www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com IOG mulls Skipper well options http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409915/iog-mulls-skipper-well-options Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) has its eye on spudding a well on the Skipper discovery in the North Sea before the end of the year, possibly to be funded entirely by contractors, after the UK junior won a short-term licence extension. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409915/iog-mulls-skipper-well-options Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:38:29 +0000 live Snorre output hike meets cheers and jeers http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409907/snorre-output-hike-meets-cheers-and-jeers Statoil has managed to boost production by 35% from its ageing Snorre field in the North Sea this year, but the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) fears the initiative could undermine the field’s long-term recovery levels. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409907/snorre-output-hike-meets-cheers-and-jeers Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:56:13 +0000 live Statoil eyes Sigrun East http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409908/statoil-eyes-sigrun-east Statoil has been granted safety clearance to drill a wildcat at the Sigrun East prospect in the Norwegian North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409908/statoil-eyes-sigrun-east Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:51:50 +0000 live Buru hits Praslin pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409903/buru-hits-praslin-pay Buru Energy has hit oil with its latest exploration well in Western Australia's onshore Canning basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409903/buru-hits-praslin-pay Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:36:04 +0000 live UIL planning Perth basin shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409901/uil-planning-perth-basin-shoot Brisbane-based UIL Energy is planning to shoot 2D seismic across its three permits in Western Australia's onshore Perth basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409901/uil-planning-perth-basin-shoot Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:05:18 +0000 live Repsol gets Vietnam retention licence http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409900/repsol-gets-vietnam-retention-licence Spanish giant Repsol has received approval to retain an exploration area within the Block 07/03 production sharing contract off Vietnam. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409900/repsol-gets-vietnam-retention-licence Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:21:33 +0000 live Shell in Nigeria oil force majeure http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409880/shell-in-nigeria-oil-force-majeure Supermajor Shell has declared force majeure on exports of Bonny light crude in Nigeria after a leak forced one pipeline to close, with aother also shut. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409880/shell-in-nigeria-oil-force-majeure Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:33:46 +0000 live GeoPark in Colombia light oil find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409872/geopark-in-colombia-light-oil-find Latin America-focused explorer GeoPark has cheered a fresh light oil discovery at an operated onshore block in Colombia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409872/geopark-in-colombia-light-oil-find Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:22:14 +0000 live Statoil gains wildcat nod http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409850/statoil-gains-wildcat-nod Statoil has been granted a permit by the authorities to drill a wildcat at the Gasol/Gretel prospect in the mature North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409850/statoil-gains-wildcat-nod Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:39:31 +0000 live Euro giants targeting PNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409846/euro-giants-targeting-png European oil and gas giants Total and Repsol have voiced their optimism about Papua New Guinea as an investment destination, and are committed to commercialising their discovered gas resources. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409846/euro-giants-targeting-png Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:29:45 +0000 live Tap secures Myanmar acreage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409837/tap-secures-myanmar-acreage Australian company Tap Oil has signed a production sharing contract covering a block in Myanmar's offshore Moattama basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409837/tap-secures-myanmar-acreage Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:21:39 +0000 live Pilot gets nod to vary work programme http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409836/pilot-gets-nod-to-vary-work-programme Australia-listed Pilot Energy has been given more time to carry out a 3D seismic shoot over its WA-503-P permit off the coast of Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409836/pilot-gets-nod-to-vary-work-programme Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:32:07 +0000 live US shale gas output to see first drop http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409833/us-shale-gas-output-to-see-first-drop Gas output from seven major US shale is expected to fall in September for the first time since commercial production from unconventional sources began, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409833/us-shale-gas-output-to-see-first-drop Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:57:27 +0000 live Sinopec profits slip in first half http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409699/sinopec-profits-slip-in-first-half Chinese state-owned integrated Sinopec saw its profits fall in the first half of 2015 as oil and gas output slipped. