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11 Dec 18
UK: Cuadrilla halts fracking at Preston New Road site following a minor seismic event
The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) reports that hydraulic fracturing operations at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site are currently paused following a minor seismic event.
11 Dec 18
French Guiana: Total commits to carry out its exploration campaign offshore French Guiana with transparency
Total is ready to start its exploration campaign on the Guyane Maritime license, located 150 kms off the French Guyana coast. Conscious of the questions that this campaign could raise, Total has highlighted that it is a responsible company that conducts operations while constantly seeking to minimize the environmental risk and is determined to act with transparency.
11 Dec 18
UK: SSE completes 228MW Stronelairg onshore wind farm
SSE has completed the construction and commissioning of the 66 turbine/228MW (megawatt) Stronelairg wind farm, near Fort Augustus. With a total investment of around £350m, Stronelairg is expected to be SSE's final wind farm to be accredited under the Renewables Obligation.
11 Dec 18
Romania: ADX Energy announces funding options for Parta appraisal drilling onshore Romania
ADX Energy has announced that Reabold Resources and ADX have agreed to a number of funding options for Danube Petroleum in order to provide funding certainty for future appraisal drilling operations at the Parta Licence, onshore Romania.
11 Dec 18
Argentina: Echo Energy announces update on Argentina operations
Echo Energy, the Latin American focused upstream oil and gas company, has announced Board changes and provided an update on its planned operational programme across its licences in Southern Argentina.
11 Dec 18
Georgia: Block Energy signs agreement for multi-well workover programme in Georgia
Block Energy has signed a service agreement for the provision of an advanced downhole perforation technology in order to re-complete up to eight wells at its 100 percent owned Norio licence, part of an initial work programme targeting an increase in production at the field to 250 bopd by H1 2019.
11 Dec 18
Australia: Jadestone Energy reports progress on Montara shutdown work
Jadestone Energy has reported an update on its Montara asset inspection and maintenance shutdown, following the decision to shut in the Montara asset in order to correct an extensive backlog of inspection and maintenance routines.
11 Dec 18
Shearwater GeoServices awarded projects equivalent to 8 vessel months in the Arabian Sea
Eni Oman in partnership with Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production has awarded Shearwater GeoServices a seismic survey in Block 52, offshore Oman and ONGC has awarded Shearwater a 3D broadband marine seismic acquisition contract for the planned 2018/2019 field season.
11 Dec 18
Chariot Oil & Gas announces pre-close operational update
Chariot Oil & Gas, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, has provided an operational update prior to its 31 December year end. The Company retains a portfolio of highly prospective assets in Morocco and Brazil for which it has initiated partnering processes.
11 Dec 18
ConocoPhillips announces 2019 capital budget and operating plan
ConocoPhillips has announced its 2019 capital expenditure budget and operating plan. The Company has set a 2019 capital expenditure budget of $6.1 billion, which is flat to expected full-year 2018 capital expenditures excluding acquisition costs.
10 Dec 18
Brazil: Spectrum acquiring new Potiguar Basin multi-client 3D survey
Spectrum is commencing a large 3D seismic survey in the Potiguar basin offshore the Equatorial Margins of Brazil. This survey comprises 10,700 sq km covering blocks that were recently awarded in the 15th license round and open acreage blocks scheduled for the 17th Round in 2020.
10 Dec 18
Norway: Equinor granted drilling permit for well 36/1-3 in PL 885
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Equinor a drilling permit for well 36/1-3 in production licence PL 885. The well will be drilled about 40 kms east of the Peon discovery.
10 Dec 18
Angola: Eni announces start-up of the Vandumbu field in Block 15/06, offshore Angola
Eni has started production from the Vandumbu field in Block 15/06 through the West Hub N’Goma FPSO. First oil from the Vandumbu field was achieved in late November 2018, three months ahead of schedule.
