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Statoil Receives Consent for Exploration Drilling in Block 7121
NO >> 3/23/2017 - Statoil has received consent to drill exploration well 7121/8-1 in the Barents Sea. Statoil has received consent to drill exploration well 7121/8-1 in production licence 849. The well is to be drilled...
OGA Joins TNO for Cross-Border Geology Joint Industry Project
UK >> 3/20/2017 - The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has joined the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) on the on-going Joint Industry Research project, ‘Hypo-Lias’, to explore the hydrocarbon p...
OGA Awards 25 Licences in 29th Offshore Licensing Round
UK >> 3/23/2017 - The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has offered for award 25 licences for 111 blocks or part blocks to 17 companies in the 29th Offshore Licensing Award to enable further exploration and production across...
Oyster Oil to Commence Djibouti Exploration Developments
DJ >> 3/2/2017 - Oyster Oil and Gas Ltd. (Oyster) is pleased to announce that effective 1st March 2017 Oyster has received Government of Djibouti approval to commence exploration activities under Phase III of the Prod...
New Zealand Opens Block Offer 2017 Tender
NZ >> 3/22/2017 - Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has opened the Block Offer 2017 tender for petroleum exploration permits. The tender includes five offshore release areas, two onshore release areas, and o...
Oyster Extends the Exploration Period of Block 1101
MG >> 2/1/2017 - Oyster Oil and Gas Ltd. (Oyster) is pleased to confirm that following negotiations with the Office des Mines Nationales et des Industries Stratégiques (OMNIS) agreement has been reached to provide a t...
Government of South Australia Receives 1st Round of PACE Gas Grants
AU >> 3/17/2017 - The recipients of the first round of PACE Gas Grants have been announced, with five exploration and development projects to share in $24 million in State Government funding. The grants will generate u...
OGA Publishes Activity Plan 2017 and 2018
UK >> 3/16/2017 - The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has published its Activity Plan 2017 and 2018. This document describes the 10 priority areas where the OGA will direct its efforts to continue to ensure maximum impact ...
Eni Norge Completes Barents Sea Exploration Well 7318/12-2 As a Dry Hole
NO >> 3/16/2017 - The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reports that Eni Norge, operator of production licence PL 716, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 7318/12-2. The well, which was drilled about 80 km n...
Cyprus Approves Eni, Total, Exxon Offshore Block Deals
CY >> 3/17/2017 - Cyprus's cabinet approved contracts with France's Total, Italy's Eni , Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum to explore for oil and gas in offshore areas south of the island. ...
Petrel Energy Announces Updates in Uruguay
UY >> 3/16/2017 - The Directors of Petrel Energy Limited (PRL) are pleased to announce that the final fitout and inspections of the new rig in Colorado and trucking of the rig and considerable ancillary equipment to Ho...
Talks with BP’s CEO for Exploration & Production
Talks with BP’s CEO for Exploration & Production EG >> 3/12/2017 - Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources received Mr. Bernard Looney, BP’s Chief Executive Officer for Upstream during his visit to Egypt, in the presence of Eng. Hesham Mekawi...
ALNAFT Prepares for Its Next Bidding Round, Awaits Better Market Conditions
DZ >> 3/13/2017 - Algeria’s energy regulatory agency ALNAFT is waiting for favourable market conditions to launch its next bidding round. Sid Al Betata, President of ALNAFT, was speaking ahead of the North Africa Petro...
Hyperdynamics Signs a Tri-Party Protocol with Guinea Government & SAPETRO
GN >> 3/13/2017 - SCS Corporation Ltd. (SCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyperdynamics Corporation, has collectively executed on March 10, 2017 in Conakry a Tri-party Protocol "Protocol" with the Government of the Re...
Senex Commences Gas Exploration at Silver Star-1 Well
AU >> 3/14/2017 - Senex Energy Limited (Senex) to commence drilling of the Silver Star-1 gas exploration well in the South Australian Cooper Basin, targeting material gas volumes. The Silver Star-1 well is expected to ...
Areas in Federal Waters Sale Under New Five Year Program
US >> 3/6/2017 - Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Department will offer 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and develo...
Dana Gas Provides Market Update on Its Drilling Program
Dana Gas Provides Market Update on Its Drilling Program EG >> 3/2/2017 - Dana Gas, the Middle East’s leading regional private sector natural gas company, provides a market update on its BP-operated Mocha-1 well, drilled in the El Matariya (Block 3) onshore concession in Eg...
Repsol Makes the Largest US Onshore Oil Discovery in 30 Years
US >> 3/9/2017 - Repsol and partner Armstrong Energy have made in Alaska the largest U.S. onshore conventional hydrocarbons discovery in 30 years. The Horseshoe-1 and 1A wells drilled during the 2016-2017 winter campa...
Statoil Receives Consent to Use Songa Enabler at Snohvit
NO >> 3/7/2017 - Statoil has received consent to use Songa Enabler for drilling a production well at Snohvit. Snohvit is a gas field in the Barents Sea north-west of Hammerfest. Statoil is the field's operator. Sn?hvi...
Otto Grants One Year Extension to Kilosa-Kilombero Licence
TZ >> 3/6/2017 - Otto Energy Ltd (Otto) provides the following update on its activities in the Kilosa-Kilombero Licence, located onshore Tanzania. ...
