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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)


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


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 http://www.enscous.com 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


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.


MMS Offer Exploration Rights

The Minerals Management Service will offer oil and gas exploration rights next month to 29.7 million acres in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, according to a Reuters report. The decision to hold the February 6 lease sale, the first in the Chukchi since 1991, comes days before the Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list the polar bear as threatened and has drawn fire from environmentalists seeking to limit oil development in the area


China Oilfield Services Order 15 Offshore Vessels

China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) has signed agreements with 5 different shipbuilders for the construction of 15 vessels of various types to serve China's offshore industry. The vessels, due for delivery between January and August 2015, include: one output enhancement vessel, four 6,000HP platform supply vessels (“PSVs”), two 9,000HP PSVs, two 8,000HP anchor handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS vessels”), four 12,000HP AHTS vessels and two 15,000HP AHTS vessels.


PetroVietNam Gas's Q1 gross profit falls 27.5%

PetroVietNam Gas's first-quarter gross profit fell 27.5 percent to 3.9 trillion dong ($185 million) from a year earlier, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported. PetroVietNam, Vietnam's largest listed company, would seek strategic shareholders in the gas exploration sector


BOEM Proposes GoM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

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As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for


Rolls-Royce to Open Brazilian Offshore Facility

Rolls-Royce and U.K. Chancellor George Osborne announced today that the Group will further invest in Rio de Janeiro State to better support customers in the rapidly expanding offshore oil and gas industry. A new £22 million marine facility in Duque de Caxias will be used to assemble and test


TGS Signs LOI for Seabird Exploration Seismic Vessel Charters

Seismic survey vessel: Image courtesy of Seabird Exploration

Norway-based TGS informs that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Seabird Exploration to charter up to four 2D seismic vessels to be used over the next 36 months.  The Letter of Intent gives TGS priority rights to the vessels subject to the issuance of seismic acquisition permits for the


BMT Delivers Metocean Support for Tullow Oil

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BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the award of a number of metocean assessments for Tullow Oil Plc., including comprehensive overviews of meteorological and oceanographic conditions in West Africa and South America, to help support the company’s offshore oil and gas


Ocean Rig Prices Its US$500-Million Note Offering

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

Offshore deepwater drilling services provider Ocean Rig informs that the pricing of its previously announced offering has been priced at 100% of par, with a stated interest rate of 7.250%. The Notes are being sold in a private offering within the United States to qualified institutional buyers


WSS Starts Asia Expansion with Thailand Opening

Joe Peng: Photo credit WSS

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) says it is expanding its network of supply points across Asia as it responds to an increasing level of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The first new WSS supply point, at Songkhla, southern Thailand opened in January 2014 and other locations have


BOEM Takes Bids for GoM Lease Sale

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce the results of Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 231 and 225, which are offering more than 40 million acres for oil and gas exploration and development offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama


Santos, Kris Energy to Explore Oil and Gas off Bangladesh

By Serajul Quadir, Reuters Australian oil and gas company Santos and Singapore-based Kris Energy signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) on Wednesday to explore oil and gas in Bangladeshi waters. State-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, known as Petrobangla


Kongsberg Delivers 50th HAIN System

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Kongsberg Maritime has delivered its 50th HAIN (Hydro Acoustic aided Inertial Navigation) Reference System, to long-time HAIN user, Ocean Rig. HAIN significantly improves reference data accuracy and update rate sent to Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to support safer


Britain Oil Review: New Regulator Needed to Lift Output

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters   Britain urgently needs its oil and gas companies to pay for a new regulatory body to encourage industry collaboration and counter plunging North Sea production rates, a government review, the first since the mid-1990s, said on Monday.  


Statoil to Cut Expenditure by $5 Billion

The Sleipner field

Statoil's fourth quarter 2013 net operating income was NOK 43.9 billion. In 2013, net operating income was NOK 155.5 billion. At today's Capital Markets Update, Statoil presents its plan for reduced capital expenditure by more than $5 billion (USD) from 2014-16 compared to previous plans


Rolls-Royce Develops OSV for Island Offshore

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Rolls-Royce has won an order to provide integrated design and ship equipment for a highly innovative offshore vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore. The new striking UT 777 design has been developed in close cooperation with Island Offshore


Vard to Build Harkland Offshore DSC Vessel

VARD 3 03 vessel: Image credit the shipbuilders

Vard Holdings says it has secured a contract with a new customer, Harkand Group (Harkand), for the design and construction of a Diving Support and Construction (DSC) Vessel. The value of the contract exceeds NOK 1 billion. The vessel is scheduled for delivery from Vard Søviknes in Norway


BSEE Cites 12 Operators for Neglecting SEMS Audits

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno cited 12 offshore operators for their failure to demonstrate compliance with the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) requirements of the Workplace Safety Rule, 30 CFR Subpart S


 
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