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Transocean Secures 13 Well UK North Sea Contract with ConocoPhillips
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 The midwater semi-submersible Transocean 712 has been awarded a 13 well UK North Sea contract by ConocoPhillips.

Norway's Aker BP Misses Q2 Forecasts, Ups Exploration Spending
Friday, July 13, 2018 Aker BP will increase its exploration spending plan this year due to new prospects off Norway, the oil firm says.

Carnarvon: Presence of Hydrocarbons Indicated at Dorado-1 Well
Friday, July 13, 2018 The presence of hydrocarbons has been indicated at the Dorado-1 well offshore Australia, Carnarvon Petroleum Limited says.

US Drillers Leave Oil Rig Count Unchanged -Baker Hughes
Friday, July 13, 2018 U.S. energy companies left the oil rig count unchanged this week as the rate of growth has slowed over the past month or so.

Savannah Makes 3rd Consecutive Discovery in Niger
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Savannah Petroleum plc announces its third consecutive discovery in its maiden exploration campaign in the R3 portion of the R3/R4 PSC Area in the Agadem Rift Basin.

Industry is 'Fit', 'Ready' for New North Sea Exploration Era
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Industry is 'fit and ready' to usher in a new era of exploration in the North Sea, according to Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director Mike Tholen.

UK's OGA Launches 31st Offshore Licensing Round
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) launches the 31st Offshore Licensing Round, offering blocks in frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf.

PSAN Grants Equinor Consent for Barents Sea Exploration Drilling
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSAN) gives Equinor its consent for exploration drilling in block 7132/2 in the Barents Sea.




Eni Announces Oil Discovery in Egyptian Western Desert
Monday, July 09, 2018 Eni announces a second oil discovery in the Fagur Basin in the Egyptian Western Desert.

US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for First Week in Three -Baker Hughes
Friday, July 06, 2018 U.S. energy companies this week added oil rigs for the first time in three weeks but the rate of growth has slowed.

Wellesley Makes Minor Oil Discovery in North Sea
Thursday, July 05, 2018 Wellesley Petroleum AS, operator of production license 925, makes a minor oil discovery in the North Sea.

NPD Grants Lundin Norway Drilling Permit for Wildcat Offshore Norway
Tuesday, July 03, 2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate grants Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 6307/1-1 S, located in production license 830 offshore Norway.

Eni Denies Talk Of Major New Discovery In Egypt
Monday, July 02, 2018 Italian oil and gas group Eni denies media reports that it has made a major new discovery in Egypt.

Galp To Start Drilling Exploration Well Offshore Portugal
Monday, July 02, 2018 Galp Energia is set to start drilling the country's first deep water offshore exploration well.

Hess Sets Sights Away from Utica
Friday, June 29, 2018 Hess has entered an agreement to sell its joint venture interests in the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio to Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC.

NPD Grants Equinor Drilling Permit for Wells Offshore Norway
Thursday, June 28, 2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate grants Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for wells 6608/10-18, 6608/10-18 A and 6608/10-18 B, located in production license 128 D offshore Norway.

Eni To Begin Gas Exploration At Egypt Noor Field In Two Months
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Eni will begin drilling an exploratory well at its Noor field in Egypt's North Sinai in two months, Egyptian oil ministry spokesman Hamdi Abel Aziz tells Reuters.

Pan-African Firm Oranto Petroleum To Explore For Oil In Zambia
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Pan-African firm Oranto Petroleum says it will start exploring for oil in Zambia.

Equinor Comes Up Dry at North Sea Well
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Equinor Energy AS, operator of production license 120, has come up dry at wildcat well 34/8-19 S.

Kosmos Energy Abandons Suriname Well After It Fails To Find Oil
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Oil and natural gas explorer Kosmos Energy Ltd is abandoning one of its wells offshore Suriname after it failed to find oil.

Energean Intends to Drill Karish North Well Before End-March 2019
Monday, June 25, 2018 Energean Oil and Gas plc intends to drill an exploration well in the Karish North prospect, offshore Israel, before end-March 2019.

Eni Reports Offshore Angola Discovery
Monday, June 25, 2018 Eni-operated JV reports success offshore Angola.

NPD: There Is a Lot of Remaining Oil, Gas on the Norwegian Shelf
Friday, June 22, 2018 There is a lot of remaining oil and gas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Equinor Receives PSAN Consent to Drill Barents Sea Well
Friday, June 22, 2018 Equinor Energy AS receives Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's consent for the exploration drilling of well 7324/3-1 in the Barents Sea.

