www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Analyst: 'End of high-price era' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395633/analyst-end-of-high-price-era Prospects are receding for a return to $100 per-barrel oil and a structural shift in the energy market – notably reduced demand from the transport sector – means the industry must learn to live with lower oil prices, according to a leading Norwegian analyst. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395633/analyst-end-of-high-price-era Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:39:51 +0000 live Eni strikes out at Cyprus well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395606/eni-strikes-out-at-cyprus-well Eni has suffered another disappointment off Cyprus as its second offshore well failed to yield anything substantial. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395606/eni-strikes-out-at-cyprus-well Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:09:11 +0000 live M&P chops capex as profit sinks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395579/mandp-chops-capex-as-profit-sinks Maurel & Prom has slashed its exploration budget for this year as it saw profit sink on reduced sales and higher write-offs in 2014. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395579/mandp-chops-capex-as-profit-sinks Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:32:51 +0000 live Anadarko quitting Mozambique block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395563/anadarko-quitting-mozambique-block Anadarko Petroleum is planning to quit an onshore licence in Mozambique where it is operator following a recent wildcat duster. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395563/anadarko-quitting-mozambique-block Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:56:40 +0000 live Costs drop 'to fuel exploration' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395554/costs-drop-to-fuel-exploration Exploration activity that has slumped on low oil prices and budget cuts by oil companies is set to rebound next year as explorers take advantage of reduced rig and vessel dayrates, as well as efficiency savings, according to Wood Mackenzie. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395554/costs-drop-to-fuel-exploration Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:28:42 +0000 live Falling object on NADL rig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395535/falling-object-on-nadl-rig A probe has been launched by Norway’s safety agency into an incident onboard North Atlantic Drilling Ltd’s (NADL) rig West Venture in which a heavy object plunged onto a blowout preventer, narrowly missing two workers. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395535/falling-object-on-nadl-rig Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:36:33 +0000 live Fastnet increases Celtic Sea footprint http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395520/fastnet-increases-celtic-sea-footprint London-listed Fastnet Oil & Gas has increased its footprint in the Celtic Sea, off the coast of Ireland. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395520/fastnet-increases-celtic-sea-footprint Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:35:09 +0000 live Empire signs drilling contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395509/empire-signs-drilling-contract Australian junior Empire Oil & Gas has signed on drilling contractor Enerdrill for up to five wells in Western Australia's onshore Perth basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395509/empire-signs-drilling-contract Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:50:17 +0000 live Cue gets nod for Sumatra farm-in http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395506/cue-gets-nod-for-sumatra-farm-in Australia's Cue Energy Resources has received government approval for its farm-in to the Mahato production sharing contract onshore Central Sumatra, Indonesia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395506/cue-gets-nod-for-sumatra-farm-in Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:00:38 +0000 live OGDC in Pakistan oil strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1395282/ogdc-in-pakistan-oil-strike Pakistan’s Oil & Gas Development Company (OGDC) has made what it termed a “significant” domestic oil discovery in Sindh province. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1395282/ogdc-in-pakistan-oil-strike Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:41:23 +0000 ece_incoming Lundin spuds Alta probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395262/lundin-spuds-alta-probe Swedish independent Lundin Petroleum has started drilling an appraisal well on its Alta discovery in the Barents Sea, off the coast of Norway. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395262/lundin-spuds-alta-probe Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:47:54 +0000 live Dinarta duo to exit licence http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395261/dinarta-duo-to-exit-licence US company Hess and Irish explorer Petroceltic have decided to withdraw from the Dinarta licence in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395261/dinarta-duo-to-exit-licence Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:34:23 +0000 live AWE spuds Perth basin prospect http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395254/awe-spuds-perth-basin-prospect Sydney-based independent AWE has spudded the Irwin-1 exploration well in Western Australia's onshore Perth basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395254/awe-spuds-perth-basin-prospect Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:34:37 +0000 live Petrobras hits more Libra oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395252/petrobras-hits-more-libra-oil Brazilian state-run giant Petrobras has hit oil in a second appraisal well drilled on the Libra field in Brazil's offshore Santos basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395252/petrobras-hits-more-libra-oil Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:40:42 +0000 live Lofin appraisal shows promise http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395249/lofin-appraisal-shows-promise China's Citic Resources has encountered gas shows at its Lofin-2 appraisal well on the Seram (Non Bula) production sharing contract in eastern Indonesia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395249/lofin-appraisal-shows-promise Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:01:25 +0000 live Eni starts Vietnam shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395250/eni-starts-vietnam-shoot Italian operator Eni has kicked off a 3D seismic survey over Block 120, off the coast of Vietnam. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395250/eni-starts-vietnam-shoot Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:52:10 +0000 live Benthic wins Sea Lion work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395248/benthic-wins-sea-lion-work Malaysia's Hibiscus Petroleum has awarded geosciences company Benthic a contract to carry out an offshore geotechnical investigation over the acreage containing the Sea Lion prospect in the Bass Strait, off south-east Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395248/benthic-wins-sea-lion-work Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:18:30 +0000 live Chevron inks Myanmar PSC http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395247/chevron-inks-myanmar-psc US supermajor Chevron has signed a production sharing contract covering Block A5 in Myanmar's offshore Rakhine basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395247/chevron-inks-myanmar-psc Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:36:05 +0000 live KrisEnergy in Thailand hit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395207/krisenergy-in-thailand-hit KrisEnergy has uncovered oil and gas pay at a wildcat being drilled near a 2009 discovery in the Gulf of Thailand. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395207/krisenergy-in-thailand-hit Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:50:02 +0000 live Apache secures rig for Carnarvon campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395174/apache-secures-rig-for-carnarvon-campaign US independent Apache has secured a drilling rig for its upcoming campaign in Western Australia's offshore Carnarvon basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395174/apache-secures-rig-for-carnarvon-campaign Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:25:32 +0000 live OMV flows more Maari oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395171/omv-flows-more-maari-oil Austria's OMV has brought another well on stream at its Maari growth project in the Taranaki basin off the coast of New Zealand. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395171/omv-flows-more-maari-oil Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:07:22 +0000 live Woodside inks Myanmar PSCs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395091/woodside-inks-myanmar-pscs Woodside Petroluem has put pen to paper on a quartet of offshore production sharing contracts previously awarded to it off Myanmar. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395091/woodside-inks-myanmar-pscs Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:29:55 +0000 live Statoil rolling on Roald Rygg http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395080/statoil-rolling-on-roald-rygg Statoil has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at its Roald Rygg prospect in the Norwegian Sea, according to partner Atlantic Petroleum. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395080/statoil-rolling-on-roald-rygg Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:20:13 +0000 live Europa to plug East Midlands well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395077/europa-to-plug-east-midlands-well London-listed Europa Oil & Gas is to plug and abandon its exploration well on the Kiln Lane prospect in England's East Midlands. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395077/europa-to-plug-east-midlands-well Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:09:03 +0000 live Central commissions Dingo pipeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395074/central-commissions-dingo-pipeline Australia-listed Central Petroleum has successfully commissioned its Dingo gas project pipeline in the Northern Territory. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395074/central-commissions-dingo-pipeline Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:55:27 +0000 live Austin gets Pierre shale partner http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395069/austin-gets-pierre-shale-partner Australia's Austin Exploration has signed an agreement with Colorado drilling company Pierre Energy Partners to develop shale prospects in the US state. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395069/austin-gets-pierre-shale-partner Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:16:25 +0000 live Mexican energy reform ‘to draw investors’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394962/mexican-energy-reform-to-draw-investors Mexican oil production will begin to grow again as the country’s energy sector reform will draw in foreign investors amid an impending multi-block acreage offer, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394962/mexican-energy-reform-to-draw-investors Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:15:01 +0000 ece_incoming PetroNeft hands out Russian drill contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394936/petroneft-hands-out-russian-drill-contract London-listed PetroNeft Resources has handed Eurasia Drilling subsidiary SGK Drilling a contact to drill 11 wells on its Tungolskoye development in Russia's Tomsk Oblast region. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394936/petroneft-hands-out-russian-drill-contract Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:53:44 +0000 live Karoon comes up dry at Kangaroo West http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394931/karoon-comes-up-dry-at-kangaroo-west Karoon Gas Australia has come up dry with its latest exploration well on Block S-M-1165 in Brazil's offshore Santos basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394931/karoon-comes-up-dry-at-kangaroo-west Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:48:08 +0000 live Pluto production restarts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394930/pluto-production-restarts Woodside Petroleum has resumed production at its Pluto liquefied natural gas plant in Western Australia after a rig which had drifted close to flowlines was moved outside the project's exclusion zone. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394930/pluto-production-restarts Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:45:12 +0000 live Statoil 'eyes Russia wells' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394847/statoil-eyes-russia-wells Statoil is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to drill four exploration wells in Russia with state-owned partner Rosneft despite Western sanctions on the Kremlin over the Ukraine crisis. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394847/statoil-eyes-russia-wells Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:40:03 +0000 live CGG to carry out Colombia shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394828/cgg-to-carry-out-colombia-shoot French seismic player CGG has landed a contract from US independent Anadarko Petroleum to carry out a 3D seismic survey off Colombia's Caribbean coast. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394828/cgg-to-carry-out-colombia-shoot Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:15:02 +0000 live Alaska preps next lease sale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394684/alaska-preps-next-lease-sale The Alaska Department of Natural Resources' division of oil and gas has given notice of upcoming oil and gas lease sales in the Alaska Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394684/alaska-preps-next-lease-sale Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:13:12 +0000 live Players vie for Green Canyon riches http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394665/players-vie-for-green-canyon-riches A consortium made up of supermajor Chevron and privately held Venari Resources kicked off US Gulf of Mexico Central Lease Sale 235 with a bang, entering the apparent high bids for three hotly contested deep-water blocks in the Green Canyon area. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394665/players-vie-for-green-canyon-riches Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:57:30 +0000 live Gulf Keystone ramping up at Shaikan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394642/gulf-keystone-ramping-up-at-shaikan Shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum started to rise on Wednesday after the company said it began to resume production at truck loading at its Shaikan oilfield in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394642/gulf-keystone-ramping-up-at-shaikan Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:24:21 +0000 live Mubadala gains Morocco acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394640/mubadala-gains-morocco-acreage Mubadala Petroleum has signed an agreement with Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (Onhym) to explore in the country’s waters. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394640/mubadala-gains-morocco-acreage Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:08:53 +0000 ece_incoming Indonesia awards oil and gas acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394636/indonesia-awards-oil-and-gas-acreage Indonesia has awarded conventional and unconventional oil and gas blocks off the country’s coast, government officials said. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394636/indonesia-awards-oil-and-gas-acreage Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:10:16 +0000 ece_incoming Statoil hits gas at Snefrid Nord http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394623/statoil-hits-gas-at-snefrid-nord Statoil has unearthed a gas discovery at its Snefrid Nord prospect in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394623/statoil-hits-gas-at-snefrid-nord Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:56:53 +0000 live Heritage closing in on PNG spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394619/heritage-closing-in-on-png-spud UK-listed Heritage Oil is preparing to drill the first well in its delayed drilling campaign in a frontier area in Papua New Guinea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394619/heritage-closing-in-on-png-spud Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:24:51 +0000 live InterOil to demobilise Antelope rig http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/companynews/1394617/interoil-to-demobilise-antelope-rig InterOil has confirmed the drilling rig that caused it problems during the Antelope-4 operation in Papua New Guinea will be demobilised once it completes the well. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/companynews/1394617/interoil-to-demobilise-antelope-rig Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:35:28 +0000 sectors sectors_companynews Union plans UK strike ballots http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394581/union-plans-uk-strike-ballots The RMT-OILC union said on Tuesday it is preparing to ballot its members on targeted strike action in protest against changes to UK North Sea shift patterns, attacks on pay and job losses. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394581/union-plans-uk-strike-ballots Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:22:17 +0000 live KrisEnergy spins Rossukon-2 bit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394561/krisenergy-spins-rossukon-2-bit Singapore-listed player KrisEnergy has spudded its Rossukon-2 wildcat in the Gulf of Thailand using a Shelf Drilling jack-up. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394561/krisenergy-spins-rossukon-2-bit Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:41:42 +0000 live Lundin's North Sea wildcat hits dust http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394555/lundins-north-sea-wildcat-hits-dust Exploration well near the Edvard Grieg field plugged and abandoned after coming up dry Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394555/lundins-north-sea-wildcat-hits-dust Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:56 +0000 live Sound gets approval for Italian well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394554/sound-gets-approval-for-italian-well The Lomardy regional government has approved Sound Oil's environmental impact assessment for its planned Badile exploration well in northern Italy. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394554/sound-gets-approval-for-italian-well Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:37:55 +0000 live Atwood Osprey moved from Pluto infrastructure http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394553/atwood-osprey-moved-from-pluto-infrastructure The semi-submersible Atwood Osprey has been moved a safe distance from Woodside Petroleum's operations off Western Australia after breaking its moorings last week and drifting dangerously close to subsea infrastructure. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394553/atwood-osprey-moved-from-pluto-infrastructure Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:36:50 +0000 live Eni steps on the gas in Indonesia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394548/eni-steps-on-the-gas-in-indonesia Eni said it will accelerate an appraisal drilling programme on its new Merakes gas find off Indonesia to fast-track a potential tie-in to its nearby Jangkrik field. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394548/eni-steps-on-the-gas-in-indonesia Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:56:39 +0000 live Vaalco waffles on Etame H2S plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394542/vaalco-waffles-on-etame-h2s-plan Africa-focused Vaalco Energy is re-assessing plans to build a crude-sweetening facility at a field off Gabon stricken with hydrogen sulphide and warned that if it does not get built it could result in a significant reduction in reserves. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394542/vaalco-waffles-on-etame-h2s-plan Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:57:06 +0000 live Forties Echo in boat collision http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394531/forties-echo-in-boat-collision Non-essential workers have been evacuated from a UK North Sea platform after it was in collision with a supply vessel earlier on Monday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394531/forties-echo-in-boat-collision Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:52:30 +0000 live Lukoil Overseas more than doubles oil output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394528/lukoil-overseas-more-than-doubles-oil-output Russia's Lukoil Overseas more than doubled its oil production in 2014 as a major project in Iraq was brought online. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394528/lukoil-overseas-more-than-doubles-oil-output Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:06:16 +0000 live Opec: 'US oil output to drop' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394511/opec-us-oil-output-to-drop Tight oil output from the US’ shale play is expected to show a drop by year-end as producers slash the number of operating rigs due to low oil prices, according to Opec. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394511/opec-us-oil-output-to-drop Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:21:32 +0000 live Eni in Libya gas strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394492/eni-in-libya-gas-strike Eni has made a ”significant discovery” of gas and condensate with a wildcat drilled at its Bahr Essalam South prospect off Libya. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394492/eni-in-libya-gas-strike Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:07:01 +0000 live Shell pulling back from South African shale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394482/shell-pulling-back-from-south-african-shale Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell is pulling back from its shale projects in South Africa due to lower energy prices although it is still seeking an exploration license for the onshore Karoo basin, according to its country manager. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394482/shell-pulling-back-from-south-african-shale Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:06:48 +0000 live Zeppelin on Wintershall radar http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394480/zeppelin-on-wintershall-radar Wintershall has applied to the Norwegian authorities to drill a wildcat at the Zeppelin prospect in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394480/zeppelin-on-wintershall-radar Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:57:08 +0000 live Oz duo in wet gas discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394477/oz-duo-in-wet-gas-discovery Australian duo Santos and Drillsearch Energy have made a new wet gas discovery in South Australia's Cooper basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394477/oz-duo-in-wet-gas-discovery Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:28:51 +0000 live Aminex stalls on Tanzania wells http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394472/aminex-stalls-on-tanzania-wells Aminex is delaying a planned two-well exploration campaign in the deep-water part of its Nyuni Area block off Tanzania after securing a deferral from the authorities. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394472/aminex-stalls-on-tanzania-wells Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:16:55 +0000 live Total spuds Skirne East well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394468/total-spuds-skirne-east-well French explorer Total has spudded a well on the Skirne East prospect on production licence 627, in the Norwegian North Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394468/total-spuds-skirne-east-well Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:32:22 +0000 live Titan kicks off Texan drilling campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394465/titan-kicks-off-texan-drilling-campaign Australia-listed Titan Energy has kicked off a multi-well development campaign on its Allen Dome project in the US state of Texas. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394465/titan-kicks-off-texan-drilling-campaign Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:36:12 +0000 live Woodside shuts in Pluto http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394443/woodside-shuts-in-pluto Australian operator Woodside Petroleum has been forced to shut-in production at its Pluto liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia after a drilling rig contracted to Chevron drifted near flowlines. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394443/woodside-shuts-in-pluto Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:28:15 +0000 live GDF Suez finds oil with Dalziel probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394361/gdf-suez-finds-oil-with-dalziel-probe France’s GDF Suez has made an oil discovery in the UK North Sea with an exploration well on the Dalziel structure. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394361/gdf-suez-finds-oil-with-dalziel-probe Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:20:32 +0000 live Roald Rygg in Statoil sights http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394348/roald-rygg-in-statoil-sights Statoil is set to sink an exploration well shortly at its Roald Rygg prospect off Norway after securing a drilling permit from the authorities. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394348/roald-rygg-in-statoil-sights Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:38:14 +0000 live Bjaaland well nod for OMV http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394345/bjaaland-well-nod-for-omv OMV has been granted final clearance by Norway’s safety agency to drill a controversial wildcat due to be spudded next month in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394345/bjaaland-well-nod-for-omv Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:04:15 +0000 live Providence firms up Silverback prospect http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394344/providence-firms-up-silverback-prospect Ireland’s Providence Resources has said its latest studies show the Silverback prospect in the South Celtic Sea off southern Ireland holds best-estimate resource potential of 1.36 billion barrels of oil. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394344/providence-firms-up-silverback-prospect Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:35:13 +0000 live Kea exits Taranaki permit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394341/kea-exits-taranaki-permit London-listed Kea Petroleum has elected to drop PEP 52333, in New Zealand's offshore Taranaki basin, after failing to secure a farm-in partner to drill the Mercury prospect. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394341/kea-exits-taranaki-permit Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:22:36 +0000 live IEV hits hydrocarbons in West Java http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394336/iev-hits-hydrocarbons-in-west-java Singapore-listed IEV Holdings has hit hydrocarbons in its first development well on the Cilamaya structure of the Pabuaran KSO Block in West Java, Indonesia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394336/iev-hits-hydrocarbons-in-west-java Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:16:22 +0000 live Noble Tom Prosser contract delayed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394315/noble-tom-prosser-contract-delayed Noble Corporation and US independent Apache have agreed to push back the contract start-up date for one of the rig owner's newbuild jack-ups in Australia. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394315/noble-tom-prosser-contract-delayed Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:52:51 +0000 live ExxonMobil resumes Alaska drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394305/exxonmobil-resumes-alaska-drilling US supermajor ExxonMobil has resumed drilling on the Point Thomson field in Alaska's North Slope. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394305/exxonmobil-resumes-alaska-drilling Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:39:00 +0000 live Beta effort by Suncor http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394235/beta-effort-by-suncor Suncor Energy has kicked off drilling of an exploration well at the Beta Statfjord North prospect off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394235/beta-effort-by-suncor Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:56:40 +0000 live MEO looking to push back Breakwater http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394230/meo-looking-to-push-back-breakwater MEO Australia has applied to vary the work programme for Block WA-454-P, off Western Australia, to give it more time before it needs to drill an exploration well. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394230/meo-looking-to-push-back-breakwater Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:32:52 +0000 live FX abandons Zaniemysl-3k sidetrack http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394079/fx-abandons-zaniemysl-3k-sidetrack US- based FX Energy has reported that sidetracking operations at the Zaniemysl-3k well have now been completed. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394079/fx-abandons-zaniemysl-3k-sidetrack Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:24:50 +0000 ece_incoming Statoil eyes 'UK probes' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394032/statoil-eyes-uk-probes Statoil is reported to have lined up chartered rig Songa Trym for drilling of a pair of exploration wells off the UK. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394032/statoil-eyes-uk-probes Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:41:57 +0000 live Azonto relinquishes Accra block http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394031/azonto-relinquishes-accra-block London-listed Azonto's subsidiary in Ghana, Azonto Petroleum, has decided not to continue with its deep-water exploration in the Offshore Accra block. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394031/azonto-relinquishes-accra-block Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:27:18 +0000 ece_incoming Tullow has mixed results in Kenya http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394014/tullow-has-mixed-results-in-kenya London-listed Tullow Oil has revealed promising results from its appraisal campaign in Kenya but its latest exploration well in the country has come up dry. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394014/tullow-has-mixed-results-in-kenya Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:44:00 +0000 live Kurdish pipe exports 'halted' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393929/kurdish-pipe-exports-halted Crude flows along Iraqi Kurdistan’s independent pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan have been halted since Monday for repairs due to damage caused by theft, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393929/kurdish-pipe-exports-halted Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:17:49 +0000 live Northcote Energy to drill well at Shoats Creek http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393904/northcote-energy-to-drill-well-at-shoats-creek Northcote Energy has been given the green light by fellow London- listed Aminex- the operator of Shoats Creek- to drill a new conventional vertical well in Louisiana. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393904/northcote-energy-to-drill-well-at-shoats-creek Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:37:27 +0000 ece_incoming Spanish Point partners delay probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393889/spanish-point-partners-delay-probe UK operator Cairn Energy and Ireland’s Providence Resources have delayed their planned Spanish Point appraisal off Ireland as funding woes hamper the Irish explorer’s ability to pay for its recently boosted share of the project. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393889/spanish-point-partners-delay-probe Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:47:21 +0000 live Norway's Ocean Installer gets more Statoil work http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393894/norways-ocean-installer-gets-more-statoil-work Subsea company Ocean Installer has signed amendments with Statoil for umbilical marine installation at the Visund field and for riser replacement at the Troll B field, both developments located in the North Sea. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393894/norways-ocean-installer-gets-more-statoil-work Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:31:17 +0000 ece_incoming Baraka looks to renew Georgina basin permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393879/baraka-looks-to-renew-georgina-basin-permits Australia-listed Baraka Energy & Resources has moved to renew one of its permits in the Northern Territory's Georgina basin and is on the look out for new farm-in partners after the exit of Petrofrontier and Statoil. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393879/baraka-looks-to-renew-georgina-basin-permits Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:21:59 +0000 live Eni exits Vietnam block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393875/eni-exits-vietnam-block Singapore-listed KrisEnergy is taking over Italian giant Eni's operated stake in the production sharing contract covering Block 105-110/4, off Vietnam. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393875/eni-exits-vietnam-block Tue, 10 Mar 2015 04:10:22 +0000 live Key hands out Perth basin contracts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393874/key-hands-out-perth-basin-contracts Australian junior Key Petroleum has awarded the key contracts for its upcoming flow testing programme of the Dunnart-2 well in Western Australia's North Perth basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393874/key-hands-out-perth-basin-contracts Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:00:25 +0000 live US output growth 'to shrink' in April http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393869/us-output-growth-to-shrink-in-april Oil production growth in US shale fields is expected to slow to its lowest pace in over four years next month as slumping oil prices and company spending cuts begin to hit output, US government data showed on Monday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393869/us-output-growth-to-shrink-in-april Mon, 09 Mar 2015 23:50:51 +0000 live Vaca Muerta well tests positive http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393831/vaca-muerta-well-tests-positive YPF has carried out a successful production test on an earlier oil discovery in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale play, according to partner Andes Energia. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393831/vaca-muerta-well-tests-positive Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:55:18 +0000 live South Malak 2 discovery for Aminex http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393830/south-malak-2-discovery-for-aminex London- listed Aminex has announced that its South Malak-2 well (SM2) on the West Esh el Mellaha-2 concession in Egypt has been declared a discovery well. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393830/south-malak-2-discovery-for-aminex Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:41:41 +0000 ece_incoming BP finds gas with Atoll probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393806/bp-finds-gas-with-atoll-probe UK supermajor BP has hit gas with its latest deep-water exploration well off Egypt’s East Nile Delta. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393806/bp-finds-gas-with-atoll-probe Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:08:40 +0000 live 'Workers missing' in Libya oilfield attack http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393799/workers-missing-in-libya-oilfield-attack Up to nine foreign workers are reported to be missing after an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants on a Libya oilfield in the latest in a string of assaults aimed at destroying the strife-torn North African country’s key oil facilities. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393799/workers-missing-in-libya-oilfield-attack Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:47:08 +0000 live Foxtrot cheers Ivory Coast flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393795/foxtrot-cheers-ivory-coast-flows Privately-held exploration and production company Foxtrot International has hit oil and gas with its latest well off the Ivory Coast. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393795/foxtrot-cheers-ivory-coast-flows Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:16:41 +0000 live ADX gets Kerkouane extension http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393793/adx-gets-kerkouane-extension Australian company ADX Energy has been given a six-month extension to the exploration period for the Kerkouane permit, off Tunisia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393793/adx-gets-kerkouane-extension Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:55 +0000 live PTT planning Myanmar maintenance http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393792/ptt-planning-myanmar-maintenance Thailand's sole natural gas supplier PTT says three fields in Myanmar will be shut down for maintenance in April. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393792/ptt-planning-myanmar-maintenance Mon, 09 Mar 2015 06:57:16 +0000 live Test firms up Waitsia potential http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393782/test-firms-up-waitsia-potential AWE has confirmed the potential of the Waitsia field, in Western Australia's onshore Perth basin, with the testing of the Senecio-3 well. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393782/test-firms-up-waitsia-potential Mon, 09 Mar 2015 03:37:40 +0000 live Tap picks up Oz acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393780/tap-picks-up-oz-acreage Australia's Tap Oil has been awarded two exploration permits on the North West Shelf, off the coast of Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393780/tap-picks-up-oz-acreage Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:08:19 +0000 live Store crosses Arctic line for greens http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393694/store-crosses-arctic-line-for-greens The leader of Norway’s opposition Labour party has come under fire from greens after backing the government’s bid to redefine the Arctic ice boundary in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393694/store-crosses-arctic-line-for-greens Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:41:09 +0000 live Palomar eyes Rawicz gas prospects http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393681/palomar-eyes-rawicz-gas-prospects US startup Palomar Natural Resources and London-listed San Leon Energy plan to develop their Rawicz gas discovery by early next year after testing showed the western Polish conventional find held “a significant gas accumulation”. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393681/palomar-eyes-rawicz-gas-prospects Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:19:37 +0000 live Premier spuds off Falkland Islands http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393670/premier-spuds-off-falkland-islands UK independent Premier Oil has spudded an exploration well on licence PL004b, off the Falkland Islands. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393670/premier-spuds-off-falkland-islands Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:40:45 +0000 live Strata gets oil sands nod http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393665/strata-gets-oil-sands-nod Strata Oil & Gas have become the newest player in the Canadian oil sands after the Alberta Energy Regulator approved its oil sands exploration plan in the Peace River region. (Tonya Zelinsky) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393665/strata-gets-oil-sands-nod Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:59:00 +0000 live InterOil resumes Antelope drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393663/interoil-resumes-antelope-drilling InterOil has resumed drilling at the Antelope-4 appraisal well in Papua New Guinea following a two-month suspension due to rig problems. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393663/interoil-resumes-antelope-drilling Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:47:29 +0000 live Hides well hits water http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393662/hides-well-hits-water US giant ExxonMobil has come up dry in the exploration target of the Hides F1 (Hides Deep) exploration and development well in Papua New Guinea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393662/hides-well-hits-water Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:50:00 +0000 live Statoil pays $2m for errant Bakken well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393647/statoil-pays-usd-2m-for-errant-bakken-well Norwegian giant Statoil has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it drilled a well in the Bakken tight oil play on leases it did not control. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393647/statoil-pays-usd-2m-for-errant-bakken-well Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:40:47 +0000 live ExxonMobil spuds Guyana wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393644/exxonmobil-spuds-guyana-wildcat ExxonMobil has spud a closely watched well offshore Guyana after a Transocean drillship arrived offshore earlier this week. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393644/exxonmobil-spuds-guyana-wildcat Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:08:52 +0000 live Shell acquires permit onshore Italy http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393596/shell-acquires-permit-onshore-italy Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has acquired an 80% operatorship interest in UK junior Northern Petroleum’s Cascina Alberto permit onshore north-west Italy. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393596/shell-acquires-permit-onshore-italy Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:14:22 +0000 live Greatship gains Lamprell jack-up http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393407/greatship-gains-lamprell-jack-up London-listed Lamprell has confirmed the delivery to Singapore's Greatship Global Energy Services of a newbuild jack-up. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393407/greatship-gains-lamprell-jack-up Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:07:00 +0000 live Titan hits Allen Dome gas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393579/titan-hits-allen-dome-gas Australian junior Titan Energy has hit gas with a test well on the eastern flank of its Allen Dome project in Texas. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393579/titan-hits-allen-dome-gas Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:57:59 +0000 live