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PEPANZ Highlights Key Themes for 2016 New Zealand Petroleum Conference
Friday, November 27, 2015 The Petroleum Exploration & Production Association of New Zealand highlights two key themes of the 2016 New Zealand Petroleum Conference.

Australian O&G Industry Body APPEA Re-elects Bruce Lake as Chairman
Friday, November 27, 2015 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) re-elected Bruce Lake and Richard Owen as its chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

Woodside Acquires CSD Software Licenses from Norway's Completion Services
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Woodside acquires Completion String Design (CSD) software licenses from Norway's Completion Services.

Cooper Energy Upgrades Contingent Resource at Sole Field in Gippsland Basin
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Cooper Energy upgrades the resource at the Sole gas field in VIC/RL3 offshore Australia and opens the data room for the Gippsland Basin Gas Hub.

Quadrant Energy Spuds Roc-1 Well in Permit WA-437-P Off Western Australia
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Quadrant Energy spuds Roc-1 well in permit WA-437-P offshore Western Australia.


Dynamic Oil, Gas Environment in Australia Delivers M&A Opportunities
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Increased merger and acquisition deals involving leading Australian oil and gas companies recently is a result of more than just a decline in oil price, analysts told Rigzone.

BG: QCLNG Train 2 Commercial Operations Begin
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 BG Group announces that commercial operations have begun from the second train at the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant.

Senex Prepares to Spud Baikal #1 Well in PEL 444 in Cooper Basin
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Senex Energy prepares to spud Baikal #1 well in PEL 444 in Cooper Basin, South Australia in early December.

Benthic Bags Contracts for Woodside's Browse FLNG, Greater Enfield Projects
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Benthic bags two contracts from Woodside to undertake offshore geotechnical site investigations for the Browse floating liquefied natural gas development and the Greater Enfield development offshore Western Australia.

Monadelphous Clinches $144M Contract for Shell's Prelude FLNG Project
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Monadelphous clinches a $143.9 million maintenance and modifications services contract for Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project offshore Western Australia.

Real Energy Hires Halliburton for Fracture Stimulation Work in Cooper Basin
Monday, November 23, 2015 Real Energy signs deal with Halliburton Australia to undertake fracture stimulation services at its Tamarama-1 well in permit ATP 927P in Cooper Basin, Queensland, Australia.

Quadrant Energy Awaits Approval to Drill Roc-1 Well Off Western Australia
Monday, November 23, 2015 Quadrant Energy awaits official approval to commence drilling the Roc-1 exploration well in permit WA-437-P offshore Western Australia.

Shell-BG Merger Takes Another Step Forward After Securing ACCC Clearance
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Shell's proposed acquisition of BG takes another step forward after getting clearance from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Govt Inquiry Says WA Regulators Equipped to Handle Shale, Tight Gas Sector
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Western Australia's Department of Mines and Petroleum says findings from a parliamentary inquiry revealed that regulators are equipped to manage the developing shale and tight gas industry in the state.

RISC Doubles WA's Warro Gas Field Contingent Resource Estimate to 2.4 Tcf
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Transerv Energy says an independent assessment has doubled the estimate for contingent resource at Warro gas field in Western Australia to 2.4 trillion cubic feet.

InterOil Reports Positive Drilling Results at Antelope 4ST1 in PNG's PRL 15
Thursday, November 19, 2015 InterOil reports that wireline logging from the Antelope-4 sidetrack-1 well in Petroleum Retention License 15 in Papua New Guinea confirms a high quality gas reservoir.

Falcon Reports Excellent Gas Shows at Amungee NW-1H Well in Beetaloo Basin
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Falcon Oil & Gas says excellent gas shows were encountered during drilling of the Amungee NW-1H well in permit EP98 in the Beetaloo Basin in Australia's Northern Territory.

Australia's Otto Energy Names John Jetter as Chairman, Succeeds Rick Crabb
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Australia's Otto Energy names John Jetter as chairman of the company to succeed Rick Crabb.

Empire O&G Spuds Red Gully North-1 Exploration Well in WA's Perth Basin
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Australia's Empire Oil & Gas spuds Red Gully North-1 exploration well in EP 389 in Perth Basin, Western Australia.

BP's Drilling Plan Offshore Australia Turned Back by Regulator
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 BP will need to revise its plan to explore for oil in an untapped frontier off the coast of southern Australia before regulators will approve its drilling program estimated to cost more than $710 million.

East Timor Appeals to Australian Public in Border Dispute
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 East Timor is seeking Australian public support to try to persuade Canberra to settle a longstanding maritime border dispute, a senior minister says.

Australian Regulator Rejects BP Oil Exploration on Environmental Grounds
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Australian regulator NOPSEMA rejects an application from BP to explore for oil off the coast of southern Australia.

NZEC Commences Water Flood Project in New Zealand's Taranaki Basin Permit
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 New Zealand Energy Corp. commences a water flood project in the Copper Moki-1 pool with the conversion of the Waitapu-2 well from an oil producer to a water injection well in New Zealand's Taranaki Basin.

QGC, Partners Invest $1.2B to Boost Gas Output in Australia's QCLNG Project
Monday, November 16, 2015 QGC and joint venture partners invest $1.2 billion to boost gas production for the Queensland Curtis liquefied natural gas project in Australia.

APPEA Says Australia Doesn't Need New Parliamentary Inquiry Into Gas Sector
Friday, November 13, 2015 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association says Australia does not need another politically motivated and costly parliamentary inquiry into the local natural gas industry.

