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AWE Updates on Drilling at Waitsia-1 Appraisal Well in Perth Basin
Friday, May 22, 2015 AWE updates on drilling at Watsia-1 appraisal well in Permits L1/L2 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia.

Apache Spuds Olympic-1 Oil Exploration Well in WA's Permit EP 473
Friday, May 22, 2015 Apache spuds the Olympic 1 oil exploration well in permit EP 473, located southeast of Broome in Western Australia.

BG Takes Over Operational Control of QCLNG Plant in Australia from Bechtel
Friday, May 22, 2015 BG takes over operations of Queensland Curtis liquefied natural gas plant in Australia from Bechtel.

NZEC Relinquishes PEP 52976 Permit in New Zealand's East Coast Basin
Friday, May 22, 2015 New Zealand Energy Corp. relinquishes permit PEP52976 in the East Coast Basin of New Zealand's North Island.

Mosman Hits Stumbling Block at Petroleum Creek Project
Friday, May 22, 2015 Mosman Oil and Gas revealed Friday that flow tests at its Petroleum Creek Project in New Zealand have produced mostly water, with varying amounts of oil.


MEO Farm-out 30% Stake in WA-488-P Permit to Rex International Holding
Thursday, May 21, 2015 MEO farm-out 30 percent stake in WA-488-P exploration permit offshore Western Australia to Rex International Holding.

Key Petroleum to Commence Testing Ops at Dunnart-2 in WA's EP437 Shortly
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Key Petroleum plans to commence testing operations at Dunnart-2 well in exploration permit EP437 by end of next week.

Woodside Sees Browse LNG Opening in 2021 at Earliest
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Woodside expects the long-delayed Browse gas project off Australia to be commissioned in late 2021 at the earliest, after pushing out a final investment decision to the second half of 2016, its chief executive says.

Woodside Urges Australia to be Prepared for Next LNG Phase
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 With Australia set to be the world's leading LNG exporter soon, Woodside's CEO Peter Coleman cautions the industry not to take the expected demand from Asia for granted.

Wood Mackenzie: Chevron, Inpex Gas Projects Face Delays
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Chevron and Inpex face potential delays in starting liquefied natural gas projects in Australia, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.

BHP Billiton: New Production Sources Needed to Meet Future Demand
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 BHP Billiton has urged the global oil and gas industry to make significant new discoveries to avoid a significant gap in long-term demand.

Beach Energy Spuds Sensation-1 Oil Prospect in PRL 98 in SA's Cooper Basin
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Beach Energy spuds Sensation-1 oil exploration well in PRL 98 on the western flank of the Cooper Basin, South Australia.

BP Plans to Sell Part of Its Stake in Australian Oil Venture
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 BP plans to sell part of its oil project off southern Australia, before an exploration campaign that's slated to start late next year at a cost of more than $800 million.

DNV Unveils New Unmanned FLNG Concept to Trim Cost and Enhance Safety
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 DNV unveils a new unmanned floating liquefied natural gas concept that trims cost and enhances safety at an industry conference in Australia.

Orca Energy Sale of its South Australian Cooper Basin Assets to Senex
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Orca Energy completes the sale of its Cooper Basin assets in South Australia to Senex Energy.

MEO Renews AC/P50, AC/P51 Permits Offshore North West Australia
Monday, May 18, 2015 MEO renews AC/P50 and AC/P51 permits in the Vulcan Sub-basin off the north west coast of Australia for a further five years.

BHP Puts Australian LNG Project With Exxon on Back Burner
Monday, May 18, 2015 BHP Billiton is putting its Scarborough liquefied natural gas project with ExxonMobil in Australia on the back burner amid lower prices and increasing competition from the US.

Australia Offers 29 Offshore Blocks for Bidding in 2015 Acreage Release
Monday, May 18, 2015 Australia offers 29 offshore oil and gas blocks for bidding in its 2015 Acreage Release.

Partners in JPDA 06-103 Receive Notice of Intent from ANP to Terminate PSC
Friday, May 15, 2015 The joint venture in the Joint Petroleum Development Area 06-103 Block off north west Australia receives notice of intent to terminate the production sharing contract from the Autodidade Nacional do Petroleo.

AWE Spuds Perth Basin's Waitsia-1 Appraisal Well in Western Australia
Friday, May 15, 2015 AWE spuds Waitsia-1 appraisal well in Permits L1/L2 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia.

Icon Secures Renewal of ATP 594 in Queensland's Cooper-Eromanga Basin
Friday, May 15, 2015 Icon Energy secures renewal of permit ATP 594 in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin in Queensland, Australia for four years, including an option to extend for up to 12 years.

Strike Energy Continues Flow Testing Program at SA's SCB Gas Project
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Strike Energy continues flow testing program at its Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project in PEL 96 in South Australia.

AWE Secures $326M Loan Facility
Thursday, May 14, 2015 AWE secures a new $326 million loan facility to support the company's growth strategy and development plans.

