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Bangladesh Exploration Deal with ConocoPhillips

According to a report from Reuters, state-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation clinched a preliminary deal with U.S. firm ConocoPhillips on Oct. 10 for oil and gas exploration in the Bay of Bengal, subject to signature of a production sharing agreement. ConocoPhillips will start seismic surveys and exploration around two deepwater gas blocks after signing the PSC. The deal, concluded after two years of talks, is intended to address acute gas shortages, with production hovering at around 2,000 million cubic feet per day against demand of about 2,500. (Source: Reuters)

Completion Of 2D Seismic Acquisition Programme - Somalia

Courtesy Soma Oil & Gas

  Soma Oil & Gas Exploration Limited, the Somalia focused oil and gas exploration company, announced the completion of its offshore seismic acquisition programme which commenced in February 2014. The seismic acquisition programme was carried out by SeaBird Exploration (“SeaBird”) and concluded in June 2014 with over 20,500 km lines of 2D seismic data having been acquired across a 122,000 sq km offshore evaluation area

ENSCO Updates Contract Status of Offshore Rig Fleet

Oil and Gas Exploration industry alert provided by U.S. Equity News. ENSCO International Incorporated announced recently that its Contract Status of Offshore Rig Fleet Report has been updated as of Monday December 17, 2007. The Report is available on the Company's website at and can be accessed from the home page by clicking on "Rig Contract Status." The Report also can be accessed through the SEC EDGAR System

Devon Sells Panyu Field to China

Devon Energy Corporation, a U.S.-based oil and gas exploration, development and production company, sold its producing Panyu field located offshore China to China National Offshore Oil Corporation. China National Offshore is a state-owned oil and gas producer in China. In April, Devon Energy said it had agreed to sell its producing Panyu field located offshore China to China National Offshore for $515m. During 2009, Devon's production from the Panyu field was approximately 12 thousand barrels

Polar Petroleum Appoints ARCO Alaska Veteran

Polar Petroleum Corp. appointed Mr. Donald W. Brizzolara to the Company's Advisory Board as Chief Geological Advisor. Mr. Brizzolara represents 25 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development, geology and consulting experience for firms such as ConocoPhillips and Shell. Of particular importance to the Company, Mr. Brizzolara's background includes work on the Prudhoe and Kuparuk fields, which, together constitute the majority of the oil production on the North Slope (51%

Growth in Oil and Gas Sector Generates an Open Logistics Market

 A new research report from Transport Intelligence (Ti) has suggested that due to a wave of new investment, the scope and structure of oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) has broadened extensively over the past decade, creating an array of opportunities for logistics service providers. This is, in part, due to the emergence of substantial E&P activity in new locations which acts to drive up logistics spend

Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment on the basis that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats Directive in issuing exploration licenses. A spokesman said the government had been planning to issue new licenses in its 19th round early in 2000

Experts Urge Oil, Gas Exploration

About 80 percent of India's sedimentary basins with potential for oil and natural gas reserves remain unexplored, energy experts have said at the Oceantex Offshore Conference and Technology Exposition. According to conference speakers, India's demand for hydrocarbons was steadily increasing, putting additional pressure on oil companies and the government. The demand for crude oil was set to reach 170 million metric tons of oil equivalent (MMTOE) while production will reach only 58 MMTOE by

Report: Value of China Marine Sector to Exceed $433b

China's seas will contribute $433b or more than five percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), in 2010, according to a report on China's marine development. The report, issued on Friday by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), also predicted the country's offshore crude oil output would exceed 50 million tons. It said China's current offshore oil and gas exploration was "still in an infant stage", with 80 percent of oil and gas resources yet to be tapped.

Ukraine, Frontera Sign Construction of LNG Terminal

Photo: NJSC Naftogaz

 Ukraine's NJSC Naftogaz signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Frontera Resources on the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Ukraine, according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.   "U.S.-based Frontera will begin the construction of an LNG terminal and launch natural gas shipments to Ukraine through this terminal," Yatsenyuk said.   He added that the project

US to Open Bids for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it is set to conduct a Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area Lease Sale 246 on Wednesday, August 19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Doors open at 7:30 and bid reading begins at 9 a.m. CDT.   

Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore


  Ecopetrol reports it has established an Alliance with Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration through its affiliate in Brazil, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás to explore the FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the

Obama Defends Arctic Oil Drilling

Image: Shell Global

 United States' President Barack Obama defends his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.   He insisted that there was no contradiction between his climate change agenda and Arctic drilling.  

Oil is Down, Not Out: BOEM Proposes 40-Million-Acre GOM Lease Sale

Despite the continued depressed price of oil and gas, the U.S.  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) via Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced that BOEM will offer 40 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in sales that will

Maritime Ireland Comes of Age

Flumill helical corkscrew tidal device Image Mike Brookes Roper 2 WEB.jpg

Even though the struggle for independence from Britain finally resulted in Ireland being declared “a sovereign, independent, democratic state” in 1937 there was little interest being shown in the maritime affairs of the country. This

Shell's Arctic Drilling a Threat for Pacific Walrus

Pacific Walrus

   A number of environmental groups are asking the Department of the Interior to rescind permission Shell has been granted to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic this summer because the company's plan would not protect the walrus.

U.S. Draft Recovery Plan for Threatened Polar Bears

Polar bear Photo WWF

  U.S. wildlife managers released on Thursday a draft plan for stemming the decline of polar bears threatened by melting Arctic sea ice linked to global warming, but the proposal hinges on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are far from assured.

Beijing, Moscow Discuss O&G Exploration in Arctic

Beijing and Moscow discussed the potential participation of Chinese companies in natural resources exploration in Russia's Arctic, a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday. Russia has been struggling to speed up oil and gas exploration in resource-rich offshore Arctic areas

'Kayaktivists' Take Shell Arctic Protest Nationwide

Noble Discoverer transits Puget Sound after its departure from the Port of Everett, Wash., June 30. Noble Discoverer was the last of three oil drilling and support vessels to depart western Washington for the Arctic this summer. (USCG photo by Amanda Norcross)

Environmental activists in the U.S. prepare to take their so-called “kayaktivism” nationwide as they urge lawmakers to revoke oil and gas exploration leases in the Chukchi Sea, says environmental group Friends of the Earth. The group’s “Shell No” day on July 18

Russia, US Agree on Arctic Fishing Ban

Photo: NOAA

Five nations set moratorium on fishing near North Pole; no fish there now, but thaw is drawing stocks north. The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement deal on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole

Japan Demands Chinese Halt to South China Sea Energy Play

Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory.

Working Toward a Low Carbon Future

Paul Floren (Photo: GE)

Recently, Pilita Clark, the Environment Correspondent at the Financial Times, wrote a very interesting article about a new report, ‘The New Climate Economy’, which I would highly recommend reading. The New Climate Economy was commissioned in 2013 by the governments of seven countries:

China: Every Right to Drill in East China Sea

China said on Friday it had every right to drill in the East China Sea close to waters disputed with Japan, adding that it did not recognise a "unilateral" Japanese median line setting out a boundary between the two in the waters.

Côte D’Ivoire Invests in O&G Safety Training

Thegrowth in oil and gas activity in Côte D’Ivoire has seen investment in standardized safety training in the region far outstrip that of other hydrocarbon-rich West African countries, according to international learning technologies company Atlas Knowledge.

China, Russia in Sea of Japan Joint Military Drills

China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defence drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the south. The manoeuvres also come as the United States ramps up

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