10 Dec 18
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board issues Call For Bids NS18-3
The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) has issued Call for Bids NS18-3, which includes two industry-nominated parcels. The Call for Bids NS18-3 parcels are located on the Scotian Shelf, within the Sable Subbasin, where 23 Significant Discoveries have been made to date.
10 Dec 18
Brazil environment regulator denies Total permit to drill Amazon basin
Brazil environmental regulator Ibama said on Friday it had denied a permit to French oil major Total to drill in the environmentally sensitive Foz do Amazonas Basin for a fifth and final time.
10 Dec 18
UK: Verus Petroleum moves to next phase of ambitious growth plan as production rises 12-fold through drilling and acquisitions
Verus Petroleum is moving on to a new phase of growth, having secured a 12-fold increase in its production – from 1,500 to 18,000 barrels per day in less than a year – through drilling and key acquisitions in the UKCS.
10 Dec 18
Angola: Eni announces a new oil discovery in Block 15/06, offshore Angola
Eni has struck a new oil discovery in the Afoxe exploration prospect located in Block 15/06, offshore Angola. The discovery is estimated to contain between 170 and 200 million barrels of light oil in place. The well has not been tested but an intensive data collection has been carried out that indicates a production capacity in excess of 5,000 bopd.
10 Dec 18
Oman: Tethys Oil launches seismic campaign on Block 49, onshore Oman
Following the successful reprocessing of older 2D seismic data, Tethys Oil has launched a new seismic campaign on Block 49, onshore Oman. The purpose of the seismic campaign is to further define possible oil traps and to enhance the understanding of the deeper parts of the block in general.
10 Dec 18
Norway: Neptune Energy completes integration of VNG Norge
Neptune Energy has completed the integration with the former VNG Norge business. The integrated business, 'Neptune Energy Norge', will be amongst the top five independent producers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and will become the operator of the Fenja field development project in the Norwegian Sea.
10 Dec 18
UK: Tailwind Energy confirms first oil from Gannet E field
Tailwind Energy has announced first oil from the 100 percent-owned Gannet E redevelopment to the Triton FPSO. The subsea tieback project was completed in September 2018 with first oil delivered on budget and on schedule. All three wells are producing higher than expectation providing a combined rate of ca.10kbbl/d.
10 Dec 18
UK: Azinor Catalyst receives LOI for acquisition of interests in three planned exploration wells
Azinor Catalyst, the Seacrest Capital Group-backed E&P Company focused on the UK Continental Shelf, has received a Letter of Intent ('LOI') for the acquisition of material non-operated interests in three exploration wells planned for 2019 on Catalyst’s Boaz, Goose and Hinson prospects.
10 Dec 18
Colombia: Amerisur Resources announces oil discovery at Indico-1 in Colombia
Amerisur Resources notes the recent media speculation and has announced that drilling at the Indico-1 well on the CPO-5 block in Colombia has reached target depth of 10,604 feet and has encountered the targeted Lower Sands (LS3) of the Une formation. Initial analysis by the Company indicates that a 283 feet gross, 209 feet net, oil column is present in the LS3 formation.
10 Dec 18
Australia: Buru Energy and Rey Resources increase their interests in EP 457 & 458 permits in the Canning Basin
Buru Energy and Rey Resources have agreed to purchase interests held by Diamond Resources (Barbwire), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp, in Petroleum Exploration Permits EP 457 and EP 458 in the Canning Basin.
10 Dec 18
Nigeria: San Leon Energy preparing to spud OSMU-1 well in OML 18
San Leon Energy has confirmed that operator Eroton is preparing to spud the OSMU-1 well in the Akaso field in OML 18, onshore Nigeria.
10 Dec 18
Malaysia: Coro Energy to conduct joint technical study offshore Malaysia with Petronas
Coro Energy has agreed with PETRONAS to conduct a joint technical study over Block 2A, Offshore Malaysia. Under the terms of the Study Coro will have permission to conduct an extensive technical analysis of the acreage with the option to apply for a Production Sharing Contract for the block, subject to PETRONAS' approval.
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