Erin Energy Signs Drilling Rig Contract Offshore Nigeria
Erin Energy Signs Drilling Rig Contract Offshore Nigeria NG >> 3/6/2017 - Erin Energy Corporation (Erin Energy) has executed a drilling services contract with Pacific Drilling for use of the Pacific Bora drilling rig. Erin Energy plans to use this rig to drill the Oyo-9 wel...
EMGC to Explore the Region’s Potential Natural Gas Resources & the Path to Production
CY >> 3/5/2017 - Gulf Publishing Company is pleased to announce the fourth Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC) will once again be held in Nicosia, Cyprus on 14-15 March 2017. The conference is sponsored by Del...
Plexus Awarded Contract for Nexen's Glengorm Exploration Well in the Central North Sea
UK >> 3/3/2017 - Plexus Holdings, the AIM quoted oil and gas engineering services business and owner of the proprietary POS-GRIP® friction-grip method of wellhead engineering, has been awarded a well order from new cu...
Pemex, Chevron & INPEX Signed an Exploration Contract
Pemex, Chevron & INPEX Signed an Exploration Contract MX >> 2/28/2017 - Chevron, INPEX Corporation and Petroleos Mexicanos signed the contract for the Deep-water exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in the corresponding licensing modality for block 3 North of the Pl...
Cairn Appoints Eric Hathon as Director of Exploration
CH >> 2/23/2017 - Cairn is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Hathon as Director of Exploration. Dr Hathon, who has more than 25 years experience in the international oil and gas industry, will join Cairn from...
Philippines Needs China Ties Clarity To Lift S China Sea Exploration Halt
CN >> 2/27/2017 - The Philippines is waiting for clarity on its relations with China before lifting a suspension on exploration in disputed areas in the South China Sea, its energy minister said on Monday. ...
Iraq Plans Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to Boost Reserves
IQ >> 2/27/2017 - Iraq is planning to start offshore oil and gas exploration to boost the OPEC nation's reserves, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement. Luaibi said he “gave guidance to the Oil Exploration C...
Petrel Energy Says the New Rig Mobilized to Uruguay
UY >> 2/24/2017 - The Directors of Petrel Energy Limited (PRL) are pleased to announce that the final fitout and inspections of the new rig are nearing completion and the rig mobilisation process has commenced with the...
Minister of Petroleum in Talks with the Chinese Corp. Sinopec
Minister of Petroleum in Talks with the Chinese Corp. Sinopec EG >> 2/20/2017 - Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources received Wang Yupu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chinese National Group, Sinopec Corp. and the accompanying delegation in ...
Carnarvon Petroleum & Quadrant Energy to Drill Dorado-1 Well
AU >> 2/23/2017 - Carnarvon Petroleum Limited (Carnarvon) is pleased to inform shareholders that the joint venture has committed to acquiring long lead items for the Dorado-1 exploration well and planning for the well ...
OGA Launch Well P&A Optimisation Programme
UK >> 2/23/2017 - The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched a search for operators to voluntarily participate in a multi-operator, well plug and abandonment (P&A) optimisation programme. The objective of the pilot p...
Lukoil and Inpex Successfully Complete Well Test at Block 10
IQ >> 2/22/2017 - LUKOIL and INPEX have successfully completed the testing of the first exploratory well, Eridu 1, at Block 10 in southern Iraq. The well recorded daily flow rate of more than 1,000 cubic meters of swee...
Iran Proven Hydrocarbon Reserves more 30 Billion Barrels than 2011 Estimates
IR >> 2/15/2017 - Iran says its proven in-place oil and gas reserves are higher by 30 billion barrels and 128 trillion cubic feet, respectively, than 2011 estimates. Director of Exploration at the National Iranian Oil ...
Grant of PPL 338 Extension & Award of New Licence PPL 581
PG >> 2/15/2017 - Kina Petroleum Limited is pleased to provide an update in relation to its foreland exploration activities. Kina confirms that the PPL 338 licence has been extended for a further 5 years and that it ha...
Moulay Bouchta Extension Confirmed
MA >> 2/15/2017 - Gulfsands Petroleum plc, the oil and gas company with activities in Syria, Tunisia, Colombia and Morocco, announces that its subsidiary, Gulfsands Petroleum Morocco Limited ("GPML"), has been awarded ...
Venezuela Signed 8 Oil Cooperation Agreements With China
VE >> 2/14/2017 - Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) ratified its cooperation with the People's Republic of China in 8 agreements as part of the XV China-Venezuela Joint High Level Commission held in the Jose Felix R...
GeoPark Announces New Exploration Discovery In Colombia
CO >> 2/2/2017 - GeoPark Limited (GPRK), a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru, annou...
Iran Explored 30 bln Barrels of Oil
IR >> 2/14/2017 - Iran has discovered about a dozen new oil fields with in-place reserves of 30 billion barrels, head of exploration at National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) stated. ...
Cobalt Announces Closing of DOJ Investigation
AO >> 2/9/2017 - Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (Cobalt) has received a letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) advising Cobalt that the DOJ has closed its FCPA investigation into Cobalt’s operati...
Lundin Granted Drilling Permit for Edvard Grieg Appraisal
NO >> 2/8/2017 - The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-27, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-27 will be drilled from the Island ...

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