Kunama-1 Well in Niger Spudded
Friday, June 22, 2018 Savannah Petroleum plc says the third well in its current Niger drilling campaign, Kunama-1, has been spudded.

'Significant' Light Oil Column Interpreted in Onshore Argentina Well
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Echo Energy says a 'significant light oil column' has been interpreted in the EMS-1001 well onshore Argentina.

Brazil Government Eyes Nov 29 For Choice Pre-Salt Oil Auction
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Brazil's government is considering November 29 for a much-anticipated auction of choice oil blocks in the offshore Santos basin.

ExxonMobil Makes Oil Discovery Offshore Guyana
Thursday, June 21, 2018 The latest discovery reaffirms the Stabroek block's excellent exploration potential, says WoodMac.

Mozambique Says 2015 Exploration Contracts Almost Ready
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Mozambique's oil and gas regulator says exploration contracts from 2015 are close to being finalized.

Norway Awards Oil Permits To 11 Firms In Arctic Licensing Round
Monday, June 18, 2018 Oslo believes the Arctic has the greatest potential for significant new discoveries.

Congo Republic To Launch Call For Oil License Tenders In September
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Congo Republic will open a call for oil license tenders in September followed by a promotion campaign at an oil conference in South Africa in November.

Exxon Starts Drilling At Offshore Guyana Projects
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 ExxonMobil says it started development drilling in three offshore Guyana projects.

Equinor Makes 'Commercial' North Sea Discovery
Friday, June 08, 2018 Equinor Energy AS, operator of production license 167, discovers oil at wildcat well 16/1-29 S in the central part of the North Sea.

Algeria Sees Energy Law Amendments In Early 2019
Friday, June 08, 2018 Long-awaited amendments to Algeria's energy law are expected to be finalized by early next year, Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni says.

Oil Majors To Bid On Choice Stakes In Brazil's Offshore
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Executives from oil majors are set to gather in Rio de Janeiro to compete for stakes in Brazil's pre-salt oil play.

Equinor Gets Green Light to Drill Norwegian Sea Well
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Petroleum Safety Authority Norway gives its consent for Equinor to drill exploration well 6406/2-9 S, in block 6406/2, in the Norwegian Sea.

Papua New Guinea Well Hits Gas
Thursday, June 07, 2018 The Kimu 2 appraisal well, located in the forelands region of Papua New Guinea, encounters gas in the target Alene reservoir.

Oil Discovery Made in South East Niger Well
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Savannah Petroleum plc announces that the Niger Amdigh-1 exploration well has discovered oil.

Sri Lanka Exploration Interest 'Rebounding'
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Interest in oil and gas exploration in Sri Lanka is showing signs of rebounding, according to oil and gas analysts at BMI Research.

Size of FEL 3/13 'Prize' Nearly Doubles
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc announces the near doubling of its estimate of gross mean un-risked prospective resources on FEL 3/13 in the South Porcupine Basin.

New Proposals May Help Resolve Israel/Lebanon Oil And Gas Dispute
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 New ideas proposed in US back-channel mediation of an Israeli-Lebanese maritime dispute raise the prospect of a partial deal this year, Israel's energy minister says.

Shell Granted PSAN Consent to Drill North Sea Well
Friday, June 01, 2018 A/S Norske Shell receives consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway for the exploration drilling of well 34/5-2 S, located in production license 373 S in the North Sea.

Aker BP Makes Minor Gas Discovery Offshore Norway
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Aker BP ASA, operator of production license 659, makes a minor gas discovery at wildcat well 7221/12-1.

Norway's Oil Exploration Rises More Than Expected -Regulator
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Oil companies in Norway are raising their exploration spending more than expected, the head of the country's industry regulator tells Reuters.

Lebanon Begins Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Lebanon's search for its first oil and gas reserves begins.

Shell Makes Large Discovery in Gulf of Mexico
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Shell has made a deepwater discovery offshore southeast of New Orleans.

Faroe Expects Brasse East Well to be Drilled in 2H 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Faroe Petroleum expects the Brasse East well to be drilled in the second half of 2018.

Peru President Cancels London-Based Tullow's Offshore Oil Contracts
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 The government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra cancels five offshore oil contracts.

Analysts: UK Shale Package Won't Have Tangible Effect on Industry Momentum
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 The latest regulatory package from the UK government to support domestic shale exploration hasn't won over BMI Research analysts.

Egypt Sets Deadlines For Oil And Gas Exploration Bids
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Egypt has set October 1 and October 8 deadlines for 2 major international tenders for oil and gas exploration spanning 27 onshore and offshore blocks, the oil ministry says.

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