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409699/sinopec-profits-slip-in-first-half Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:54:27 +0000 live Siemens award for Magnolia LNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409693/siemens-award-for-magnolia-lng Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply an initial 10 compressor trains for the Magnolia LNG project being developed in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409693/siemens-award-for-magnolia-lng Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:10:54 +0000 live Church music to save the Arctic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409679/church-music-to-save-the-arctic Pop star Charlotte Church is literally adding her voice to the chorus of protest against Arctic oil drilling by performing live at a Greenpeace concert outside the London offices of Shell. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409679/church-music-to-save-the-arctic Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:28:52 +0000 live Ntorya appraisals on radar screen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409662/ntorya-appraisals-on-radar-screen Aminex is planning to start appraisal drilling at the earlier Ntorya-1 gas discovery onshore Tanzania early next year as it targets potential in-place resources estimated at more than 1.1 trillion cubic feet, according to partner Solo Oil. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409662/ntorya-appraisals-on-radar-screen Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:04:37 +0000 live Mexico’s CNH alters Round 1 terms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409659/mexicos-cnh-alters-round-1-terms Mexico’s regulator has moved to improve the terms of its Round 1 acreage offering after recent initial offering was deemed a commercial flog. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409659/mexicos-cnh-alters-round-1-terms Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:09:00 +0000 live More well woe for Circle in Morocco http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409655/more-well-woe-for-circle-in-morocco Shares in Circle Oil sank on Wednesday morning after the Irish junior abandoned an onshore well in Morocco after encountering problems. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409655/more-well-woe-for-circle-in-morocco Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:43:34 +0000 live Shell hits hydrocarbons off Oz http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409653/shell-hits-hydrocarbons-off-oz Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has hit hydrocarbons in an exploration well close to its Crux gas and condensate field off Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409653/shell-hits-hydrocarbons-off-oz Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:55:29 +0000 live Portrush hour for Shell http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409652/portrush-hour-for-shell Anglo-Dutch explorer Shell has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at the Portrush prospect in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409652/portrush-hour-for-shell Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:49:15 +0000 live ANP approves majors in new bid round http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409592/anp-approves-majors-in-new-bid-round Brazil's regulator has approved 22 more companies to bid in its 13th licensing round, scheduled to take place on 7 October. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409592/anp-approves-majors-in-new-bid-round Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:10:20 +0000 live Statoil sinks drillbit near Oseberg http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409587/statoil-sinks-drillbit-near-oseberg Statoil has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at a satellite prospect near its Oseberg field in the Norwegian North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409587/statoil-sinks-drillbit-near-oseberg Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:18:18 +0000 live Green light for Gullfaks S compression http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409576/green-light-for-gullfaks-s-compression Statoil is set to bring online its ground-breaking Gullfaks South subsea wet gas compression project off Norway by October after gaining consent for start-up and operation of the facility from the authorities. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409576/green-light-for-gullfaks-s-compression Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:03:45 +0000 live Lofoten resources 'unprofitable' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409529/lofoten-resources-unprofitable A heated debate about oil industry access to the Lofoten and Vesteraalen area off northern Norway has been rekindled in the countdown to local elections, with one leading analyst’s assessments causing a large degree of consternation in oil circles. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409529/lofoten-resources-unprofitable Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:54:14 +0000 live Noble hits issues at Humpback probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409478/noble-hits-issues-at-humpback-probe Noble Energy has been delayed more than a month at a wildcat off the Falkland Islands being drilled by an Ocean Rig semi-submersible. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409478/noble-hits-issues-at-humpback-probe Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:21:59 +0000 live Grieg appraisal on the money http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409480/grieg-appraisal-on-the-money An appraisal drilled by Lundin Petroleum at its under-development Edvard Grieg field off Norway has uncovered up to 50 million barrels of oil in additional resources, the country’s petroleum agency has confirmed. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409480/grieg-appraisal-on-the-money Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:10:02 +0000 live Cue gets time to secure Ironbark partner http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409475/cue-gets-time-to-secure-ironbark-partner Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (Nopta) has agreed to allow Cue Energy Resources more time before it is required to spud a well in Western Australia's offshore Carnarvon basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409475/cue-gets-time-to-secure-ironbark-partner Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:16:19 +0000 live TGS nod for Mexico survey http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409436/tgs-nod-for-mexico-survey Oslo-listed surveyor TGS has been given the nod by Mexico’s hydrocarbons agency CNH to carry out acquisition of multibeam, coring and geochemical analysis data over the country’s entire deep-water play. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409436/tgs-nod-for-mexico-survey Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:03:26 +0000 live Chinese rig 'finishes well' near Vietnam http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409429/chinese-rig-finishes-well-near-vietnam A Chinese rig has wrapped up drilling of a controversial exploration well in disputed South China Sea waters near Vietnam’s coast, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409429/chinese-rig-finishes-well-near-vietnam Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:52:45 +0000 live Rolvsnes on Lundin radar screen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409385/rolvsnes-on-lundin-radar-screen Lundin Petroleum aims to start drilling later this year on a new prospect in the prolific Utsira High play off Norway as it targets more resources to the south of its under-development  Edvard Grieg field. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409385/rolvsnes-on-lundin-radar-screen Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:56:36 +0000 live Wintershall targets Skarfjell satellite http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409378/wintershall-targets-skarfjell-satellite Wintershall has lined up a further wildcat to be drilled off Norway with a satellite prospect at the Skarfjell discovery now in its sights. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409378/wintershall-targets-skarfjell-satellite Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:24:30 +0000 live Promising signs at Praslin-1 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409361/promising-signs-at-praslin-1 Buru Energy has encountered signs of hydrocarbons while drilling its latest exploration well in Western Australia's onshore Canning basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409361/promising-signs-at-praslin-1 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 03:52:03 +0000 live US rig count increases by one http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409340/us-rig-count-increases-by-one The number of rigs drilling for oil and gas in the US grew by one this week to 885, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409340/us-rig-count-increases-by-one Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:27:53 +0000 live San Leon spuds W Sahara well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409334/san-leon-spuds-w-sahara-well San Leon Energy has spun the bit on a controversial onshore well in Western Sahara even after local leaders wrote to the United Nations (UN) to express their outrage over the plans. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409334/san-leon-spuds-w-sahara-well Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:44:30 +0000 live Shell lifts NLNG force majeure http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409331/shell-lifts-nlng-force-majeure Shell has lifted a force majeure measure on gas supplies to Nigeria LNG (NLNG) that was in place since early this month due to pipeline sabotage. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409331/shell-lifts-nlng-force-majeure Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:15:22 +0000 live M&P starts Mnazi Bay gas flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409309/mandp-starts-mnazi-bay-gas-flows French operator Maurel & Prom (M&P) has started gas deliveries from its Mnazi Bay concession in Tanzania to the East African country’s transnational pipeline. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409309/mandp-starts-mnazi-bay-gas-flows Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:32:40 +0000 live Rose eyes assets, cuts drill plans http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409300/rose-eyes-assets-cuts-drill-plans UK player Rose Petroleum is on the hunt for producing assets as it scales back drilling plans in the US on account of the oil price slump. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409300/rose-eyes-assets-cuts-drill-plans Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:46:46 +0000 live Eldfisk spill rap for ConocoPhillips http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409226/eldfisk-spill-rap-for-conocophillips A procedural error resulted in an “acute” oil spill into the sea at ConocoPhillips’ Eldfisk complex after an unplanned emergency shutdown at the field in the North Sea off Norway, according to the country’s safety agency. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409226/eldfisk-spill-rap-for-conocophillips Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:43:12 +0000 live UK North Sea drilling ‘healthy’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409225/uk-north-sea-drilling-healthy Drilling activity in the UK North Sea has remained “healthy” this year despite low oil prices, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409225/uk-north-sea-drilling-healthy Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:44:58 +0000 live AEP eyeing up Oz investment http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409194/aep-eyeing-up-oz-investment US company American Energy Partners (AEP) is in talks with Armour Energy to invest in the McArthur basin shale play in Australia's Northern Territory. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409194/aep-eyeing-up-oz-investment Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:59:57 +0000 live Duo come up dry off Australia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409193/duo-come-up-dry-off-australia Woodside and joint venture partner Mitsui have drilled a dry deep-water exploration well in the Exmouth sub-basin off Western Australia. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409193/duo-come-up-dry-off-australia Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:24:24 +0000 live Gazprom Neft completes Arctic well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409048/gazprom-neft-completes-arctic-well Gazprom Neft has completed a second well on the Prirazlomnoye oilfield in Russia's Pechora Sea, the company confirmed to Upstream Wednesday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409048/gazprom-neft-completes-arctic-well Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:12:03 +0000 live Nordic Geo in Indonesia shoots http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409036/nordic-geo-in-indonesia-shoots Singapore player Nordic Geo Services has secured a pair of 2D seismic acquisition deals off Indonesia in partnership with local outfit Bahari Lines. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409036/nordic-geo-in-indonesia-shoots Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:02:11 +0000 live Bowleven spuds Moambe probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409028/bowleven-spuds-moambe-probe Bowleven has kicked off drilling of a second wildcat on its Bomono permit onshore Cameroon targeting the Moambe prospect, having made a strike with the first probe. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409028/bowleven-spuds-moambe-probe Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:09:14 +0000 live Roc Oil gets South China Sea blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409010/roc-oil-gets-south-china-sea-blocks Australian junior Roc Oil has penned a pair of deals that will see it take over operatorship of two blocks in the South China Sea from state giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409010/roc-oil-gets-south-china-sea-blocks Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:12:04 +0000 live Wintershall gets Syrah nod http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409007/wintershall-gets-syrah-nod Wintershall has been given the green-light to drill a wildcat in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409007/wintershall-gets-syrah-nod Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:48:12 +0000 live Circle wins Tunisia permit extension http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408997/circle-wins-tunisia-permit-extension Circle Oil is pushing its farm-out plans at a Tunisian offshore block as it gears up for a number of wells following a licence extension. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408997/circle-wins-tunisia-permit-extension Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:22:14 +0000 live COSL to drill wells for Primeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408992/cosl-to-drill-wells-for-primeline Primeline Energy Holdings has signed a drilling contract with China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL) for its upcoming two-well campaign on western margin of the Lishui basin in the East China Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408992/cosl-to-drill-wells-for-primeline Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:11:18 +0000 live Uruguay to press on with deep-water round http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408984/uruguay-to-press-on-with-deep-water-round Uruguay is still pushing forward with its third deep-water bid round as the industry grapples with lower oil prices, but is now targeting bidding in mid- to late-2016 due to the tough market conditions. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408984/uruguay-to-press-on-with-deep-water-round Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:23:17 +0000 live UK awards onshore blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408930/uk-awards-onshore-blocks A clutch of companies have been told that they are to be awarded onshore blocks as successful bidders in the UK’s latest licensing round. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408930/uk-awards-onshore-blocks Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:44:58 +0000 live Petro Matad in Mongolia survey http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408924/petro-matad-in-mongolia-survey Petro Matad aims to carry out an airborne survey over two blocks onshore Mongolia next month after awarding the data acquisition deal to Bell Geospace. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408924/petro-matad-in-mongolia-survey Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:40:02 +0000 live Total quits Danish shale well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408915/total-quits-danish-shale-well Total has abandoned a shale gas test well in Denmark despite hitting hydrocarbons as the pay was thinner than had been expected. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408915/total-quits-danish-shale-well Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:54:25 +0000 live Monadelphous posts fall in profits http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/explorationproduction/1408904/monadelphous-posts-fall-in-profits Australian engineering company Monadelphous blamed “deteriorating market conditions” for its fall in profits over the recent financial year. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/explorationproduction/1408904/monadelphous-posts-fall-in-profits Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:29:56 +0000 sectors sectors_explorationproduction Transerv starts Warro campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408903/transerv-starts-warro-campaign Australian company Transerv Energy has kicked off a two well campaign at the Warro tight gas field in Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408903/transerv-starts-warro-campaign Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:00:32 +0000 live Range eyes longer laterals in Marcellus http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408892/range-eyes-longer-laterals-in-marcellus US independent Range Resources believes it can increase its average lateral length drilled on core acreage in the Marcellus shale play in the coming year to boost its single-well economics. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408892/range-eyes-longer-laterals-in-marcellus Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:08:22 +0000 live Shell gets OK to drill deeper in Arctic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408891/shell-gets-ok-to-drill-deeper-in-arctic The Obama administration has given Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell the green light to drill into oil-bearing zones in the Chukchi Sea. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408891/shell-gets-ok-to-drill-deeper-in-arctic Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:34:17 +0000 live Anadarko takes a bet on Opal prospect http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408876/anadarko-takes-a-bet-on-opal-prospect US independent Anadarko Petroleum will test a new play concept in the far eastern US Gulf of Mexico after acquiring operatorship of the potentially large Opal prospect from Murphy Oil. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408876/anadarko-takes-a-bet-on-opal-prospect Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:39:48 +0000 live Ankara 'eyes Statoil stake' in TAP http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408869/ankara-eyes-statoil-stake-in-tap The Turkish government is reported to be interested in buying Statoil’s 20% interest in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project after the Norwegian state-owned player recently signalled its intention to exit the scheme to deliver gas from Azerbaijan to Europe. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408869/ankara-eyes-statoil-stake-in-tap Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:51:41 +0000 live 'Fatality risk' in rig incidents http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408855/fatality-risk-in-rig-incidents Norway’s safety agency has levelled criticism at two drilling contractors after separate offshore rig incidents earlier this year that it warned could have led to worker fatalities. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408855/fatality-risk-in-rig-incidents Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:16:36 +0000 live KrisEnergy starts Wassana flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408854/krisenergy-starts-wassana-flows KrisEnergy has started up production from its Wassana oilfield in the Southern Pattani basin off Thailand. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408854/krisenergy-starts-wassana-flows Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:07:50 +0000 live VNG nod for Boomerang sidetrack http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408853/vng-nod-for-boomerang-sidetrack German explorer VNG has been granted a permit by the authorities to drill a sidetrack at its Boomerang prospect in the Norwegian Sea, indicating it may have hit hydrocarbons with the initial wildcat. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408853/vng-nod-for-boomerang-sidetrack Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:37:37 +0000 live Lukoil in East Taimyr 'licence award' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408814/lukoil-in-east-taimyr-licence-award Russian giant Lukoil is reported to have pipped state-owned Rosneft to win a licence to develop the East Taimyr oilfield on the Russian Arctic coast. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408814/lukoil-in-east-taimyr-licence-award Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:32:17 +0000 live LGO spuds at Goudron http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408809/lgo-spuds-at-goudron London-listed LGO Energy has spudded a development well on the onshore Goudron field in Trinidad. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408809/lgo-spuds-at-goudron Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:40:32 +0000 live Mixed results for Otto off the Philippines http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408759/mixed-results-for-otto-off-the-philippines Australia-listed Otto Energy has hit hyrdocarbons in an exploration well off the Philippines, but not enough to economically develop. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408759/mixed-results-for-otto-off-the-philippines Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:06:58 +0000 live US rig count flat at 884 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408743/us-rig-count-flat-at-884 The total number of rigs chasing oil and gas in the US remained unchanged this week at 884, the same as last week's rig count, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408743/us-rig-count-flat-at-884 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:40:44 +0000 live North Dakota oil output steadies http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408741/north-dakota-oil-output-steadies North Dakota pumped an average of 1.21 million barrels of oil per day in June, slightly higher than the 1.2 barrels per day produced in May, according to the state's Department of Mineral Resources. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408741/north-dakota-oil-output-steadies Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:12:33 +0000 live Statoil sinks drillbit at Knappen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408687/statoil-sinks-drillbit-at-knappen Statoil has spudded a wildcat at the Knappen prospect in the mature North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408687/statoil-sinks-drillbit-at-knappen Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:54:07 +0000 live South Africa 'eyes Saldanha Bay project' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408677/south-africa-eyes-saldanha-bay-project The South African government reportedly intends to pump 9.2 billion rand ($716 million) into development of Saldanha Bay off the country’s south-west coast as an oil and gas hub. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408677/south-africa-eyes-saldanha-bay-project Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:59:54 +0000 live EMG enters Australian shale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408669/emg-enters-australian-shale US private equity giant The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) has picked up an 18% stake in three permits in Australia's Northern Territory from privately held shale player Pangaea Resources. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408669/emg-enters-australian-shale Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:54:09 +0000 live Japanese duo pick up Vietnam blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408664/japanese-duo-pick-up-vietnam-blocks Japanese companies Idemitsu Kosan and Sumitomo Corporation have been awarded a new offshore exploration block in Vietnam's Malay-Tho Chu basin. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408664/japanese-duo-pick-up-vietnam-blocks Fri, 14 Aug 2015 02:26:05 +0000 live Glencore takes huge Chad impairment http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408620/glencore-takes-huge-chad-impairment Glencore is to book a large impairment on its assets in Chad as a result of the continued weak global oil price. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408620/glencore-takes-huge-chad-impairment Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:07:54 +0000 live Petro Matad in Mongolia shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408603/petro-matad-in-mongolia-shoot Petro Matad is set to kick off a 2D seismic survey shortly over acreage onshore Mongolia after awarding a contract for the work to Khet. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408603/petro-matad-in-mongolia-shoot Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:50:33 +0000 live UK in fracking fast-track plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408584/uk-in-fracking-fast-track-plan The UK is to fast-track the process for shale gas planning applications as a new series of measures is unveiled to kick-start the country’s nascent industry. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408584/uk-in-fracking-fast-track-plan Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:16:49 +0000 live Statoil pulled up over Heimdal 'gas ignition risk' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408395/statoil-pulled-up-over-heimdal-gas-ignition-risk Statoil has come under fire from Norway’s safety authority for failing to control potential ignition sources that could pose the risk of an explosion on its Heimdal gas processing platform in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408395/statoil-pulled-up-over-heimdal-gas-ignition-risk Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:35:43 +0000 live Knappen go for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408388/knappen-go-for-statoil Statoil has been granted a permit by the authorities to drill a wildcat at the Knappen prospect in the mature North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408388/knappen-go-for-statoil Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:23:45 +0000 live Neiden nod for Lundin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408384/neiden-nod-for-lundin Lundin Petroleum has been given the green light by Norway’s safety agency to drill a wildcat at the Neiden prospect in the Barents Sea later this year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408384/neiden-nod-for-lundin Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:54:54 +0000 live Energean starts Ioannina survey http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408379/energean-starts-ioannina-survey Energean Oil & Gas has kicked off a key survey on its onshore Ioannina block in western Greece to determine possible drilling targets as well as potential areas for seismic acquisition. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408379/energean-starts-ioannina-survey Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:27:00 +0000 live Browne ‘wouldn’t follow Shell on Arctic’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408365/browne-wouldnt-follow-shell-on-arctic Former BP boss John Browne would not advocate Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on account of the risks involved, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408365/browne-wouldnt-follow-shell-on-arctic Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:09:14 +0000 live No joy for InterOil at Wahoo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408359/no-joy-for-interoil-at-wahoo InterOil is plugging and abandoning a sidetrack well in Papua New Guinea after failing to intersect a carbonate reservoir. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408359/no-joy-for-interoil-at-wahoo Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:44:36 +0000 live Inpex fails to find pay off Suriname http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408345/inpex-fails-to-find-pay-off-suriname Japanese company Inpex has come up dry with a shallow-water exploration well on Block 31, off Suriname. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408345/inpex-fails-to-find-pay-off-suriname Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:07:56 +0000 live E.ON in Norway dry hole http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408343/eon-in-norway-dry-hole E.ON has struck out at a wildcat in the Norwegian Sea that was drilled by semi-submersible Borgland Dolphin. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408343/eon-in-norway-dry-hole Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:03:16 +0000 live Lundin in new Luno 2 strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408342/lundin-in-new-luno-2-strike Lundin Petroleum has made a minor oil discovery with a wildcat drilled at the Luno 2 North prospect in the Norwegian North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408342/lundin-in-new-luno-2-strike Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:56:44 +0000 live Floater fixed at Jubilee http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408340/floater-fixed-at-jubilee Tullow Oil has resumed full production from the Jubilee field off Ghana ahead of schedule after fault on the field's floating production, storage and offloading vessel was fixed. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408340/floater-fixed-at-jubilee Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:48:25 +0000 live Hibiscus waits longer on Sea Lion spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408332/hibiscus-waits-longer-on-sea-lion-spud Malaysia's Hibiscus Petroleum will have to wait a little longer before it spuds an exploration well in Australia's offshore Gippsland basin following delays with the arrival of the rig. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408332/hibiscus-waits-longer-on-sea-lion-spud Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:31:21 +0000 live Alliance sees pipeline restart Thursday http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408329/alliance-sees-pipeline-restart-thursday Alliance Pipeline said it plans to restart its mainline operations later this week after issuing a force majeure to customers to suspend injection after a third-party hydrogen sulphide (H2S) leak shut down the system. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408329/alliance-sees-pipeline-restart-thursday Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:45:04 +0000 live EIA lowers oil outlook for 2015, 2016 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408326/eia-lowers-oil-outlook-for-2015-2016 The US expects lower oil production this year and next as output from unconventional plays continues to sink due to the lower crude price. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408326/eia-lowers-oil-outlook-for-2015-2016 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:54:38 +0000 live EIA sees shale output falling again http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408310/eia-sees-shale-output-falling-again Oil and gas production from unconventional resources in the US is expected to fall in September, according to a forecast from the Energy Information Agency (EIA), as producers try to rein in output amid stubbornly low commodity prices. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408310/eia-sees-shale-output-falling-again Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:56:01 +0000 live Uganda shortlists acreage hopefuls http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408275/uganda-shortlists-acreage-hopefuls Uganda on Tuesday shortlisted 16 companies to submit bids for acreage in its licensing round. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408275/uganda-shortlists-acreage-hopefuls Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:48:21 +0000 live Kosmos putting Tortue complex on fast track http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408260/kosmos-putting-tortue-complex-on-fast-track US independent Kosmos Energy will fast-track appraisal of its Tortue gas complex, which straddles the maritime boundary between Mauritania and Senegal, in an effort to establish reserves of 15 trillion cubic feet to support a liquefied natural gas project. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408260/kosmos-putting-tortue-complex-on-fast-track Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:48:18 +0000 live US sanctions 'to hit Sakhalin-3' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408258/us-sanctions-to-hit-sakhalin-3 The US decision to add one of Gazprom’s biggest gas fields to the list of sanctions on Russia could jeopardise a newly minted alliance with Shell and the Russian giant’s plans to expand the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas project, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408258/us-sanctions-to-hit-sakhalin-3 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:44:36 +0000 live Maersk rerun at Tvillingen South http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408252/maersk-rerun-at-tvillingen-south Maersk Oil has started drilling again at the Tvillingen South prospect in the Norwegian Sea, after abandoning a probe earlier this year due to technical issues, according to a partner. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408252/maersk-rerun-at-tvillingen-south Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:33:29 +0000 live Moroccan miss for Freeport-McMoran http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408248/moroccan-miss-for-freeport-mcmoran US company Freeport-McMoRan has failed to find pay in a wildcat drilled on the Mazagan permit off the coast of Morocco. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408248/moroccan-miss-for-freeport-mcmoran Tue, 11 Aug 2015 03:16:16 +0000 live Beach to buy Queensland stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408246/beach-to-buy-queensland-stake Beach Energy has reached a deal to buy a stake in a permit in the Queensland portion of the onshore Cooper basin from fellow Australian company AGL. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408246/beach-to-buy-queensland-stake Tue, 11 Aug 2015 01:04:58 +0000 live Quadrant kicks up dust off Oz http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/asia_oceania/1408245/quadrant-kicks-up-dust-off-oz Recently formed Quadrant Energy has come up dry with its first exploration well in Western Australia's offshore Carnarvon basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/asia_oceania/1408245/quadrant-kicks-up-dust-off-oz Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:43:15 +0000 live live_asiaoceania Atrush flows on track after well test http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408238/atrush-flows-on-track-after-well-test The latest test well at the Taqa-operated Atrush project in the Kurdistan region of Iraq flowed at expected rates, keeping the development on track to hit is production target of 30,000 barrels per day of oil. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408238/atrush-flows-on-track-after-well-test Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:57:32 +0000 live Schlumberger begins Campeche shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408234/schlumberger-begins-campeche-shoot Oilfield services giant Schumberger has begun 3D seismic survey in the Campeche Basin in the Gulf of Mexico. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408234/schlumberger-begins-campeche-shoot Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:54:56 +0000 live H2S pipeline leak forces more shut-ins http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408233/h2s-pipeline-leak-forces-more-shut-ins Calgary-based Athabasca Oil is the latest company to report a hit to production due to the temporary shut down of the mainline Alliance Pipeline, which was prompted by a hydrogen sulphide leak. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408233/h2s-pipeline-leak-forces-more-shut-ins Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:35:05 +0000 live Shell preps Nova Scotia campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408219/shell-preps-nova-scotia-campaign Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell is set to spud a closely-watched wildcat off Nova Scotia, Canada within weeks. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408219/shell-preps-nova-scotia-campaign Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:26:02 +0000 live Podcast: Extreme Fast Track http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408218/podcast-extreme-fast-track This week on The Bit, we look at BP's top-secret Hopkins discovery, and talk to WoodMac analyst Jonathan Garrett about US onshore production. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408218/podcast-extreme-fast-track Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:06:04 +0000 live