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FT: Shell Submits Revised Drill Plan for Arctic
Friday, August 29, 2014 Shell has sought permission from the U.S. government to drill in the Arctic Ocean and is keeping open the possibility that it could drill there next summer, the Financial Times reports.

Ruspetro Plans a Second Horizontal Well This Year
Friday, August 29, 2014 Ruspetro says it is planning to spud and drill another horizontal well from Pad 23b by the end of the year.

Lundin Petroleum's Luno II Oil Discovery off Norway Disappoints
Friday, August 29, 2014 Lundin Petrolum's Luni II oil and gas discovery offshore Norway is smaller than expected, with analysts saying it may be too small to support a standalone development.

Africa Oil Corp. Updates on Drilling at its Kenya and Ethiopia Blocks
Friday, August 29, 2014 Africa Oil Corp. provides an updates on drilling operations at its blocks in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Sources: Saudi Aramco Seeks Interest For Work On Unconventional Gas
Friday, August 29, 2014 Four companies have expressed interest in bidding for work on unconventional gas in Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil exporter pushes ahead with plans to develop challenging shale deposits, sources say.


  



Noble Strikes Additional Pay at Katmai in GOM
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Wireline logging data indicates a total of 154 net feet of crude oil pay in multiple reservoirs at the Katmai exploration well.

Crew Energy To Sell Alberta Assets For C$150M
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Crew Energy says it would sell its liquids-rich assets in Princess, Alberta for C$150 million to focus on the development of its core Montney properties in British Columbia.

Source: Repsol To Drill First phase Of Canary Islands Well On Its Own
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Repsol, part of a consortium planning to explore for oil off the Canary Islands, will carry out the first phase of the project on its own, a source with knowledge of the matter says.

Rig Company Seadrill Hit by Profit Miss, Cautious Outlook
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Offshore driller Seadrill reports second-quarter earnings below forecasts, offering a cautious outlook.

Santos to Commence Re-Entry Works at Mt Kitty Well in NT's Amadeus Basin
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Santos plans to commence re-entry works to complete the evaluation of the Mt Kitty exploration well in permit EP 125 in Amadeus Basin, Northern Territory, Australia.

Strike Energy Secures Block CO2013-B in South Australia's Cooper Basin
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Strike Energy secures Block CO2013-B in South Australia's Cooper Basin exploration acreage released by the state government.

Statoil Abandons OzBeta-1 Well in Permit EP 127 in Northern Territory
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Statoil abandons OzBeta-1 well in exploration permit 127 in Australia's Northern Territory after it failed to produce oil or gas.

Australia's Northern Territory Government Awards EP145 to Trident Energy
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Trident Energy receives the grant of permit EP145 in Australia's Northern Territory from the authorities, paving the way for Mosman Oil and Gas to acquire the firm.

OMV Completes Drilling at Whio-1 Well in NZ's PEP 51313, No Commercial Find
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 OMV New Zealand completes drilling operations at Whio-1 exploration well in permit PEP 51313 in the Taranaki Basin, offshore New Zealand without making a commercial discovery.

Shell Makes Gas Find at Marjoram-1 Well in Block SK318 Offshore Sarawak
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Shell makes a gas discovery at Marjoram-1 exploration well in deepwater Block SK318, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia.

KrisEnergy Completes Drilling at Mancharee-1 Well in Gulf of Thailand
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 KrisEnergy completes drilling at Mancharee-1 exploration well in Block G10/48 in the Gulf of Thailand, but did not find any significant pay zones.

Key Petroleum Faces Mechanical Problem at Dunnart-2 Well in Perth Basin
Monday, August 25, 2014 Key Petroleum reports that a drill stem test tool encountered mechanical failure at Dunnart-2 well in EP437 in Perth Basin, Western Australia.

Metgasco in Out-of-Court Talks with NSW Government on PEL 16 Drilling Spat
Monday, August 25, 2014 Metgasco in discussions with the New South Wales (NSW) government on an out-of-court settlement over the suspension of an approval for the firm to drill in PEL 16 in northern NSW, Australia.

Swala Begins Seismic Survey Over Moshi Basin in Tanzania's Pangani Permit
Monday, August 25, 2014 Swala Energy commences 2D seismic data acquisition program over the Moshi Basin in the Pangani exploration license in northern Tanzania.

YPF Makes Oil And Gas Discovery In Patagonia
Monday, August 25, 2014 YPF says it struck oil and gas at a well drilled in Patagonia.

Argentina's YPF Extends Energy Deal With China's Sinopec To 2027
Friday, August 22, 2014 YPF and a subsidiary of Sinopec Group agree to extend their joint oil exploration and development projects in the western Argentine province of Mendoza until 2027.

