www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com PTTEP ready to strike in Myanmar http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370713/PTTEP-ready-to-strike-in-Myanmar PTT Exploration & Production is on the verge of starting a large exploration and appraisal drilling campaign in several plays in Myanmar's offshore and onshore areas. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370713/PTTEP-ready-to-strike-in-Myanmar Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:16 +0000 live Cairn India ready to drill http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370712/Cairn-India-ready-to-drill Cairn India is immersed in a major onshore gas drilling campaign at its flagship producing asset in Rajasthan, India, where it currently produces more than 180,000 barrels per day of oil. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370712/Cairn-India-ready-to-drill Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:44:51 +0000 live Tlou hits more problems in Botswana http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370710/Tlou-hits-more-problems-in-Botswana Australia-listed Tlou Energy has halted pumping at the Selemo pilot pod, at its Lesedi coalbed methane project in Botswana, to carry out remediation work. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370710/Tlou-hits-more-problems-in-Botswana Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:00:34 +0000 live Heritage preparing PNG spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370706/Heritage-preparing-PNG-spud UK-listed Heritage Oil will spud in September the first of two wildcat exploration wells in northern Papua New Guinea. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370706/Heritage-preparing-PNG-spud Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:21:55 +0000 live Tag spuds Waitangi Valley probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370697/Tag-spuds-Waitangi-Valley-probe Canada's Tag Oil has spudded its next shale well in New Zealand's East Coast basin as it continues to prove up unconventional resources in the area. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370697/Tag-spuds-Waitangi-Valley-probe Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:44:43 +0000 live Downstream boss Iain Conn quits BP http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370662/Downstream-boss-Iain-Conn-quits-BP BP’s downstream chief executive Iain Conn is leaving the British supermajor as he holds talks with Centrica on becoming the UK utility's next chief executive. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370662/Downstream-boss-Iain-Conn-quits-BP Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:52:32 +0000 live Ecopetrol in ‘STAR’ post-pilot study http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370515/Ecopetrol-in-‘STAR’-post-pilot-study Ecopetrol has moved closer to adopting Pacific Rubiales’ STAR Technology to extract heavy crude more efficiently from one of its fields. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370515/Ecopetrol-in-‘STAR’-post-pilot-study Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:53:35 +0000 live World Heritage bid dampener for Lofoten http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370513/World-Heritage-bid-dampener-for-Lofoten The proposed nomination of Norway’s Lofoten Islands as a World Heritage site should not be seen as a pretext to prevent future oil and gas exploitation in the pristine region and should not be carried out until a proper management plan is in place, according to a new report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370513/World-Heritage-bid-dampener-for-Lofoten Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:51:36 +0000 live Statoil staff in 'In Amenas return' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370477/Statoil-staff-in-In-Amenas-return Statoil is reported to have returned several workers to the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in the first deployment of personnel since last year’s deadly terrorist attack at the desert facility in which five of its staff were killed. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370477/Statoil-staff-in-In-Amenas-return Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:56:55 +0000 live Northern awarded Italian permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370471/Northern-awarded-Italian-permits London-listed Northern Petroleum has been awarded two permits in Italy and reached a deal to offload its assets in the UK. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370471/Northern-awarded-Italian-permits Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:22:11 +0000 live Oil Search sees positive signs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370464/Oil-Search-sees-positive-signs Australia-listed Oil Search has seen some encouraging results in the Taza-2 well which has reached total depth in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370464/Oil-Search-sees-positive-signs Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:37:50 +0000 live OMV spuds NZ well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370460/OMV-spuds-NZ-well Austrian player OMV has spudded an exploration well at PEP 51313 offshore New Zealand. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370460/OMV-spuds-NZ-well Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:04:14 +0000 live Parted pipe leads to Sanchez TMS do-over http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370447/Parted-pipe-leads-to-Sanchez-TMS-do-over Houston independent Sanchez Energy will have to re-drill the horizontal section of its first operated Tuscaloosa Marine shale well after the drill string parted as the company was preparing to run production casing. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370447/Parted-pipe-leads-to-Sanchez-TMS-do-over Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:08:33 +0000 live Commercial flows start at Badra http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370430/Commercial-flows-start-at-Badra Gazprom Neft has begun commercial production at the Badra oilfield in Iraq, according to a report, after initial flows started early last month. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370430/Commercial-flows-start-at-Badra Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:15:34 +0000 live Nine hurt in Mexico refinery fire http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370401/Nine-hurt-in-Mexico-refinery-fire Nine people have been lightly injured in an ongoing blaze at a refinery in Mexico that has led much of the facility being shut down. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370401/Nine-hurt-in-Mexico-refinery-fire Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:20:37 +0000 live Ebola sees ExxonMobil delay Liberia spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370282/Ebola-sees-ExxonMobil-delay-Liberia-spud The deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in parts of West Africa has forced ExxonMobil to delay drilling of an exploration well off Liberia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370282/Ebola-sees-ExxonMobil-delay-Liberia-spud Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:35:13 +0000 live PKN Orlen slumps to Q2 loss http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370290/PKN-Orlen-slumps-to-Q2-loss Poland’s PKN Orlen slumped to a surprise quarterly loss of 5.2 billion zloty ($1.7 billion) in the second quarter after booking 5 billion zloty in impairments, and moved to cut its mid-term targets on a worsening outlook. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370290/PKN-Orlen-slumps-to-Q2-loss Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:40:02 +0000 live Ruspetro finishes testing in Siberia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370278/Ruspetro-finishes-testing-in-Siberia London-listed Ruspetro has flowed oil at its first fractured horizontal well at the Pottymsko-Inginsky licence area in Western Siberia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370278/Ruspetro-finishes-testing-in-Siberia Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:44:57 +0000 live Det Norske spuds Heimdalshoe wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370274/Det-Norske-spuds-Heimdalshoe-wildcat Operator Det Norske Oljeselskap has spudded an exploration well on the Heimdalshoe prospect, on production licence 494,  in the Norwegian North Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370274/Det-Norske-spuds-Heimdalshoe-wildcat Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:16:13 +0000 live Court rules for Metgasco http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370272/Court-rules-for-Metgasco Australian natural gas producer Metgasco has been given the tick of approval by the New South Wales Supreme Court after its exploration well plan was stymied by the state government. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370272/Court-rules-for-Metgasco Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:51:16 +0000 live Eni loses Brazil court battle http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370269/Eni-loses-Brazil-court-battle A Brazilian court blocked a bid by Italy's Eni to force the government to honour its 2006 winning bid in an auction for offshore exploration rights that was later cancelled. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370269/Eni-loses-Brazil-court-battle Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:30:48 +0000 live Beach spuds in the Cooper http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370266/Beach-spuds-in-the-Cooper Another Cooper basin well has spudded for Beach Energy targeting the Namur sandstone reservoir. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370266/Beach-spuds-in-the-Cooper Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:13:57 +0000 live Rawson set to look deeper http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370260/Rawson-set-to-look-deeper Australia-listed Rawson Resources is set to undertake another round of seismic reprocessing to better size up its acreage in the Otway basin. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370260/Rawson-set-to-look-deeper Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:35:44 +0000 live Tullow firms up Namibia leads http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370258/Tullow-firms-up-Namibia-leads UK independent Tullow Oil has firmed up several prospects on an exploration licence off Namibia from recently shot seismic data. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370258/Tullow-firms-up-Namibia-leads Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:31:15 +0000 live Sinopec ditches Puffin exploration rights http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370257/Sinopec-ditches-Puffin-exploration-rights Sinopec’s Australian outfit has given up an exploration permit offshore in the Timor Sea after it was found to be lacking. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370257/Sinopec-ditches-Puffin-exploration-rights Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:02 +0000 live Atlas on RWE radar screen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370169/Atlas-on-RWE-radar-screen RWE Dea has secured a permit from Norway’s petroleum agency to drill a further well in the vicinity of its Titan discovery that will target the Atlas prospect. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370169/Atlas-on-RWE-radar-screen Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:09 +0000 live Lundin back in Norwegian Sea play http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370160/Lundin-back-in-Norwegian-Sea-play Lundin Petroleum has reportedly applied for environmental clearance to drill a wildcat in the Norwegian Sea targeting the Lindarormen prospect later this year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370160/Lundin-back-in-Norwegian-Sea-play Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:15:25 +0000 live Celtique UK well plans blocked http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370158/Celtique-UK-well-plans-blocked Celtique Energie has seen its application to drill a vertical well at an onshore prospect in the UK knocked back by the local council. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370158/Celtique-UK-well-plans-blocked Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:12:40 +0000 live Kea Petroleum spuds Puka probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370155/Kea-Petroleum-spuds-Puka-probe London-listed explorer Kea Petroleum has spudded its third well at the Puka oilfield in New Zealand’s Taranaki basin. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370155/Kea-Petroleum-spuds-Puka-probe Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:34:12 +0000 live Rig sails for troubled Russian waters http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370147/Rig-sails-for-troubled-Russian-waters A Seadrill rig is reported to be heading for Russian waters to carry out a controversial drilling effort in the Kara Sea for partners ExxonMobil and Rosneft after departing a Norwegian yard at the weekend. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370147/Rig-sails-for-troubled-Russian-waters Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:20:26 +0000 live Leni hits oil pay at Goudron http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370136/Leni-hits-oil-pay-at-Goudron Shares in Leni Gas & Oil (LGO) rose early on Tuesday after the London-listed junior struck gas at an onshore development well in Trinidad. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370136/Leni-hits-oil-pay-at-Goudron Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:15:21 +0000 live Bids placed for Abu Dhabi fields http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370135/Bids-placed-for-Abu-Dhabi-fields Leading international players have placed their bids for taking up stakes in onshore oilfields, capable of producing 1.6 million barrels per day, covered under the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) concession. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370135/Bids-placed-for-Abu-Dhabi-fields Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:13:06 +0000 live Atlantis dud for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370133/Atlantis-dud-for-Statoil Statoil has recorded further drilling disappointment with another frontier wildcat in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea off Norway that made only a non-commercial gas find. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370133/Atlantis-dud-for-Statoil Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:50:52 +0000 live AWE hits gas in Perth basin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370126/AWE-hits-gas-in-Perth-basin Australia-listed AWE has intersected the Kockatea and Carynginia shales in the Drover-1 exploration well in the Perth basin. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370126/AWE-hits-gas-in-Perth-basin Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:47:39 +0000 live Caza cheers Bone Spring flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370102/Caza-cheers-Bone-Spring-flows London-listed Caza Oil & Gas posted a strong result from its latest Bone Spring well in New Mexico and sees its acreage there as being prospective for a number of stacked pay zones. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370102/Caza-cheers-Bone-Spring-flows Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:24:03 +0000 live Gabon ‘selects 7’ for deep-water blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370088/Gabon-‘selects-7’-for-deep-water-blocks ExxonMobil, Petrobras and Marathon Oil are among a host of international players selected for a final round of negotiations over the award of nine deep-water blocks off Gabon, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370088/Gabon-‘selects-7’-for-deep-water-blocks Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:26:53 +0000 live Njord A back running for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370054/Njord-A-back-running-for-Statoil Statoil has resumed production from the Njord A platform in the Norwegian Sea after crack found last summer took it offline. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370054/Njord-A-back-running-for-Statoil Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:56:21 +0000 live PGNiG, FX Energy eye gas well pair http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370052/PGNiG-FX-Energy-eye-gas-well-pair Polish national gas company PGNiG and US independent FX Energy are preparing to spud two conventional gas exploration wells next month in north-west Poland. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370052/PGNiG-FX-Energy-eye-gas-well-pair Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:19 +0000 live ExxonMobil spuds in Black Sea http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370032/ExxonMobil-spuds-in-Black-Sea ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom have kicked off drilling at a deep-water well in the Romanian portion of the Black Sea as the pair looks to prove up the commercial viability of the Domino gas discovery. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370032/ExxonMobil-spuds-in-Black-Sea Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:28:10 +0000 live Egdon spuds in the UK http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370022/Egdon-spuds-in-the-UK London-listed Egdon Resources has spudded the Wressle-1 conventional exploration well in Lincolnshire in the UK. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370022/Egdon-spuds-in-the-UK Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:28:14 +0000 live Lundin hits pay in Gohta appraisal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370023/Lundin-hits-pay-in-Gohta-appraisal Sweden’s Lundin Petroleum has produced gas and condensate during testing from an appraisal well in the western part of the Gohta discovery in Norway's sector of the Barents Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370023/Lundin-hits-pay-in-Gohta-appraisal Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:21:16 +0000 live Tullow fails off Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370020/Tullow-fails-off-Norway Irish player Tullow Oil has come up dry with an exploration well drilled at the Lupus prospect near the Oseberg South field in the North Sea off Norway. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370020/Tullow-fails-off-Norway Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:41:58 +0000 live Karoon places Peru block in force majeure http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370019/Karoon-places-Peru-block-in-force-majeure Karoon Gas Australia has received approval to place Block Z-38, in Peru’s offshore Tumbes basin, into force majeure. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370019/Karoon-places-Peru-block-in-force-majeure Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:27:39 +0000 live Cepsa withdraws from Kenya http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370016/Cepsa-withdraws-from-Kenya Spanish multinational Cepsa has decided to withdraw from Block 12B in Kenya, after the remaining joint venture partners decided to move ahead with the drilling of an exploration well. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370016/Cepsa-withdraws-from-Kenya Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:45:43 +0000 live Central spuds in Queensland http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370015/Central-spuds-in-Queensland Australia-listed Central Petroleum has spudded the Whiteley-1 unconventional gas exploration well in the Southern Georgina basin. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370015/Central-spuds-in-Queensland Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:13:43 +0000 live Gas leak at ONGC's Mumbai High North field http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369999/Gas-leak-at-ONGCs-Mumbai-High-North-field India’s state-run Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) was forced to evacuate staff over the weekend after a gas leak occurred at a well being drilled at the Mumbai High North field, off India. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369999/Gas-leak-at-ONGCs-Mumbai-High-North-field Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:54:52 +0000 live Eni continues focus on Congo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369983/Eni-continues-focus-on-Congo Italian giant Eni has signed a cooperation agreement that will see it further explore the Republic of Congo’s coastal basin, which extends from onshore Mayombe to deep-waters offshore. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369983/Eni-continues-focus-on-Congo Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:27:41 +0000 live Rowan jack-up gets US Gulf work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369958/Rowan-jack-up-gets-US-Gulf-work Contractor Rowan Companies has signed a deal for the jack-up Rowan Louisiana to operate in the US Gulf of Mexico for producer Energy XXI, as one of its drillships got back to work off West Africa. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369958/Rowan-jack-up-gets-US-Gulf-work Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:16:14 +0000 live BOEM moves to allow seismic tests in Atlantic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369937/BOEM-moves-to-allow-seismic-tests-in-Atlantic Seismic exploration off the US Atlantic coast may begin by the middle of next year from Delaware Bay to Cape Canaveral, Florida, after the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announcement on Friday to consider pending applications for 2-D surveys. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369937/BOEM-moves-to-allow-seismic-tests-in-Atlantic Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:41:25 +0000 live Shell strikes out at Qatar gas well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369912/Shell-strikes-out-at-Qatar-gas-well Shell is plugging and abandoning a gas well in Qatar after failing to find any commercial hydrocarbons. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369912/Shell-strikes-out-at-Qatar-gas-well Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:44:22 +0000 live InfraStrata signs exploration agreement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369881/InfraStrata-signs-exploration-agreement London-listed InfraStrata has signed an exploration agreement in regards to an onshore licence PL1/10 in northern Ireland and the adjacent P2123 licence. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369881/InfraStrata-signs-exploration-agreement Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:02:39 +0000 live Byron shows confidence in Louisiana project http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369872/Byron-shows-confidence-in-Louisiana-project Australia’s Byron Energy expects its South Marsh Island Block 6 project, off the coast of Louisiana, to be commercial as its latest well showed encouraging signs. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369872/Byron-shows-confidence-in-Louisiana-project Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:28:46 +0000 live Santos hits dust off Vietnam http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369870/Santos-hits-dust-off-Vietnam Santos and Murphy Oil have drilled an unsuccessful oil wildcat in Vietnam’s Nam Con Son basin. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369870/Santos-hits-dust-off-Vietnam Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:13:33 +0000 live ConocoPhillips sets off on good track http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369867/ConocoPhillips-sets-off-on-good-track ConocoPhillips has made a good start with an appraisal drilling programme at the Caldita-Barossa gas fields in the Bonaparte basin off northern Australia. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369867/ConocoPhillips-sets-off-on-good-track Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:18:13 +0000 live North Sea lull over costs, uncertainty http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369804/North-Sea-lull-over-costs-uncertainty Higher costs and uncertainty over the fiscal and regulatory outlook have seen significant falls in both deals and drilling on the UK continental shelf, according to a new quarterly analysis. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369804/North-Sea-lull-over-costs-uncertainty Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 live Antero inks gas supply deal with Cheniere http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369853/Antero-inks-gas-supply-deal-with-Cheniere US independent Antero Resources has signed a firm transportation deal with Cheniere Energy to supply gas to the LNG producer's Sabine Pass liquefaction facility on the Louisiana coast. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369853/Antero-inks-gas-supply-deal-with-Cheniere Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:26:07 +0000 live Ensco dayrates fall in US Gulf http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369837/Ensco-dayrates-fall-in-US-Gulf Dayrates for Ensco floater rigs in the US Gulf of Mexico are falling, according to the company's latest fleet status report, as several of the units are set to come off contract soon. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369837/Ensco-dayrates-fall-in-US-Gulf Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:51 +0000 live Croatia onshore round launch nears http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369803/Croatia-onshore-round-launch-nears Croatia is to launch its anticipated first onshore licensing round on Friday with six blocks on the menu. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369803/Croatia-onshore-round-launch-nears Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:27:44 +0000 live Rig rates ‘to influence floater market’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369643/Rig-rates-‘to-influence-floater-market’ Weak rig rates may aid the floater market in driving down development costs, but any large-scale stacking of drilling units could also spell trouble for the floating production sector, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369643/Rig-rates-‘to-influence-floater-market’ Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:24:38 +0000 live Trinity buys Centrica T&T stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369632/Trinity-buys-Centrica-TT-stake London-listed Trinity Exploration & Production has signed an agreement with Centrica to secure an 80% interest in two offshore blocks. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369632/Trinity-buys-Centrica-TT-stake Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:58:09 +0000 live Gas discovery at Pharos-1 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369625/Gas-discovery-at-Pharos-1 ConocoPhillips has made another gas discovery in the Browse basin off the north-west coast of Australia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369625/Gas-discovery-at-Pharos-1 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:48:06 +0000 live Precision Drilling, Schlumberger in shale pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369558/Precision-Drilling-Schlumberger-in-shale-pact Canada’s Precision Drilling and Houston-headquartered services giant Schlumberger have agreed a strategic technology and service agreement for unconventional drilling in the lower US 48 states and Canada. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369558/Precision-Drilling-Schlumberger-in-shale-pact Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:33:08 +0000 live OMV in Black Sea oil find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369539/OMV-in-Black-Sea-oil-find OMV has discovered a new oil reservoir in the shallow waters of the Romanian Black Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369539/OMV-in-Black-Sea-oil-find Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:44:58 +0000 live CNPC hits pay in disputed waters http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369532/CNPC-hits-pay-in-disputed-waters State-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has encountered oil and gas shows in the Zhongjiannan basin in disputed waters in the South China Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369532/CNPC-hits-pay-in-disputed-waters Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:19:31 +0000 live Beach strikes out in Cooper http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369530/Beach-strikes-out-in-Cooper The last of Beach Energy’s current Cooper wells has come up dry for the company after reaching total depth. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369530/Beach-strikes-out-in-Cooper Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:41:24 +0000 live Louisiana discovery brought online http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369529/Louisiana-discovery-brought-online Production has started from a gas and condensate discovery on the Jeanerette field in Saint Mary’s Parish, onshore Louisiana. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369529/Louisiana-discovery-brought-online Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:09:53 +0000 live Byron confirms Louisiana pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369528/Byron-confirms-Louisiana-pay Australia’s Byron Energy has encountered hydrocarbon shows while drilling the SM6-1 BP02 well in South Marsh Island Block 6, off the coast of Louisiana. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369528/Byron-confirms-Louisiana-pay Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:33:59 +0000 live Shell confirms 'major' Norphlet discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369484/Shell-confirms-major-Norphlet-discovery Shell has confirmed that it made a discovery at a deep-water wildcat in the US Gulf of Mexico, terming the find "major". Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369484/Shell-confirms-major-Norphlet-discovery Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:35:37 +0000 live Sahara in onshore oil find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369477/Sahara-in-onshore-oil-find Nigerian player Sahara Group has made a fresh domestic oil discovery, doubling its certified reserves at an onshore field in the process. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369477/Sahara-in-onshore-oil-find Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:48:50 +0000 live NRG, JX Nippon in CCS JV to boost oil flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369457/NRG-JX-Nippon-in-CCS-JV-to-boost-oil-flows Japan’s JX Nippon and NRG Energy of the US are teaming up for a carbon capture project that is set to increase production at US oilfields. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369457/NRG-JX-Nippon-in-CCS-JV-to-boost-oil-flows Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:04:08 +0000 live Centrica spuds Pegasus West appraisal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369447/Centrica-spuds-Pegasus-West-appraisal Centrica has begun drilling the Pegasus West 43/13b-7 appraisal well in the southern UK North Sea. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369447/Centrica-spuds-Pegasus-West-appraisal Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:46:30 +0000 live Skanska gains $86m Petrobras renewal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369445/Skanska-gains-86m-Petrobras-renewal Swedish construction group Skanska has been rehired by oil giant Petrobras to conduct platform maintenance in Brazil under a contract worth 192 million Brazilian reais ($86.86 million). Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369445/Skanska-gains-86m-Petrobras-renewal Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:20:43 +0000 live Dragon sells more oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369442/Dragon-sells-more-oil London-listed Dragon Oil sold more oil year-on-year during the first half of 2014, despite output remaining relatively steady. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369442/Dragon-sells-more-oil Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:56:32 +0000 live Oilex given Indian thumbs up http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369441/Oilex-given-Indian-thumbs-up Australia-listed Oilex has got the thumbs up from the Indian government to sell gas from the Cambay field. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369441/Oilex-given-Indian-thumbs-up Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:47:40 +0000 live American Midstream buys DCP assets http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369436/American-Midstream-buys-DCP-assets American Midstream Partners has acquired assets from an affiliate of fellow US company DCP Midstream for $115 million. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369436/American-Midstream-buys-DCP-assets Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:53:04 +0000 live Promising signs for Byron off Louisiana http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369432/Promising-signs-for-Byron-off-Louisiana Australia’s Byron Energy has encountered hydrocarbon shows while drilling the SM6-1 BP02 well in South Marsh Island Block 6, off the coast of Louisiana. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369432/Promising-signs-for-Byron-off-Louisiana Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:29:51 +0000 live Sino cheers Linxing flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369431/Sino-cheers-Linxing-flows Australia-listed Sino Gas & Energy has flowed gas from its first horizontal well on the Linxing production sharing contract in China’s Shanxi province. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369431/Sino-cheers-Linxing-flows Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:36:50 +0000 live Reliance fined $579m more in India http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369391/Reliance-fined-579m-more-in-India Lower-than-expected gas production at deep-water block sees private player hit with further levy Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369391/Reliance-fined-579m-more-in-India Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:24:22 +0000 live More Ethiopia woe for Tullow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369364/More-Ethiopia-woe-for-Tullow Tullow Oil has struck out again in Ethiopia, the independent giant's latest wildcat failing to find commercial oil. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369364/More-Ethiopia-woe-for-Tullow Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:47:53 +0000 live Safety alert halts InterOil at Wahoo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369361/Safety-alert-halts-InterOil-at-Wahoo Higher-than-expected pressure and gas entering the wellbore has forced InterOil to call a halt to drilling at a wildcat in Papua New Guinea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369361/Safety-alert-halts-InterOil-at-Wahoo Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:40:57 +0000 live Oilex flows at Cambay well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369342/Oilex-flows-at-Cambay-well Dual-listed Oilex has started flowing gas from the Cambay-77H in India's Gujarat province, after plug milling operations were finished. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369342/Oilex-flows-at-Cambay-well Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:16:19 +0000 live Karoon secures rig for Santos http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369307/Karoon-secures-rig-for-Santos Australia-listed Karoon Gas has secured a rig for its drilling programme in the Brazilian Santos basin. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369307/Karoon-secures-rig-for-Santos Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:23:26 +0000 live Woodside farms into Tanzania http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369296/Woodside-farms-into-Tanzania Australian player Woodside has extended its footprint in Africa, farming into a prospective block in western Tanzania. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369296/Woodside-farms-into-Tanzania Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:19:28 +0000 live Key spuds in Perth basin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369293/Key-spuds-in-Perth-basin Australia-listed Key Petroleum has spudded the Dunnart-2 in the Perth basin in Western Australia, targeting a prospective 2-million-barrel best estimate potential resource. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369293/Key-spuds-in-Perth-basin Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:48:29 +0000 live US rig count up 1 http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1369280/US-rig-count-up-1 The number of rigs working in the US ticked up by one to 1875 as more units moved into the Eagle Ford shale trend in central Texas and out of plays in Oklahoma. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1369280/US-rig-count-up-1 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:52:39 +0000 ece_incoming Leni spuds Goudron well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369213/Leni-spuds-Goudron-well London-listed Leni Oil & Gas has spudded a fourth development well on the Goudron field in Trinidad. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369213/Leni-spuds-Goudron-well Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:16:48 +0000 live LG gets Galaz extension http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369212/LG-gets-Galaz-extension Korea’s LG International has been granted an extension over the Galaz Block in the Kyzylorda Oblast region in central Kazakhstan. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369212/LG-gets-Galaz-extension Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:57:34 +0000 live VNG hits pay at Bue http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369211/VNG-hits-pay-at-Bue Germany’s VNG has made a discovery on the Bue prospect in the Norwegian Sea, just north of the Pil discovery. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369211/VNG-hits-pay-at-Bue Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:43:10 +0000 live Roc receives second offer http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369209/Roc-receives-second-offer Another unsolicited takeover offer has fallen into Roc Oil’s lap in the midst of an ongoing takeover stoush. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369209/Roc-receives-second-offer Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:30:54 +0000 live Lakes takes over Otway permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369207/Lakes-takes-over-Otway-permits Australia-listed Lakes Oil has taken over Bass Strait Oil’s recently-renewed permits, onshore Australia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369207/Lakes-takes-over-Otway-permits Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:25:59 +0000 live First oil flows from Dua project http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369203/First-oil-flows-from-Dua-project UK player Premier Oil has achieved first oil from the Dua oil project offshore Vietnam, according to its joint venture partner. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369203/First-oil-flows-from-Dua-project Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:54:19 +0000 live Noble secures jack-up contracts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369190/Noble-secures-jack-up-contracts Rig owner Noble has secured a new contract for a jack-up off West Africa along with extensions to two existing contracts in Argentina and the Arabian Gulf. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369190/Noble-secures-jack-up-contracts Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:07:24 +0000 live GeoPark in Colombia discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369110/GeoPark-in-Colombia-discovery Chile's GeoPark has made another oil discovery in Colombia at its latest probe in Llanos Block 34. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369110/GeoPark-in-Colombia-discovery Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:18:34 +0000 live Northcote gets ready for gas flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368966/Northcote-gets-ready-for-gas-flows London-listed Northcote Energy is getting set to deal with increased gas and fluid flows by building up its infrastructure. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368966/Northcote-gets-ready-for-gas-flows Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:57:15 +0000 live PTTEP signs up UMW rig for Myanmar campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368946/PTTEP-signs-up-UMW-rig-for-Myanmar-campaign Malaysia’s UMW Oil & Gas has landed a contract that will see it supply PTTEP with a drilling rig for the Thai company’s appraisal drilling campaign off Myanmar. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368946/PTTEP-signs-up-UMW-rig-for-Myanmar-campaign Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:08:20 +0000 live ONGC drilling starts amid protests http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368840/ONGC-drilling-starts-amid-protests India’s state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has started drilling in Tamil Nadu, amid strong resistance and protests by locals. (Nishant Ugal) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368840/ONGC-drilling-starts-amid-protests Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:25:27 +0000 live Roxi shares soar on Kazakh find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368834/Roxi-shares-soar-on-Kazakh-find London-listed Roxi Petroleum's shares were trading up more than 100% after the explorer announced it made a discovery with its first deep well in the BNG contract area in the west of Kazakhstan. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368834/Roxi-shares-soar-on-Kazakh-find Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:47:51 +0000 live Frontera kicks off Georgian campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368833/Frontera-kicks-off-Georgian-campaign London-listed Frontera Resources has kicked off a drilling campaign in Georgia, with construction for its first well to start imminently. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368833/Frontera-kicks-off-Georgian-campaign Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:33:19 +0000 live Goodrich falls on weak TMS result http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368791/Goodrich-falls-on-weak-TMS-result Shares of Goodrich Petroleum continued to fall on Tuesday morning after losing 9% of their value on Monday following mediocre results from the company's latest Tuscaloosa Marine shale well. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368791/Goodrich-falls-on-weak-TMS-result Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:58:31 +0000 live Statoil spuds Oz shale well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368765/Statoil-spuds-Oz-shale-well Norwegian state player Statoil has spudded the fifth and possibly final well this year in an Australian onshore shale basin. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1368765/Statoil-spuds-Oz-shale-well Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:57:44 +0000 live