www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Nalcor touts offshore potential http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412970/nalcor-touts-offshore-potential Areas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador could hold as much as 12 billion barrels of oil and 113 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to a government-sponsored study of the basin. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412970/nalcor-touts-offshore-potential Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:12:38 +0000 live Syncrude back to normal ops after fire http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412969/syncrude-back-to-normal-ops-after-fire Normal operations have resumed at the Syncurde Mildred Lake facility after a fire halted most production in late August. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412969/syncrude-back-to-normal-ops-after-fire Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:12:58 +0000 live North Sea probes under way http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412905/north-sea-probes-under-way Statoil and Wintershall have kicked off drilling of a pair of exploration wells in the North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412905/north-sea-probes-under-way Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:48:27 +0000 live Lundin spuds Malaysian well http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1412903/lundin-spuds-malaysian-well Lundin Petroleum has resumed drilling on its Bertam oilfield off Malaysia with the spud of the Mengkuang-1 well. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1412903/lundin-spuds-malaysian-well Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:46:50 +0000 ece_incoming Continental preparing 10-well campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412888/continental-preparing-10-well-campaign US onshore operator Continental Resources is preparing to kick off a 10-well campaign in Oklahoma. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412888/continental-preparing-10-well-campaign Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:32:05 +0000 live Disappointing results at Praslin-1 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412882/disappointing-results-at-praslin-1 After early promising signs at the Praslin-1 exploration well in Western Australia's Canning basin, operator Buru Energy has been unable to find evidence of movable hydrocarbons. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412882/disappointing-results-at-praslin-1 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 03:09:13 +0000 live Otto finalises North Slope entry http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412881/otto-finalises-north-slope-entry Australia's Otto Energy has finalised its entry into the Alaska North Slope by making a final payment to Great Bear Petroleum. on a US$13.5 million staged payment deal agreed earlier this year. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412881/otto-finalises-north-slope-entry Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:28:20 +0000 live Kosmos gets Atwood Achiever rate drop http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412855/kosmos-gets-atwood-achiever-rate-drop Kosmos Energy has driven down the dayrate for an Atwood Oceanics drillship it has on long-term charter, currently off north-west Africa. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412855/kosmos-gets-atwood-achiever-rate-drop Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:26:38 +0000 live Gulf Keystone rethinks Shaikan on reserves hike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412826/gulf-keystone-rethinks-shaikan-on-reserves-hike Gulf Keystone Petroleum has updated its development plan at the Shaikan field in Iraqi Kurdistan after a new report significantly boosted reserves. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412826/gulf-keystone-rethinks-shaikan-on-reserves-hike Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:47:02 +0000 live Wildcat failures off Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412823/wildcat-failures-off-norway Both Statoil and Maersk Oil have failed to deliver the goods with separate wildcats drilled off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412823/wildcat-failures-off-norway Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:14:54 +0000 live Shell delays NZ wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412819/shell-delays-nz-wildcat Shell has reportedly postponed the drilling of a deep-water exploration well in New Zealand’s frontier Great South basin. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412819/shell-delays-nz-wildcat Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:28:30 +0000 live Okea start-up gets Seacrest cash http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412615/okea-start-up-gets-seacrest-cash Norwegian start-up Okea is to receive a cash injection of up to $200 million from global energy investor Seacrest Capital Group. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412615/okea-start-up-gets-seacrest-cash Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:30:17 +0000 live Lundin boosts Alta bounty http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412613/lundin-boosts-alta-bounty Lundin Petroleum is hailing exploration success with an appraisal well drilled at its Alta discovery in the Barents Sea off Norway that has struck further hydrocarbon pay and is likely to lead to a resource upgrade at the Arctic frontier find. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412613/lundin-boosts-alta-bounty Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:03:51 +0000 live San Leon his Moroccan gas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412611/san-leon-his-moroccan-gas Irish explorer San Leon has encountered gas shows in a well on the Tarfaya concession in Morocco’s onshore Sahara region. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412611/san-leon-his-moroccan-gas Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:02:30 +0000 live CGC hits gas in Argentina http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412608/cgc-hits-gas-in-argentina Argentine energy company Compania General de Combustibles (CGC) has discovered a new natural gas deposit in the southern Santa Cruz province. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412608/cgc-hits-gas-in-argentina Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:00:30 +0000 live Petsec increases Yemen stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412603/petsec-increases-yemen-stake Sydney-based Petsec Energy has gained an additional 29.75% stake in the onshore Block 7, Al Barqa permit, in Yemen. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412603/petsec-increases-yemen-stake Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:25:42 +0000 live Shell 'wins' Bulgaria block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412519/shell-wins-bulgaria-block Shell has reportedly secured exploration rights for a deep-water oil and gas block in Bulgaria’s sector of the Black Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412519/shell-wins-bulgaria-block Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:04:01 +0000 live Petrobras hits more Carcara pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1412515/petrobras-hits-more-carcara-pay Petrobras has encountered light oil with a third exploration well in the Carcara offshore discovery in the pre-salt Santos basin, Brazil. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1412515/petrobras-hits-more-carcara-pay Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:30:13 +0000 ece_incoming Trio drop Vietnam block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412509/trio-drop-vietnam-block Australian companies Origin Energy and Pan Pacific Petroleum, along with UK independent Premier Oil are dropping their interest in Block 121 off Vietnam. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412509/trio-drop-vietnam-block Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:25:42 +0000 live Weather continues to delay Sea Lion spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412508/weather-continues-to-delay-sea-lion-spud Malaysian company Hibiscus Petroleum is facing more delays in Australia's offshore Gippsland basin as it waits on the handover of the jack-up West Telesto from Origin Energy. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412508/weather-continues-to-delay-sea-lion-spud Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:06:14 +0000 live Metgasco preparing NSW shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412506/metgasco-preparing-nsw-shoot Metgasco has signed on fellow Australian company Terrex to carry out a seismic shoot over its onshore Northern Rivers petroleum exploration licence in New South Wales. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412506/metgasco-preparing-nsw-shoot Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:42:32 +0000 live OMV eyes new Wisting wells http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412433/omv-eyes-new-wisting-wells OMV has applied to the authorities to drill another pair of wildcats in the vicinity of its Wisting Central discovery in the Barents Sea off Norway that would mark the return of mothballed rig Transocean Spitsbergen. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412433/omv-eyes-new-wisting-wells Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:27:52 +0000 live Freeport-McMoRan hits US Gulf pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412408/freeport-mcmoran-hits-us-gulf-pay Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has made an oil find at its Horn Mountain Deep well in the US Gulf of Mexico. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412408/freeport-mcmoran-hits-us-gulf-pay Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:08:06 +0000 live BG takes Repsol Newfoundland stakes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412351/bg-takes-repsol-newfoundland-stakes BG Group of the UK has taken stakes in a trio of blocks off Newfoundland, Canada from Spain's Repsol. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412351/bg-takes-repsol-newfoundland-stakes Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:49:40 +0000 live Eni hits gas at Guendalina sidetrack http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1412345/eni-hits-gas-at-guendalina-sidetrack Eni has encountered gas bearings at its Guendalina sidetrack well in the Adriatic Sea off Italy, according to projects partner Rockhopper Exploration. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1412345/eni-hits-gas-at-guendalina-sidetrack Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:27:18 +0000 ece_incoming Bowleven in Bomono strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412339/bowleven-in-bomono-strike UK player Bowleven has struck further hydrocarbons at its second well on the Bomono permit onshore Cameroon. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412339/bowleven-in-bomono-strike Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:34:00 +0000 live Shell aborts Alaska drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412336/shell-aborts-alaska-drilling Shell has decided to halt further exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska after failing to make a commercial find at its Burger J wildcat and also faces a massive $4.1 billion writedown as a result of drilling failure. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412336/shell-aborts-alaska-drilling Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:50:57 +0000 live Pan Orient to test Sumatra well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412297/pan-orient-to-test-sumatra-well Pan Orient Energy said it will flow test three potentially hydrocarbon-bearing intervals at its Akeh-1 exploration well in Sumatra, Indonesia. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412297/pan-orient-to-test-sumatra-well Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:39:03 +0000 live Maersk wins rig deal with Maersk http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412257/maersk-wins-rig-deal-with-maersk Maersk Drilling has secured a new long-term contract for its idled jack-up Maersk Resilient with affiliate oil company Maersk Oil for work off Denmark. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412257/maersk-wins-rig-deal-with-maersk Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:47:38 +0000 live RoyalGate on scent of Tulip http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412219/royalgate-on-scent-of-tulip Nigerian player RoyalGate Energy has decided to drill a first exploration well targeting the Tulip prospect in Equatorial Guinea’s Block Z early next year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412219/royalgate-on-scent-of-tulip Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:39:52 +0000 live Noble resumes drilling at Humpback http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412169/noble-resumes-drilling-at-humpback US company Noble Energy has resumed drilling on the Humpback prospect off the Falkland Islands but results are not expected until next month. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412169/noble-resumes-drilling-at-humpback Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:53:39 +0000 live Heidrun object plunge probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412101/heidrun-object-plunge-probe Norway’s safety agency has decided to investigate an incident in which a worker was struck by a falling object on Statoil’s Heidrun platform. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412101/heidrun-object-plunge-probe Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:21:53 +0000 live EMGS in India survey pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412100/emgs-in-india-survey-pact Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has inked a deal with India’s authorities for a multi-client survey off the country’s west coast. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412100/emgs-in-india-survey-pact Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:09:12 +0000 live Croatia in 'Adriatic awards' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412086/croatia-in-adriatic-awards The Croatian government has reportedly agreed to award three offshore licences for oil and gas exploration in the Adriatic Sea to two entities, following on from onshore awards earlier this year under the Balkan country’s first licensing round. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412086/croatia-in-adriatic-awards Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:13:29 +0000 live Independent working towards Skipper spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412079/independent-working-towards-skipper-spud London-listed Independent Oil & Gas is closing in on the drilling of an appraisal well on the Skipper discovery in the UK North Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412079/independent-working-towards-skipper-spud Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:10:45 +0000 live Far eyeing Senegal acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412074/far-eyeing-senegal-acreage Australia-listed Far has entered into an agreement with privately held Trace Atlantic Oil which will give it the option to gain a majority stake in the Djiffere Block off Senegal. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412074/far-eyeing-senegal-acreage Thu, 24 Sep 2015 02:13:35 +0000 live Transerv hits gas at Warro http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412070/transerv-hits-gas-at-warro Transerv Energy has hit “an extensive gas interval” in the latest well drilled at its onshore Warro gas field in Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412070/transerv-hits-gas-at-warro Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:57:03 +0000 live Holmwood well nod for EOG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411921/holmwood-well-nod-for-eog Europa Oil & Gas (EOG) has finally been granted long-awaited planning permission by local authorities for an underground corridor to drill a deviated exploration well at the conventional Holmwood prospect in southern England’s Weald basin. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411921/holmwood-well-nod-for-eog Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:42:36 +0000 live ExxonMobil clearer on Liberia spud date http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411908/exxonmobil-clearer-on-liberia-spud-date ExxonMobil has set a tentative timeframe for drilling of a much-delayed wildcat off Liberia as the West African country gets the all clear from the Ebola virus. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411908/exxonmobil-clearer-on-liberia-spud-date Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:41:57 +0000 live VNG spins Blink bit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411877/vng-spins-blink-bit Germany's VNG has spudded an exploration well on the Blink prospect in the Norwegian Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411877/vng-spins-blink-bit Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:39:50 +0000 live Enhanced to gain Wailawi stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411874/enhanced-to-gain-wailawi-stake Australia-listed Enhanced Oil & Gas Recovery has reached a deal to gain an 85% stake in the Wailawi oil and gas project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411874/enhanced-to-gain-wailawi-stake Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:19:16 +0000 live Fosun spuds Bohai Bay probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411873/fosun-spuds-bohai-bay-probe Fosun International subsidiary Roc Oil has spudded the second well in a two-well campaign in China's Bohai Bay basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411873/fosun-spuds-bohai-bay-probe Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:39:51 +0000 live Quadrant exits Canning permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411870/quadrant-exits-canning-permits Quadrant Energy has reached an agreement with joint venture partners Buru Energy and Mitsubishi which will see it exit four permits in Western Australia's onshore Canning basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411870/quadrant-exits-canning-permits Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:50:12 +0000 live EnerVest makes Eagle Ford buy http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411824/enervest-makes-eagle-ford-buy US independent EnerVest has hatched a pair of deals with compatriot junior Alta Mesa that will see the former snap up Eagle Ford shale assets and the latter gain an option on acreage in Oklahoma. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411824/enervest-makes-eagle-ford-buy Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:53:53 +0000 live All eyes on Blink for Pil project http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411808/all-eyes-on-blink-for-pil-project An upcoming wildcat to be drilled by VNG and its partners at the Blink prospect in the Norwegian Sea is likely to prove make or break for a standalone development of their Pil & Bue discoveries, according to an analyst. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411808/all-eyes-on-blink-for-pil-project Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:16:39 +0000 live Groups await decision on Scattered Islands http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411803/groups-await-decision-on-scattered-islands Two bidding groups are awaiting a decision by France’s authorities on the award of exploration permits covering prospective acreage off the Scattered Islands in East Africa’s Mozambique Channel. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411803/groups-await-decision-on-scattered-islands Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:14:21 +0000 live Amerisur in Colombia spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411802/amerisur-in-colombia-spud Amerisur Resources has spudded its first exploration well on a newly acquired prospective onshore tract in Colombia. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411802/amerisur-in-colombia-spud Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:03:06 +0000 live Kosmos exits Porcupine basin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411801/kosmos-exits-porcupine-basin US company Kosmos Energy is withdrawing from three licences it holds in the frontier Porcupine basin off the coast of Ireland. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411801/kosmos-exits-porcupine-basin Tue, 22 Sep 2015 06:53:33 +0000 live Promising signs in Warro well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411793/promising-signs-in-warro-well Perth-based company Transerv Energy has hit gas while drilling the Warro-5ST well at its Warro tight gas field in Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411793/promising-signs-in-warro-well Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:36:33 +0000 live Providence, Schlumberger in frontier co-op pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411734/providence-schlumberger-in-frontier-co-op-pact Irish explorer Providence Resources has signed a collaboration agreement with oilfield services company Schlumberger in related to the southern Porcupine and Goban Spur basins, off Ireland. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411734/providence-schlumberger-in-frontier-co-op-pact Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:29:46 +0000 live Armour gets resource boost http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411721/armour-gets-resource-boost Australian takeover target Armour Energy has received a 66% boost to its prospective gas resources in northern Australia following an independent report. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411721/armour-gets-resource-boost Mon, 21 Sep 2015 03:24:52 +0000 live Triceratops flows for InterOil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411646/triceratops-flows-for-interoil An appraisal well drilled at InterOil’s Triceratops gas discovery onshore Papua New Guinea has delivered strong flow test results, according to the operator. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411646/triceratops-flows-for-interoil Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:35:58 +0000 live Suncor takes fresh aim at Mermaid http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411642/suncor-takes-fresh-aim-at-mermaid Canadian player Suncor Energy has secured a permit to drill a further wildcat targeting its Havfrue (Mermaid) prospect off Norway after coming up dry with an earlier probe. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411642/suncor-takes-fresh-aim-at-mermaid Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:04:59 +0000 live 'Prince in sight' for ExxonMobil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411641/prince-in-sight-for-exxonmobil ExxonMobil is reportedly planning to drill its first operated exploration well off Norway in five years with a wildcat lined up at the Prince prospect in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411641/prince-in-sight-for-exxonmobil Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:48:49 +0000 live Mari, MOL in Pakistan find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411633/mari-mol-in-pakistan-find Mari Petroleum and partner MOL of Hungary have made their second discovery at an onshore block in Pakistan. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411633/mari-mol-in-pakistan-find Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:11:20 +0000 live Primeline closing in on East China Sea spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411622/primeline-closing-in-on-east-china-sea-spud Primeline Energy Holdings is expected to start drilling next week the first well in a two-well exploration campaign in the western margin of the Lishui basin in the East China Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411622/primeline-closing-in-on-east-china-sea-spud Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:15:52 +0000 live 88 Energy gets Icewine plan OK http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411558/88-energy-gets-icewine-plan-ok Australia-listed 88 Energy’s Icewine project on Alaska’s North Slope has formally entered the exploration phase after the company received one of three pivotal permits to begin drilling. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411558/88-energy-gets-icewine-plan-ok Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:56:56 +0000 live Engie in Hansa Dutch North Sea farm-in http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411546/engie-in-hansa-dutch-north-sea-farm-in French player Engie has farmed into a quartet of Dutch North Sea blocks with UK explorer Hansa Hydrocarbons, with operatorship and a first wildcat in its sights. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411546/engie-in-hansa-dutch-north-sea-farm-in Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:18:14 +0000 live VNG hits oil at Boomerang http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411541/vng-hits-oil-at-boomerang German operator VNG has made a small discovery in the main bore of its Boomerang exploration well in the Norwegian Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis), Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411541/vng-hits-oil-at-boomerang Thu, 17 Sep 2015 06:53:14 +0000 live Cairn starts Senegal shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411539/cairn-starts-senegal-shoot London-listed company Cairn Energy has kicked off a 3D seismic shoot over three permits off the coast of Senegal. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411539/cairn-starts-senegal-shoot Thu, 17 Sep 2015 06:11:04 +0000 live Ecopetrol to increase La Cira-Infantas output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411535/ecopetrol-to-increase-la-cira-infantas-output Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol and US-based Occidental Petroleum will invest up to $2 billion over 10 years to increase production at the La Cira-Infantas oilfield, in a bid to reach output of 50,000 barrels per day. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411535/ecopetrol-to-increase-la-cira-infantas-output Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:18:50 +0000 live Vaalco flows oil off Gabon http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411534/vaalco-flows-oil-off-gabon Texas-based Vaalco Energy has begun flowing oil from its first development well on the North Tchibala field, offshore Gabon. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411534/vaalco-flows-oil-off-gabon Wed, 16 Sep 2015 23:46:49 +0000 live ExxonMobil starts up at Erha North 2 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411379/exxonmobil-starts-up-at-erha-north-2 ExxonMobil has started up its Erha North Phase 2 oilfield development off Nigeria early and "well under budget," the US supermajor said. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411379/exxonmobil-starts-up-at-erha-north-2 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:37:39 +0000 live Norway rolls out barrels http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411364/norway-rolls-out-barrels Norway’s oil production hit 1.56 million barrels per day last month, exceeding an official forecast. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411364/norway-rolls-out-barrels Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:13:34 +0000 live Statoil feels Sleipner crane heat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411357/statoil-feels-sleipner-crane-heat Statoil has been pulled up by Norway’s safety agency over shortcomings with maintenance of offshore cranes, as well as training of personnel, at its Sleipner field in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411357/statoil-feels-sleipner-crane-heat Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:01:07 +0000 live Tower picks up Cameroon acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411349/tower-picks-up-cameroon-acreage Africa-focused Tower Resources has secured a 100% interest in the Thali production sharing contract off Cameroon. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411349/tower-picks-up-cameroon-acreage Wed, 16 Sep 2015 06:47:12 +0000 live Antilles farms out Peru block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411342/antilles-farms-out-peru-block Australia-listed Antilles Oil & Gas has reached a deal to farm out a 50% stake in a block in Peru's onshore Titicaca basin to Uruguayan oil and gas fund Union Group. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411342/antilles-farms-out-peru-block Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:54:53 +0000 live Gulf Keystone eyes full trucking exports http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411312/gulf-keystone-eyes-full-trucking-exports Gulf Keystone Petroleum is soon to send all its oil output from Iraqi Kurdistan out of the semi-autonomous region via pipeline through Turkey after finally receiving a much-needed production payment. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411312/gulf-keystone-eyes-full-trucking-exports Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:01:52 +0000 live ‘Worst yet to come for drillers’ – report http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411300/worst-yet-to-come-for-drillers-report The “worst is yet to come” for offshore drillers, with chronic overcapacity in both the shallow- and deep-water markets set to hammer rig owners for years, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411300/worst-yet-to-come-for-drillers-report Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:28:31 +0000 live Rosneft 'frozen out' of Kara Sea http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411290/rosneft-frozen-out-of-kara-sea Russia’s Rosneft is unlikely to restart exploration in the Kara Sea in the Arctic before 2020 at the earliest as Western sanctions have hit its ability to procure offshore drilling rigs, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411290/rosneft-frozen-out-of-kara-sea Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:13:40 +0000 live OGDC hits gas in Pakistan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411280/ogdc-hits-gas-in-pakistan Pakistan’s Oil & Gas Development Company (OGDC) has struck “significant reserves” at its latest find in Khairpur district, Sindh. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411280/ogdc-hits-gas-in-pakistan Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:26:07 +0000 live Chevron teams up with CSIRO in Ceduna study http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411269/chevron-teams-up-with-csiro-in-ceduna-study US supermajor Chevron has teamed up with Australian government research agency CSIRO to investigate unexplored deep-water regions in the Great Australian Bight. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411269/chevron-teams-up-with-csiro-in-ceduna-study Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:25:51 +0000 live DR Congo president ‘signs new code’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411243/dr-congo-president-signs-new-code Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has approved a new hydrocarbons code that had been passed by Parliament in mid-June, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411243/dr-congo-president-signs-new-code Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:40:19 +0000 live TurkStream gas route 'postponed' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411221/turkstream-gas-route-postponed Gazprom has reportedly been forced to postpone the launch of its proposed Turkish Stream (TurkStream) pipeline project to export Russian gas to Europe. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411221/turkstream-gas-route-postponed Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:18:12 +0000 live Tag ‘dumping NZ shale oil block’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411203/tag-dumping-nz-shale-oil-block Canadian junior Tag Oil is letting go of one onshore shale oil exploration permit in New Zealand after failing to find a farm-in partner and may also shed another, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411203/tag-dumping-nz-shale-oil-block Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:27:05 +0000 live Quadrant ready to Roc in November http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411150/quadrant-ready-to-roc-in-november Quadrant Energy is expected to spud the follow up well to last year's Phoenix South-1 discovery off Western Australia in mid-November. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411150/quadrant-ready-to-roc-in-november Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:31:45 +0000 live McClendon has eye on Rogersville shale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411131/mcclendon-has-eye-on-rogersville-shale US oilman Aubrey McClendon has formed a new unit of American Energy Partners (AEP) to target the emerging Rogersville shale play and has begun approaching legacy operators to acquire the rights to drill below their shallow conventional fields. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411131/mcclendon-has-eye-on-rogersville-shale Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:47:06 +0000 live Ukraine eyes 'Russian gas pact' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411125/ukraine-eyes-russian-gas-pact Ukraine is reportedly looking to sign a new gas supply deal with Russian giant Gazprom later this month as it seeks to avert a gas shortage during the critical winter season. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411125/ukraine-eyes-russian-gas-pact Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:23:48 +0000 live IEA: 'Price fall hitting US supplies' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411086/iea-price-fall-hitting-us-supplies Low oil prices appear to be finally having an impact on the output side with non-Opec supplies expected to drop by nearly 500,000 barrels per day next year as US shale producers turn down the taps, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411086/iea-price-fall-hitting-us-supplies Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:47:07 +0000 live Shell comes up dry at Portrush http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411064/shell-comes-up-dry-at-portrush Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell's first offshore exploration well in Norway in six years has come up dry. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411064/shell-comes-up-dry-at-portrush Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:37:31 +0000 live BHP targeting billion barrel Beagle http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411060/bhp-targeting-billion-barrel-beagle Australian resources giant BHP Billiton believes the Beagle sub-basn off Western Australia could potentially hold more than 1.6 billion barrels of oil. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411060/bhp-targeting-billion-barrel-beagle Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:51:48 +0000 live Saipem nets $250m drill deals http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411020/saipem-nets-usd-250m-drill-deals Italy's Saipem has won contracts worth a cumulative $250 million for onshore drilling operations in the Middle East and South America. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411020/saipem-nets-usd-250m-drill-deals Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:00:22 +0000 live Statoil spuds Gasol/Gretel http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410982/statoil-spuds-gasolgretel Statoil has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at the Gasol/Gretel prospect as part of a multi-well campaign targeting additional resources in the mature North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410982/statoil-spuds-gasolgretel Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:52:59 +0000 live Groningen gas grilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410972/groningen-gas-grilling A Dutch court will hear challenges on Thursday to the government's production plans for the Groningen gas field that are being contested due to concerns it has caused earthquakes in the northern province. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410972/groningen-gas-grilling Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:32:56 +0000 live EMGS primes Mexico survey http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410971/emgs-primes-mexico-survey Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) is mobilising its vessel BOA Galatea to start work on a 3D survey for Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico next week. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410971/emgs-primes-mexico-survey Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:18:53 +0000 live 88 Energy secures Icewine rig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410966/88-energy-secures-icewine-rig Australia-listed 88 Energy has secured a rig for its upcoming exploration well at its Icewine project on Alaska's North Slope. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410966/88-energy-secures-icewine-rig Thu, 10 Sep 2015 01:09:26 +0000 live Chrysaor makes East Solan basin find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410843/chrysaor-makes-east-solan-basin-find Privately-held UK oil company Chrysaor has made an oil discovery at its Mustard prospect in the East Solan basin, west of the Shetland Islands. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410843/chrysaor-makes-east-solan-basin-find Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:39:11 +0000 live Low prices 'a spur for UK tax cuts' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410810/low-prices-a-spur-for-uk-tax-cuts Trade association Oil & Gas UK is likely to start pushing the government for further tax cuts if the oil price stays “lower for longer”, business leaders heard on Wednesday. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410810/low-prices-a-spur-for-uk-tax-cuts Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:02:06 +0000 live APA happy hour for Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410808/apa-happy-hour-for-norway Norway has attracted strong interest from explorers for acreage being offered under its latest Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA) licensing round, despite low oil prices. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410808/apa-happy-hour-for-norway Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:51:06 +0000 live Erin gets more time on Kenya blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410806/erin-gets-more-time-on-kenya-blocks US junior Erin Energy has been given more time to hunt for farm-in partners and gather 3D seismic at two blocks off Kenya. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410806/erin-gets-more-time-on-kenya-blocks Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:18:05 +0000 live Seismic shift eases bottleneck http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410803/seismic-shift-eases-bottleneck The procedural bottleneck that has been holding back seismic acquisition across Brazil’s northern equatorial margin is starting to ease following attempts to streamline the environmental permitting process. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410803/seismic-shift-eases-bottleneck Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:45:58 +0000 live Eni sees Zohr 'resource boost' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410793/eni-sees-zohr-resource-boost Eni believes its huge Zohr gas discovery off Egypt could be even bigger than the initial estimate of 30 trillion cubic feet and expects to invest up to $10 billion to develop the find, according to reports. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410793/eni-sees-zohr-resource-boost Wed, 09 Sep 2015 09:38:14 +0000 live Lundin ready to roll on Rolvsnes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410784/lundin-ready-to-roll-on-rolvsnes Lundin Petroleum has secured a permit from the authorities to drill a wildcat at the Rolvsnes prospect to the south of its under-development Edvard Grieg field in the Norwegian North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410784/lundin-ready-to-roll-on-rolvsnes Wed, 09 Sep 2015 07:43:01 +0000 live Pantheon preparing for Texas test http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410780/pantheon-preparing-for-texas-test UK-listed Pantheon Resources is preparing to flow test a well in Polk County, East Texas, while drilling on another well in Tyler County has already commenced. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410780/pantheon-preparing-for-texas-test Wed, 09 Sep 2015 07:11:37 +0000 live Buru spuds in Canning basin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410777/buru-spuds-in-canning-basin Perth-based Buru Energy has spudded a conventional exploration well in Western Australia's onshore Canning basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410777/buru-spuds-in-canning-basin Wed, 09 Sep 2015 02:19:59 +0000 live Petsec spuds in Louisiana http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410776/petsec-spuds-in-louisiana The well is expected to take about two weeks to drill to a depth of 9200 feet and will test Oligocene age Hackberry sand reservoirs. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410776/petsec-spuds-in-louisiana Wed, 09 Sep 2015 01:13:33 +0000 live 'North Sea cost cuts bearing fruit' - OGUK http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410754/north-sea-cost-cuts-bearing-fruit-oguk The body representing the UK North Sea industry reckons efforts to bring the sector's spiralling costs under control are starting to pay off. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410754/north-sea-cost-cuts-bearing-fruit-oguk Tue, 08 Sep 2015 23:23:40 +0000 live August sees rig count rise http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410734/august-sees-rig-count-rise The worldwide rig count rose steadily last month driven by growth in both the international and North American markets, according to Baker Hughes. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410734/august-sees-rig-count-rise Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:29:18 +0000 live MOL taking Akri-Bijeel writedown http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410715/mol-taking-akri-bijeel-writedown Disappointing well results and uncertainty over crude oil payments have led Hungary’s MOL to pare back investments on an operated block in Iraqi Kurdistan, where it will now book a writedown. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410715/mol-taking-akri-bijeel-writedown Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:22:27 +0000 live Lundin in Alta sidetrack http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410709/lundin-in-alta-sidetrack Lundin Petroleum has kicked off drilling of a sidetrack at its latest appraisal well sunk at the Alta discovery in the Barents Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410709/lundin-in-alta-sidetrack Tue, 08 Sep 2015 08:32:36 +0000 live