www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Norway gas boost 'a pipe dream' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358597.ece Norway may be looking to cash in on reduced European demand for Russian gas but its longer-term capacity to fill a possible supply gap is likely to be severely constrained by a lack of export infrastructure to tap future gas finds in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358597.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:19:29 +0000 epaper US senators in Oslo gas talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358590.ece Two US Republican senators visited Norway this week for high-level talks on finding alternative gas supplies to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas amid the Ukraine crisis. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358590.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:40:05 +0000 epaper Hurricane Energy set for Lancaster drill http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358579.ece UK-based explorer Hurricane Energy has begun mobilising Transocean’s Sedco 712 semi-submersible for an appraisal of its Lancaster light oil discovery west of the Shetland isles. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358579.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:09:05 +0000 epaper Mercury 'in Statoil orbit' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358560.ece Statoil is reported to have confirmed a third well to be drilled as part of its upcoming exploration campaign in the frontier Hoop area of the Barents Sea, with the Mercury prospect now also firmly in its sights. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358560.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:20 +0000 live Shale to continue to boost US output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358544.ece Output from the Bakken and Permian shale oil formations should rise by 650,000 barrels per day by the end of 2015 to 3.1 million barrels, according to energy intelligence group Genscape. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358544.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:36:29 +0000 live Rig hit by heavy seas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358539.ece The crew of semi-submersible rig Ensco 8506 continues to pump incoming seawater out of its breached ballast tanks after one of the hull columns sustained damage on Tuesday in rough seas in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. (Anthony Guegel), bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358539.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:03:03 +0000 live Strike and AGL settle dispute http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358538.ece Australian duo Strike Energy and Australian Gasfields Ltd (AGL) have resolved issues which would have seen the latter turfed out of PEL 96 in the South Australian Cooper basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358538.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:57:04 +0000 epaper WHL, Ophir farm-in moves ahead http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358537.ece Australia’s WHL Energy has signed official documentation for the farm-in with Ophir Energy in the Seychelles to go ahead. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358537.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:16:21 +0000 epaper Athlon ups drilling budget after Permian buy http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358533.ece Permian basin player Athlon Energy has increased its drilling budget by more than $100 million in order to develop a major new acquisition in West Texas. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358533.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:03:56 +0000 epaper Gastar back to full Marcellus production http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358531.ece US independent Gastar Exploration has resumed full production from its Marcellus properties after previously shutting in all operations due to a broken pipeline. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358531.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:25:04 +0000 epaper US announces new Western Gulf lease sale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358521.ece The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has put on offer more than 21 million acres of offshore oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico off Texas for an auction that will be held in August this year. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358521.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:10:48 +0000 live Providence stock jumps on farmout rumours http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358484.ece Shares in Dublin’s Providence Resources have jumped almost 10% after it confirmed it was in commercial discussions on a farmout at its Barryroe oilfield off Ireland’s southern coast. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358484.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:24:12 +0000 epaper Angola turns round wheels http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358467.ece Angola is set to launch a tender next month for 10 onshore exploration blocks in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358467.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:37:48 +0000 epaper Ruspetro gets licence extension http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358440.ece London-listed Ruspetro has received a 20-year extension on its Vostochno-Inginsky licence in Western Siberia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358440.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:38:33 +0000 live Pertamina sees output grow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358438.ece Indonesia’s state-run Pertamina has seen a 4% increase in production during the first three months of the year. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358438.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:58:38 +0000 live Peak delineates http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358436.ece Australia-listed Peak Oil & Gas has shored up a number of leads based on a seismic survey over the South Block A in Indonesia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358436.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:03:39 +0000 live More woes for AWE off New Zealand http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358435.ece Australian operator AWE has hit more troubles while drilling the Pateke-4H well off New Zealand, forcing it to drill a second sidetrack. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358435.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:53:29 +0000 epaper Santos incident interrupts logging http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358432.ece Australia’s Santos has put testing at the Mt Kitty-1 well in the Amadeus basin on hold, after an incident occurred at the well. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358432.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:54:42 +0000 epaper Neon exits Vietnam blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358431.ece Australian company Neon Energy has reportedly withdrawn from two blocks in Vietnam after missing payments. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358431.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:26:40 +0000 epaper Shale oil production on the rise http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358428.ece US oil production from shale plays is likely to rise by 65,000 barrels per day this month and a further 70,000 bpd in May, new federal data showed. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358428.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:39 +0000 live Goodrich soars on TMS hit http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358425.ece Shares of Goodrich Petroleum soared more than 30% after the company reported one of the best wells drilled in the emerging Tuscaloosa Marine shale play at a cheaper cost than any previous successful well. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358425.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:01:07 +0000 epaper Oilex sees gas at Cambay 77H http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358423.ece Australian explorer Oilex has said it believes its Cambay-77H tight gas well onshore India has found a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir section. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358423.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:52:26 +0000 epaper Total drops only Polish shale licence http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358420.ece French oil major Total has allowed its only Polish shale gas licence to lapse, although it remains interested in the play. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358420.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:00:06 +0000 epaper CNR gets safety rap over Tiffany fires http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358403.ece The UK’s offshore safety watchdog has served a prohibition notice against CNR International following two fires on the Tiffany platform in the central North Sea. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358403.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:40:30 +0000 epaper Libya's Zawiya terminal re-opens: report http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358401.ece Libya's western Zawiya oil port and its adjoining 120,000-barrel-a-day capacity refinery are back in operation, according to a report. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358401.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:04:21 +0000 live Kazakhstan strives to offset Kashagan shut-in http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358397.ece Kazakhstan’s government said it wants to offset the absence of production from the giant Kashagan oil project by increasing output at other fields by at least 30,000 barrels per day. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358397.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:36:55 +0000 epaper Mosman moves toward NZ drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358392.ece London-listed newcomer Mosman Oil & Gas has gained landowner approvals for a pair of wells at its onshore oil project Petroleum Creek in New Zealand. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358392.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:01:18 +0000 live Prosafe gains UK charter at Judy http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358371.ece Norwegian flotel contractor Prosafe has gained a four-month contract with US oil major ConocoPhillips to deploy its accommodation unit Safe Bristolia at the Judy field in the UK North Sea. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358371.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:21:07 +0000 live Baron Oil in Colombia farm-out http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358370.ece Latin America-focused explorer Baron Oil has swiftly farmed out a large chuck of a block in Colombia just after taking over full control. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358370.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:51:25 +0000 live Ramba gets Lemang number http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358350.ece Singapore-listed Ramba Energy has received an independent report from RISC Operations regarding its assets in Indonesia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358350.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:34:22 +0000 live Promising signs for LAR in Guatemala http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358327.ece Latin American Resources (LAR) has encountered oil shows while drilling the Atzam-5 well on Block 1-2005 in Guatemala’s South Peten basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358327.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:43:07 +0000 epaper Sunbird-1 optimism fades http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358308.ece UK operator BG Group is unlikely to commercially develop its Sunbird-1 discovery due to the size of the discovery. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358308.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:59:25 +0000 epaper Kitimat residents say no to Northern Gateway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358307.ece Residents of the British Columbia town of Kitimat voted against the Northern Gateway pipeline project in a blow to Enbridge's efforts to expedite the flow of crude from Canada's landlocked oil sands to high-paying markets in Asia. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358307.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:54:46 +0000 live Tensions rise in Ukraine as "gas war" looms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358304.ece Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow, as the conflict threatens to drag Europe into a “gas war”. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358304.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:27:28 +0000 live Ohio beefs up permit rules amid quakes http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358296.ece Regulators in Ohio have put in place stronger requirements for unconventional development in the US state after identifying a "probable" connection with hydraulic fracturing and recent seismic activity. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358296.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:56:38 +0000 epaper North Dakota output rises despite weather http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358294.ece Oil production in the US state of North Dakota rose in February to hit 950,000 barrels per day despite ongoing delays from harsh winter weather. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358294.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:03:37 +0000 live Range fined over Marcellus brine spill http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358279.ece Range Resources was fined $75,000 by Pennsylvania regulators for failing to clean up a produced water spill in the Marcellus Shale after almost one year and three violation notices. (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358279.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:31:43 +0000 epaper Yasuni signatures ‘should force vote’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358259.ece Environmentalist in Ecuador claim to have gathered enough backing to force a referendum on oil exploration in a remote and Unesco-sponsored Amazonian park. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358259.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:59:15 +0000 epaper Crimea crisis to hit Russian oil demand http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358258.ece Russia’s oil demand is forecast to drop this year on fallout from the Ukraine crisis that is set to hit economic growth, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358258.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:40:11 +0000 live Putin in EU gas ultimatum http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358246.ece Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned European leaders that gas supplies to the continent could be cut off unless they step in to help Ukraine settle its mounting debt for unpaid deliveries. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358246.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:25:34 +0000 epaper Titan, Keppel team up at China yard http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358240.ece Singapore offshore specialist to build high-spec rigs and vessels in Quanzhou Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358240.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:47:30 +0000 epaper MOG receives first payment http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358221.ece London-listed Mediterranean Oil & Gas (MOG) has received the first payment to recover legal costs regarding a lawsuit with Leni Oil & Gas. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358221.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:51:26 +0000 epaper Statoil in Valemon strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358222.ece Statoil has made an oil and gas discovery with a pair of wells drilled to the north of its planned Valemon field in the North Sea, making it a likely tieback candidate for the field's platform currently under construction. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358222.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:49:06 +0000 epaper Peak still fighting http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358219.ece Australia’s Peak Oil & Gas is continually to push ahead with arbitration with joint venture partner Cadco over funds for the Cadlao project. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358219.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:29:52 +0000 live T&T plan set in stone http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358216.ece Singapore-listed Rex International has announced its plans for a five-well onshore drilling campaign in Trinidad & Tobago. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358216.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:20:34 +0000 live Norwest finds sweet spot http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358214.ece Australia-listed Norwest Energy has found the sweet spot in its Arrowsmith-2 well in the onshore Perth basin in Western Australia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358214.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:12:35 +0000 epaper Tullow wraps up Namibia shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358212.ece London-listed Tullow Oil has wrapped up a 3D seismic survey over licence EL 0037, off the coast of Namibia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358212.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:12:21 +0000 live US could ease Europe's dependence on Russia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358209.ece The US could give Europe and Ukraine relief from energy dependence on Russia within months if it overturned the 40-year ban on most crude exports, according to the head of Hess. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358209.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:26:42 +0000 live Gastar resumes West Virgina output http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358208.ece US company Gastar Exploration has resumed output from its Marshall County, West Virginia operations, nearly five days after the rupture of a gas pipeline operated by Williams Partners shut-in production. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358208.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:09:07 +0000 epaper Gastar spins Utica bit http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358204.ece Houston-based Gastar and its partner have started drilling the duo's first Utica-Point Pleasant well in the dry gas window of the emerging play. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358204.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:26:31 +0000 epaper Murphy spuds Titan wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358202.ece US explorer Murphy Oil has spud a closely watched wildcat well targeting the Jurassic-Norphlet trend in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358202.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:25:32 +0000 epaper Inquiry after second blaze at UK's Tiffany http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358170.ece UK safety inspectors have launched an investigation after a second fire in three months broke out on CNR International’s Tiffany platform in the central North Sea at the weekend. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358170.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:01:26 +0000 epaper Lukoil kicks off Iraq seismic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358155.ece Russian giant Lukoil has launched a 2D seismic survey of Block 10 in southern Iraq. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358155.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:22:36 +0000 live Romeo hot prospect for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358149.ece Statoil is reported to have lined up jack-up Maersk Gallant to drill a wildcat at the Romeo prospect this summer in the southern North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358149.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:59:36 +0000 live Spectrum in Hoop shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358142.ece Oslo-listed seismic player Spectrum has kicked off the second phase of a 2D survey in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea amid strong industry demand for data from the play where blocks are set to be offered in Norway’s upcoming 23rd licensing round. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358142.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:26:37 +0000 live AGR inks OMV Norway well deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357990.ece Oilfield services player AGR has scooped its second deal this week in Norway with the award of a well management services contract from OMV. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357990.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:51:04 +0000 epaper GDF bites dust at Byrkje http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357981.ece GDF Suez has come up dry with a wildcat drilled at its Byrkje prospect in the Barents Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357981.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:21:27 +0000 live Frontera farms out Taribani http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357977.ece London-listed Frontera Resources is set to farm-out up to a 50% working interest in the Taribani field and Taribani field complex on Block 12, Georgia, to Varang Exploration. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357977.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:02:24 +0000 live VNG in stellar find at Pil http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357978.ece German explorer VNG has recorded strong flow rates with a stellar production test at its Pil discovery in the Norwegian Sea, indicating higher-than-expected resources and with more potential upside. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357978.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:59:40 +0000 epaper JKX starts producing http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357976.ece LSE-listed JKX Oil & Gas has put its Ukrainian well on production after it produced at a stable rate following drilling. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357976.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:42:15 +0000 live Wintershall on money at Solberg http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357975.ece Wintershall has made a gas and condensate discovery at its Solberg exploration well in the Norwegian Sea, drilled to appraise the earlier Rodriguez find, according to a licence partner. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357975.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:37:26 +0000 epaper Tlou wraps up core drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357969.ece Australia-listed Tlou Energy has completed the third and final core-hole of its current programme at the Lesedi coalbed methane project in Botswana. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357969.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:40:21 +0000 live Red Fork farms out Oklahoma acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357967.ece Australia-listed Red Fork Energy has signed a farm-out agreement with Blue Quail covering acreage in Noble County, Oklahoma. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357967.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:22:35 +0000 epaper Neon sheds in California http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357966.ece Australia-listed Neon Energy has signed a $26 million purchase and sales agreement for the sale of its Californian assets. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357966.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:36:41 +0000 live Three Forks agrees to drill http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357965.ece US independent Three Forks has signed an exploration and participation agreement with Vanguard Natural Resources, for work on the company’s acreage in Colorado. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357965.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:08:25 +0000 live Sino Gas eyes horizontal Ordos spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357955.ece Australia-listed Sino Gas & Energy Holdings is deep into field operations in its production sharing contracts in China's Ordos basin and plans to test its first horizontal well there next month. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357955.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:41:49 +0000 epaper Explorers not insured for 'cyber catastrophe' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357939.ece The ever-increasing use of technology at oil & gas facilities could see a cyber attack causing a major catastrophe that many companies are not insured against, a new report has warned. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357939.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:07:31 +0000 epaper High Arctic buys rigs for PNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357935.ece Canadian contractor High Arctic Energy Services is buying two rigs on the back of a drilling contract for InterOil in Papua New Guinea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357935.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:17:31 +0000 live Iraq initiative to 'resolve export row' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357933.ece Iraq’s oil minister is reported to be confident of reaching a deal “within days” to resolve an export dispute with the Kurdistan region, with Baghdad now working on a second pipeline to boost flows to Ceyhan. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357933.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:43:17 +0000 live Geopark scores six in Colombia http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357929.ece Latin America-focused explorer Geopark has made its sixth successive discovery at a prolific block in Colombia’s Llanos basin with an oil strike at the Aruco 1 well. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357929.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:55:30 +0000 epaper Gulf Keystone raises Shaikan cash http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357915.ece UK-listed explorer secures $250m debt finance for Iraqi Kurdistan ramp-up Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357915.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:23:07 +0000 epaper Final nod for Gohta appraisal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357900.ece Lundin Petroleum has gained the final clearance from Norway’s safety agency to drill a keenly awaited appraisal at its Gohta discovery in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357900.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:49:51 +0000 live Shell, CNPC in shale co-op deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357895.ece Shell and state giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have signed a long-term deal to collaborate on projects in the unconventional sphere. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357895.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:21:57 +0000 live Alaskan output slips at slower rate http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357886.ece Alaska's North Slope oil production is forecast to decline 1.8% for the fiscal year ending 30 June instead of falling 3% as predicted in December, according to a report released this week. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357886.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:18:33 +0000 live Athlon buys Midland acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357878.ece US independent Athlon Energy has entered multiple agreements to acquire acreage on the western side of the northern Midland basin in Texas. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357878.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:10:20 +0000 epaper AWE awarded WA acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357876.ece Australia-listed AWE has been awarded a permit offshore Western Australia as part of the 2013 Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357876.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:30:30 +0000 epaper Noreco spins Verdande bit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357838.ece Noreco has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at its Verdande prospect in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357838.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:56:53 +0000 live Premier award for AGR Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357812.ece Oilfield services player secures five-year frame deal at UK explorer's Norway assets Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357812.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:59:19 +0000 epaper Offshore drilling on the slide http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357808.ece Australia has seen a drop in offshore exploration while onshore drilling remained stable and production dipped in 2013. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357808.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:29:55 +0000 epaper Hoop shoot on radar screen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357809.ece MultiClient Geophysical aims to kick off a new 2D seismic survey in the frontier Hoop area of the Barents Sea off Norway next month. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357809.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:29:08 +0000 live Dragon Oil trims growth expectations http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357806.ece Dubai-based Dragon Oil has warned its annual output is likely to come in at the low end of guidance due to delays in drilling at the Cheleken contract area off Turkmenistan. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357806.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 live CGG in big shoot off Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357786.ece French seismic contractor CGG has kicked off an extensive shoot in the northern North Sea.that it claims is the largest multi-client 3D survey ever carried out off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357786.