Noble Tom Prosser to Spud Roc-1 Well Offshore Western Australia Next Week
Friday, November 13, 2015 The Noble Tom Prosser jackup is mobilizing to spud the Roc-1 prospect in WA-437-P offshore Western Australia next week.

Polarcus Completes 3D Seismic Program Offshore Australia's NWS
Friday, November 13, 2015 Polarcus, in collaboration with DownUnder GeoSolutions, completes a multi-client 3D seismic program offshore North West Shelf, Australia.

Australia's Civmec Secures Contract from Technip for Prelude FLNG Project
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Australia's Civmec clinches a contract from Technip Oceania to fabricate subsea jumper spools and associated lifting equipment for Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project.

OPEC Said to Consider New Output Ceiling as Indonesia Joins
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 OPEC is considering raising its official production target at its next meeting to take into account new member Indonesia, according to OPEC delegates.

Australia's MMA Offshore Bags a $35.2M Contract to Supply OSVs to Woodside
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Australia's MMA Offshore bags a $35.2 million contract to supply three offshore support vessels to Woodside.

Comet Ridge Updates on Mahalo Project in ATP 337P in Queensland
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comet Ridge updates on operations at the Mahalo 7 horizontal surface to in-seam well project in permit ATP 337P in Queensland, Australia.

Vic/P57 JV Confirms Sea Lion-1 Prospect Offshore Australia as a Dry Well
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3D Oil confirms no hydrocarbons were encountered at the Sea Lion-1 prospect in permit Vic/P57 offshore Australia.

Australia's Santos Reboots With $2.5B In Asset, Share Sales
Monday, November 09, 2015 Santos reveals plans to raise $2.5 billion, mainly from a massive share sale, thumbing its nose at a full takeover as the indebted oil and gas firm tries to shore up its funding.

CHPL Conducts Formation Evaluation Test at Sea Lion-1 Well Off Australia
Monday, November 09, 2015 Carnarvon Hibiscus (CHPL), a uit of Malaysia's Hibiscus Petroleum, conducts formation evaluation test at the Sea Lion-1 exploration well in VIC/P57 Block in Australia's Gippsland Basin.

PETRONAS Gives Trainees 'Real' Experience at its Integrated Training Center
Friday, November 06, 2015 PETRONAS provides trainees with real-live operations of an actual plant at its Integrated Oil & Gas Training Centre (IOGTC) in Batu Rakit, Terengganu.

Buru Energy Updates on Drilling Operations at 2 Wells in Western Australia
Thursday, November 05, 2015 Buru Energy provides updates on drilling operations at Senagi and Victory 1 wells in Western Australia.

Inpex Completes Laying a 553-Mile Subsea Pipeline for Ichthys LNG Project
Thursday, November 05, 2015 Inpex completes work to lay a 553-mile subsea pipeline for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project offshore Australia.

Oil Search Updates on Drilling at Antelope 4ST1 Well in PNG's PRL 15
Thursday, November 05, 2015 Oil Search updates on drilling at the Antelope 4ST1 well in Papua New Guinea's PRL 15, with the partners planning to proceed with a data acquisition program.

Transerv Continues to Find Strong Gas Shows at Warro-6 Well in WA
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 Transerv Energy continues to find strong gas shows at Warro-6 well in the Warro gas field in Western Australia.

Pilot Energy Inks Deal to Acquire Caracal's Stake in EP437 in Perth Basin
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 Pilot Energy inks agreement to acquire Caracal Exploration's 13.058 percent stake in exploration permit EP437 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia.

Beach Energy Provides Update on Upstream Ops in Australia's Cooper Basin
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 Beach Energy provides a monthly update on operations at its upstream oil and gas projects in Australia's Cooper Basin.

CIMIC's Unit Bags $179.1M Surat Basin Gas Infrastructure Contract from QGC
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 CIMIC's construction firm Leighton Contractors bags $179.1 million contract from QGC to deliver gas infrastructure in the Surat Basin, Queensland, Australia.

Searcher Says BGP Explorer Mobilizing for 2D Seismic Survey Offshore PNG
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 Australia's Searcher Seimsic says the BGP Explorer vessel is mobilizing for a 2D seismic survey offshore Papua New Guinea.

Woodside Extends Contracts With Monadelphous for Western Australia Projects
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 Monadelphous clinches contract extensions for Woodside's gas projects in Western Australia.

Australia's NSW Govt Offers $17.9M to Megatsco to Settle/Buy-back 3 Blocks
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 The New South Wales Government in Australia offers $17.9 million in settlement/buy-back sum to Metgasco for three petroleum exploration licenses in the state.

Transerv Finds Strong Gas Shows at Warro-6 Well in WA's Warro Field
Monday, November 02, 2015 Transerv Energy finds strong gas shows at Warro-6 well in the Warro field in Western Australia.

Cape-UGL JV Bags Services Contract from Woodside in Western Australia
Monday, November 02, 2015 The Cape-UGL joint venture bags a two year services contract from Woodside for the Karratha Gas Plant Life Extension Program in Western Australia.

Malaysia's Sona Petroleum to Acquire Australia's Stag Oilfied for $50M
Monday, November 02, 2015 Malaysia's Sona Petroleum unit agrees to acquire Stag Oilfield offshore Western Australia from Australia's Quadrant and Santos for $50 million.

Oil Price Recovery Seen as Downturn Spurs M&A Activity
Monday, November 02, 2015 Global oil and gas acquisitions should accelerate heading into 2016 and a recovery in crude prices may follow, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

AEP to Proceed with Proportional Bid for Australia's Armour Energy
Monday, November 02, 2015 American Energy Partners to proceed with the proportional bid for Australia's Armour Energy after the latter's shareholders approved the proposal.

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