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Oil Companies Wonder If Looking for Oil Is Still Worth It
Monday, August 17, 2020As the coronavirus ravages economies and cripples demand, European oil majors have made some uncomfortable admissions in recent months.

ERCE: Sea Lion Complex Could Hold 1.7B Barrels of Oil
Tuesday, May 17, 2016The Sea Lion Complex in License PL032 in the Northern Falkland Basin has been independently estimated by ERC Equipoise Limited to hold 1.7 billion barrels of oil in place.

Beach Energy Updates on Sale of its Egyptian Subsidiary to Rockhopper
Monday, April 18, 2016Australia's Beach Energy updates on the sale of its subsidiary Beach Egypt, owner of a 22 percent stake in Egypt's Abu Sennan Concession, to Rockhopper Exploration.

Subsea 7, National Oilwell Varco Secure Sea Lion FEED Contracts
Thursday, February 11, 2016Subsea 7 and National Oilwell Varco secure services contracts in connection to the Sea Lion development, which is located offshore the Falkland Islands.

Ombrina Mare Project Development Stymied by New Drilling Ban
Wednesday, February 03, 2016Rockhopper Exploration is considering suing the Italian government after it reintroduces a ban on offshore that will halt development of the firm's Ombrina Mare field.

Falkland Explorers Confirm Oil Discovery with Isobel Re-Drill
Monday, January 11, 2016A re-drill of the Isobel Deep well in the North Falkland Basin confirms 'commercial quantities' of recoverable oil.

Rockhopper Confirms Ombrina Mare Development under Threat from New Laws
Wednesday, January 06, 2016Italy's 2016 budget plan sees the country reintroduce a ban on new oil and gas projects within 12 miles of its coast.

Premier Spuds Isobel-2 Well in North Falkland Basin
Monday, November 23, 2015Premier Oil spuds the Isobel-2 well in the North Falkland Basin in the South Atlantic.

Rockhopper Achieves First Gas from Civita Field in Italy
Monday, November 16, 2015Rockhopper Exploration achieves its first gas production into the Italian network from its Civita field, onshore Italy.

Eni Successfully Completes Guendalina Side Track Well
Tuesday, November 10, 2015Rockhopper Exploration says partner Eni has successfully completed a side-track well on its Guendalina gas field, offshore Italy.

JV Partner Exercises Rights to Beach's Stake in Egypt Abu Sennan Concession
Monday, September 28, 2015Australia's Beach Energy says a joint venture partner has exercised its pre-emptive rights for a stake in Egypt's Abu Sennan concession following the former's sale of its 22 percent interest to Rockhopper Exploration.

Rockhopper 'Well Placed' to Take Advantage of Low Oil Price
Tuesday, September 15, 2015Rockhopper Exploration says that increased production from its Italian assets, recent acquisitions in Egypt and a strong balance sheet mean it is well placed in the low-oil price environment.

What Now for the Falklands?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015Rigzone takes a look at the recent oil discoveries in the North Falkland Basin and asks the "what now" question amid lower oil prices.

Rockhopper Continues Diversifying its Portfolio with Egyptian Acquisition
Monday, August 10, 2015Rockhopper Exploration continues the diversification of its portfolio of assets with the acquisition of interests in two licenses in Egypt.

Minister: Argentina Will Pursue Judge Order on Falklands Drillers
Sunday, June 28, 2015Argentina will pursue in Britain and the US a local judge's order to seize assets of oil drillers operating in the disputed Falklands Islands, the foreign minister says in an interview with local media.

Falkland Oil Driller to Press on Despite Argentina Legal Threat
Friday, June 05, 2015Falkland Oil and Gas plans to continue drilling into next year, its chief executive said, defying legal threats made by the Argentine government against oil explorers in the Falkland Islands.

Isobel Deep Hits Oil North of the Falklands
Thursday, May 28, 2015Premier Oil announces that oil has been discovered at the 14/20-1 Isobel Deep well in the North Falkland Basin.

Rockhopper Reports Production Boost at Guendalina Operation
Tuesday, May 19, 2015Rockhopper Exploration announces a significant boost to gas production at the Guendalina operation in the Mediterranean.

Premier Oil Resumes Drilling Operations in North Falklands
Tuesday, May 12, 2015Premier Oil resumes drilling at the North Falklands basin's Isobel Deep well.

Zebedee Springs Oil, Gas near the Falkland Islands
Thursday, April 02, 2015Premier and Rockhopper announce the success of the Zebedee well offshore the Falkland Islands, with a hydrocarbon discovery of 136 feet of net pay.

Offshore Croatia: Developing the Eastern Adriatic
Friday, March 13, 2015The Croatian government wants to catch up with Italy when it comes to developing oil and gas resources in its part of the Adriatic Sea.

Eirik Raude Rig Arrives Ahead of Falklands Drill
Tuesday, March 03, 2015Rockhopper Exploration says the Eirik Raude rig will shortly move onto location to drill the first well on the Zebedee prospect, north of the Falkland Islands.

Eni, Rockhopper Give Further Details of Croatia License Award
Monday, January 05, 2015Eni and Rockhopper Exploration provide further details of their award of Block 9 in the Adriatic Sea off Croatia.

Sea Lion Partners Agree to Lower-Cost Development
Thursday, November 13, 2014Premier Oil and Rockhopper Exploration agree to a lower-cost development solution for the Sea Lion field, offshore the Falkland Islands.

