www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com BP amends contract for Q5000 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393125/bp-amends-contract-for-q5000 UK supermajor BP has pushed back the start date for its contract with Houston-based Helix Energy Solution for the Q5000 well-intervention vessel, giving the contractor additional time to market the newbuild vessel. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393125/bp-amends-contract-for-q5000 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:37:21 +0000 live Uganda round 'lacks safeguards' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393102/uganda-round-lacks-safeguards Global Witness is calling for the Ugandan government to implement safeguards to prevent corruption and protect the environment after launching the country’s first competitive licensing round. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393102/uganda-round-lacks-safeguards Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:25:37 +0000 live Statoil spuds Snefrid North http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393078/statoil-spuds-snefrid-north Statoil has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at the Snefrid North prospect with the aim of finding more resources near its under-development Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393078/statoil-spuds-snefrid-north Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:34:05 +0000 live Edison eyes Haribo probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393075/edison-eyes-haribo-probe Italian explorer Edison International has filed an application with the authorities to drill a wildcat at the Haribo prospect off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393075/edison-eyes-haribo-probe Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:27:53 +0000 live Bounty cancels Carnarvon deal with Empire http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393048/bounty-cancels-carnarvon-deal-with-empire A deal between Australian juniors Bounty Oil & Gas and Empire Oil & Gas has fallen through which would have seen the former take over Empire's remaining acreage in Western Australia's onshore Carnarvon basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393048/bounty-cancels-carnarvon-deal-with-empire Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:14:00 +0000 live Total go-ahead for Skirne East http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392999/total-go-ahead-for-skirne-east Total has been given the safety nod to drill a wildcat at the Skirne East prospect off Norway using semi-submersible Leiv Eiriksson. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392999/total-go-ahead-for-skirne-east Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:55:22 +0000 live Saudi Aramco axes Hercules 261 contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392987/saudi-aramco-axes-hercules-261-contract Saudi Aramco has told Hercules Offshore it plans to axe its contract for the jack-up Hercules 261 with four and a half years left to run on the deal. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392987/saudi-aramco-axes-hercules-261-contract Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:15:24 +0000 live Safety nod for Gina Krog probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392985/safety-nod-for-gina-krog-probe Statoil has been granted the safety green light to drill an exploration well at the Gina Krog 3 prospect near the under-development field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392985/safety-nod-for-gina-krog-probe Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:07:27 +0000 live MOSB enters MoU for Myanmar supply base http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392778/mosb-enters-mou-for-myanmar-supply-base Myanmar Offshore Supply Base (MOSB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mon State government setting out the terms for the construction of a supply base in Mawlamyine. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392778/mosb-enters-mou-for-myanmar-supply-base Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:34:09 +0000 live Tasmania extends fracking ban http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392760/tasmania-extends-fracking-ban The Tasmanian government has extended its moratorium on fracking in the Australian state for another five years. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392760/tasmania-extends-fracking-ban Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:20:59 +0000 live Inquiry gives nod to NT fracking http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392756/inquiry-gives-nod-to-nt-fracking Onshore exploration in Australia's Northern Territory has been given a boost following an independent report backing the use of fracking to develop the Territory's shale gas resources. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392756/inquiry-gives-nod-to-nt-fracking Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:01:11 +0000 live Zion enters agreement for Israel rig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392755/zion-enters-agreement-for-israel-rig Israel-focused Zion Oil & Gas has signed a memorandum of understanding with Netherlands-based Viking Services to secure a drilling rig ahead of spudding an exploration well on its Megiddo-Jezreel licence. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392755/zion-enters-agreement-for-israel-rig Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:11:52 +0000 live Shell drops Yucatan leases http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392742/shell-drops-yucatan-leases Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has allowed one of its leases comprising its Yucatan discovery to expire and is weighing future options for a field thought of as a co-development candidate for Anadarko's Shenandoah project. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392742/shell-drops-yucatan-leases Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:40:45 +0000 live Ophir seeks partners in Kenya deep http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392712/ophir-seeks-partners-in-kenya-deep Africa-focused independent Ophir Energy has begun a farmout search for partners to join its deep-water block L9 off Kenya. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392712/ophir-seeks-partners-in-kenya-deep Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:21:01 +0000 live Rawicz well flows gas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392676/rawicz-well-flows-gas Irish explorer San Leon Energy expects it has made its first commercial gas discovery in Poland following positive test results on the Rawicz concession. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392676/rawicz-well-flows-gas Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:19:18 +0000 live OGA head issues 'call to action' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392663/oga-head-issues-call-to-action The head of the UK North Sea's new regulator has given leading operators until April to submit "stewardship improvement plans" as part of an urgent drive to protect critical infrastructure from closure and safeguard the long-term future of the mature basin. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392663/oga-head-issues-call-to-action Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:54:25 +0000 live Stone preps 2015 deep-water drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392660/stone-preps-2015-deep-water-drilling US independent Stone Energy is prepping to drill a handful of wells in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico after reporting a loss on income for the end of 2014. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392660/stone-preps-2015-deep-water-drilling Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:30:06 +0000 live Uganda launches round http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392638/uganda-launches-round Uganda is reported to be offering six exploration blocks in the Albertine Graben area after formally launching its first competitive licensing round. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392638/uganda-launches-round Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:20:40 +0000 live Mazarine spuds Tunisia probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392629/mazarine-spuds-tunisia-probe Dutch privately-owned player Mazarine Energy has begun drilling the first well in its two-well exploration programme onshore central Tunisia. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392629/mazarine-spuds-tunisia-probe Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:26:56 +0000 live Gazprom: 'Ukraine gas supply risk' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392605/gazprom-ukraine-gas-supply-risk Russia's Gazprom has reportedly warned of "serious" risks to gas transit to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev failed to make a pre-payment for supplies. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392605/gazprom-ukraine-gas-supply-risk Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:41:36 +0000 live Kifaru duster for Anadarko http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392585/kifaru-duster-for-anadarko US explorer Anadarko Petroleum has come up dry with the Kifaru-1 exploration well drilled on its Rovuma Onshore concession in northern Mozambique, according to a partner. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392585/kifaru-duster-for-anadarko Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:20:54 +0000 live Asco to manage BP supply base http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392580/asco-to-manage-bp-supply-base International service company Asco Group has been awarded the contract to manage the supply base for BP's upcoming offshore exploration programme in the Great Australian Bight. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392580/asco-to-manage-bp-supply-base Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:23:52 +0000 live AWE flows Perth basin gas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392576/awe-flows-perth-basin-gas Sydney-based AWE has started flowing gas from the Senecio-3 well in Western Australia's onshore Perth basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392576/awe-flows-perth-basin-gas Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:15:55 +0000 live Oz duo hit Namur oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392574/oz-duo-hit-namur-oil Australian duo Senex Energy and Beach Energy have made a new oil discovery with an exploration well on the western flank of the South Australian Cooper basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392574/oz-duo-hit-namur-oil Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:53:55 +0000 live Bleak outlook for UK North Sea http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392568/bleak-outlook-for-uk-north-sea Steep falls in investment, lower exploration drilling and fewer new projects reaching sanction could effectively “sterilise” parts of the UK Continental Shelf if action is not taken quickly, the industry has warned. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392568/bleak-outlook-for-uk-north-sea Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:22:27 +0000 live Snomus green light for Talisman http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392505/snomus-green-light-for-talisman Talisman Energy has been given clearance by Norway’s safety agency to drill a wildcat at the Snomus prospect in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392505/snomus-green-light-for-talisman Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:30:29 +0000 live Gulfsands hits gas with DOB 1 probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392487/gulfsands-hits-gas-with-dob-1-probe UK-listed Gulfsands Petroleum has hit gas with its latest exploration well at the Rharb Centre permit onshore northern Morocco. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392487/gulfsands-hits-gas-with-dob-1-probe Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:51:54 +0000 live Europa spuds Kiln Lane probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392475/europa-spuds-kiln-lane-probe UK explorer Europa Oil & Gas has begun drilling an exploration probe at the Kiln Lane oil prospect onshore England’s East Midlands. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392475/europa-spuds-kiln-lane-probe Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:18:08 +0000 live Taipan fails to strike pay in Kenya http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392463/taipan-fails-to-strike-pay-in-kenya Toronto-listed Taipan Resources has come up dry with an exploration well on Block-2B, onshore Kenya. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392463/taipan-fails-to-strike-pay-in-kenya Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:42:45 +0000 live Chevron to abandon Romania exploration http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392459/chevron-to-abandon-romania-exploration US company Chevron says it will give up shale gas exploration plans in Romania, after an assessment showed the Black Sea state does not compete favourably with other investment opportunities. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392459/chevron-to-abandon-romania-exploration Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:53:42 +0000 live Titan increases Texan patch http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392457/titan-increases-texan-patch Australian junior Titan Energy has increased its salt dome acreage in the US state of Texas. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392457/titan-increases-texan-patch Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:02:35 +0000 live Freeport-McMoRan ups Highlander flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392254/freeport-mcmoran-ups-highlander-flows Energy and minerals giant Freeport-McMoRan has increased flows at a successful test of its ultra-deep Higlander prospect onshore Louisiana. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392254/freeport-mcmoran-ups-highlander-flows Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:19:59 +0000 live OGA hunts more key leaders http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392205/oga-hunts-more-key-leaders The UK Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) on Friday embarked on a fresh round of recruitment for seven senior officials who will be instrumental in shaping the work of the new regulator. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392205/oga-hunts-more-key-leaders Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:18:10 +0000 live Maersk ditches Tvillingen South http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392196/maersk-ditches-tvillingen-south Maersk Oil has been forced to abandon drilling of an exploration well at the Tvillingen South prospect off Norway due to technical challenges, according to a partner. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392196/maersk-ditches-tvillingen-south Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:38:21 +0000 live Norwegian liquids output slips http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392180/norwegian-liquids-output-slips Production of oil, natural gas liquids and condensate from Norway slipped about 3% last month to an average of just over 1.9 million barrels per day. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392180/norwegian-liquids-output-slips Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:36:46 +0000 live Troll gas outage for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392103/troll-gas-outage-for-statoil Statoil has suffered a gas production outage due to a compressor failure at its Troll field off Norway, according to gas infrastructure agency Gassco. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392103/troll-gas-outage-for-statoil Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:12:34 +0000 live BG fresh bite at Strawberry http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391958/bg-fresh-bite-at-strawberry BG Group has kicked off drilling of a new wildcat at the Jordbaer South prospect off Norway after coming up dry with a previous well drilled near its earlier Jordbaer (Strawberry) discovery. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391958/bg-fresh-bite-at-strawberry Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:58:02 +0000 live Declaration extension for TGS http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391931/declaration-extension-for-tgs Norwegian seismic contractor TGS has secured an expansion of acreage to be covered by its extensive Declaration wide-azimuth 3D shoot in the Gulf of Mexico. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391931/declaration-extension-for-tgs Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:25:24 +0000 live Lukoil looks to Iraq drill prospects http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391930/lukoil-looks-to-iraq-drill-prospects Lukoil is set to identify exploration prospects for drilling at Block 10 onshore Iraq after completing a 2000-square kilometre 2D seismic survey over the acreage in the south of the country. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391930/lukoil-looks-to-iraq-drill-prospects Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:20:45 +0000 live Egdon flows more Wressle pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391920/egdon-flows-more-wressle-pay UK junior Egdon Resources has flowed more oil and gas following testing of the second of three potential pay zones in the Wressle-1 well in England's East Midlands. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391920/egdon-flows-more-wressle-pay Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:26:19 +0000 live EOG cuts back on well completions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391911/eog-cuts-back-on-well-completions EOG Resources is adding to the tidal wave of US onshore operators that are choosing to delay the hydraulic fracture and completion of many wells in an effort to save costs and avoid selling oil at low prices. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391911/eog-cuts-back-on-well-completions Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:21:32 +0000 live AWE starts Perth basin test http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391910/awe-starts-perth-basin-test AWE has kicked off a flow testing programme to further appraise the Waitsia gas discovery in Western Australia's onshore Perth basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391910/awe-starts-perth-basin-test Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:38:49 +0000 live Croatia gets onshore block bids http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391865/croatia-gets-onshore-block-bids Croatia has received seven bids for onshore blocks following the launch of the country’s first onshore licensing round last summer, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391865/croatia-gets-onshore-block-bids Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:01:37 +0000 live Statoil gains Snefrid North nod http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391852/statoil-gains-snefrid-north-nod Statoil has been granted a permit by the authorities to drill a deep-water wildcat at the Snefrid North prospect targeting additional resources near its Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391852/statoil-gains-snefrid-north-nod Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:21:57 +0000 live GeoPark hits oil with Tilo probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391848/geopark-hits-oil-with-tilo-probe Latin America-focused GeoPark has made a new oil discovery with its Tilo exploration probe onshore Colombia’s Llanos basin. