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Iran Makes $100 B Oil Find, Major Companies Compete For Big Deals

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.

Ships Suspected in Estonian Oil Spill

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

Petrobras Announces Four Oil Field Finds

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.

Coast Guard, Dept. of Ecology to Conduct Investigation

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 Sees Future In Deep Offshore Fields

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

Is Oil Industry Backing Away From Offshore Arctic Drilling ?

Prirazlomnaya platform. Photo: Information Directorate, Gazprom

 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

Petrobras: Deep Offshore Wells a New Frontier

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

BP Finds Major Gas Field

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

Arctic Route Helps Owners Slash Fuel Costs

“I think it important to remind everyone that the place is ice-covered – fully or partially – eight to 10 months out of the year through the century and beyond, Said Lawson W. Brigham, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska – Fairbanks.

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, it was said there will be a rise in dry bulk cargos hauled through Arctic waters this season

Maersk Launches Quest for Oil Computer Game

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.

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

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Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217, validating the company’s commercial proposition, the company announced today

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-Term Slowing of Growth?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensiveassessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector.  The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 -- provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Alaska Buys TransCanada AK LNG Stake

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 The State of Alaska has finalized a deal with TransCanada to buy out the pipeline company's share in the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas export project for nearly $65 million.   Alaska has completed the buyout of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project

Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb

Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of reduced arbitrage volumes from the West next month even as the market remained quiet, traders said.  

Oil Price to Rise Gradually to $80 by 2020 -IEA

Oil is unlikely to return to $80 a barrel before the end of the decade, despite unprecedented declines in investment, as yearly demand growth struggles to top 1 million barrels per day, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.  

Oil Tankers Queueing in US Gulf Seen as New Symbol of Glut

A traffic jam of oil tankers has emerged along the U.S. Texas coast this month, a snarl that some traders see as the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut.   More than 50 commercial vessels were anchored outside ports in the Houston area at the end of last week

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Baltic Sea Pipeline Gas Flow Cut Due to Munitions Discovery

Nord Stream consortium, lead by Russian energy giant Gazprom, said on Wednesday it has stopped gas shipments via the Baltic Sea through one of its two lines as Swedish armed forces dispose of a munitions object found nearby.   Total capacity of the two lines is 55 billion cubic metres per

Peru to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday.   The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for

Concordia Posts Strong Q3

Stena Bulk. Photo by Concordia Maritime AB

 Good positions in a market that exceeded expectations gave Concordia Maritime part of Sweden’s Stena Group, a very strong ­quarter for the season.   It recorded after-tax income of SKr52.4M ($6m) for the third quarter, a dramatic turn from a SKr27m loss the same period a

NTSB: Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro "Black Box" Still Missing

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The video documentation of the cargo ship El Faro and the associated debris field has been completed but the vessel’s voyage data recorder was not located, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.   “Over the years we’ve completed many investigations without

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Seacor's New Class of Fast Support Vessel Delivered

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The delivery of Alya McCall is significant in that it is the first vessel in a fleet of new class monohull Fast Support Vessels (FSV) for SEACOR Marine. Alya McCall is the first vessel in the SEACOR Express Plus class and features striking lines not ordinarily found in traditional monohull

Malaysia Detains 3 Vessels Over Illegal Oil Transfer

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 Three oil tanker ships were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the waters of Pengerang  for illegal ship-to-ship transfer of marine fuel oil (MFO) near Pengerang.    Tanjung Sedili District Maritime Enforcement head

Fredriksen's Firms See Diverging Fortunes

Rig firm Seadrill sees tough market continuing in 2016. Firms in Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen's empire saw contrasting fortunes on Tuesday, as rig firm Seadrill booked $1.8 billion in writedowns while tanker firm Frontline turned around its fortunes after years of turmoil.

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