www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Shenandoah dry hole for Anadarko http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390312/shenandoah-dry-hole-for-anadarko Anadarko Petroleum came up empty at its second appraisal well at the Shenandoah field, potentially one of the biggest oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico where the US independent is understood to be tendering for a newbuild drillship for further drilling work. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390312/shenandoah-dry-hole-for-anadarko Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:43:30 +0000 live Rig count plummets by 90 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390309/rig-count-plummets-by-90 The number of rigs drilling in the US took one of the biggest weekly dives in recent memory this week, falling by 90 for a total of 1543, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390309/rig-count-plummets-by-90 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:48:26 +0000 live Kara Sea drilling 'on hold' for Rosneft http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390275/kara-sea-drilling-on-hold-for-rosneft Russian state-owned Rosneft is unlikely to carry out further exploration drilling in the Kara Sea this year after US partner ExxonMobil pulled out of an initial discovery well due to Western sanctions, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390275/kara-sea-drilling-on-hold-for-rosneft Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:56:25 +0000 live BP 'ditches' Indonesia blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390266/bp-ditches-indonesia-blocks BP has reportedly decided to hand back to the authorities two exploration blocks off Indonesia after seismic survey work revealed they carried too high risk. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390266/bp-ditches-indonesia-blocks Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:35:52 +0000 live Total eyes Skirne East wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390264/total-eyes-skirne-east-wildcat Total is is targeting a new prospect in the North Sea off Norway with a wildcat set to be drilled later in the first quarter. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390264/total-eyes-skirne-east-wildcat Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:10:41 +0000 live Players line up for Mexico data http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390251/players-line-up-for-mexico-data List of companies given the nod to access data room ahead of inaugural bidding round revealed Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390251/players-line-up-for-mexico-data Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:03:39 +0000 live Murphy farms down in US Gulf http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390247/murphy-farms-down-in-us-gulf US independent Murphy Oil has farmed down its interest in a deep-water Gulf of Mexico wildcat that is weeks away from reaching total depth, the first well in what could be an active year of exploration in the region for the company. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390247/murphy-farms-down-in-us-gulf Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:32:01 +0000 live Shell plans 2015 Alaska restart http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390146/shell-plans-2015-alaska-restart Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell is planning to restart oil drilling in the Arctic this year, chief executive Ben van Beurden has said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390146/shell-plans-2015-alaska-restart Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:01 +0000 live Barents wells 'off menu' for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390128/barents-wells-off-menu-for-statoil Statoil is calling off any further drilling in the Barents Sea off Norway this year after a recent abortive campaign as the state-owned player hits the brakes on exploration amid low oil prices, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390128/barents-wells-off-menu-for-statoil Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:48:35 +0000 live Caza holds off at Bone Spring play http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390125/caza-holds-off-at-bone-spring-play London-listed junior Caza Oil & Gas is holding off on any new non-essential well commitments in its Bone Spring sands drilling programme to avoid losing profits from the low price environment. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390125/caza-holds-off-at-bone-spring-play Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:06:16 +0000 live Total gains new Adco role http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390112/total-gains-new-adco-role France’s Total has gained a 10% share of Abu Dhabi's new 40-year giant Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations (Adco) concession. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390112/total-gains-new-adco-role Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:57:14 +0000 live OMV slashes capex, books impairments http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390108/omv-slashes-capex-books-impairments Austrian state player expects delay in hitting production target but continues upstream drive Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390108/omv-slashes-capex-books-impairments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:13:34 +0000 live Myanmar looking to sweeten PSC deals http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390104/myanmar-looking-to-sweeten-psc-deals Myanmar is considering sweetening the terms of its production sharing contracts for the offshore blocks from the 2013 licensing round for which PSC negotiations are continuing. (Amanda Battersby) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390104/myanmar-looking-to-sweeten-psc-deals Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:19:49 +0000 live ExxonMobil making progress at Hides http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390096/exxonmobil-making-progress-at-hides ExxonMobil is drilling ahead towards the primary deep reservoir target at its much-anticipated Hides F1 (Hides Deep) exploration and development well in Papua New Guinea. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390096/exxonmobil-making-progress-at-hides Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:53:21 +0000 live Chevron takes on BP Gulf discoveries http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389929/chevron-takes-on-bp-gulf-discoveries US supermajor Chevron has teamed up with UK supermajor BP and US oil major ConocoPhillips to explore and appraise 24 jointly-held leases in the north-west portion of the Keathley Canyon area of the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389929/chevron-takes-on-bp-gulf-discoveries Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:34:18 +0000 live Lundin gets Alta probe nod http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389904/lundin-gets-alta-probe-nod Lundin Petroleum has been given the go-ahead to drill an appraisal well on the Alta discovery in the Barents Sea, off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389904/lundin-gets-alta-probe-nod Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:40:06 +0000 live Canacol flows Clarinete discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389895/canacol-flows-clarinete-discovery Canacol Energy has flowed its Clarinete gas discovery onshore Colombia at a test rate of more than 3600 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389895/canacol-flows-clarinete-discovery Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:57:54 +0000 live KrisEnergy starts West Papua shoot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389872/krisenergy-starts-west-papua-shoot Singaporean company starts seismic survey onshore Indonesia Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389872/krisenergy-starts-west-papua-shoot Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:21:10 +0000 live Gazprom gas pipe moves ahead http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389875/gazprom-gas-pipe-moves-ahead Russia’s Gazprom aims to launch supplies along a new gas pipeline to Turkey by the end of 2016 after approving plans for the route that will replace the now jettisoned South Stream scheme. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389875/gazprom-gas-pipe-moves-ahead Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:29:05 +0000 live AGL halts work after BTEX found http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389869/agl-halts-work-after-btex-found The New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has halted Australian company AGL from carrying out any further work at its Waukivory pilot coalbed methane project in the state following the discovery of chemicals in water samples. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389869/agl-halts-work-after-btex-found Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:12:14 +0000 live Karoon hits more Kangaroo oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389859/karoon-hits-more-kangaroo-oil Karoon Gas Australia has completed the first of two sidetracks of the Kangaroo-2 appraisal well in Brazil's offshore Santos basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389859/karoon-hits-more-kangaroo-oil Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:12:51 +0000 live European E&P spending 'to slump by 15%' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389831/european-eandp-spending-to-slump-by-15-percent Capital expenditure on field development in central and Mediterranean Europe will slump by 15% to $5.8 billion this year as a result of tumbling oil prices, a new analysis has predicted. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389831/european-eandp-spending-to-slump-by-15-percent Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000 live SADR urges UN to halt Kosmos drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389756/sadr-urges-un-to-halt-kosmos-drilling The exiled government that claims dominion over Western Sahara has urged the United Nations Security Council to bring an end to Kosmos Energy’s current drilling operations off the Morocco-administered territory, branding them illegal and a serious provocation. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389756/sadr-urges-un-to-halt-kosmos-drilling Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:29:59 +0000 live Norway workers to strike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389789/norway-workers-to-strike Thousands of Norwegian offshore workers are set to down tools on Wednesday in a two-hour political strike over proposed changes to work environment laws. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389789/norway-workers-to-strike Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:55:08 +0000 live Snohvit LNG plant shut down http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389771/snohvit-lng-plant-shut-down Statoil has reportedly shut down production at its Snohvit liquefied natural gas plant in northern Norway after the alarm was triggered by a gas leak. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389771/snohvit-lng-plant-shut-down Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:49:33 +0000 live Buru spins Canning basin bit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389753/buru-spins-canning-basin-bit Australia-listed Buru Energy has spudded an exploration well on EP 129 in Western Australia's onshore Canning basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389753/buru-spins-canning-basin-bit Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:47:21 +0000 live Buru repairs damaged well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389749/buru-repairs-damaged-well Buru Energy has made repairs to a damaged valve at the Yulleroo-2 well site in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389749/buru-repairs-damaged-well Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:59:02 +0000 live Norwest looks to bring forward Xanadu drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389747/norwest-looks-to-bring-forward-xanadu-drilling Perth-based Norwest Energy has decided to cancel its 2D seismic campaign over the Xanadu prospect in Western Australia's offshore Perth basin, electing instead to bring its drilling programme forward. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389747/norwest-looks-to-bring-forward-xanadu-drilling Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:22:30 +0000 live Hess cuts Bakken spending http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389744/hess-cuts-bakken-spending US player Hess is slashing its rig count and trimming its spending plans in the Bakken shale play as part of a larger reduction in its budget for 2015. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389744/hess-cuts-bakken-spending Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:19:33 +0000 live WPX delays Colorado completions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389718/wpx-delays-colorado-completions US independent WPX Energy is joining a growing list of operators who are delaying onshore well completions in order to save money in a time of low commodity prices. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389718/wpx-delays-colorado-completions Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:32:46 +0000 live Suncor gains Beta well nod http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389631/suncor-gains-beta-well-nod Canadian explorer Suncor Energy aims to kick off a wildcat shortly at the Beta Statjford North prospect off Norway after gaining final safety clearance for the probe. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389631/suncor-gains-beta-well-nod Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:52:01 +0000 live Falcon's wings clipped in Hungary http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389602/falcons-wings-clipped-in-hungary Irish independent Falcon Oil & Gas has seen a planned three-well drilling effort cut short onshore Hungary after failing to gain funding for the third probe from its Serbian partner, which has now pulled out. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389602/falcons-wings-clipped-in-hungary Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:04:59 +0000 live Statoil rig set for comeback http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389473/statoil-rig-set-for-comeback Semi-submersible rig Transocean Spitsbergen is set for a return to exploration action after a recent lay-up, with Statoil to drill a new wildcat near its Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389473/statoil-rig-set-for-comeback Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:09:35 +0000 live 2015 'may be year of big M&A buys' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389460/2015-may-be-year-of-big-manda-buys The coming year may prove to be a buyers’ market for mergers and acquisitions as investors with long views take aim at creating value from distressed sales, an analysis has predicted. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389460/2015-may-be-year-of-big-manda-buys Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:39:32 +0000 live Wintershall spud at Isma http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389457/wintershall-spud-at-isma Wintershall has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at its Imsa prospect in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389457/wintershall-spud-at-isma Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:23:52 +0000 live Tethys gets Kyzyloi extension http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389442/tethys-gets-kyzyloi-extension London-listed Tethys Petroleum has been given approval to extend its gas production contract covering the Kyzyloi field in southern Kazakhstan. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389442/tethys-gets-kyzyloi-extension Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:58:25 +0000 live Republic of Congo targets Asian markets http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389318/republic-of-congo-targets-asian-markets The Republic of Congo's state-run oil company has opened an oil marketing office in Singapore as it targets South-East Asian buyers for crude output due to come onstream next year. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389318/republic-of-congo-targets-asian-markets Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:54:38 +0000 live Cairn makes Ravva discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389313/cairn-makes-ravva-discovery Cairn India said it has made a new discovery at its producing Ravva oil and gas field off the country's south-east coast. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389313/cairn-makes-ravva-discovery Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:56:49 +0000 live Inpex abandons Sabah wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389312/inpex-abandons-sabah-wildcat Japanese giant Inpex has come up dry with its first operated deep-water exploration well in the Sabah oil play, off the coast of Malaysia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389312/inpex-abandons-sabah-wildcat Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:24:01 +0000 live US onshore well count 'to fall by 26%' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389303/us-onshore-well-count-to-fall-by-26-percent As oil and gas companies take an axe to their capital budgets, the US onshore well count could fall by 26% this year, according to consultants at Wood Mackenzie Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389303/us-onshore-well-count-to-fall-by-26-percent Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:20:56 +0000 live Iran 'delays London roadshow' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389300/iran-delays-london-roadshow Iran has delayed until later in the year a widely anticipated London conference during which it would unveil new oil and gas investment opportunities, according to a report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389300/iran-delays-london-roadshow Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:55:03 +0000 live Eni unearths Egypt discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389273/eni-unearths-egypt-discovery Eni has struck oil and gas at a deep wildcat in Egypt's Western Desert. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389273/eni-unearths-egypt-discovery Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:31:13 +0000 live UK advances basin-wide allowance http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389270/uk-advances-basin-wide-allowance The UK Treasury has launched consultation on its proposed basin-wide investment allowance to cut the effective tax take on new offshore oil and gas projects to between 45% and 50% to stimulate development of new fields. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389270/uk-advances-basin-wide-allowance Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:04:02 +0000 live Faroe ups E&A capex http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389241/faroe-ups-eanda-capex Faroe Petroleum is increasing its exploration and appraisal (E&A) capital expenditure for this year as the company continues to drill wildcats off Norway and hunt possible acquisitions in a depressed market. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389241/faroe-ups-eanda-capex Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:28:22 +0000 live Tullow gets Kenyan results http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389239/tullow-gets-kenyan-results London-listed Tullow Oil has proven the existence of a working petroleum system in Kenya's North Kerio basin with its latest wildcat but was unable to make a commercial discovery. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389239/tullow-gets-kenyan-results Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:55:03 +0000 live Oil sands output expected to rise http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389226/oil-sands-output-expected-to-rise The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (Capp) expects oil production from Western Canada to rise this year even as spending is projected to decline. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389226/oil-sands-output-expected-to-rise Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:43:28 +0000 live Total 'finds no targets off Cyprus' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389218/total-finds-no-targets-off-cyprus France’s Total has said it has found no targets to drill on its acreage off Cyprus, according to a government minister from the Mediterranean island state. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389218/total-finds-no-targets-off-cyprus Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:31:07 +0000 live San Leon halts Polish wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389156/san-leon-halts-polish-wildcat San Leon Energy has postponed drilling of an onshore wildcat in Poland due to current market conditions, while its latest probe in the region proved a disappointment. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389156/san-leon-halts-polish-wildcat Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:51:39 +0000 live Origin mulling Speculative options http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389152/origin-mulling-speculative-options Origin Energy is assessing development options for its Speculant-1 exploration well in the Otway basin, off the coast of south-east Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389152/origin-mulling-speculative-options Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:46:37 +0000 live Rex cheers T&T double find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389149/rex-cheers-tandt-double-find Singapore's Rex International has had success with two of three wells drilled on the South Erin Block in Trinidad & Tobago. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389149/rex-cheers-tandt-double-find Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:54:02 +0000 live Gran Tierra bites dust in Colombia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389140/gran-tierra-bites-dust-in-colombia South America-focused producer Gran Tierra said it found no commercial hydrocarbons at its Eslabon Sur exploration well in Colombia. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389140/gran-tierra-bites-dust-in-colombia Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:45:47 +0000 live Cal Dive vessel in US Gulf fire http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389134/cal-dive-vessel-in-us-gulf-fire Offshore services company Cal Dive confirmed that its semi-submersible dive vessel Uncle John caught fire in the US Gulf of Mexico over the weekend, forcing the evacuation of non-essential personnel. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389134/cal-dive-vessel-in-us-gulf-fire Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:46:48 +0000 live VNG seeks approval for wildcats http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389113/vng-seeks-approval-for-wildcats VNG has filed an application with the authorities to drill a pair of wildcats later this year near its Pil and Bue discoveries in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389113/vng-seeks-approval-for-wildcats Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:18:28 +0000 live Norway in APA awards http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389100/norway-in-apa-awards State-owned Statoil has again emerged as the biggest acreage winner in Norway’s latest Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA) round, while relative newcomer Tullow Oil has added to its haul of operated licences. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389100/norway-in-apa-awards Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:02:49 +0000 live Norway launches 23rd round http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389091/norway-launches-23rd-round Norway has formally launched its 23rd licensing round that opens up the south-east Barents Sea to exploration for the first time, while rejecting environmental calls to reduce the number of blocks on offer in the Arctic region. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389091/norway-launches-23rd-round Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:02:51 +0000 live Norway in Arctic ice 'shift' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389072/norway-in-arctic-ice-shift The Norwegian government has reportedly redefined the extent of the Arctic ice boundary in a move that could unblock a delayed licensing round in the Barents Sea and clear the way for it to be launched as early as this week. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389072/norway-in-arctic-ice-shift Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:59:47 +0000 live Bilfinger gains $151m UK work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389068/bilfinger-gains-usd-151m-uk-work Bilfinger Salamis UK has gained renewed inspection and maintenance business worth more than £100 million ($151 million) in the last three months, including long-term contracts from North Sea operators Taqa Bratani and Apache. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389068/bilfinger-gains-usd-151m-uk-work Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:48:22 +0000 live Floater market 'caught in price storm' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389065/floater-market-caught-in-price-storm The deep-water floating production sector is being caught in a “perfect storm” caused by low oil prices and the ongoing investigations involving Brazil's Petrobras that is stymieing the near-term market, according to a new analysis. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389065/floater-market-caught-in-price-storm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:22:13 +0000 live Lundin spins bit at Zulu http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389064/lundin-spins-bit-at-zulu Lundin Petroleum has kicked off drilling of a wildcat at the Zulu prospect to the north-east of the giant Johan Sverdrup discovery in the Norwegian North Sea, according to partner Petrolia. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389064/lundin-spins-bit-at-zulu Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:45:40 +0000 live Mexico blocks to be revealed soon http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389058/mexico-blocks-to-be-revealed-soon Mexico will publish between March and April the new number of fields of shale and other more expensive oil and gas deposits to be tendered under an energy reform finalised last year, the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) said on Monday. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389058/mexico-blocks-to-be-revealed-soon Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:59:29 +0000 live Gas flows during testing in Cooper basin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389057/gas-flows-during-testing-in-cooper-basin Beach Energy, along with partners Chevron and Icon Energy, has flowed gas during testing of two wells which are part of the Nappamerri Trough natural gas programme in Australia's Cooper basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389057/gas-flows-during-testing-in-cooper-basin Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:34:16 +0000 live Atrush appraisal joy for Taqa http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389053/atrush-appraisal-joy-for-taqa An appraisal well at the Taqa-operated Atrush project in Kurdistan tested strongly as one of the partners called it one of the best wells drilled in the area to date. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389053/atrush-appraisal-joy-for-taqa Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:07:09 +0000 live Extra time for Eni at Angola's Block 15/06 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389003/extra-time-for-eni-at-angolas-block-1506 Italy’s Eni has gained a three-year extension on the exploration period at Block 15/06 off Angola, with the resource-rich permit widened to include the Reco-Reco discovery. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389003/extra-time-for-eni-at-angolas-block-1506 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:32:34 +0000 live Tangiers up on North Slope estimates http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388991/tangiers-up-on-north-slope-estimates Shares in Australian explorer Tangiers Petroleum shot up on Monday after the company revealed details of a “large unconventional resource” at its Icewine play in Alaska. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388991/tangiers-up-on-north-slope-estimates Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:16:53 +0000 live India gives nod to Cambay sales http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388982/india-gives-nod-to-cambay-sales Australia-listed Oilex has received backing from the Indian government to sell gas from another well at its Cambay field in India's Gujarat province. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388982/india-gives-nod-to-cambay-sales Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:49:11 +0000 live Brazil round could be postponed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388961/brazil-round-could-be-postponed The Brazilian government may postpone a licensing round that was planned for mid-2015, discouraged by bearish oil prices and administrative problems facing state-controlled Petrobras, according to reports. (Gareth Chetwynd) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388961/brazil-round-could-be-postponed Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:28:56 +0000 live Drillers stack, scrap more rigs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388933/drillers-stack-scrap-more-rigs Offshore drillers continued to stack and scrap rigs in the first month of 2015 as they brace for what could be a more prolonged market downturn than previously expected. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388933/drillers-stack-scrap-more-rigs Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:04:15 +0000 live North Dakota output hits new high http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388926/north-dakota-output-hits-new-high Oil production in North Dakota hit another record high, according to the latest preliminary monthly data, even as crude prices and the state's rig count continued to decline. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388926/north-dakota-output-hits-new-high Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:07:17 +0000 live Cuadrilla nets UK shale permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388910/cuadrilla-nets-uk-shale-permits Cuadrilla Resources has secured environmental permits for one of its proposed shale gas exploration sites in northern England. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388910/cuadrilla-nets-uk-shale-permits Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:59:41 +0000 live Repsol fails to bite at Watermelon http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388889/repsol-fails-to-bite-at-watermelon Repsol is pulling out of exploration off the Canary Islands after making only a minor gas discovery with a controversial wildcat that is considered non-commercial. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388889/repsol-fails-to-bite-at-watermelon Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:27:41 +0000 live Indonesia scraps land tax http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388884/indonesia-scraps-land-tax Indonesia has scrapped a land tax that companies pay while exploring for oil and gas, a move that might encourage exploration at a time of concern that it could fall sharply due to tumbling oil prices. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388884/indonesia-scraps-land-tax Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:53:30 +0000 live Horizon to abandon PNG well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388882/horizon-to-abandon-png-well Australia-listed Horizon Oil has been unsuccessful with its latest exploration well in Papua New Guinea's Western Province. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388882/horizon-to-abandon-png-well Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:42:21 +0000 live Norway pair in fight for finds http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388826/norway-pair-in-fight-for-finds Swedish player Lundin Petroleum is set to give state-owned Statoil a run for its money in the race to become the leading explorer on Norway’s continental shelf this year. http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388826/norway-pair-in-fight-for-finds Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:36:36 +0000 live Serinus hits pay onshore Romania http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388801/serinus-hits-pay-onshore-romania Canada’s Serinus Energy has hit 22 metres of net pay with its Moftinu-1002bis exploration well at Satu Mare onshore north-west Romania. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388801/serinus-hits-pay-onshore-romania Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:16:39 +0000 live Norway 'set for 15% spending slide' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388794/norway-set-for-15-percent-spending-slide Investments in Norway’s oil and gas sector are set to drop by 15% this year to Nkr147 billion ($19.03 billion) with further cuts and increased consolidation expected if oil prices remain low in the long term, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388794/norway-set-for-15-percent-spending-slide Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:53:44 +0000 live Kick-off on Kifaru http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388656/kick-off-on-kifaru Anadarko Petroleum has kicked off drilling of a second exploration well in its Rovuma Onshore block in Mozambique in a follow-up to a recent gas discovery in the prospective play. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388656/kick-off-on-kifaru Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:13:34 +0000 live Tullow reveals writedown details http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388655/tullow-reveals-writedown-details Tullow Oil has revealed the extent of the financial hits it expects to take for the last full year as it also chopped its exploration budget for 2015. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388655/tullow-reveals-writedown-details Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:07:59 +0000 live Puka shut in http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388650/puka-shut-in London-listed Kea Petroleum has shut-in production at the Puka field in New Zealand's onshore Taranaki basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388650/puka-shut-in Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:58:50 +0000 live UK drilling plunges to 16-year low http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388637/uk-drilling-plunges-to-16-year-low 2014 brought little improvement for North West Europe as overall activity remained sluggish, with the UK seeing a 16-year low in drilling while Norway remained relatively buoyant, a new analysis has found. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388637/uk-drilling-plunges-to-16-year-low Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:01:00 +0000 live Norway gas output 'crippled' by Troll outage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388613/norway-gas-output-crippled-by-troll-outage Norway's natural gas exports plunged by more than a third on Wednesday due to an emergency shutdown at its giant Troll field, sending UK prices sharply higher in early trade. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388613/norway-gas-output-crippled-by-troll-outage Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:25:35 +0000 live 'Cold feet' off Greenland http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388608/cold-feet-off-greenland Statoil has ditched three licences off west Greenland, with two other players following suit, as the Arctic play is considered too risky and too costly for explorers amid falling oil prices, according to reports. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388608/cold-feet-off-greenland Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:37:03 +0000 live UK drilling activity slumps http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388605/uk-drilling-activity-slumps UK exploration and appraisal (E&A) drilling slumped to its lowest level in 44 years last year despite near-neighbour Norway witnessing one of its busiest years since drilling began in the 1960s, according to a new analysis. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388605/uk-drilling-activity-slumps Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:26:21 +0000 live Eni gains Egyptian deep-water blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388603/eni-gains-egyptian-deep-water-blocks Italy’s Eni has signed concession agreements for two new deep-water blocks off Egypt secured in the latest bid round by Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas). Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388603/eni-gains-egyptian-deep-water-blocks Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:14:26 +0000 live H&W lands Byford Dolphin survey http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388591/handw-lands-byford-dolphin-survey Northern Irish shipyard Harland & Wolff has landed a contract from the Aberdeen wing of Dolphin Drilling to conduct a five-year class renewal survey and refit of the semi-submersible Byford Dolphin. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388591/handw-lands-byford-dolphin-survey Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:43:40 +0000 live InterOil signs on CGG for PNG shoots http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388580/interoil-signs-on-cgg-for-png-shoots Papua New Guinea-focused InterOil has awarded a contract to French seismic player CGG covering its onshore acreage. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388580/interoil-signs-on-cgg-for-png-shoots Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:21:09 +0000 live Senex strikes out twice in Cooper http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388576/senex-strikes-out-twice-in-cooper Senex Energy has come up dry with two exploration wells in the South Australian Cooper basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388576/senex-strikes-out-twice-in-cooper Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:07:36 +0000 live E.ON takes bite of Manhattan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388544/eon-takes-bite-of-manhattan German energy giant E.ON is farming into licences in the UK central North Sea where Chinese-owned player Nexen will be spudding a wildcat this year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388544/eon-takes-bite-of-manhattan Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:14:19 +0000 live Statoil nod for Knappen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388531/statoil-nod-for-knappen Statoil has been given the nod by Norway’s safety agency to drill a wildcat at the Knappen prospect in the central North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388531/statoil-nod-for-knappen Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:00:41 +0000 live Cairn sizes up Senegal spuds http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388519.ece Cairn Energy is to spud a series of exploration and appraisal wells off Senegal this year after a pair of probes came up trumps in 2014. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388519.ece Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:45:44 +0000 live Petrobras just misses 2014 output target http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388509/petrobras-just-misses-2014-output-target Brazilian giant Petrobras saw its output hit a new annual record in 2014 but fell short of its 7.5% growth target for oil and gas production in country. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388509/petrobras-just-misses-2014-output-target Tue, 13 Jan 2015 02:55:26 +0000 live Apache gathers Phoenix seismic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388508.ece US independent Apache Energy is gathering more seismic data off the coast of Western Australia as it looks to firm up more prospects following the success of its Phoenix South-1 well. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388508.ece Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:31:47 +0000 live Statoil chases Yeti in US Gulf http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388507.ece Statoil has spudded a well at the Yeti prospect in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico, the Norwegian operator's latest attempt to make a discovery in the area. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388507.ece Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:08:47 +0000 live Atwood nets jack-up job http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388481.ece US rig owner Atwood Oceanics has secured a short-term contract for one of its jack-ups in South-East Asia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388481.ece Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:56:22 +0000 live New Wisting wildcat in sight http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388451/New-Wisting-wildcat-in-sight OMV has filed an application with the Norwegian authorities to drill a fourth exploration well later this year in the vicinity of its Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388451/New-Wisting-wildcat-in-sight Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:04:09 +0000 live Petroamerica flows oil in Colombia test http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388432/Petroamerica-flows-oil-in-Colombia-test Colombia-focused Petroamerica Oil has flowed oil from an exploration well on the LLA19 Block in Colombia's the Llanos basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388432/Petroamerica-flows-oil-in-Colombia-test Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:31:19 +0000 live Gulfsands flows gas in Morocco http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388430/Gulfsands-flows-gas-in-Morocco London-listed Gulfsands Petroleum has flowed gas from an exploration well on the Rharb Centre permit in northern Morocco. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388430/Gulfsands-flows-gas-in-Morocco Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:23:45 +0000 live Austin strikes oil in Texas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388429/Austin-strikes-oil-in-Texas Australia-listed Austin Exploration has struck oil for the sixth consecutive time in the onshore Eagle Ford shale in the US state of Texas. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388429/Austin-strikes-oil-in-Texas Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:24:37 +0000 live Sumatec lowers offer for Kazakh assets http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388428/Sumatec-lowers-offer-for-Kazakh-assets Malaysia-based Sumatec Resources has cut the price it is willing to offer to acquire the Buzachi Neft oilfields and associated assets in Kazakhstan to $290 million. http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388428/Sumatec-lowers-offer-for-Kazakh-assets Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:47:46 +0000 live Mexico prospects 'still attractive' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388353/Mexico-prospects-still-attractive Oil and gas players will remain keen on exploring Mexico's exploration prospects as they remain attractive even at current oil prices, according to rigbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388353/Mexico-prospects-still-attractive Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:32:16 +0000 live Statoil in 'storm evacuation' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388350.ece Norway’s Statoil is reported to be evacuating workers off at least seven North Sea platforms in anticipation of a weekend storm, though oil and gas production is set to continue as normal. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388350.ece Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:05:40 +0000 live