Falkland Oil and Gas Makes Progress Ahead of 2015 Drilling Campaign
Tuesday, September 16, 2014Falkland Oil and Gas Limited continues to interpret seismic data and contracts a rig ahead of its 2015 drilling campaign off the Falkland Islands.

Hagar Qim Rig Completes Drilling
Wednesday, July 09, 2014Mediterranean Oil & Gas reports that the rig used to drill an exploration well offshore Malta has completed its operations and is now moving off location.

Premier, Rockhopper Secure Falklands Rig
Wednesday, June 04, 2014Premier Oil and Rockhopper Exploration secure a rig to drill four wells in the North Falkland Basin.

Rockhopper to Buy Mediterranean Oil & Gas
Friday, May 23, 2014Falklands explorer Rockhopper agrees to buy Italy-focused Mediterranean Oil & Gas.

Rockhopper Confirms Board Changes
Thursday, March 20, 2014Falklands explorer Rockhopper Exploration confirms non-executive director changes.

Rockhopper Appoints New CFO
Thursday, February 27, 2014Rockhopper Exploration appoints Stewart MacDonald as its new CFO.

Rockhopper CFO to Step Down Soon
Monday, January 20, 2014Falkland Islands-focused Rockhopper Exploration confirms that its finance director is to step down in early 2014.

Falklands License Farm-ins Completed
Monday, December 09, 2013Three companies involved with exploration around the Falkland Islands complete a farm-in deal concerning two licenses.

Falkland Explorers Join Forces Ahead of New Drilling Round
Thursday, October 03, 2013Falkland Oil and Gas, Desire Petroleum, Rockhopper and Premier Oil join forces ahead of a five-well drilling campaign around the Falkland Islands.

Rockhopper's Exploration Director Retires
Wednesday, January 23, 2013Falklands explorer Rockhopper Exploration says its exploration director is to leave the company at the end of January.

Premier Oil Farms Into Rockhopper's Falklands Licenses
Thursday, July 12, 2012Premier pays an initial $231 million to Rockhopper for a 60-percent interest in its Falkland licenses.

Argentina Warns Stock Exchanges Over Falkland Oil Drilling
Thursday, March 22, 2012Argentina's Foreign Ministry has formally notified stock exchanges in London and NY that it will pursue charges against cos exploring for oil in waters surrounding the disputed Falkland Islands.

Argentina to Take Measures Against Falklands Oil Exploration
Thursday, March 15, 2012Argentina's Foreign Ministry said it will take measures against what it describes as the "illegal" exploration for O&G in the waters surrounding the disputed Falkland Islands.

Borders & Southern Petroleum Spuds Falklands Well
Wednesday, February 01, 2012The news of the spud comes amid rising tensions between Argentina and the UK about Falkland Islands sovereignty.

Rockhopper Ends Drilling Campaign
Monday, January 09, 2012Rockhopper Exploration announces that the Ocean Guardian drilling unit has been towed successfully from the 14/15-4 well location and is now off hire to Rockhopper.

Rockhopper Finishes North Falklands Basin Sidetrack
Friday, December 30, 2011Rockhopper Exploration is pleased to announce that coring and logging operations at well 14/15-4z have been successfully completed.

Rockhopper Spuds Well at Beverley Prospect
Monday, November 28, 2011Rockhopper announced that the 14/15-4 well was spudded, by Rockhopper as operator, at 08.15hrs GMT on November 28, 2011.

Rockhopper Completes Sea Lion Side Track
Monday, November 21, 2011Rockhopper announced that coring operations at well 14/10-9z have been successfully completed.

Rockhopper Makes 2nd Falklands Find
Wednesday, November 09, 2011"We are delighted to be able to confirm our second oil discovery in the Basin along with another successful appraisal well on Sea Lion," said Samuel Moody.

Desire: Rig Contract for Ocean Guardian Amended
Thursday, November 03, 2011Desire announced that the rig contract with Diamond Offshore for use of the Ocean Guardian for operations in the North Falkland Basin has been amended.

Rockhopper Drills 8th Sea Lion Well
Wednesday, October 26, 2011Rockhopper announced that the 14/10-9 well was spudded on October 25, 2011.

Rockhopper: Power Loss on Ocean Guardian Rig
Wednesday, October 19, 2011Rockhopper confirmed that a loss of power occurred on the Ocean Guardian drilling rig on October 16, 2011 while the rig was preparing to move to its next well location.

Rockhopper Clinches Additional Drilling Slot on Ocean Guardian
Monday, October 17, 2011Rockhopper has entered into a further assignment agreement to secure an additional well slot using the Ocean Guardian drilling rig.

Rockhopper Extends Falklands Stake with Desire Farm-In
Wednesday, October 12, 2011Rockhopper has agreed the terms of a farm-in agreement, subject to the govt approval, with Desire Petroleum to farm-in to that part of the north-western acreage of license PL004 known as Area 1 and into the north-eastern part of license PL004.

Rockhopper Optimistic About Resource Upgrade at Falklands
Tuesday, October 11, 2011"14/10-8 has provided us with further valuable information regarding Sea Lion although its main targets proved to be water wet," Sam Moody.

Rockhopper Spuds Well Offshore Falklands
Monday, September 26, 2011Rockhopper spuds next well in Sea Lion Main Complex using the Ocean Guardian.