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MEO Australia Seeks Shareholder Approval to Rename Firm as Melbana Energy
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 MEO Australia seeks shareholder approval to rename the company Melbana Energy as its Cuba operations expand.

Neptune Marine Services Bags Quadrant's Contract for Work Off Australia
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Neptune Marine Services bags inspection support services contract from Quadrant Energy for work offshore Australia.

Real Energy Prepares for Tamarama-1 Well Test Program in Queensland
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Real Energy prepares for a well test program at the Tamarama-1 well in Permit ATP 972P in Queensland, Australia.

Hague Court To Arbitrate In East Timor-Australia Maritime Border Dispute
Monday, September 26, 2016 The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague will oversee a compulsory arbitration between East Timor and Australia on their maritime boundary.

Singapore's NUS Slowly Builds its Petroleum Engineering Program
Monday, September 26, 2016 The National University of Singapore capitalized on the industry downturn to recruit experienced staff for its fledgling petroleum engineering program.


Valmec Clinches Supply, Construction Contracts in Australia's East Coast
Friday, September 23, 2016 Valmec clinches supply and construction contracts with 2 gas producers in the east coast of Australia.

Polarcus Bags Broadband 3D Marine Seismic Contract in Australasia
Friday, September 23, 2016 Polarcus bags a contract to provide broadband 3D marine seismic project in Australasia.

CGG Completes Phase 1 of Davros 3D Multi-Client Seismic Survey in NWS
Thursday, September 22, 2016 CGG completes Phase 1 of the Davros 3D multi-client seismic survey in the Northern Carnarvon Basin on Australia's North West Shelf.

Accenture: Remote AU Workforces Must Connect with Technology
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Applying emerging technologies to operations will be important for Australia to overcome the remoteness of its LNG industry to remain globally competitive, Accenture says.

PNG Government Prefers Exxon, Total Pursue 2nd LNG Project
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Papua New Guinea is backing a new greenfield liquefied natural gas facility led by France's Total SA in addition to an expansion of the existing $19 billion Exxon Mobil Corp. PNG LNG project.

Farstad Consolidates Australian Ops in Perth, Cuts 35 Jobs
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Norway's Farstad Shipping consolidates Australian operations in Perth, leading to a loss of 35 jobs.

New Zealand Opens Consultation for Block Offer 2017
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 New Zealand opens consultation for the country's Block Offer 2017, covering 7 onshore and offshore block areas.

Carnarvon Adds WA-524-P Permit on Western Australia's NWS to Portfolio
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Carnarvon Petroleum adds permit WA-524-P on Western Australia's North West Shelf to its exploration portfolio.

Carnarvon Says Positive Signals Emerges from Roc-2 Well Drilling Off WA
Monday, September 19, 2016 Carnarvon Petroleum finds positive signals from the drilling of Roc-2 well in Permit WA-437-P offshore Western Australia.

Santos Names Roc Oil CEO Anthony Neilson as CFO to Replace Andrew Seaton
Monday, September 19, 2016 Santos names Anthony Neilson as chief financial officer, replacing Andrew Seaton, who has announced his retirement.

APPEA Says Great Australian Bight Exploration Vital for Jobs, Investments
Friday, September 16, 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) warns that banning exploration in the Great Australian Bight will have adverse impact on jobs and investments.

Russell: Australia's Natgas Bans Risk Replicating Springsteen's Rust Belt
Thursday, September 15, 2016 When government policies are driven by populist politics, it is almost certain to lead to poor outcomes and a low standard of debate, as shown by the current conundrum in Australia's natural gas sector.

Polarcus Secures 3D Marine Seismic Acquisition Deal in Australia
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Polarcus receives a letter of award for 3D marine seismic acquisition in Australia.

Australia's New Standard Energy Names Li Hua as MD, Replaces Phil Thick
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Australia's New Standard Energy appoints Li Hua as managing director, succeeding Phil Thick.

MEO Australia: 4 Companies Interested in Beehive Farm-Out Deal
Monday, September 12, 2016 MEO Australia Limited reveals that 4 substantial companies have engaged in a farmout process for the Beehive prospect and are actively reviewing the technical data for WA-488-P.

