US Restrain China GofM Aspirations
CNOOC, China's largest offshore oil and natural gas producer, barred from outright opeation of recently acquired Gulf of Mexico oilfields. The oilfields were acquired by CNOOC through its US$15-billion takeover of Canadian firm Nexen. The state-owned oil giant's purchase of Nexen includes about 200 deep-water leases in the Gulf, however the company has surrendered operating control of them to quell US national security concerns, reports the South China Morning Post, noting that the requirements contrast with approvals for state-owned companies including Norway's Statoil and Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro to control drilling and production in the Gulf.
Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling – Rosneft Plans Expansion
According to a report in 'Barents Observer' Rosneft will be the main partner of Statoil and Eni in the Barents Sea, where the new CEO has highlighted the importance of three grand projects in the Russian Arctic. Sechin, who was recently appointed new CEO of the state-owned oil giant, stresses that big projects like the one in the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea will be given special attention under his leadership. In a meeting with PM Dmitry Medvedev, Sechin maintained that the implementation of grand offshore projects like the ones in the Barents Sea, the Kara Sea an the Black Sea, will be a top priority along with the supply of oil products with stable prices to the Russian domestic market and the modernization of oil processing facilities.
Saudi Aramco Shipyard Joint Venture Appoints CEO
Saudi Aramco and its partners have appointed Fathi K. Al-Saleem as chief executive of a joint venture to build a shipyard on the kingdom’s east coast, part of the Saudi Arabian government’s drive to diversify the economy beyond oil. The state-owned oil giant said in a statement on Friday that International Maritime Industries (IMI) had been officially launched in partnership with National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), engineering firm Lamprell Plc, and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.
Indonesian Tanker Explosion Kills 4
An oil tanker that had just unloaded its cargo exploded on a Sumatran river Wednesday, killing four crew members, reports said. The MT Maulana had delivered a load of diesel fuel and was returning to port in the afternoon when the explosion occurred, said police investigators. Firefighters battled the blaze for two hours to bringing it under control. An electrical problem ignited fuel, touching off the blast. Tugboats towed the charred wreckage of the 1,500-ton ship, leased by Indonesian state-owned oil giant PT Pertamina, out of traffic lanes on the Siak river, which connects the regional port directly to the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest waterways. The incident occurred about 560 miles northwest of the capital of Jakarta. Source: AP