BP and Dana Gas have been awarded a block onshore Egypt’s Nile Delta and Dana Gas has been awarded another onshore permit in Cairo’s recent Egas bidding round. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378407/BP-Dana-Gas-gain-Nile-Delta-permits Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:02:43 +0000 live Shell in Brent A crane mishap http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378387/Shell-in-Brent-A-crane-mishap Shell is working to recover a large container dropped from a crane on the Brent Alpha platform that is hanging dangerously underwater close to subsea pipelines that connect into the Far North Liquids & Associated Gas System (Flags) line. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378387/Shell-in-Brent-A-crane-mishap Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:30:43 +0000 live TGS in US Gulf survey pair http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378404/TGS-in-US-Gulf-survey-pair Oslo-listed TGS has unveiled the first two ocean-bottom seismic surveys to be carried out in the Gulf of Mexico under its recently minted joint venture with Texas-based FairfieldNodal. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378404/TGS-in-US-Gulf-survey-pair Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:18:10 +0000 live Shell in Ormen Lange appraisal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378389/Shell-in-Ormen-Lange-appraisal Shell has been given the nod by Norway’s petroleum agency to drill an appraisal at its Ormen Lange field in the southern Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378389/Shell-in-Ormen-Lange-appraisal Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:23:53 +0000 live Centrica green light for Ivory http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378388/Centrica-green-light-for-Ivory Centrica has secured a well permit from the authorities to drill a keenly awaited wildcat at its Ivory dry gas prospect in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378388/Centrica-green-light-for-Ivory Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:09:02 +0000 live CGG bags Gabon survey work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378385/CGG-bags-Gabon-survey-work CGG has secured an exclusive deal with Gabon’s Hydrocarbons Ministry to carry out an extensive multi-client 3D seismic survey programme over deep-water acreage in the West African country’s prospective pre-salt play. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378385/CGG-bags-Gabon-survey-work Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:43:32 +0000 live Rosneft in Kara Sea find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378384/Rosneft-in-Kara-Sea-find Russian state producer Rosneft has uncovered an oil discovery after drilling a high-profile well in the Arctic. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378384/Rosneft-in-Kara-Sea-find Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:33:49 +0000 live Bass closes Otway deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378381/Bass-closes-Otway-deal Australia-listed Bass Strait Oil has closed the sale of its Otway basin permits after receiving regulatory approval. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378381/Bass-closes-Otway-deal Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:56:42 +0000 live CNOOC hits oil at Beibu http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378360/CNOOC-hits-oil-at-Beibu Chinese state player China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has kicked off the Beibu exploration programme with an oil discovery in the first of two wells. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378360/CNOOC-hits-oil-at-Beibu Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:53:18 +0000 live Armour flows in Queensland http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378349/Armour-flows-in-Queensland Australia-listed Armour Energy has flowed gas from one of its exploration wells in ATP1087 in north-west Queensland. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378349/Armour-flows-in-Queensland Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:11:48 +0000 live Scott platform still offline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378334/Scott-platform-still-offline Nexen Petroleum’s Scott platform in the UK North Sea remains offline, according to Endeavour International, a partner of the Chinese-owned company in the Rochelle tie-back. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378334/Scott-platform-still-offline Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:11:26 +0000 live Statoil facilities 'in eye of storm' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378254/Statoil-facilities-in-eye-of-storm Statoil is reported to be shutting down its Aasgard A floating production, storage and offloading vessel and evacuating a total of 310 workers from this and four other facilities off Norway ahead of severe storms that are set to batter the region. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378254/Statoil-facilities-in-eye-of-storm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:45:48 +0000 live BP's Rhum field nears return http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378237/BPs-Rhum-field-nears-return BP's Rhum gas field in the UK North Sea - shut down in 2010 to comply with sanctions against Iran - is set to resume output within days, Upstream can reveal. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378237/BPs-Rhum-field-nears-return Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:23:17 +0000 live Russian minister in 'supply warning' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378236/Russian-minister-in-supply-warning Russia’s energy minister reportedly has warned that gas supplies to some European countries could be cut off unless they halt re-exports of gas to Ukraine in an apparent reversal of an earlier stance. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378236/Russian-minister-in-supply-warning Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:45:32 +0000 live Shell faces Draugen leak rap http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378231/Shell-faces-Draugen-leak-rap Shell faces possible prosecution over an alleged illegal discharge of lubricating oil from the Draugen platform into the Norwegian Sea after being reported to the police by Norway’s Environment Agency (EA) over the incident. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378231/Shell-faces-Draugen-leak-rap Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:03:33 +0000 live Pingvin find fails to fly for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378207/Pingvin-find-fails-to-fly-for-Statoil Statoil has confirmed it has made a gas discovery with a frontier wildcat drilled at the Pingvin (Penguin) prospect in the Barents Sea but has dubbed the find non-commercial. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378207/Pingvin-find-fails-to-fly-for-Statoil Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:09:14 +0000 live San Leon spuds in Poland http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378203/San-Leon-spuds-in-Poland London-listed San Leon Energy has spudded the first probe in a three-well programme in Poland. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378203/San-Leon-spuds-in-Poland Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:38:16 +0000 live Real makes Cooper discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378199/Real-makes-Cooper-discovery Cooper basin-focused Real Energy has made a gas discovery in an exploration well at the Queensland ATP927P licence. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378199/Real-makes-Cooper-discovery Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:17:21 +0000 live Senex readies next Cooper spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378198/Senex-readies-next-Cooper-spud Australia’s Senex Energy is moving on to the next well in its drilling programme after finishing up at the Hathi-1 probe. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378198/Senex-readies-next-Cooper-spud Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:55:50 +0000 live GPB to tender in Africa http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378193/GPB-to-tender-in-Africa Dutch-headquartered GPB Global Resources is tendering for geophysical services related to its Afar exploration project in Ethiopia. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378193/GPB-to-tender-in-Africa Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:15:38 +0000 live Gulf Coast Western flows first Buda test http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378185/Gulf-Coast-Western-flows-first-Buda-test Dallas-based Gulf Coast Western has drilled its first horizontal well into the Buda limestone in South Texas with promising results. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378185/Gulf-Coast-Western-flows-first-Buda-test Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:29:23 +0000 live Timor-Leste ‘plans 10-block round’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378012/Timor-Leste-‘plans-10-block-round’ Timor-Leste may unveil a new bid round for up to 10 blocks next year with pre-qualification as early as March, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1378012/Timor-Leste-‘plans-10-block-round’ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:02:27 +0000 live Statoil nod for Krafla probes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377993/Statoil-nod-for-Krafla-probes Statoil has been given the green light by Norway’s safety agency to drill a pair of wells targeting additional resources at its Krafla discovery in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377993/Statoil-nod-for-Krafla-probes Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:50:09 +0000 live Oil Search ‘eyes Kurdistan resumption’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377984/Oil-Search-‘eyes-Kurdistan-resumption’ Australia-listed Oil Search expects to resume drilling at its Taza-2 wildcat in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq within a month after retreating from the location due to the advance of Islamic State insurgents, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377984/Oil-Search-‘eyes-Kurdistan-resumption’ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:59:10 +0000 live Petrobras hits at Poco Verde http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377946/Petrobras-hits-at-Poco-Verde State-owned Petrobras said it made a gas discovery in an extension well drilled in the ultra-deep waters of the Sergipe-Alagoas basin off Brazil. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377946/Petrobras-hits-at-Poco-Verde Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:45:49 +0000 live Magnum Hunter cheers Utica gusher http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377945/Magnum-Hunter-cheers-Utica-gusher Magnum Hunter Resources blew away previous production records with its latest well in the emerging dry gas window of the Utica shale in West Virginia, bringing on the Steward Winland 1300U at peak rate of 46.5 million cubic feet per day of gas. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377945/Magnum-Hunter-cheers-Utica-gusher Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:26:00 +0000 live Spectrum lands Peru offshore seismic work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377905/Spectrum-lands-Peru-offshore-seismic-work US seismic player Spectrum has landed a contract to reprocess a package of 2D offshore seismic off Peru in advance of an expected bid round later this year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377905/Spectrum-lands-Peru-offshore-seismic-work Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:19:26 +0000 live Bravo in $250m Oklahoma splash http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377886/Bravo-in-250m-Oklahoma-splash Bravo Natural Resources is snapping up a large number of producing wells in Oklahoma in a deal worth $250 million. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377886/Bravo-in-250m-Oklahoma-splash Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:28:09 +0000 live 'Jobs fallout' in Norway rig drought http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377877/Jobs-fallout-in-Norway-rig-drought As many as 15 rigs could be removed from the equation off Norway next year, putting a reported 13,500 jobs at risk, due to expiry of their current charters, contract suspensions or an exodus of units overseas. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377877/Jobs-fallout-in-Norway-rig-drought Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:50:41 +0000 live Atlas in $225m Eagle Ford assets buy http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377852/Atlas-in-225m-Eagle-Ford-assets-buy Atlas Resource Partners is splashing out $225 million on a raft of assets in the Eagle Ford shale play in south Texas. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377852/Atlas-in-225m-Eagle-Ford-assets-buy Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:58:13 +0000 live Semco begins Invergordon rig upgrades http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377816/Semco-begins-Invergordon-rig-upgrades Danish contractor at work in Scotland on Statoil- and Total-chartered units Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377816/Semco-begins-Invergordon-rig-upgrades Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:32:25 +0000 live Azonto asks for more time at Accra block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377793/Azonto-asks-for-more-time-at-Accra-block Partners in the Offshore Accra Contract Area off Ghana have once again asked for more time to carry out exploration work and rope in new players. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377793/Azonto-asks-for-more-time-at-Accra-block Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:35:33 +0000 live Vermilion makes Dutch gas find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377777/Vermilion-makes-Dutch-gas-find Calgary-based Vermilion Energy has discovered gas onshore the north-east of the Netherlands after drilling its latest exploration well. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377777/Vermilion-makes-Dutch-gas-find Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:31:10 +0000 live Real intersects in maiden well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377766/Real-intersects-in-maiden-well Cooper basin-focused Real Energy has hit gas shows during the drilling of its maiden exploration well, with early indications indicating that a gas discovery could be on the cards. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377766/Real-intersects-in-maiden-well Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:32:26 +0000 live Armour delays NT seismic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377764/Armour-delays-NT-seismic Independent Armour Energy has deferred a 2D seismic survey in the MacArthur basin in Australia's Northern Territory until mid-2015 because of the onset of the rainy season. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377764/Armour-delays-NT-seismic Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:16:09 +0000 live Origin spuds in Otway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377762/Origin-spuds-in-Otway Australian producer Origin Energy has spudded a domestic exploration well south-east of Warrnambool in Victoria. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377762/Origin-spuds-in-Otway Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:31:41 +0000 live Euro 'push' for Ukraine gas deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377699/Euro-push-for-Ukraine-gas-deal The European Commission is reportedly pushing for an interim gas agreement between Russia and Ukraine as it seeks to avert possible supply disruption to the continent during the winter. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377699/Euro-push-for-Ukraine-gas-deal Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:23 +0000 live Ghana ‘files suit over Ivory Coast dispute’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377696/Ghana-‘files-suit-over-Ivory-Coast-dispute’ Ghana has moved to settle its long-running maritime border dispute with neighbour Ivory Coast by filing an arbitration suit with a United Nations body, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377696/Ghana-‘files-suit-over-Ivory-Coast-dispute’ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:42:01 +0000 live Cosco hired to build flotel unit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377668/Cosco-hired-to-build-flotel-unit A Singapore-based player has ordered a floating accommodation unit from Cosco’s Qidong Offshore yard in eastern China with options for a further five units. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377668/Cosco-hired-to-build-flotel-unit Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:27:47 +0000 live Aminex shores up well location http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377621/Aminex-shores-up-well-location Africa-focused Aminex has shored up the location of a second well at the West Esh el Mellaha production sharing contract in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377621/Aminex-shores-up-well-location Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:25:33 +0000 live Sink or swim for rig owners http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377622/Sink-or-swim-for-rig-owners Rig contractors with the most advanced units will have the edge in a drilling market that has seen dayrates plunge on lower demand due to cost-cutting by oil companies amid a coming flood of newbuilds, according to a research firm. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377622/Sink-or-swim-for-rig-owners Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:25:03 +0000 live Lekoil upgrades resources in Nigeria http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377617/Lekoil-upgrades-resources-in-Nigeria London-listed Lekoil has upgraded its reserves at the Otakikpo field in OML-11, offshore Nigeria, where the company holds a 40% interest. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377617/Lekoil-upgrades-resources-in-Nigeria Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:56:00 +0000 live Oyster nets North Sea stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377580/Oyster-nets-North-Sea-stake Private equity-backed explorer Oyster Petroleum is farming in to the Curlew South licence in the UK’s central North Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377580/Oyster-nets-North-Sea-stake Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:23:16 +0000 live Lundin readies Gobi-1 spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377608/Lundin-readies-Gobi-1-spud Lundin is ready to drill the Gobi-1 well offshore Indonesia, with the rig now available to the joint venture in early October. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377608/Lundin-readies-Gobi-1-spud Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:08:44 +0000 live TransAtlantic flows in Turkey http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377603/TransAtlantic-flows-in-Turkey Dual-listed TransAtlantic Petroleum has started flowing from two of its wells at the Molla drilling programme in south-eastern Turkey. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377603/TransAtlantic-flows-in-Turkey Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:09:50 +0000 live Transocean books new work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377591/Transocean-books-new-work Rig owner Transocean has booked a one-well job for ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Jack Bates before it starts up on a new contract off Australia as another semisub, currently idle, found work starting next year. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377591/Transocean-books-new-work Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:16:28 +0000 live W&T ups Fairway gas field stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377519/WT-ups-Fairway-gas-field-stake W&T Offshore has acquired a 35.7% working interest in an offshore gas field and a processing plant in the US in a deal worth $18.2 million. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377519/WT-ups-Fairway-gas-field-stake Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:07:05 +0000 live TGS wins US Gulf shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377447/TGS-wins-US-Gulf-shoot Oslo-listed seismic contractor TGS has secured a further 3D survey in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico under the so-called Explorer Series data acquisition programme. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377447/TGS-wins-US-Gulf-shoot Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:52:49 +0000 live Total buys Faroe Glenlivet stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377437/Total-buys-Faroe-Glenlivet-stake London-listed Faroe Petroleum has sold off its interest in the undeveloped West of Shetland Glenlivet gas field off the UK. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377437/Total-buys-Faroe-Glenlivet-stake Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:42:46 +0000 live ExxonMobil 'winds down' at Kara Sea well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377365/ExxonMobil-winds-down-at-Kara-Sea-well ExxonMobil has confirmed that it is "winding down" operations at a high-cost exploration well being drilled in the Russian Arctic. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377365/ExxonMobil-winds-down-at-Kara-Sea-well Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:03:36 +0000 live Pingvin setback for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377354/Pingvin-setback-for-Statoil Statoil has made a gas discovery with its latest Barents Sea wildcat drilled at the Pingvin prospect, according to licence partner North Energy. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377354/Pingvin-setback-for-Statoil Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:02:23 +0000 live ExxonMobil 'halts Kara Sea well' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377338/ExxonMobil-halts-Kara-Sea-well ExxonMobil is reported to have halted drilling of an exploration well in Russia’s Kara Sea due to a US ultimatum on sanctions, with the Seadrill-owned rig set to head for Norwegian waters. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377338/ExxonMobil-halts-Kara-Sea-well Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:02:10 +0000 live Russia sets 'gas talks date' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377331/Russia-sets-gas-talks-date Russia is reportedly set to hold renewed talks with the Ukraine and European Union later this month aimed at resolving a gas pricing dispute. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377331/Russia-sets-gas-talks-date Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:33:58 +0000 live Dolphin green light for Kara shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377323/Dolphin-green-light-for-Kara-shoot Dolphin Geophysical has been allowed to proceed with a recently awarded seismic survey in Russia’s Kara Sea after Norwegian authorities decided it was not subject to new Western sanctions against the Kremlin. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377323/Dolphin-green-light-for-Kara-shoot Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:12:09 +0000 live Petroceltic delivered Nile block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377321/Petroceltic-delivered-Nile-block London-listed Petroceltic International has been awarded an Egyptian block as part of a joint venture with Edison International. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377321/Petroceltic-delivered-Nile-block Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:18 +0000 live Eni cheers 'significant' Ecuador oil find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377096/Eni-cheers-significant-Ecuador-oil-find Italy's Eni has unearthed what it has called a "significant oil discovery" at a wildcat in South America's Amazon. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377096/Eni-cheers-significant-Ecuador-oil-find Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:06:31 +0000 live Eni find 'shows huge conventional potential' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377094/Eni-find-shows-huge-conventional-potential Eni’s deep-water Ochigufu oil discovery off Angola, its third significant find this year off west Africa, shows there is still “huge potential” in conventional oil even in previously explored waters, according to the Italian explorer. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377094/Eni-find-shows-huge-conventional-potential Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:47:22 +0000 live Lukoil eyes Barents wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377091/Lukoil-eyes-Barents-wildcat Russian giant Lukoil is to participate in a frontier wildcat set to be drilled early next year in the eastern Barents Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377091/Lukoil-eyes-Barents-wildcat Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:26:51 +0000 live Otto to make announcement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377089/Otto-to-make-announcement Australia-listed Otto Energy is set to make an announcement regarding a “major transaction” after entering a trading halt. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377089/Otto-to-make-announcement Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:14:45 +0000 live Caza announces flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377088/Caza-announces-flows London-listed Caza Oil & Gas is looking for a better flow rate for one of its non-operated wells in New Mexico. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377088/Caza-announces-flows Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:59:26 +0000 live AWE shores up Perth numbers http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377074/AWE-shores-up-Perth-numbers Australia’s AWE has announced the Senecio-3 discovery could be the largest onshore gas discovery in Australia ever. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377074/AWE-shores-up-Perth-numbers Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:31:01 +0000 live Oilex wraps up intervention http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377073/Oilex-wraps-up-intervention Australia-listed Oilex has achieved an increase in flowback rates from a well at the company’s project in India, after finishing intervention activities. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377073/Oilex-wraps-up-intervention Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:08:25 +0000 live Cenovus starts up Foster Creek phase F http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377051/Cenovus-starts-up-Foster-Creek-phase-F Calgary-based Cenovus Energy reported the first oil flows from phase F of its Foster Creek steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands project in Alberta. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377051/Cenovus-starts-up-Foster-Creek-phase-F Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:12:46 +0000 live Ensco signs short-term US Gulf contracts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377029/Ensco-signs-short-term-US-Gulf-contracts Rig owner Ensco has signed short-term contracts for two semi-submersible rigs in the US Gulf of Mexico, deals that analysts say are indicative of changing market dynamics. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377029/Ensco-signs-short-term-US-Gulf-contracts Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:16:32 +0000 live Eni hits oil at Angola's Ochigufu http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376966/Eni-hits-oil-at-Angolas-Ochigufu Eni has discovered oil at the deep-water Ochigufu prospect in Block 15/06 off Angola that it estimates could hold 300 million barrels of oil in place. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376966/Eni-hits-oil-at-Angolas-Ochigufu Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:49:18 +0000 live Hess readies Kurdistan return http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376949/Hess-readies-Kurdistan-return US independent Hess is preparing to resume drilling operations at a well in Kurdistan in the next few weeks following a suspension as Islamic State militants ransacked swathes of the region. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376949/Hess-readies-Kurdistan-return Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:20:41 +0000 live Leni flows in T&T http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376938/Leni-flows-in-TT London-listed Leni Oil & Gas (LGO) has flowed oil at a well in the Goudron field in Trinidad. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376938/Leni-flows-in-TT Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:37:57 +0000 live Swala awarded Zambia block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376930/Swala-awarded-Zambia-block Australia-listed Swala Energy has been awarded exploration rights for a block in Zambia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376930/Swala-awarded-Zambia-block Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:19:44 +0000 live Genie bottles more Mongolia acres http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376868/Genie-bottles-more-Mongolia-acres US player Genie Energy has added to its oil shale exploration acreage in Mongolia after agreeing a deal to explore another large track in the centre of the country. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376868/Genie-bottles-more-Mongolia-acres Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:05:46 +0000 live Jordan opens international bid round http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376836/Jordan-opens-international-bid-round Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has opened an international bid round inviting foreign players to join production sharing agreements on three licences. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376836/Jordan-opens-international-bid-round Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:20:56 +0000 live InterOil spuds Antelope appraisal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376819/InterOil-spuds-Antelope-appraisal Canadian independent InterOil has started drilling a two-well appraisal programme on its Antelope gas field onshore Papua New Guinea. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376819/InterOil-spuds-Antelope-appraisal Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:12:00 +0000 live Noble eyes Falklands bounty http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376813/Noble-eyes-Falklands-bounty Noble Energy has pinpointed multiple oil prospects in the South Falkland basin with total resource potential of around 1.6 billion barrels ahead of a fresh drilling campaign set to start early next year, according to a partner. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376813/Noble-eyes-Falklands-bounty Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:57:50 +0000 live PPL in Hala block gas find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376804/PPL-in-Hala-block-gas-find State-owned oil & gas player Pakistan Petroleum (PPL) has made a gas condensate discovery in the Hala onshore exploration block in the Sindh province. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376804/PPL-in-Hala-block-gas-find Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:27:04 +0000 live ONGC Videsh in PetroVietnam deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376802/ONGC-Videsh-in-PetroVietnam-deal Indian overseas explorer ONGC Videsh (OVL) and PetroVietnam have signed a letter of intent (LoI) for increasing exploration activities in Vietnam, with OVL likely to participate in two to three additional blocks in the country. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376802/ONGC-Videsh-in-PetroVietnam-deal Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:10:15 +0000 live Ophir makes Equatorial Guinea gas find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376798/Ophir-makes-Equatorial-Guinea-gas-find London-listed Ophir Energy has made a gas discovery in an exploration well on Block R, off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376798/Ophir-makes-Equatorial-Guinea-gas-find Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:44:23 +0000 live Africa Oil gets resource boost http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376793/Africa-Oil-gets-resource-boost Africa Oil has received a boost to the estimated resources within its oilfields on blocks 10BB and 13T in Kenya's South Lokichar basin, as it also begins drilling two more wells in the country. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376793/Africa-Oil-gets-resource-boost Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:42:06 +0000 live Buru test helps production http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376791/Buru-test-helps-production Australia-listed Buru Energy has achieved “encouraging” results from testing at one of its wells in Western Australia’s Canning basin. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376791/Buru-test-helps-production Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:35:30 +0000 live Cepu output to peak in 2015: reports http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376783/Cepu-output-to-peak-in-2015-reports Indonesia expects oil output from ExxonMobil's Cepu Block to peak in July or August next year, according to reports. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376783/Cepu-output-to-peak-in-2015-reports Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:24:46 +0000 live Hervey-1 starts stimulation http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376777/Hervey-1-starts-stimulation Australia’s Beach Energy has started the hydraulic stimulation programme at the Hervey-1 well in the Cooper basin in Queensland at its project with Chevron. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376777/Hervey-1-starts-stimulation Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:05:19 +0000 live Petrobras spuds Carcara appraisal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376766/Petrobras-spuds-Carcara-appraisal Petrobras has spudded a closely-watched appraisal well on the pre-salt Carcara discovery in the Santos basin. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376766/Petrobras-spuds-Carcara-appraisal Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:56:00 +0000 live Rochelle field taken offline again http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376765/Rochelle-field-taken-offline-again The Nexen Petroleum-operated Rochelle gas-condensate field in the UK North Sea is offline again due to mechanical problems on the Scott platform. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376765/Rochelle-field-taken-offline-again Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:37:00 +0000 live ANP preps shale strategy change http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376763/ANP-preps-shale-strategy-change Brazil’s oil regulator is revamping its strategy on unconventionals following opposition to hydraulic fracturing ahead of a bid round focused on onshore gas last year, an official said on Monday. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376763/ANP-preps-shale-strategy-change Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:24 +0000 live Pegasus 'pay day' for Centrica http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376725/Pegasus-pay-day-for-Centrica Centrica Energy has struck gas with an appraisal well drilled at the Pegasus West prospect in the southern UK North Sea, according to partner Atlantic Petroleum. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376725/Pegasus-pay-day-for-Centrica Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:01:31 +0000 live 'Sanctions risk' for Kara Sea well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376685/Sanctions-risk-for-Kara-Sea-well Exploration work being carried out by ExxonMobil in Russia’s Kara Sea using a Seadrill-owned rig reportedly is at risk of suspension due to the latest round of Western sanctions, which are also set to hit a raft of upstream projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376685/Sanctions-risk-for-Kara-Sea-well Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:36:36 +0000 live Central spuds second unconventional well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376680/Central-spuds-second-unconventional-well Australia's Central Petroleum and French giant Total have started drilling an unconventional gas exploration well in the Queensland portion of the Georgina basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376680/Central-spuds-second-unconventional-well Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:23:30 +0000 live Mnazi Bay gas deal signed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376679/Mnazi-Bay-gas-deal-signed Maurel & Prom (M&P) and its partners have finally signed a key long-term gas sales agreement with the Tanzanian authorities to pave the way for first output from their Mnazi Bay fields early next year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376679/Mnazi-Bay-gas-deal-signed Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:07:25 +0000 live Senex spuds Hathi-1 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376657/Senex-spuds-Hathi-1 Australia’s Senex Energy has spudded the next well in its South Australia Cooper basin programme, the Hathi-1. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376657/Senex-spuds-Hathi-1 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:15:35 +0000 live Petrobras sees output grow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376644/Petrobras-sees-output-grow Brazilian giant Petrobras saw output grow 2.2% in August as output from new platforms ramped up. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376644/Petrobras-sees-output-grow Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:41:24 +0000 live Linc signs on drilling player http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376631/Linc-signs-on-drilling-player Singapore-listed Linc Energy has signed on Australia’s Titan Energy Services for drilling in the Arckaringa basin, onshore Australia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376631/Linc-signs-on-drilling-player Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:17:39 +0000 live Camac delayed at Oyo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376621/Camac-delayed-at-Oyo Houston-based Camac Energy has been forced to halt drilling at the Oyo field on Block OML 120, off the coast of Nigeria. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376621/Camac-delayed-at-Oyo Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:55:23 +0000 live