Communication between the Aldous and Avaldsnes oil discoveries in the North Sea has now been confirmed. In combination these discoveries may represent an oil structure of between 500 million and 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable oil equivalent. If the upper part of the interval strikes pay dirt, the discovery will be one of the ten largest oil finds ever on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Statoil (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) has a 40% stake both in licence PL 265, where Aldous was discovered, and in PL 501, where the Avaldsnes discovery was made. “Aldous/Avaldsnes is a giant oil discovery, and according to our estimates the combined discovery may make the top 10 list of NCS oil discoveries. Norway has not seen a similar oil discovery since the mid-eighties” says Tim Dodson, Statoil’s executive vice president for Exploration. This is the third “high-impact discovery” (*) for Statoil as an operator in 2011. In April of this year the 250 million barrel Skrugard oil discovery was made in the Barents Sea, and the 150-300 million barrel Peregrino South oil field was discovered offshore Brazil. “The discoveries are a result of Statoil’s exploration strategy of prioritising high-impact opportunities, while focusing on our established core areas,” says Dodson.
Norwegian oil explorer Det norske made a small oil discovery in the Arctic Barents Sea with a gross oil column of about 30 metres and much poorer reservoir quality than expected, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday. Det norske earlier said it found some oil in the prospect but initial volumes did not justify development. Det norske operates the licence and holds a 20 percent stake. Other shareholders include Sweden's Lundin Petroleum (20 percent), Tullow (15 percent)
Spirit Energy 76, Unocal Corporation's U.S. Lower 48 exploration and production unit, said the exploratory well drilling the Mirage prospect in the Gulf of Mexico deepwater is a significant oil discovery. Spirit Energy holds a 25-percent working interest. Vastar Resources, Inc. owns 75-percent working interest and is the operator. Vastar estimates the well encountered approximately 300 ft. of net pay. The company said it is too soon to estimate the extent of the discovery
Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol) and BP Exploration (Angola) Limited announced the Terra oil discovery in ultra-deepwater Block 31, offshore Angola. Terra is the twelfth discovery that BP has drilled in Block 31. The well is located approximately 30 km NW of the recently announced Titania discovery. Terra was drilled by the Jack Ryan drill ship, in a water depth of 2,328 metres, some 411 kilometres northwest of Luanda and reached a total depth of 6
Statoil's third quarter 2013 net operating income was NOK 39.3 billion. Adjusted earnings were NOK 40.4 billion. "Statoil delivered strong strategic progress in the third quarter. We added high-value barrels through the Bay du Nord discovery offshore Canada, the world's largest oil discovery this year. We also announced a major divestment to capture value created through asset development and unlock capital for investment in high return projects
Operator Statoil has together with PL272 partners made a gas discovery in the Askja West prospect and an oil discovery in the Askja East prospect in the North Sea. The exploration wells 30/11-9 S and 30/11-9 A, drilled by the drilling rig Ocean Vanguard, are located between the Oseberg and Frigg fields and about 13 km southeast of the Statoil-operated Krafla/Krafla West discoveries. Main wellbore 30/11-9 S tested the Askja West prospect and proved a net gas column of 90
BP PLC (BP) reported that its Thunder Horse Gulf of Mexico project faces another setback, as a metallurgical failure will delay first production for at least 18 months pending the rebuilding of all production equipment on the sea bed, according to a Dow Jones Newswire report. The offshore oil and gas platform's new startup date will be mid-2008, a year and a half later than the previous estimate of early 2007, the London-based energy major said.
Angolan national oil company Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol) and BP announced an oil discovery in ultra-deepwater block 31, offshore Angola. This is the nineteenth find made in this block. StatoilHydro holds a 13.33% stake in block 31. The discovery, called Tebe, is located in the southern portion of block 31 about 12 kilometres south-east of the Hebe discovery and some 350 kilometres northwest of Luanda
Specialist project management company EPC Offshore has announced the appointment of new managers to work on two of the North Sea’s biggest developments, as the company continues to increase growth in 2012. Project manager Euan Sellar will focus on the final phases of the Rochelle field development for Endeavour Energy in the Central North Sea. Aberdeen-based EPC has provided project management services for the pre-sanction and execution phases of this large subsea project
The deal will support Aker Solution’s commitment to meet safe and sustainable offshore operations in the most important new development in the North Sea. It is a significant win for Lloyd’s Register Consulting as Aker Solutions is one of the world’s largest providers of products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. In combination with risk analysis expertise from Lloyd’s Register Consulting
Statoil has made an oil discovery in its Miocene Yeti prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), the company announced today. “The Yeti discovery expands the proven sub-salt Miocene play further south and west of the Big Foot field,” said Jez Averty
French oil and gas giant Total has pulled out of a deepwater block in offshore Oman after failing to make commercially attractive discoveries, a senior Omani official told reporters on Monday. Nasser Al Aufi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Oil and Gas
Eni reached a further milestone in the West Hub Development Project with the production start-up of Cinguvu field, located 5 kilometers from N’Goma FPSO Eni started production two weeks ahead of schedule at the Cinguvu oil field
Petrobras’ Exploration and Production Director, Solange Guedes, received the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations and Institutions, the highest recognition that an oil company can be given as an offshore operator
Statoil has together with PL169 partners proved new oil resources in the D-structure in the vicinity of the Grane field in the North Sea. Well 25/8-18 S, drilled by the rig Transocean Leader, proved an oil column of 25 m in the Heimdal Formation
French oil company Total has appointed refining boss Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to succeed Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow this week. Pouyanne, 51, head of refining, had been considered as possible candidate to succeed de Margerie in the past and has a
GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f (licence P1588) and BP operated block 30/1c (licence P363) was flow tested at a maximum rate of 5
UK exploration well 30/1f-13 and sidetrack 30/1f-13Y have encountered hydrocarbons in the Marconi-Vorlich prospect. The find in Paleocene Sandstones has been flow tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels of oil equivalent per day. RWE Dea is part of the consortium operated by GDF SUEZ.
Libra consortium reports that drilling the first well in the area extension of Libra, the 3-BRSA-1255-RJS (3-RJS-731), confirmed the discovery of good quality oil in the northwestern part of the structure . Well, informally known as NW1, is located in the pre-salt Santos Basin
Statoil has completed the extensive 2013-2014 exploration programme in the Barents Sea. This represents an all-time high exploration activity and 10% of all exploration wells drilled in the Barents Sea since its opening in 1980. “This is a unique exploration programme
Cairn has made a discovery of high quality oil in the second well in the Senegal exploration programme. The SNE-1 well is located in 1,100 metres (m) water depth and approximately 100 kilometres (km) offshore in the Sangomar Offshore block with a target depth of ~3
Italian oil and gas group Eni estimated the potential of the Minsala Marine discovery offshore Congo Brazzaville at about 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, after successfully completing the production test of an exploration well.
Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Monday it had found "excellent quality" oil in an off-shore well known as Pudim, or pudding, in the Espirito Santo basin. Drilling confirmed oil at around 4,670 meters
Chevron Corporation announced an oil discovery at the Anchor prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Anchor is Chevron’s second discovery in the deepwater Gulf in less than a year. “The Anchor discovery, along with the previously announced Guadalupe discovery
Britain said on Thursday it had summoned the Argentine ambassador to explain the latest war of words over the disputed Falkland Islands which included a threat to prosecute British energy firms operating in the area. Last week, Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd said they had made an