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20 Jan 20
Oil and gas industry needs to step up climate efforts now - IEA
Oil and gas companies are facing a critical challenge as the world increasingly shifts towards clean energy transitions. Fossil fuels drive the companies’ near-term returns, but failure to address growing calls to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could threaten their long-term social acceptability and profitability, according to the IEA’s Oil and Gas Industry in Energy Transitions report.
20 Jan 20
Australia: Polarcus commences Cygnus Phase 3 offshore Australia
Polarcus has announced the commencement of acquisition of the latest phase of the Cygnus regional multi-client 3D survey in the Vulcan Sub-basin, offshore north-west Australia. The 1,500 sq km Phase 3 South survey, covering the Skua, Swift and Montara area, completes over 7,200 sq km of continuous XArray Triple Source coverage.
20 Jan 20
Senegal: FAR announces Sangomar field development FID and USD$300m underwritten senior facility
FAR Limited has taken the Final Investment Decision ('FID') and received final credit approvals for an underwritten US$300 million senior secured reserve-based lending ('RBL') facility for the Sangomar Field Development offshore Senegal.
20 Jan 20
Norway: Maersk Drilling awarded two-well contract extension for low-emission rig Maersk Integrator under Aker BP alliance
Maersk Drilling has secured a two-well contract extension from Aker BP for the ultra-harsh environment, low-emission jack-up rig Maersk Integrator. In direct continuation of the rig’s current workscope, Maersk Integrator will move to the Ivar Aasen field offshore Norway to drill two wells, with work expected to commence in October 2020.
20 Jan 20
Canada: IPC announces acquisition of light oil assets in Southern Alberta
International Petroleum Corp (IPC) has entered into an agreement to acquire Granite Oil Corp for total equity and debt consideration of approx. USD 59 million. The Acquisition is comprised of high netback, light oil producing assets in the Milk River area of Alberta, located southwest of IPC’s existing operations in the Suffield area, just north of the US border.
20 Jan 20
Qatar: Total to develop Qatar’s first large-scale (800 MWp) solar plant
Total has entered into agreements for the development of the Al Kharsaah Solar PV IPP Project, a 800 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar plant that will be located 80 kms west of Doha, Qatar. The project was awarded to a consortium of Total and Marubeni as the result of the country’s first solar tender.
20 Jan 20
Argentina: Echo Energy provides Santa Cruz Sur operational update
Echo Energy has announced that the Campo Limite exploration well (CLix-1001) in the Palermo Aike concession of Santa Cruz Sur has been drilled to a total measured depth of 2,247 metres and wireline logging has now been completed. On the basis of encouraging initial data from drilling and logging operations a decision has been made to test the well.
20 Jan 20
Anglo African Oil & Gas announces new strategic investor and termination of ISA
Anglo African Oil & Gas has consented to the sale, by Riverfort Global Opportunities PCC and YA II PN Ltd, of ISA shares in the Company, which will be acquired by Forum Energy Services. Forum has, through its investors and network, access to sources of funding as well as projects in the natural resources sector that could be suitable as acquisition targets for AAOG.
20 Jan 20
UK: Egdon Resources extends exclusivity agreement for farmout of the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries offshore UK
Egdon Resources has announced an extension of the exclusivity agreement in respect of the execution of a definitive farm-out agreement for Licences P1929 and P2304 with a large internationally recognised exploration and production company. The Licences contain the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries.
20 Jan 20
Australia: Metgasco executes farmout agreement with Vintage and RCMA for Cervantes exploration well in the Perth Basin
Metgasco has executed a re-stated L14 Western Flank farm-out agreement with RCMA Australia and Vintage Energy, which commits Metgasco and Vintage to drilling, in Q3 CY2020, the highly prospective 3D seismically defined Cervantes oil prospect in the Western Flank area of the L14 production licence in the northern onshore Perth Basin.
19 Jan 20
Russia: Gazprom Neft and Shell to expand their joint project to develop the Salym Group of fields in KhMAO
Gazprom Neft and Shell have agreed to expand their JV Salym Petroleum Development. The company’s portfolio of assets will include a license for the right to geological survey, exploration and production of conventional hydrocarbon reserves of the Salymsky 2 block in the Khanty Mansiisk Autonomous Region.
19 Jan 20
Schlumberger announces full-year and fourth-quarter 2019 results
Schlumberger on Jan 17 reported results for full-year 2019 and the fourth quarter of 2019. Full-year worldwide revenue of $32.9 billion was flat year-on-year, with international revenue growth of 7 percent.
19 Jan 20
Angola: Eni awarded Block 28 in the Namibe basin offshore Angola
Eni has been awarded Block 28 in the unexplored deep water Namibe Basin as part of the 1st International Competitive Bid Round where open blocks were offered by ANPG in the Namibe-Benguela Basin.
19 Jan 20
Lebanon announces extension to 2nd Offshore Licensing Round
Lebanon’s Ministry of Energy and Water and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration have announced an extension of the application deadline for the 2nd Offshore Licensing Round. Companies are invited to submit their applications for Blocks 1, 2, 5, 8 and 10 before the 30th April 2020.
19 Jan 20
Norway: Chrysaor awarded 8 licences in Norway in APA 2019
Chrysaor Norge was awarded a total of eight licences with a variety of work programs, including a firm well and a number of drill-or-drop commitments. The licences cover a number of discoveries and play types with some located along the median line, close to existing Chrysaor infrastructure in the UK.
19 Jan 20
Norway's production increases in December 2019
Norway's preliminary production figures for December 2019 show an average daily production of 2,082000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is an increase of 95,000 barrels per day compared to November.
19 Jan 20
Angola: Eni starts production at Agogo oil field, offshore Angola
Eni reports the start-up of its offshore Agogo oil field, situated in the 15/06 Block in the Angolan waters. The start-up takes place just nine months after its discovery thanks to the operational synergies facilitated by the Ngoma, West Hub production centre, situated 15km from the oil field.
19 Jan 20
UK: RockRose Energy transfers operatorship of the Brae Area to TAQA Bratani
RockRose Energy has announced that, subject to receipt of approval by the Secretary of State, it will be passing operatorship of the Brae Area to TAQA Bratani. This follows court proceedings brought by TAQA and the other JV partners, JX Nippon and Spirit Energy, in December 2019. The proceedings related to the notice of discharge served on Marathon Oil UK as operator.
19 Jan 20
UK: Egdon Resources granted planning consent for the Wressle oil field on appeal
Egdon Resources reports that the Planning Inspectorate has upheld its appeal and granted planning consent for the development of the Wressle oil field in North Lincolnshire licences PEDL180 and PEDL182.
19 Jan 20
Norway: PGS to offer GeoStreamer X data in APA 2019 award areas
PGS has GeoStreamer data library coverage over the 2019 APA license areas announced by the NPD and plans for new acquisition projects in 2020 to further expand this in key areas of the Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea, Viking Graben and Central Graben.

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