Oil Search to Acquire 40% interest in Offshore Papua New Guinea Licenses
Monday, September 12, 2016 Oil Search (PNG) Limited has entered into agreements with Gini Energy Limited, ultimately owned by CNOOC Limited, to acquire a 40% interest in PPL 374 and PPL 375, offshore Papua New Guinea.

Quadrant Energy Says Roc-2 Well in Permit WA-437-P Confirms Hydrocarbons
Friday, September 09, 2016 Quadrant Energy confirms hydrocarbon bearing reservoir when drilling the Roc-2 well in exploration permit WA-437-P in the Northwest Shelf of Australia.

Senex Welcomes South Australian Govt's $18.4M Pledge to Develop Gas Supply
Friday, September 09, 2016 Senex Energy welcomes the South Australian Government's commitment to provide $18.4 million to the industry to extract and supply more gas to the market.

UIL Completes Transaction to Acquire Eneabba's Perth Basin Permit Interests
Friday, September 09, 2016 UIL Energy completes an agreement to acquire Eneabba Gas' Perth Basin permit interests in Western Australia.

Origin's New CEO Calabria To Focus On Cutting $6.9B Debt
Friday, September 09, 2016 Frank Calabria, who was named as Origin Energy's new chief executive officer, says he'll focus on paying down a $6.8 billion debt pile and consider more asset sales when he takes over from Grant King next month.

Emerson Secures Contract for Shell's Prelude FLNG Project
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Emerson secures a contract to provide automation maintenance and reliability services for Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility to be deployed offshore Broome, Western Australia.

GUJV Completes EPM Services on Australia's Gorgon Project
Thursday, September 08, 2016 The Gorgon Upstream Joint Venture (GUJV) completes 11 years of engineering and project management (EPM) services on Australia's Gorgon Project.

APPEA: New Australian Exploration Spending Data is an Urgent Wake-Up Call
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) says the latest official data on petroleum exploration spending is an urgent wake-up call for state governments and industry.

Woodside Eyes LNG Boost After $400 Million Gas Deal With BHP
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 Woodside may look to funnel gas from the Scarborough field off Western Australia to one of its existing liquefied natural gas plants after agreeing to a $400 million deal to buy half of BHP Billiton's stake in the remote offshore resource.

APLNG, APA Ink 20-Year Gas Transportation Agreement
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 Australia Pacific LNG signs a 20-year gas transportation deal for APA Group to build and operate a pipeline in Queensland.

Woodside Buys 50% of BHP Billiton's Scarborough Assets Off WA for $400M
Monday, September 05, 2016 Woodside Petroleum inks agreements to acquire half of BHP Billiton's Scarborough area assets in the Carnarvon Basin, off Western Australia for $400 million.

Armour Completes Transfer of Tenements for Kincora Project in Surat Basin
Friday, September 02, 2016 Armour Energy completes the transfer of tenements for the Kincora Project in Surat Basin, Queensland, Australia.

High Court Says Foreigners Working on Vessels Off Australia Now Need Visas
Thursday, September 01, 2016 Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton expresses disappointment with a High Court ruling that foreigners working on vessels involved in offshore resources activities in Australia require visas.

Australian Explorer Looking At Grounds For Lawsuit Over Fracking Ban
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Lakes Oil, a junior oil and gas explorer in Australia, is considering the grounds it may have for suing Victoria state, after the government there permanently banned fracking and extended a ban on onshore conventional gas drilling to 2020.

UKJV Confirms Commercial Settlement of Ichthys SMP Project Up to May 31
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 UGL-Kentz Joint Venture confirms commercial settlement of Ichthys structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) project in Australia up to May 31.

Australian State To Permanently Ban Onshore Gas Fracking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 The state of Victoria plans to ban shale and coal seam gas fracking in what would be Australia's first permanent ban on unconventional gas drilling, citing the concerns of farmers and potential health and environment risks.

Origin Commences Production from Halladale/Speculant Fields in Otway Basin
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Origin Energy commences production from the Halladale/Speculant gas fields in the Otway Basin offshore Victoria, Australia.