www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Enhanced Oil in Schlumberger US deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377214/Enhanced-Oil-in-Schlumberger-US-deal Oilfield services giant to assess redevelopment potential of two onshore fields at own cost Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377214/Enhanced-Oil-in-Schlumberger-US-deal Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:56:45 +0000 live Maersk Giant in Yme role http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377206/Maersk-Giant-in-Yme-role Canadian operator Talisman Energy has been granted consent by Norway’s safety agency to use the jack-up drilling rig Maersk Giant as an accommodation unit for its soon-to-be-scrapped Yme platform in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377206/Maersk-Giant-in-Yme-role Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:12:13 +0000 live Petrobras gets floater licences http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377004/Petrobras-gets-floater-licences Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama has issued a preliminary licence authorising Petrobras to produce oil and natural gas from 13 floating production, storage and offloading vessels that will be deployed in the Santos basin pre-salt province over the next few years. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1377004/Petrobras-gets-floater-licences Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:24:30 +0000 live Signs of life on Yme http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376835/Signs-of-life-on-Yme Personnel are to be deployed on the Yme platform off Norway for the first time since workers were evacuated from the ill-fated facility more than two years ago due to concerns over its stability, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376835/Signs-of-life-on-Yme Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:02:57 +0000 live Ithaca flows fourth Stella well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376800/Ithaca-flows-fourth-Stella-well London-listed Ithaca Energy has delivered another successful well at the Stella field development offshore UK. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376800/Ithaca-flows-fourth-Stella-well Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:50:09 +0000 live McDermott wraps Jack-St Malo work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376744/McDermott-wraps-Jack-St-Malo-work McDermott International said it has finished up subsea work for Chevron’s Jack-St Malo field development in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376744/McDermott-wraps-Jack-St-Malo-work Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:44:54 +0000 live PTTEP plans $1bn Mozambique spend http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376688/PTTEP-plans-1bn-Mozambique-spend Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) is to spend up to $1 billion on its non-operated interest in Mozambique over the next few years, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376688/PTTEP-plans-1bn-Mozambique-spend Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:55:05 +0000 live ExxonMobil starts Tapis output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376661/ExxonMobil-starts-Tapis-output US supermajor ExxonMobil has started production from its Tapis enhanced oil recovery project off the coast of Terengganu, Malaysia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376661/ExxonMobil-starts-Tapis-output Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:58:59 +0000 live Xcite tunes up Bentley for first oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376314/Xcite-tunes-up-Bentley-for-first-oil Xcite Energy is targeting investments of around $800 million to develop its Bentley heavy-oil field off the UK with a contract for a leased newbuild jack-up rig likely to be awarded by year-end. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376314/Xcite-tunes-up-Bentley-for-first-oil Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:12:02 +0000 live Beibu drilling kicks off http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376284/Beibu-drilling-kicks-off Chinese state player China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has started drilling its first exploration well at the Beibu Gulf block in the South China Sea. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376284/Beibu-drilling-kicks-off Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:30:37 +0000 live Trio in North Sea field agreement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376165/Trio-in-North-Sea-field-agreement Xcite Energy, Statoil and EnQuest have signed a collaboration agreement to study the possible use of common gas import infrastructure across three nearby North Sea heavy-oil fields. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376165/Trio-in-North-Sea-field-agreement Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:27:47 +0000 live Statoil in fast-track field start-ups http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376158/Statoil-in-fast-track-field-start-ups Statoil has started production at two more fast-track subsea field developments in the North Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376158/Statoil-in-fast-track-field-start-ups Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:10:37 +0000 live Construction starts on Dingo pipe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376143/Construction-starts-on-Dingo-pipe Central Petroleum said pipeline construction is under way for the first onshore gas development in the Northern Territory for many years. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376143/Construction-starts-on-Dingo-pipe Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:11:06 +0000 live Premier installs Solan topsides http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376106/Premier-installs-Solan-topsides UK independent Premier Oil has successfully installed the topsides of a platform that will exploit the Solan oilfield on the UK Atlantic Margin. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376106/Premier-installs-Solan-topsides Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:24:52 +0000 live Dana Gas in $100m Zora debt deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376096/Dana-Gas-in-100m-Zora-debt-deal United Arab Emirates-based independent Dana Gas has secured $100 million in debt financing for its Zora gas field development off the state. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376096/Dana-Gas-in-100m-Zora-debt-deal Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:37:08 +0000 live Maersk ‘eyes Chissonga farm-down’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376083/Maersk-‘eyes-Chissonga-farm-down’ Maersk Oil is looking to offload some of its large operated stake in the Chissonga oilfield development project off Angola, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376083/Maersk-‘eyes-Chissonga-farm-down’ Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:49:20 +0000 live Expro gains Quad 204 work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376061/Expro-gains-Quad-204-work Oilfield services contractor Expro has gained a multi-million dollar, seven-year contract from UK supermajor BP for subsea work at the UK supermajor’s Quad 204 project west of the Shetland Isles. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376061/Expro-gains-Quad-204-work Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:55:37 +0000 live BP hands Technip T&T role http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376037/BP-hands-Technip-TT-role Technip has won a contract from UK supermajor BP to handle the design, construction and installation of the topsides, jacket and pipelines needed for the Juniper project offshore Trinidad & Tobago. (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376037/BP-hands-Technip-TT-role Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:36:17 +0000 live Centrica eyes FPSO off Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375926/Centrica-eyes-FPSO-off-Norway Petrolink picks up subsea study work as UK player looks to develop Frigg Gamma Delta Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375926/Centrica-eyes-FPSO-off-Norway Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:15:28 +0000 live Clough handed Arrow FEED job http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375894/Clough-handed-Arrow-FEED-job The Clough AMEC joint venture has won a $70 million deal after Queensland-focused Arrow Energy chose to go ahead with the front-end engineering design phase for the Bowen gas project. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375894/Clough-handed-Arrow-FEED-job Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:37:53 +0000 live WHL shores up numbers http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375857/WHL-shores-up-numbers Australia-listed WHL Energy has shored up 14 prospects and best estimate resources at the La Bella prospect in the Otway basin in Victoria. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375857/WHL-shores-up-numbers Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:22:24 +0000 live Tullow in North Sea asset sale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375726/Tullow-in-North-Sea-asset-sale London-listed Tullow Oil is selling off a raft of operated and non-operated assets in the Netherlands to Mercuria Energy. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375726/Tullow-in-North-Sea-asset-sale Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:48:28 +0000 live Mubadala kicks off Manora drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375722/Mubadala-kicks-off-Manora-drilling Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Petroleum has kicked of its development drilling campaign at the Manora oilfield in the Gulf of Thailand. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375722/Mubadala-kicks-off-Manora-drilling Fri, 05 Sep 2014 04:15:27 +0000 live BP finalises revised Rumaila output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375511/BP-finalises-revised-Rumaila-output BP and Iraqi authorities have put pen to paper on a revised deal that significantly reduces the plateau production rate at the UK supermajor’s giant Rumaila oilfield. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375511/BP-finalises-revised-Rumaila-output Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:40:34 +0000 live First oil at Malaysia's Banang http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375510/First-oil-at-Malaysias-Banang State player Petronas has said oil production has started on the second small field of the three-field cluster oil development off peninsular Malaysia. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375510/First-oil-at-Malaysias-Banang Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:06:25 +0000 live Chevron awards Gorgon work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375444/Chevron-awards-Gorgon-work Australia’s Downer EDI has nabbed a contract for the US$54 billion Chevron-operated Gorgon project off the coast of Western Australia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375444/Chevron-awards-Gorgon-work Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:48:33 +0000 live Statoil in 'Castberg pipe talks' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375390/Statoil-in-Castberg-pipe-talks Statoil is reported to be in talks with other operators with a view to realising a mothballed concept involving a pipeline and onshore terminal to develop its Johan Castberg discovery in the Barents Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375390/Statoil-in-Castberg-pipe-talks Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:04:45 +0000 live Statoil turns off Huldra taps http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375352/Statoil-turns-off-Huldra-taps Statoil finally shut down production from its Huldra platform off Norway on Wednesday after prolonging its lifetime but has yet to find a buyer for the North Sea facility. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375352/Statoil-turns-off-Huldra-taps Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:19:50 +0000 live Field cutbacks hit Norway spend http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375341/Field-cutbacks-hit-Norway-spend Projected investments in Norway’s oil and gas sector this year have been revised downwards from an earlier estimate to Nkr227.3 billion ($36.6 billion), with reduced field activity set to hit spending in 2015, according to the country’s Statistics Agency. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375341/Field-cutbacks-hit-Norway-spend Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:39:30 +0000 live Statoil in subsea standards push http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375181/Statoil-in-subsea-standards-push Norway’s Statoil has launched a joint industry project with classification outfit DNV GL to develop common international standards for subsea processing technology. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375181/Statoil-in-subsea-standards-push Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:13:58 +0000 live Gazprom Neft confirms Badra flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375042/Gazprom-Neft-confirms-Badra-flows Gazprom Neft envisages maintaining production at the Badra oilfield in Iraq at 15,000 barrels per day until the end of the year, after the Russian operator confirmed the start-up of commercial output. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375042/Gazprom-Neft-confirms-Badra-flows Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:04:42 +0000 live Leni unearths more at Goudron http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375040/Leni-unearths-more-at-Goudron Leni Gas & Oil (LGO) has confirmed more than 130 metres of net oil pay at its latest well on the Goudron field in Trinidad. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375040/Leni-unearths-more-at-Goudron Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:34:48 +0000 live Bluewater speeds up for Brynhild http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374947/Bluewater-speeds-up-for-Brynhild Bluewater is advancing with preparations to bring back online the Haewene Brim floating production ship at Shell’s Pierce field off the UK, with the vessel now back on location after delays to upgrade work. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374947/Bluewater-speeds-up-for-Brynhild Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:10 +0000 live Perth-Lowlander plan 'in the works' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374929/Perth-Lowlander-plan-in-the-works A heads of agreement has been signed by the participants in the Perth & Dolphin and Lowlander discoveries off the UK that has set the stage for a combined development of the three fields, according to partner Atlantic Petroleum. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374929/Perth-Lowlander-plan-in-the-works Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:11:55 +0000 live Lowest bid revealed for Petrobras floater http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374850/Lowest-bid-revealed-for-Petrobras-floater Petrobras has received bids for the provision of a floating production, storage and offloading unit at a key complex in the Campos basin, with one partnership coming out on top. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374850/Lowest-bid-revealed-for-Petrobras-floater Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:53:28 +0000 live Statfjord leak order for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374828/Statfjord-leak-order-for-Statoil Norway’s safety agency has enforced an order against Statoil related to regulatory violations over an oil leak that led to a nearly four-day shutdown of the state-owned operator’s Statfjord C platform. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374828/Statfjord-leak-order-for-Statoil Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:04:19 +0000 live Wintershall passes Skarfjell milestone http://www.upstreamonline.com/ONS/1374559/Wintershall-passes-Skarfjell-milestone German operator Wintershall has passed a new milestone in moving its Norwegian Skarfjell discovery towards a development. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/ONS/1374559/Wintershall-passes-Skarfjell-milestone Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:06:10 +0000 ONS 'Productivity key' to killing Norway costs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374509/Productivity-key-to-killing-Norway-costs The boss of Det Norske Oljeselskap is calling for improved frame conditions to promote greater competition on field development off Norway in order to drive innovation that can generate productivity gains to turn the tide of rising costs. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374509/Productivity-key-to-killing-Norway-costs Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:50:56 +0000 live Total gets busy at Garantiana http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374490/Total-gets-busy-at-Garantiana Total this week started a production test of its Garantiana discovery, aiming to find out whether the North Sea find is large enough for a stand-alone development. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374490/Total-gets-busy-at-Garantiana Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:09:25 +0000 live Canacol flows gas from Palmer find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374491/Canacol-flows-gas-from-Palmer-find Colombia-focused explorer to tie in Lower Magdalena discovery Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374491/Canacol-flows-gas-from-Palmer-find Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:05:51 +0000 live Total ‘hits delay at Laggan-Tormore’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374456/Total-‘hits-delay-at-Laggan-Tormore’ Total is set to be delayed in starting production at a UK development as it runs into problems with construction of a gas treatment plant, a project partner has claimed. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374456/Total-‘hits-delay-at-Laggan-Tormore’ Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:28:32 +0000 live Dong suffers Hejre delay headache http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374453/Dong-suffers-Hejre-delay-headache Dong Energy is facing a delay of up to two years at its high-pressure, high-temperature Hejre development off Denmark as a bottleneck hits its supplier chain. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374453/Dong-suffers-Hejre-delay-headache Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:09:40 +0000 live BG's Knarr FPSO nearing Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374384/BGs-Knarr-FPSO-nearing-Norway UK player BG Group is approaching a new milestone for its Knarr development as the floating production, storage and offloading facility is making its way from South Korea to Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374384/BGs-Knarr-FPSO-nearing-Norway Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:55:53 +0000 live Lundin takes a back seat on Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374365/Lundin-takes-a-back-seat-on-Sverdrup Swedish player Lundin Petroleum is conceding operatorship of the Johan Sverdrup field to larger partner Statoil, letting the Norwegian state-owned player remain in the driving seat of the giant North Sea field in the years ahead. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374365/Lundin-takes-a-back-seat-on-Sverdrup Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:51:54 +0000 live Kvaerner flexes Sverdrup topsides muscle http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374363/Kvaerner-flexes-Sverdrup-topsides-muscle The boss of Norwegian contractor Kvaerner believes the company is favourably positioned to secure coveted topsides work on the giant Johan Sverdrup project off Norway after cutting costs and fine-tuning its delivery model. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374363/Kvaerner-flexes-Sverdrup-topsides-muscle Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:03 +0000 live Statoil targets 2014 Brazil FID http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374325/Statoil-targets-2014-Brazil-FID Statoil is working towards a potential final investment decision towards the end of this year covering the phase two development of its Peregrino heavy oil field in Brazil. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374325/Statoil-targets-2014-Brazil-FID Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:33:01 +0000 live RWE Dea opens Egypt gas plant http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374310/RWE-Dea-opens-Egypt-gas-plant RWE Dea has begun producing gas from its new central treatment plant at the Disouq development project in Egypt’s Nile Delta. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374310/RWE-Dea-opens-Egypt-gas-plant Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:41:48 +0000 live NPD nod for Lundin's Lindarormen wildcat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374270/NPD-nod-for-Lundins-Lindarormen-wildcat The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Petroleum a well permit for the Swedish explorer’s planned wildcat in the Norwegian Sea targeting the Lindarormen prospect. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374270/NPD-nod-for-Lundins-Lindarormen-wildcat Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:13 +0000 live Statoil seeks Aasta Hansteen tie-backs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374237/Statoil-seeks-Aasta-Hansteen-tie-backs Statoil is hoping that an exploration programme in the Norwegian Sea next year will find tie-back prospects that can improve the field economics of the pioneering but marginal Aasta Hansteen project. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374237/Statoil-seeks-Aasta-Hansteen-tie-backs Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:12:26 +0000 live Norway sitting on 'resource gold mine' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374214/Norway-sitting-on-resource-gold-mine Norway is sitting on a gold mine of 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent in untapped discovered hydrocarbon resources worth an estimated $106 billion but significant technical and commercial obstacles are barring the way to the glittering prize, according to Wood Mackenzie. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374214/Norway-sitting-on-resource-gold-mine Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:29:48 +0000 live Wood Group nets Petrobras pair http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374209/Wood-Group-nets-Petrobras-pair Wood Group Kenny has been handed two contracts by Brazilian state-run company Petrobras worth a combined $2 million. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374209/Wood-Group-nets-Petrobras-pair Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:58:33 +0000 live Norway risks 'technology flight' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374158/Norway-risks-technology-flight Norway’s high-cost contracting industry risks seeing a flight of key competence in fabrication of complex offshore facilities to cheaper Asian rivals that are building up their technological muscle to compete for such lucrative contracts, an ONS seminar was told on Monday. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374158/Norway-risks-technology-flight Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:37:19 +0000 live YPF hails Santa Cruz deep gas discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374091/YPF-hails-Santa-Cruz-deep-gas-discovery Argentina's YPF has discovered wet gas in Santa Cruz province at deeper than traditionally productive horizons in a find that the explorer believes could be a play-opener. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374091/YPF-hails-Santa-Cruz-deep-gas-discovery Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:31:18 +0000 live CNOOC starts Wenchang 13-6 oil flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374032/CNOOC-starts-Wenchang-13-6-oil-flows China National Offshore Oil Corporation has started production at the Wenchang 13-6 oilfield in the western Pearl River Mouth basin. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374032/CNOOC-starts-Wenchang-13-6-oil-flows Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:51:24 +0000 live Norway 'tax roadblock' to recovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374007/Norway-tax-roadblock-to-recovery Projects to boost recovery from existing mature fields off Norway are set to account for as much as half of its anticipated field development investments over the next decade of $200 billion but could be kyboshed unless fiscal incentives are introduced to make them more profitable, according to Wood Mackenzie. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374007/Norway-tax-roadblock-to-recovery Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:32:31 +0000 live Statoil opts for Oseberg subsea platform http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373843/Statoil-opts-for-Oseberg-subsea-platform Norwegian operator Statoil is moving ahead with plans to use a slimmed-down platform concept instead of a subsea tie-back for its Oseberg Future Development project. (Beate Schjolberg) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373843/Statoil-opts-for-Oseberg-subsea-platform Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:45:01 +0000 live Darwin likely location for Bonaparte output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373554/Darwin-likely-location-for-Bonaparte-output The three fields that were reserved for the now-shelved Bonaparte floating liquefied natural gas project in Australia are more likely to be developed into Darwin, according to a Santos executive. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373554/Darwin-likely-location-for-Bonaparte-output Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:39:34 +0000 live 3D closes Otway deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373539/3D-closes-Otway-deal Australia-listed 3D Oil has completed a farm-in agreement with Beach Energy for interest in an offshore Tasmanian exploration permit. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373539/3D-closes-Otway-deal Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:02:07 +0000 live Bumi, Eni sign $3bn FPSO deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373480/Bumi-Eni-sign-3bn-FPSO-deal Bumi Armada has signed a contract to provide a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for Italian major Eni's East Hub project at the oil-rich Block 15/06 off Angola. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373480/Bumi-Eni-sign-3bn-FPSO-deal Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:12:48 +0000 live Chariot farms down in Brazil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373450/Chariot-farms-down-in-Brazil London-listed Chariot Oil & Gas has secured a farm-in deal with AziLat, through its local subsidiary in Brazil. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373450/Chariot-farms-down-in-Brazil Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:47:53 +0000 live ConocoPhillips nears Bayu-Undan shut-in http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373445/ConocoPhillips-nears-Bayu-Undan-shut-in ConocoPhillips is just days away from starting a major shutdown of the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea and the Darwin liquefied natural gas plant. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373445/ConocoPhillips-nears-Bayu-Undan-shut-in Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:14:54 +0000 live Gudrun output halted http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373363/Gudrun-output-halted The official inauguration of Statoil’s Gudrun platform off Norway on Tuesday has coincided with the facility being put out of action due to planned maintenance after the earlier shutdown of nearby Sleipner A that handles its oil and gas output. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373363/Gudrun-output-halted Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:29:41 +0000 live Bumi Armada lands Madura prize http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373351/Bumi-Armada-lands-Madura-prize Canada’s Husky Energy has chosen a consortium led by Malaysia’s Bumi Armada to supply a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for the Madura BD field off Indonesia. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373351/Bumi-Armada-lands-Madura-prize Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:44:13 +0000 live Lukoil dispatches West Qurna 2 crude http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373340/Lukoil-dispatches-West-Qurna-2-crude Dubai’s Lukoil Overseas has sent the first crude carrier of buy-back oil from its giant West Qurna 2 development in Iraq. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373340/Lukoil-dispatches-West-Qurna-2-crude Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:11:41 +0000 live Roxi shares rise on deep discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373337/Roxi-shares-rise-on-deep-discovery London-listed junior Roxi Petroleum said a third core sample on its Airshagyl 5 (A5) deep well suggests the Kazakh onshore probe has uncovered a 51-metre gross oil interval. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373337/Roxi-shares-rise-on-deep-discovery Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:28:57 +0000 live First oil at Salamander's Bualuang FSO http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373335/First-oil-at-Salamanders-Bualuang-FSO London-listed Salamander Energy has loaded the first oil into tanks of its newly-converted Suksan Salamander floating storage and offloading vessel in the Gulf of Thailand. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373335/First-oil-at-Salamanders-Bualuang-FSO Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:05:04 +0000 live Rystad refutes oil sands 'profit risk' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373261/Rystad-refutes-oil-sands-profit-risk Oslo-based research firm Rystad Energy has poured cold water on claims by an industry watchdog that development of Alberta oil sands projects would require a high oil price to make them profitable due to prohibitively high costs and that they should therefore be cancelled by majors. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373261/Rystad-refutes-oil-sands-profit-risk Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:28:33 +0000 live Statoil shuts down Sleipner A http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373226/Statoil-shuts-down-Sleipner-A Norwegian giant Statoil has shut production at its Sleipner A platform in the North Sea after a gas alarm, according to a report. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373226/Statoil-shuts-down-Sleipner-A Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:05:20 +0000 live Hibiscus exercises option http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373223/Hibiscus-exercises-option Australia’s 3D Oil has managed to shed its remaining interest in the West Seahorse oilfield off south-east Australia for a cash consideration of $14.05 million. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373223/Hibiscus-exercises-option Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:05:51 +0000 live Mega-project overruns 'cost industry $500bn' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373065/Mega-project-overruns-cost-industry-500bn Nearly two thirds of oil and gas "mega-projects" run over budget while three quarters miss project deadlines, leading to cumulative incremental costs to the industry of some $500 billion, according to a new report by consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373065/Mega-project-overruns-cost-industry-500bn Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:15:41 +0000 live QGEP allows more time for FPSO bids http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373057/QGEP-allows-more-time-for-FPSO-bids Brazilian independent QGEP has allowed contractors more time to submit commercial bids to supply the company with a floating production, storage and offloading vessel to serve the Atlanta development in the Santos basin. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373057/QGEP-allows-more-time-for-FPSO-bids Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:27:27 +0000 live Lotos in Yme write-off http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373007/Lotos-in-Yme-write-off Lotos E&P has decided to write off the full value of its investment in the troubled Yme project off Norway, while criticising the lack of progress by Canadian operator Talisman Energy in coming up with an alternative development solution for the ill-fated field. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373007/Lotos-in-Yme-write-off Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:40:34 +0000 live D6 'wait' on gas price hike http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372992/D6-wait-on-gas-price-hike India's Reliance Industries and its partners in the D6 licence off the country will not be making further investments in development projects in the deep-water block until gas prices are raised by the New Delhi government, according to Canadian partner Niko Resources. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372992/D6-wait-on-gas-price-hike Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:15:15 +0000 live Perla platforms nearly complete http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372842/Perla-platforms-nearly-complete Construction of three new fixed steel platforms for the Perla gas field off Venezuela is nearly complete at the Commsa fabrication yard in Tampico, Mexico, following the arrival last week of three aluminium buildings from LQT Industries. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372842/Perla-platforms-nearly-complete Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:59:42 +0000 live Venari cashes up from private equity http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372834/Venari-cashes-up-from-private-equity Privately held US Gulf of Mexico player Venari Resources has received $1.3 billion in new financing from a raft of private equity investors. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372834/Venari-cashes-up-from-private-equity Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:55:38 +0000 live BP declares Juniper FID http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372828/BP-declares-Juniper-FID UK supermajor BP has sanctioned its giant Juniper project offshore Trinidad & Tobago, which is expected to produce around 590 million cubic feet per day of gas. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372828/BP-declares-Juniper-FID Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:10:28 +0000 live Total hits pay at Brazil's Xerelete http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372769/Total-hits-pay-at-Brazils-Xerelete Total is evaluating a pre-salt discovery after concluding the Xerelete-1D well in Brazil’s Campos basin. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372769/Total-hits-pay-at-Brazils-Xerelete Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:07:08 +0000 live Kongsberg concept work on Castberg http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372754/Kongsberg-concept-work-on-Castberg Norway’s Statoil is homing in on a final development solution for its stalled Johan Castberg field project in the Barents Sea after awarding local contractor Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies (KOGT) conceptual study and pre-FEED work. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372754/Kongsberg-concept-work-on-Castberg Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:11:17 +0000 live Paraguay well woe hits President shares http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372749/Paraguay-well-woe-hits-President-shares London-listed President Energy’s maiden deep well onshore Paraguay has failed to find pay in either of its primary targets but uncovered 900 metres of deeper source rock suggesting a live petroleum system in the Pirity rift basin. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372749/Paraguay-well-woe-hits-President-shares Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:20:27 +0000 live Start-up for Zarghun South http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372745/Start-up-for-Zarghun-South Commercial production has been launched from the Zarghun South gas field onshore Pakistan, according to Canadian co-venturer Jura Energy. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372745/Start-up-for-Zarghun-South Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:50:29 +0000 live Heerema-AF to scrap Murchison http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372744/Heerema-AF-to-scrap-Murchison A consortium of Heerema Marine Contractors of the Netherlands and Norway’s AF Gruppen has secured a major award for decommissioning of the Murchison platform in the UK North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372744/Heerema-AF-to-scrap-Murchison Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:32:17 +0000 live EnQuest delays Alma Galia first oil again http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372732/EnQuest-delays-Alma-Galia-first-oil-again EnQuest has admitted that first oil from its Alma Galia project in the North Sea is not expected until the middle of next year as some “legacy issues” hold up sailaway of a floating production, storage and offloading unit from a UK yard. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372732/EnQuest-delays-Alma-Galia-first-oil-again Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:30:06 +0000 live Lundin takes interest near Johan Sverdup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372617/Lundin-takes-interest-near-Johan-Sverdup Sweden’s Lundin Petroleum has signed an agreement with Oslo-listed Petrolia for a block in the same area as the Johan Sverdup field off Norway. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372617/Lundin-takes-interest-near-Johan-Sverdup Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:11:18 +0000 live Inpex gets Abadi environmental permit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372602/Inpex-gets-Abadi-environmental-permit Japan's Inpex has received an environmental permit for its Abadi liquefied natural gas project in Indonesia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372602/Inpex-gets-Abadi-environmental-permit Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:55:27 +0000 live ONGC signs Myanmar onshore PSCs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372547/ONGC-signs-Myanmar-onshore-PSCs India’s ONGC Videsh has signed on the dotted line to gain its two onshore blocks awarded under Myanmar’s onshore round. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372547/ONGC-signs-Myanmar-onshore-PSCs Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:53:54 +0000 live Dussafu finds ripe for Harvest http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372532/Dussafu-finds-ripe-for-Harvest Harvest Natural Resources is moving forward on a four-field cluster development on its Dussafu Marin licence off Gabon after being handed exclusive exploitation rights by the government. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372532/Dussafu-finds-ripe-for-Harvest Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:04:35 +0000 live Shell 'nears Haynesville sale' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372505/Shell-nears-Haynesville-sale Shell is reportedly selling off a 50% stake in the Haynesville gas field in Louisiana to private equity firm Blackstone Group. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372505/Shell-nears-Haynesville-sale Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:18:14 +0000 live 'Gas booster' for Breagh http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372318/Gas-booster-for-Breagh The underperforming RWE Dea-operated Breagh gas field off the UK is set for a major productivity boost as a pair of newly drilled development wells are set to increase flow rates and reserves, according to Canadian partner Sterling Resources. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372318/Gas-booster-for-Breagh Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:52:48 +0000 live OGDC hits gas with Pasakhi deep well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372314/OGDC-hits-gas-with-Pasakhi-deep-well Pakistan’s Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) has uncovered gas and condensate wth a deep onshore well in the country’s south-east. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372314/OGDC-hits-gas-with-Pasakhi-deep-well Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:02:14 +0000 live Huntington output halted http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372088/Huntington-output-halted Production has again been halted at the E.ON E&P-operated Huntington field off the UK, with the latest shutdown due to planned maintenance, according to partner Noreco. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372088/Huntington-output-halted Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:15:50 +0000 live Teekay confirms Libra FPSO selection http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372062/Teekay-confirms-Libra-FPSO-selection Teekay Offshore has confirmed that its joint venture with Brazil's Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG) has been selected by Petrobras as the lead commercial bidder to provide a floating production, storage and offloading unit for the giant Libra field. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372062/Teekay-confirms-Libra-FPSO-selection Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:03:52 +0000 live MEO set to sell assets http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372038/MEO-set-to-sell-assets Australia-listed MEO Australia has made a decision to monetise its Tassie Shoal methanol and liquefied natural gas projects proposed for offshore Australia. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372038/MEO-set-to-sell-assets Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:22:14 +0000 live OGDC dishes out awards http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372039/OGDC-dishes-out-awards Pakistan's Oil and Gas Development Corporation (OGDC) has awarded engineering, procurement and construction contracts for major facilities at its KPD-TAY and Nashpa-Mela onshore projects in its home country. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372039/OGDC-dishes-out-awards Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:21:14 +0000 live Tuscany Energy makes Canada oil find http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371981/Tuscany-Energy-makes-Canada-oil-find Canada’s Tuscany Energy said it found more than 500 metres of porous, oil-saturated sand with its Rutland heavy oil exploration well in west central Saskatchewan. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371981/Tuscany-Energy-makes-Canada-oil-find Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:58:07 +0000 live UK explorers near Horse Hill spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371963/UK-explorers-near-Horse-Hill-spud The UK venture targeting the Horse Hill oil and gas prospect onshore England’s Weald basin now expects to spud an exploration well on the probe ‘shortly’ after gaining final approvals for drilling. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371963/UK-explorers-near-Horse-Hill-spud Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:39:14 +0000 live Lundin broadside on Brynhild http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371939/Lundin-broadside-on-Brynhild The boss of Lundin Petroleum has warned that start-up of its delayed Brynhild field off Norway is likely to slip further into the fourth quarter, blaming tardy work by Shell and Bluewater to upgrade the Pierce field’s floating production unit in the UK. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371939/Lundin-broadside-on-Brynhild Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:22:41 +0000 live Roxi sees 'oil-filled' core at A5 probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371851/Roxi-sees-oil-filled-core-at-A5-probe London-listed Roxi Petroleum said initial analysis of core sample taken from its maiden deep well onshore Kazakhstan is “porous, fissured and filled with oil”. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371851/Roxi-sees-oil-filled-core-at-A5-probe Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:42:20 +0000 live Canacol aims for more Llanos pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371835/Canacol-aims-for-more-Llanos-pay Colombia-focused Canacol Energy has spudded the first of three exploration wells it has planned for the rest of the year at its LLA23 Llanos basin block where it has already made a trio of light oil finds. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371835/Canacol-aims-for-more-Llanos-pay Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:54:50 +0000 live DGH refuses to recognise ONGC finds http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371770/DGH-refuses-to-recognise-ONGC-finds India's upstream regulator the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has reportedly refused to recognise three gas discoveries made by state-run Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on its Krishna Godavari block KG-DWN-98/2 (KG-D5), in the Bay of Bengal. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371770/DGH-refuses-to-recognise-ONGC-finds Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:17:32 +0000 live Maersk's Dany 1X fails to hit pay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371703/Maersks-Dany-1X-fails-to-hit-pay Denmark’s Maersk Oil has failed to find any hydrocarbons with its Dany 1X probe, which is to be plugged and abandoned. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371703/Maersks-Dany-1X-fails-to-hit-pay Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:14:31 +0000 live