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Kan Tan IV Continues Drilling at Matuku-1 Well in PEP 51906 off New Zealand
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 New Zealand Oil & Gas reveals that semisub Kan Tan IV continues drilling at Matuku-1 well in Petroleum Exploration Permit 51906 offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand.
Ambassador Farms Out 52.5% Interest in PEL 570 to New Standard Energy
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Ambassador Oil and Gas farms out 52.5 percent interest in petroleum exploration permit 570 in the Cooper Basin in South Australia to New Standard Energy.
Salamander Energy Signs PSC for Block PM322 in Melaka Strait
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Salamander Energy signs a production sharing contract for Block PM322 in Melaka Strait, off the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia.
Official: Australia's Santos Looking to Exit India Oil & Gas Blocks
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Santos wants to pull out of two Indian oil and gas blocks because of problems related to a maritime border dispute with Bangladesh, Indian government officials say.
Marathon to Ramp Up US Shale Activity, Market North Sea Assets
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Marathon Oil will accelerate its US shale activity and market North Sea assets for sale as part of its 2014 strategic plans.
SeaBird Wins NW Europe Work for Harrier Explorer Vessel
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 SeaBird Exploration wins an $8 million contract for 2D seismic work in northwest Europe.
Serinus Energy Suspends Luba-1 Well in Brunei's Block L
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Serinus Energy suspends the Luba-1 exploration well in Block L, Brunei after attempts to recover the bottom hole assembly failed.
Statoil to Lead Barents 3D Seismic Joint Venture
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Statoil is to lead a group of 17 oil and gas firms that will oversee the acquisition of seismic data from the southeastern Barents Sea.
BG Group Increases Offshore Tanzania Resources to 15 Tcf
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 BG Group says it has increased its total recoverable resources estimate across Blocks 1, 3 and 4 offshore Tanzania to 15 Tcf.
Europa Confident about French Drill
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Europa Oil & Gas says it could drill a well to test shallow gas prospectivity at its Berenx shallow gas prospect, onshore France, within 18 months.
Salamander Updates on Drilling at Bangkanai PSC in Kalimantan
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Salamander Energy updates on drilling at West Kerendan and Sungai Lahei prospects in the Bangkanai Production Sharing Contract (PSC), Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Energy Searcher Signed Up for Nigeria Drill
Monday, December 09, 2013 Northern Offshore reports that its Energy Searcher drillship has been contracted to drill offshore Nigeria.
Noble Energy Eyes Fresh Appraisal for Natgas off Cyprus
Monday, December 09, 2013 Noble Energy might launch a fresh appraisal of natural gas quantities in a subsea reservoir off Cyprus in 2014, according to officials.
Premier Withdraws from Kenyan Block
Monday, December 09, 2013 Premier Oil reports that it has withdrawn from Block L10A, offshore Kenya.
Statoil Finds up to 50M Barrels in the Barents Sea
Monday, December 09, 2013 Statoil finds between 20 and 50 million recoverable barrels of oil at its Skavl prospect in the Barents Sea.
Falklands License Farm-ins Completed
Monday, December 09, 2013 Three companies involved with exploration around the Falkland Islands complete a farm-in deal concerning two licenses.
Tullow Well Comes up Dry Onshore Ethiopia
Monday, December 09, 2013 Tullow Oil reports that its Tultule-1 wildcat well onshore Ethiopia has come up dry.
CGG to Complete La Bella 3D Seismic Survey in Otway Basin Soon
Monday, December 09, 2013 WHL Energy reports that the La Bella 3D sesmic survey in Permit VIC/P67 in Australia's Otway Basin is expected to be completed soon.
Strike Energy Reports Elevated Gas Readings at Le Chiffre 1 Well in PEL 96
Friday, December 06, 2013 Strike Energy reports that elevated gas readings were recorded when drilling the Le Chiffre 1 well in petroleum exploration license 96 in South Australia's Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project.
Statoil, ExxonMobil Find 2-3 Tcf of Gas Offshore Tanzania
Friday, December 06, 2013 Statoil and ExxonMobil make a fifth gas discovery in Block 2 offshore Tanzania.
KrisEnergy Updates on Drilling at Cua Lo-1 ST-1 Well off Vietnam
Friday, December 06, 2013 KrisEnergy provides an update on drilling at Cua Lo 1 ST-1 exploration well in Block 105-110/04 off northern Vietnam.
Efforts are Underway to Resume Drilling at Naga Utara-2 Well in Kutei Basin
Friday, December 06, 2013 Cue Energy reveals that operations to recover a drill string and resume drilling are in progress at Naga Utara-2 well in the Mahakam Hilir Production Sharing Contract in Kutei Basin, Indonesia.
Rosneft, Statoil To Set Up Russian Shale Oil Venture
Friday, December 06, 2013 Rosneft and Statoil agreed to set up a joint venture to assess the viability of shale oil production in Russia's Samara region, the firms say.
Wood MacKenzie: Sustained Outperformance is a Challenge for Explorers
Friday, December 06, 2013 Wood MacKenzie's latest ranking of company exploration performance indicates that few firms managed to sustain exploration outperformance for a decade or more.
Providence Offered Celtic Sea Licensing Option
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Providence Resources is offered a new licensing option in the South Celtic Sea Basin, offshore Ireland.
