Iran Makes $100 B Oil Find, Major Companies Compete For Big Deals Iran announced its biggest oil find in 30 years last week, a 26-billion barrel field discovered just as the country drives to revive exploration activities and foreign firms compete for big deals. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the oilfield in the prolific southwest Khuzestan province has the potential to produce up to 400,000 bpd. He said that development on the field, which is close to the Iraqi border, will start by the end of March 2001 and could earn revenues of some $100 billion given current estimates of recoverable reserves. The massive discovery by the National Iranian Oil Company comes under renewed Iranian efforts to rejuvenate exploration activities in a country with the world's second largest natural gas reserves and fifth biggest oil reserves. "Exploration had been neglected for 20 years. Recently there has been a great deal of exploration effort and this find shows that Iran is still under-explored," said Iranian oil expert Manouchehr Takin of London's Center for Global Energy Studies. "It underscores that Iran still has the potential for big discoveries." Oil Majors Vying For Iran Business That potential is one of the incentives now driving major Western oil firms to compete for big deals under Iran's biggest energy opening since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
An investigation committee headed by the Estonian Central Criminal Police now suspects 15 vessels of the oil spill off the Estonia coast that resulted in death of thousands and aquatic birds. The Liberian oil tanker Flawless, had notified authorities of problems already when approaching the Muuga seaport. The vessel had sustained a seven centimeters crack in its hull. The Estonian Maritime Administration inspected the ship after the announcement
Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras said on Thursday that it had made four "important" new oil finds that should boost its oil reserves by about 1.4 percent. Petrobras said the discoveries in Brazil's northeast region would eventually increase reserves by more than 130 million barrels, or 1.4 percent. Brazil's current reserves are 9.278 billion barrels. The finds were made in four mature fields where production was thought to be declining.
The Coast Guard, the Washington State Department of Ecology and the City of Seattle Public Utilities continue to investigate the cause of the patches of light oil sheen that covered parts of of Elliott Bay in Seattle Friday. Federal, State and City of Seattle pollution investigators continued their search throughout the weekend and today for the cause of the oil spill. On Friday oil containment booms and sorbent materials were placed at storm drain outfalls at SW Lander St
Nigeria's deep offshore fields showed more promise for oil finds than fields closer to shore, a senior Nigerian official said. Of the 18 wells drilled recently in Nigerian waters less than 1,000 m deep, 11 were dry. Of the 11 drilled in water over that depth, only two were dry, Funsho Kupolokun, special adviser on oil to Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, said. Kupolokun said Nigeria expects to extract up to 850 trillion barrels from only four of its deep offshore fields
The principal difficulty for Arctic offshore drilling right now, according to oil industry think tank, is economic. The companies may be back for another try at Arctic offshore drilling, in U.S. waters or elsewhere, if economic conditions change, reports AP. Shell pulled out from drilling in the Arctic after completing just one unsuccessful exploration well. Then Obama administration cancels two scheduled Arctic Ocean lease sales for 2016 and 2017
Bloomberg reported that Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state- controlled oil company, opened a new exploration frontier with the discovery of oil beneath more than two kilometers of ocean and two kilometers of rock a company official said. While Petrobras doesn't know the extent or size of the oil deposits found about 250 kilometers off the shore of Rio de Janeiro, it is the first time oil has been found under such conditions
According to a Bloomberg report, BP Plc discovered a gas deposit in the Caspian Sea that may double production from the largest natural gas development in Azerbaijan. BP shares rose 2.8 percent, the most in a month, in London trading after the company announcement. With the latest discovery, the field may be able to pump enough gas to supply Belgium and Luxembourg together. BP and partners including StatoilHydro ASA plan to spend $4
The debate regarding working in and around the Arctic is multi-tiered, with environmental, technical and emergency response heading the list. There is no debate regarding the fuel, money and emissions to be saved by shortening select global shipping routes. In a report from Bloomberg news posted June 13 on http://www.businessweek.com, it was said there will be a rise in dry bulk cargos hauled through Arctic waters this season
Maersk is launching a new computer game called Quest for Oil. Maersk is taking the lead in an innovative way by using a video game to open up the oil business to everyone. Quest for Oil is the first game of its kind and with the convergence of forces, innovation and technology Maersk gives the chance to experience the challenging world of being on a drilling rig with its 53,000 tons of steel rammed into the bottom of the ocean.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday accused China of breaking a U.S.-brokered deal between the two nations on the Scarborough Shoal, an uninhabited rocky outcrop in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas
Nearly two dozen vessels were queued outside the French oil import terminal in Fos, southern France on Thursday, held up by a strike organised by the hardline CGT and FO unions over planned labour reforms. A spokeswoman for the port of Marseille told Reuters that yesterday 29 oil
China COSCO Shipping, which uses bulk carriers and container vessels to transport goods, has seen its cargo business decline amid China's slowdown and has decided to get into the offshore wind power generation business, reports Nikkei.
The latest Gibson Market Report focused on the age profile of the VLCC fleet and the prospects for trading life beyond 15 years of age. Analysis of the Suezmax fleet shows a similar picture, with eighty-nine units over15 years of age (18% of the current fleet) the preferred
As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually found their 2008 heights just as unsustainable, even as some talked of a “new paradigm”.
International Energy Agency (IEA) chief Fatih Birol said on Sunday that oil prices may have bottomed but that would depend on global economic growth. Asked if oil prices had reached a bottom, Birol told Reuters: "It may well be the case, but it depends on economic growth."
The DNV GL-led WIN WIN Joint Industry Project (JIP), which melds offshore wind with offshore oil and gas, shows that for suitable fields,finds that wind-powered water injection is technically feasible, capable of meeting performance targets and offers a cost-competitive alternative to
In a concerted drive to find smart solutions to safely reduce complexities and cost in the North American oil and gas industry, DNV GL is leading seven new joint industry projects (JIP) from the region in 2016. The initiatives will support overall efficiency efforts in the pipelines
Supported by slow fleet growth and ongoing positive refinery margins, VLCC earnings in Q1-2016 were up from a year ago, but down from Q4-2015 as we expected at $58,367 per day for VLCC (+5.7% year on year). For the minor crude oil carriers, rates were down from Q1-2015 and Q4-2015
Heriot-Watt scientists have cracked the genetic code of the marine bacteria which helped ‘eat’ the oil spilled in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, information which could aid clean-up efforts for any future major spill. Dr Tony Gutierrez
Greece will conclude the evaluation of deep-sea oil and gas exploration bids in the coming weeks and will name the preferred bidders soon after, its energy minister said on Friday, as the country seeks to tap into its limited oil reserves.
Libya will resume oil shipments from the port of Marsa El Hariga after an agreement was reached at talks in Vienna between rival oil officials representing the east and west of the country, Libyan oil sources told Reuters. Exports from the port have been blocked since early this month due to a
Aircraft debris was found in the southern Mediterranean by Greek authorities searching for a missing EgyptAir aircraft which vanished from radar screens early Thursday, Greek state tv reported. Earlier, Greek officials said pieces of plastic were found in the sea some 230 miles south of the
Worst over for Aframax market as fuel oil cargoes lift rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could slide further before finding a floor and recovering on a rebound in chartering activity, ship brokers said on Friday.
Nigeria’s crude oil production and exports have been hit by severe outages as a result of attacks on oil infrastructure by rebel fighters in the Niger River Delta. Various sources report that Qua Iboe Terminal has shut down operations until further notice