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:30:21 +0000 live Murphy fails to hit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357784.ece US independent Murphy Oil has come up dry at the Bamboo-1 offshore Cameroon, as no commercial hydrocarbons were found in the well. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357784.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:28:07 +0000 live Australian Bight set for eco survey http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357783.ece An A$20 million (US$18.64 million) South Australian-based research programme for the Great Australian Bight has been designed to collect baseline environmental data for the region before any production starts. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357783.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:19:42 +0000 epaper Oz offers onshore acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357780.ece Five onshore blocks in Western Australia - four blocks in the Canning basin and one in the Bunbury trough in the Perth basin have been released, said Jeffrey Haworth of Western Australia's Department of Mines & Petroleum.  (Amanda Battersby) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357780.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:36:12 +0000 epaper Drillsearch eyes unconventional potential http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357777.ece Australian independent Drillsearch has climbed to the third largest onshore oil producer in the country but managing director Brad Lingo is hoping to further boost production as the company looks to grow its unconventional business. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357777.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:43:46 +0000 epaper NSW 'missed CBM window of opportunity' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357775.ece Australia’s Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane has claimed that New South Wales missed the window to capitalise on its coalbed methane industry like neighbouring Queensland and says the industry must now adjust as the state heads for gas shortage. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357775.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:58:33 +0000 epaper Union demands could cost jobs http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357772.ece Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has warned unions could cost Australian workers out of a job if demands for higher pay and conditions continue unchecked. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357772.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:07:09 +0000 epaper Buyers market for Oz exploration assets http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357769.ece A buyers' market for exploration assets is likely to evolve in Australia this year as majors and independents look to streamline their portfolios, according to energy expert Wood Mackenzie. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357769.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:04:48 +0000 epaper Oz places 26 blocks on the menu http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357770.ece Australia has launched as expected its 2014 offshore exploration licensing round with 26 blocks available for work programme bidding and four for cash bidding. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357770.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:38:03 +0000 epaper Petrobras restarts P-20 production http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357764.ece Brazil giant Petrobras said it restarted production on Monday at its Marlim field in the Campos basin that had been shut in after a fire late last year. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357764.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:37:07 +0000 epaper Pipeline rupture shuts in Gastar production http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357762.ece A ruptured pipeline operated by Williams Companies has forced at least one US producer to shut in operations in the Marcellus shale. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357762.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:39:11 +0000 epaper Shell exports first Majnoon oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357739.ece Shell has exported its first cargo of oil from the giant Majnoon oilfield in Iraq. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357739.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:22:17 +0000 epaper Hess ‘not giving up on Shakrok-1' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357726.ece Hess and its partners at a play in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory of Iraq are not abandoning a well before completing tests on the target formation that is hoped will produce oil shows. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357726.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:30:23 +0000 epaper Green outcry over Barents round http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357719.ece Environmental pressure is mounting on the Oslo government to cut the number of blocks on offer in the Barents Sea under a planned licensing round due to the risk of drilling close to the Arctic ice boundary. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357719.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:40:54 +0000 live MEO farms in to Kea’s Puka find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357683.ece MEO Australia has finally revealed itself as the explorer behind a farm-in to Kea Petroleum’s Puka oil discovery in New Zealand. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357683.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:49:06 +0000 live Apache set to shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357664.ece US independent Apache has received regulatory approval to acquire new seismic data over its producing Stag oilfield and Reindeer gas field off Western Australia. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357664.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:09:23 +0000 live Asia to drive global LNG demand growth http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357655.ece Asia will continue to be the key driver for the global liquefied natural gas demand growth over the next decade. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357655.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:19:39 +0000 epaper Ichthys progressing amid market uncertainty http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357652.ece Inpex is making huge strides at its Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in Australia from which 5.7 million tonnes per annum will be shipped to the operator's native Japan  - and future expansion is already being considered - but this is against a backdrop of future uncertainty in the global LNG market, according to chief executive Toshiaki Kitamura.  (Amanda Battersby) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357652.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:55:33 +0000 epaper US not seen as a threat to Oz LNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357611.ece West Australian Premier Colin Barnett believes Australia will still be the key player in meeting future global liquefied natural gas demand, dismissing likely competition from the United States. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357611.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:35:11 +0000 epaper