First Gas Flows from Pilot Well #2 in Muara Enim PSC in South Sumatra
Thursday, December 05, 2013 NuEnergy announces that first gas flows from Pilot Well #2 at the Muara Enim Production Sharing Contract in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
Ketu Petroleum to Acquire 20% Stake in PPL 259 in PNG from Eaglewood Energy
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Eaglewood Energy inks deal to farm out 20 percent interest in Petroleum Prospecting License 259 in Western Province, Papua New Guinea to Ketu Petroleum.
BP Pushes Technical Limits To Tap Extreme Fields
Thursday, December 05, 2013 BP leads an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from deeper formations and higher pressures and temperatures.
Statoil, Woodside Among Winners in New Zealand 2013 Exploration Block Offer
Thursday, December 05, 2013 New Zealand awards 10 new onshore and offshore petroleum exploration permits as part of Block Offer 2013, with Statoil and Woodside among the successful bidders.
Ghana Parliament Ratifies Oil Exploration Deal
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Ghana's parliament ratifies an oil exploration deal with a subsidiary of AGM Gibraltar after an influential think tank stirred debate by saying the pact did not serve the country's interests.
S.Korea to Focus on Exploration as Cuts Overseas Energy Spend
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 South Korea's state-owned energy firms will focus on exploration as the import-reliant nation cuts back its total spending on overseas energy and resources development, a senior energy ministry official says.
Shell Charts Return To Offshore Alaska Drilling In July
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Shell plans to return to Alaskan offshore drilling next July and will deploy an upgraded drillship in the Chukchi Sea, while keeping a newly contracted backup drillship ready if needed.
Sterling Gets Govt Consent for Madagascar Farm-out
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Sterling Energy gets government consent to farm out 50 percent of the Ambilobe Block, offshore Madagascar.
FormCap Updates Kansas Prospect Ops
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 FormCap announces that geological and geophysical (G&G) due diligence on the acquisition of 1500 acres of prospective oil leases in Cowley County, Kansas is completed.
Edge Resources to Commence Multi-Well Program in Saskatchewan
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Edge Resources announces it has secured a drilling rig for a multi-well drilling program in Eye Hill, Saskatchewan.
New Western Acquires Additional Acreage in Oklahoma
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 New Western Energy completes the acquisition of an Oil & Gas lease onsisting of 80 acres adjacent to its Winchester & Thomas leases in Rogers County.
Metgasco Plans to Drill Rosella E01 in PEL 16 in New South Wales
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Metgasco plans to drill Rosella E01 well in Petroleum Exploration License 16 in New South Wales, Australia.
Noble Touts Duo Discoveries in GOM, Offshore Israel
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Noble Energy announces discoveries at the Dantzler exploration well in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and at the Tamar Southwest (SW) exploration well offshore Israel.
Philippine DOE Extends Subphase 2b for SC 63 off Palawan Island
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Nido Petroleum reports that Philippines' Department of Energy has extended sub-phase 2b for Service Contract 63 off Palawan Island in the Philippines to November 2014.
Wolf Gets Encouraging Geochemical Results in Mongolia's Sukhbaatar Block
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Wolf Petroleum reports that geochemical analysis taken from seismic shot holes indicates light crude oil and propane gas concentrations in Mongolia's Sukhbaatar Block.
Oilex Secures Rig to Drill Cambay-77H Well in Gujarat in 1Q 2014
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Oilex secures Essar Rig 4 for drilling at the Cambay-77H well in Gujarat, India in the first quarter of 2014.
Petroneft Restarts Drilling Operations
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Petroneft says it has restarted drilling activity at it operations in Russia.
Drilling Underway at Matuku-1 Well in PEP 51906 in Taranaki Basin
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 New Zealand Oil & Gas reveals that drilling is underway at the Matuku-1 well in Petroleum Exploration Permit 51906 offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand.
Tap Reports an Oil Discovery at Malida-1 Well in Block G1/48 off Thailand
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Tap Oil reports that an oil discovery has been made at Malida-1 well in Block G1/48 in the Gulf of Thailand.
Canacol Strikes Oil at Colombia Well
Monday, December 02, 2013 The Leon 1 encountered 133 feet of net oil pay within 4 different reservoirs, and Canacol is currently preparing to conduct a series of production tests on the discovery.
Senex Books Contingent Oil Resource in Cooper-Eromanga Basin
Monday, December 02, 2013 Senex Energy quantifies a significant contingent oil resource within the Murta Formation of South Australia's southern Cooper-Eromanga Basin.
NZEC Gains 100% Stake in East Coast Permit in Raukumara Region in NZ
Monday, December 02, 2013 New Zealand Energy Corp. reports that it has been awarded 100 percent interest in East Cape Permit in the Raukumara region in New Zealand's East Coast Basin.
Japan Finds Methane Hydrate in Sea of Japan
Monday, December 02, 2013 Japan has discovered methane hydrate lying over a large area in the Sea of Japan in northwestern Japan, in addition to previously discovered areas in the Pacific Ocean, the trade ministry says.
Shell, Bosnia Region To Soon Start Talks On Oil Exploration
Monday, December 02, 2013 Bosnia's autonomous Muslim-Croat Federation expects to start talks in late February with a unit of oil major Shell on a concession for oil exploration, a minister says.
Dragon Oil Successful in Bid for Exploration Block 19 in Gulf of Suez
Friday, November 29, 2013 Dragon Oil receives notification that its bid for offshore exploration Block 19 in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt has been accepted.
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