Santos Makes Gas-Condensate Discovery at Lasseter-1 Well in Browse Basin
Friday, August 22, 2014 Santos makes a gas-condensate discovery at Lasseter-1 exploration well in permit WA-274-P in Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia.

China Rongsheng Acquires Stakes in Kyrgyzstan's Oil Fields for $282M
Friday, August 22, 2014 China Rongsheng Heavy Industries acquires 60 percent interest in Central Point Worldwide for $282 million, giving it stakes in four oil fields adjacent to the Fergana Valley in Kyrgyzstan.

AziPac to Acquire 25% Stake in Block 127 in Vietnam's Phu Khanh Basin
Friday, August 22, 2014 AziPac agrees to acquire 25 percent interest in Block 127 production sharing contract in the Phu Khanh Basin, offshore Vietnam from Mitra Energy.

Kan Tan IV Continues Drilling at Whio-1 Well in PEP 51313 Offshore Taranaki
Friday, August 22, 2014 Cue Energy provides update on drilling at Whio-1 well in permit PEP 51313 offshore Taranaki, New Zealand.

Idemitsu Makes Gas, Condensate Find at Blocks 05-1b & 05-1c Off Vietnam
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Inpex reports that Idemitsu, the operator of Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c offshore southern Vietnam, made a gas and condensate discovery.

3D Oil Completes Sale of a 20% Stake in Otway Basin's T/49P Permit
Thursday, August 21, 2014 3D Oil completes the sale of 20 percent stake in T/49P exploration permit in Otway Basin, offshore Tasmania, Australia to Beach Energy.

Hydrocarbon Flows During Testing at Davenport 1 in Permit PEL 94 in SA
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Strike Energy reports that hydrocarbon shows were observed during testing operations at Davenport 1 well in PEL 94 in South Australia.

Lundin to Drill Gobi-1 Well in Gurita PSC in West Natuna in Late September
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Nido Petroleum reveals that the Gobi-1 well in Gurita production sharing contract in Indonesia's West Natuna Basin is expected to spud in late September.

Polarcus Completes UK Seismic Program for TGS
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Polarcus says its 3D seismic vessel Polarcus Naila has completed a two-month program for Norway's TGS-NOPEC off the UK's Shetland Islands.

Drilling at Phoenix South-1 in Permit WA-435-P Finds More Hydrocarbons
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Carnarvon Petroleum reports that minor sands encountered during drilling at Phoenix South-1 well in permit WA-435-P offshore Western Australia indicates they were hydrocarbon bearing.

IPB-CalEnergy JV Gets Extension for Permit WA-424-P Work Program in WA
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 IPB Petroleum receives extension to the primary term work program for permit WA-424-P in the Browse Basin, offshore north west Australia.

PetroNeft Restarts Drilling Operation in Tomsk Region of Russia
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 PetroNeft says it is restarting drilling operations on Licence 61 in the Tomsk Oblast region of Russia.

Sub-Commercial Hydrocarbons Found at North Kendang-2 Well
Monday, August 18, 2014 Salamander Energy says its North Kendang-2 well in Indonesia has found gas, condensate and oil but not in commercial volumes.

Rosneft, Statoil Start Exploration for Oil, Gas in Norway
Monday, August 18, 2014 Rosneft and Statoil embark on joint exploration for oil and gas in the Barents Sea.

Providence Confirms Start of Newgrange Seismic Survey
Monday, August 18, 2014 Providence Resources says its seismic survey of the Newgrange area, offshore southwest Ireland, has begun.

Key Petroleum Finds Encouraging Hydrocarbon Show at Dunnart-2 Well in WA
Monday, August 18, 2014 Key Petroleum finds encouraging hydrocarbon show at Dunnart-2 well in permit EP437 in Perth Basin, Western Australia.

Kea Fails to Find Commercial Oil at Puka-3
Monday, August 18, 2014 Kea Petroleum plugs and abandons its Puka-3 well in New Zealand after failing to find commercial hydrocarbons.

Cue Reports that Drilling Continues at Whio-1 Well in NZ's Taranaki Basin
Monday, August 18, 2014 Cue Energy Resource provides update on drilling at Whio-1 well in permit PEP 51313 offshore Taranaki, New Zealand.

Apache Makes Major Oil Find at Phoenix South-1 Well in North West Shelf
Monday, August 18, 2014 Apache makes a major oil discovery at Phoenix South-1 well in permit WA-435-P in the North West Shelf in Western Australia.

Apache, JX Nippon Commit to Drill Roc Prospect in Permit WA-437-P in NWS
Monday, August 18, 2014 Apache and JX Nippon commit to drilling the Roc prospect in permit WA-437-P in the North West Shelf of Western Australia.