Queensland Invites Bids for Cooper-Eromanga, Surat Basins Gas Exploration
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Australia's Queensland state invites bids for gas exploration blocks in the Cooper-Eromanga and Surat Basins.

TAG Oil Pipeline Nears Completion in New Zealand
Thursday, May 14, 2015 TAG Oil reports that its pipeline construction in the Taranaki region of New Zealand is almost complete.

APPEA Names Malcolm Roberts as Chief Executive
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association names Malcolm Roberts as chief executive to succeed David Byers.

NOPTA Grants 6 Month Extension for Permit NT/P68 in Timor Sea
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator approves an extension to Permit Year 5 of NT/P68 in the Timor Sea off northern Australia.

Beach Updates on Drilling Success at Callawonga-11 Well in Cooper Basin
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Beach Energy updates on drilling success at Callawonga-11 well in PPL 220 on the western flank of the Cooper Basin, South Australia.

JPDA 06-103 JV Submits Request to ANP to Terminate the PSC Off NW Australia
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Partners in the Joint Petroleum Development Area 06-103 Block off northwest Australia submit a request to the Autoridade Nacional do Petroleo to terminate the Production Sharing Contract.

DCA Rig #6 to Mobilize for Dunnart-2 Well Testing Ops in WA's EP437 Soon
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Key Petroleum says DCA Rig #6 is expected to mobilize to Dunnart-2 Well in exploration permit EP437 in Perth Basin, Western Australia for testing operations next week.

Apache Commences Production at Coniston Oil Field Off Western Australia
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Apache commences production at Coniston oil field offshore Western Australia.

Rex Leans on In-House Technologies to Realize E&P Ambitions
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Rex International Holdings is relying on its proprietary technologies to search for oil as the junior exploration and production firm grows its upstream asset portfolio.

Tempo Australia Clinches Subcontract for Australia's Gorgon Project
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 Tempo Australia clinches a subcontract to provide construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning services for the Gorgon project offshore Western Australia.

Neptune Marine Services Clinches PNG Subsea Contract from Oil Search
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Australia's Neptune Marine Services clinches a five year offshore diving and subsea inspection services contract by Oil Search in Papua New Guinea.

Santos Finds Wet Gas at Emery-1 Prospect in PEL 513 in Cooper Basin
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Santos discovers wet gas at the Emery-1 exploration well in PEL 513 on the Western Wet Gas Fairway of the Cooper Basin, Australia.

Pockets of Jobs Exist in Asia Even as Industry Downturn Persists
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 In an otherwise depressed job market in the region, some employment opportunities still exist.

New Zealand's Oil, Gas Industry Has Potential for Further Growth
Monday, May 04, 2015 Despite a changing industry environment, including low oil prices, Venture Taranaki sees potential for New Zealand's petroleum sector to experience further growth.

Falcon O&G and Partners Prepare for Drilling Program in NT's Beetaloo Basin
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Falcon Oil & Gas and partners prepare for a drilling program in the Beetaloo Basin permits in Australia's Northern Territory in mid-2015.

Exoma Finalizing Withdrawal from Queensland's Galilee JV Permits
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Exoma Energy is still finalizing withdrawal from the Galilee Joint Venture exploration permits in Queensland, Australia.

Chevron Makes Gas Discovery at Isosceles-1 Well in Greater Gorgon Area
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Chevron makes gas discovery at the Isosceles-1 prospect in the Greater Gorgon Area offshore northwest Australia.

Atlas Drilling Secures Canning Basin Drilling Contract from Buru Energy
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Titan Energy Services' unit Atlas Drilling secures a three well drilling contract in Western Australia's Canning Basin from Buru Energy.

Buru to Kick Off Major Oil Exploration Program in WA's Canning Basin in May
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Buru Energy to kick off major oil exploration program in the Canning Basin in Western Australia in mid-May.

ASCO Bags Shell's Prelude FLNG Logistics, Supply Base Management Contract
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 ASCO bags Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas logistics and supply base management contract in Australia.

InterOil Commences Flow Testing at PNG's Elk-Antelope Gas Field
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 InterOil commences flow testing at the Elk-Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea as project partners hope to select a preferred development concept by mid-year.

Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project a Step Nearer to Commercialization
Monday, April 27, 2015 Strike Energy says the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project in PEL 96 in South Australia moves nearer to commercialization.

Cooper Energy Spuds Callawonga-10 Well in Cooper Basin in South Australia
Monday, April 27, 2015 Cooper Energy spuds Callawonga-10 in a three-well drilling campaign in PPL 220 and PRL 98 on the western flank of the Cooper Basin, South Australia.

Australian Court Allows Metgasco to Resume Coal Seam Gas Drilling
Friday, April 24, 2015 Australia's Metgasco wins a court ruling that allows it to resume coal-seam gas drilling.