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391848/geopark-hits-oil-with-tilo-probe Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:03:37 +0000 live Rosneft raises proven reserves by 3% http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391832/rosneft-raises-proven-reserves-by-3-percent Russian state oil giant has garnered a reserve replacement ratio of 154% in 2014 to end the year with 33.997 billion barrels of oil equivalent in proven reserves. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391832/rosneft-raises-proven-reserves-by-3-percent Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:09:44 +0000 live Lime in Tullow licence deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391820/lime-in-tullow-licence-deal Singapore-listed Rex International has lifted its stake in a trio of Norwegian licences held by jointly controlled unit Lime Petroleum as it targets drilling of a wildcat at the Zumba prospect later this year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391820/lime-in-tullow-licence-deal Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:15:12 +0000 live MEO in Oz farm-out deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391818/meo-in-oz-farm-out-deal MEO Australia has executed an option agreement which could see it farm-out stakes in three permits off the coast of northern Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391818/meo-in-oz-farm-out-deal Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:32:24 +0000 live Murphy exits Cameroon block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391747/murphy-exits-cameroon-block Murphy Oil has made an exit from one of only two blocks in which it had a presence off Cameroon. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391747/murphy-exits-cameroon-block Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:03:02 +0000 live Lundin spuds Gemini probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391703/lundin-spuds-gemini-probe Swedish independent Lundin Petroleum has spudded an exploration well on the Gemini prospect to the south-west of its Edvard Grieg oilfield. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391703/lundin-spuds-gemini-probe Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:09:34 +0000 live Sterling gains Madagascar extensions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391689/sterling-gains-madagascar-extensions UK-listed Sterling Energy has gained final approval for its extension to July 2016 of two blocks off north-west Madagascar where it is partnered with US supermajor ExxonMobil and Australia's Pura Vida Energy. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391689/sterling-gains-madagascar-extensions Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:31:29 +0000 live Europa farms out French permit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391682/europa-farms-out-french-permit London-listed Europa Oil & Gas has signed a farm-out agreement with a subsidiary of Canada's Vermilion Energy covering the Tarbes Val d'Adour permit in France's onshore Aquitaine basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391682/europa-farms-out-french-permit Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:05:35 +0000 live BG bites dust at Strawberry http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391683/bg-bites-dust-at-strawberry BG Group has come up dry with a pair of exploration wells targeting more resources in the vicinity of its Jordbaer (Strawberry) discovery in the northern North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391683/bg-bites-dust-at-strawberry Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:00:36 +0000 live El Sarir shut-in after pipeline attack http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391677/el-sarir-shut-in-after-pipeline-attack Libya's El Sarir oilfield is still unable to pump oil to Hariga port after sabotage on a pipeline just north of the field where repairs are ongoing, according to reports. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391677/el-sarir-shut-in-after-pipeline-attack Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:36:55 +0000 live North Dakota oil production rises http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391622/north-dakota-oil-production-rises Oil production in North Dakota rose to about 1.2 million barrels per day in December, a level regulators in the US state expect to remain steady in the short term as crude prices remain low. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391622/north-dakota-oil-production-rises Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:02:37 +0000 live Westcon to survey Transocean Leader http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391596/westcon-to-survey-transocean-leader Norway’s Westcon has secured the contract to carry out the special periodic survey and inspection of the semi-submersible Transocean Leader. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391596/westcon-to-survey-transocean-leader Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:00:05 +0000 live Cluff Natural gains Halliburton partnership http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391559/cluff-natural-gains-halliburton-partnership Cluff Natural Resources has signed up Halliburton as a potential joint collaborator on its underground coal gasification and southern North Sea gas assets in the UK. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391559/cluff-natural-gains-halliburton-partnership Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:24:00 +0000 live Romeo gives Statoil wings http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391554/romeo-gives-statoil-wings Statoil has made a small oil discovery at its wildcat on the Romeo prospect in the central North Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391554/romeo-gives-statoil-wings Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:07:01 +0000 live Inpex eyeing onshore NT acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391549/inpex-eyeing-onshore-nt-acreage Japanese giant Inpex has been given the go ahead to pursue an application to explore the onshore Beetaloo basin in Australia's Northern Territory. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391549/inpex-eyeing-onshore-nt-acreage Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:37:45 +0000 live Trend of deferred completions grows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391464/trend-of-deferred-completions-grows The trend of continuing to drill wells but delaying completion of those wells is growing in the US onshore sector as top operators like Continental Resources and Anadarko Petroleum move to delay fracturing and hooking up wells. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391464/trend-of-deferred-completions-grows Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:47:53 +0000 live TransCanada tirade over Keystone XL http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391292/transcanada-tirade-over-keystone-xl TransCanada has rebutted claims by the US’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its proposed Keystone XL pipeline will fuel oil sands development and thereby boost greenhouse gas emissions. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391292/transcanada-tirade-over-keystone-xl Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:30 +0000 live TransGlobe drops Yemen licences http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391289/transglobe-drops-yemen-licences Canada’s TransGlobe Energy warned it will book a $51.5 million non-cash impairment charge in its fourth quarter results after deciding to relinquish two blocks in Yemen due to natural decline and security issues. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391289/transglobe-drops-yemen-licences Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:39:11 +0000 live Bibby Offshore gains Seascape work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391287/bibby-offshore-gains-seascape-work UK-based subsea services provider Bibby Offshore’s Singapore division has landed a one-year contract for remotely-operated vehicle services on a Seascape-chartered vessel. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391287/bibby-offshore-gains-seascape-work Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:37:23 +0000 live Hibiscus to spud Sea Lion in June http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391274/hibiscus-to-spud-sea-lion-in-june Malaysia's Hibiscus Petroleum is preparing to drill an exploration well on the Sea Lion prospect by mid-year on permit Vic/P57, off the south-east coast of Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391274/hibiscus-to-spud-sea-lion-in-june Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:06:40 +0000 live Tap drops option on La Bella interest http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391273/tap-drops-option-on-la-bella-interest Tap Oil has elected not to proceed with a farm-in with fellow Australian company WHL Energy to gain a stake in exploration permit Vic/P67 off the coast of south-east Austalia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391273/tap-drops-option-on-la-bella-interest Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:07:19 +0000 live Pluspetrol mulling Peru bid http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391271/pluspetrol-mulling-peru-bid Argentine energy company Pluspetrol is interested in bidding on the rights to continue developing Peru's biggest oil block after its contract expires in August, according to reports. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391271/pluspetrol-mulling-peru-bid Wed, 11 Feb 2015 03:37:36 +0000 live Karoon uncovers more Kangaroo oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391266/karoon-uncovers-more-kangaroo-oil Karoon Gas Australia has recovered oil from a second sidetrack of its Kangaroo-2 appraisal well on Block S-M-1165, in Brazil's offshore Santos basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391266/karoon-uncovers-more-kangaroo-oil Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:20:11 +0000 live Vaalco in Etame success http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391248/vaalco-in-etame-success Africa-focused Vaalco Energy has successfully tested its latest development well at the newly installed Etame platform off Gabon. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391248/vaalco-in-etame-success Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:26:42 +0000 live Petrobras confirms Libra flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391246/petrobras-confirms-libra-flows Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras said flow tests at its first Libra appraisal well in the pre-salt Santos basin were successful. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391246/petrobras-confirms-libra-flows Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:56:01 +0000 live Canacol adds to Clarinete flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391213/canacol-adds-to-clarinete-flows Canada’s Canacol Energy said the latest flow test on its Clarinete discovery onshore Colombia's Lower Magdalena basin has raised the total gross rate to around 7947 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391213/canacol-adds-to-clarinete-flows Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:15:25 +0000 live US shale 'to bounce back': IEA http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391201/us-shale-to-bounce-back-iea US shale production growth will bounce back in the final years of the decade but the futures market bears little sign of prices rescaling the heights seen in recent years, a new analysis from the International Energy Agency has said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391201/us-shale-to-bounce-back-iea Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:16:37 +0000 live CNOOC picks up South China Sea stakes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391181/cnooc-picks-up-south-china-sea-stakes China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has taken stakes in two South China Sea blocks following a deal with SK Innovation. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391181/cnooc-picks-up-south-china-sea-stakes Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:12:30 +0000 live Tullow farms down in Mauritania http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391178/tullow-farms-down-in-mauritania Tullow Oil is farming out a significant portion of its interest in a block off Mauritania, a country where the independent incurred large write-offs last year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391178/tullow-farms-down-in-mauritania Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:51:05 +0000 live Dana hits pay off Denmark http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391177/dana-hits-pay-off-denmark Dana Petroleum has struck sweet, light oil at an appraisal well on the Lille John discovery in the Danish sector of the North Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391177/dana-hits-pay-off-denmark Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:30:42 +0000 live API calls on US to open up more offshore acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391173/api-calls-on-us-to-open-up-more-offshore-acreage The Obama administration is putting America's energy competitiveness at risk according to the head of US trade association the American Petroleum Institute (API). Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391173/api-calls-on-us-to-open-up-more-offshore-acreage Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:42:40 +0000 live Oz duo make wet gas discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391166/oz-duo-make-wet-gas-discovery Australian duo Beach Energy and Drillsearch Energy have made a new wet gas discovery in an exploration well on PRL 130 in the South Australian Cooper basin, while Drillsearch's partner in PRL 133, Santos, has unearthed promising signs at another exploration well. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391166/oz-duo-make-wet-gas-discovery Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:10:00 +0000 live Keathley Canyon Connector begins flowing http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391165/keathley-canyon-connector-begins-flowing The first gas has begun flowing through the Keathley Canyon Connector portion of the Discovery gas gathering pipeline system in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391165/keathley-canyon-connector-begins-flowing Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:19:51 +0000 live Anadarko terminates Coronado leases http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391159/anadarko-terminates-coronado-leases US independent Anadarko Petroleum and its partners have terminated most of the leases that comprise the Coronado discovery in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, a field that was once thought to be developed alongside the nearby Shenandoah discovery. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391159/anadarko-terminates-coronado-leases Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:45:06 +0000 live Argentina 2014 output falls http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391158/argentina-2014-output-falls Oil and gas output in Argentina dipped last year versus 2013 despite an increase in production at state-controlled YPF, according to a report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391158/argentina-2014-output-falls Mon, 09 Feb 2015 20:25:07 +0000 live Lundin gets nod for Gemini http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391129/lundin-gets-nod-for-gemini Lundin Petroleum has been given the go-ahead to drill a wildcat on the Gemini prospect in the central North Sea off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391129/lundin-gets-nod-for-gemini Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:08:39 +0000 live Greenpeace blows whistle on Bjaaland http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391095/greenpeace-blows-whistle-on-bjaaland Greenpeace is calling on the authorities to halt a further controversial wildcat to be drilled by OMV later this year as a follow-up to its earlier Wisting Central discovery in the frontier Hoop area of the Barents Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391095/greenpeace-blows-whistle-on-bjaaland Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:55:32 +0000 live UK trio see test flows at Wressle http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391071/uk-trio-see-test-flows-at-wressle The Egdon Resources-led trio of UK juniors at Wressle has flowed oil and gas from the discovery onshore England's East Midlands. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391071/uk-trio-see-test-flows-at-wressle Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:58:20 +0000 live Statoil in new Krafla strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391066/statoil-in-new-krafla-strike Statoil has found more resources near its Krafla Main discovery with a successful appraisal drilled to the north of the North Sea find off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391066/statoil-in-new-krafla-strike Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:25:40 +0000 live Sesmic duo team up for West Oz project http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391065/sesmic-duo-team-up-for-west-oz-project Searcher Seismic and DownUnder GeoSolutions have teamed up on a multi-client seismic project covering a portion of the North West Shelf, off Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391065/sesmic-duo-team-up-for-west-oz-project Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:10:01 +0000 live CNOOC find estimated to hold over 100 Bcm http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391055/cnooc-find-estimated-to-hold-over-100-bcm A deep-water natural gas discovery in the northern part of the South China Sea has certified proven reserves exceeding 100 billion cubic metres, making it one of China's biggest offshore finds, according to reports. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391055/cnooc-find-estimated-to-hold-over-100-bcm Mon, 09 Feb 2015 04:27:52 +0000 live Sunbeam fails to shine for Buru http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391052/sunbeam-fails-to-shine-for-buru Perth-based Buru Energy has come up dry with an exploration well in Western Australia's onshore Canning basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391052/sunbeam-fails-to-shine-for-buru Mon, 09 Feb 2015 03:05:06 +0000 live Central starts gas sales early http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391023/central-starts-gas-sales-early Australia's Central Petroleum has agreed to start a gas sales agreement with the Northern Territory's Power & Water Corporation (PWC) ahead of schedule as it prepares to fire up its Dingo gas field in the north of Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391023/central-starts-gas-sales-early Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:23:48 +0000 live Eni takes over Blackwood area http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391014/eni-takes-over-blackwood-area Italian giant Eni has taken 100% owenrship of the Blackwood area in NT/P68, off northern Australia, after partner MEO Australia elected to withdraw from the area. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391014/eni-takes-over-blackwood-area Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:05:08 +0000 live Gulf Keystone output under 10,000bpd http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390938/gulf-keystone-output-under-10000bpd Gulf Keystone Petroleum’s production in the Kurdistan region of Iraq has dropped to 8200 barrels per day of oil following its decision to halt exports through Turkey. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390938/gulf-keystone-output-under-10000bpd Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:57:56 +0000 live Vroon gains VOS Pace newbuild http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390967/vroon-gains-vos-pace-newbuild Dutch shipowner Vroon Offshore Services has taken delivery of the newbuild platform supply vessel VOS Pace constructed at Cosco Guandong shipyard in China. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390967/vroon-gains-vos-pace-newbuild Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:06:14 +0000 live Land rig market 'can rise if prices recover' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390949/land-rig-market-can-rise-if-prices-recover The land rig market can only expect modest growth of about 19% over the next four years, and that is providing that oil prices stage a comeback next year, a new analysis has forecast. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390949/land-rig-market-can-rise-if-prices-recover Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:13:20 +0000 live Gulf Keystone halts Kurdish exports http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390933/gulf-keystone-halts-kurdish-exports London-listed Gulf Keystone Petroleum has halted crude exports from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq as it attempts to settle outstanding payments it is due from the government. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390933/gulf-keystone-halts-kurdish-exports Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:08:13 +0000 live Lundin spears Zulu gas find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390930/lundin-spears-zulu-gas-find Lundin Petroleum has made a small gas discovery with a wildcat drilled at the Zulu prospect to the north-east of the giant Johan Sverdrup field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390930/lundin-spears-zulu-gas-find Fri, 06 Feb 2015 07:55:42 +0000 live Hagar in Repsol sights http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390879/hagar-in-repsol-sights Repsol has applied to the authorities to drill a new wildcat dubbed Hagar in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390879/hagar-in-repsol-sights Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:39:29 +0000 live Chevron closes Nigeria block sale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390876/chevron-closes-nigeria-block-sale Chevron has completed the sale of its 40% interest in one onshore Nigerian block to local operator Seplat Petroleum Development. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390876/chevron-closes-nigeria-block-sale Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:09:28 +0000 live Real increases Cooper footprint http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390823/real-increases-cooper-footprint Sydney-based Real Energy has increased its footprint in the Queensland portion of Australia's Cooper basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390823/real-increases-cooper-footprint Thu, 05 Feb 2015 07:13:03 +0000 live Petrobras makes Campos find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390817/petrobras-makes-campos-find Brazilian giant Petrobras has made a new discovery in the Campos basin, off the coast of Brazil. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390817/petrobras-makes-campos-find Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:31:04 +0000 live Gran Tierra sacks CEO after Peru dud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390681/gran-tierra-sacks-ceo-after-peru-dud Calgary-based Gran Tierra has fired its chief executive following disappointing exploration results in Peru that wiped tens of millions of barrels of reserves off the company's books. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390681/gran-tierra-sacks-ceo-after-peru-dud Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:51:19 +0000 live Chevron farms in to Mauritania deep http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390631/chevron-farms-in-to-mauritania-deep US supermajor Chevron has acquired non-operatorship stakes in three deep-water blocks off Mauritania from compatriot independent Kosmos Energy. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390631/chevron-farms-in-to-mauritania-deep Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:47:33 +0000 live 'Gunmen storm Libya oilfield' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390607/gunmen-storm-libya-oilfield French oil company Total said on Wednesday it had been informed of an armed attack at the al-Mabrook oilfield in Libya and that it had no company personnel at the site, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390607/gunmen-storm-libya-oilfield Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:13:57 +0000 live