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No Oil Majors Win Contracts In Iraq Exploration, Development Auction
Thursday, April 26, 2018 Iraq failed to attract investment from oil majors in its oil and gas exploration/development contract auction.

Oil Discovery at Rabul 4 Well in Egypt
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Oil has been discovered at the Rabul 4 well in Egypt's West Gharib Concession.

Brazil's Upcoming Pre-Salt Oil Round Attracts Record Interest
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 A record 16 companies have said they will take part in Brazil's scheduled June auction for the right to explore offshore oil blocks in the country's high-potential pre-salt area.

Onshore Niger Well Hits Oil
Monday, April 23, 2018 British independent oil and gas company Savannah Petroleum plc announces that an oil discovery has been made at the Bushiya-1 exploration well, located onshore south east Niger.

Thai Petroleum Fields Auction to Begin Tuesday -Energy Minister
Monday, April 23, 2018 Thailand will begin auctions on Tuesday for petroleum fields in the Gulf of Thailand, Minister of Energy Siri Jirapongphan said on Monday.

Iraq to Auction Oil Exploration Contracts on Thursday
Monday, April 23, 2018 Iraq is offering 11 new blocks for exploration in border areas with Iran and Kuwait and in offshore Gulf waters.

Norway's Odfjell Drilling to Expand Fleet as Rig Market Recovers
Friday, April 20, 2018 Offshore rig firm Odfjell Drilling plans to expand its floating rig fleet to between six and 10 from four now, it said on Friday.

Explorers Crank Rig Count Higher as US Crude Supplies Dwindle
Friday, April 20, 2018 Oil explorers deployed more U.S. rigs this week as increasingly tight crude supplies pushed prices to their highest since 2014.




Trump Administration Begins Review Process for Drilling in Alaska Refuge
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Alaskan lawmakers have been fighting for decades to open the refuge.

Philippines Hopes For Sea Exploration Pact With China This Year
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is confident that an agreement with China to jointly explore for oil and gas in South China Sea can be signed this year.

Australia's Northern Territory Lifts Fracking Ban
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Australia's Northern Territory lifts a nearly 2-year moratorium on fracking to extract gas, unlocking vast onshore reserves in the resource-rich region.

PSA Grants Wellesley Petroleum Consent to Drill North Sea Exploration Well
Friday, April 13, 2018 Petroleum Safety Authority Norway grants Wellesley Petroleum consent to drill exploration well 35/12-6 S.

New Zealand Halts Future Oil And Gas Offshore Exploration Permits
Thursday, April 12, 2018 New Zealand will not grant any new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Gas Discovery Made in Egypt
Thursday, April 12, 2018 SDX Energy Inc makes a gas discovery at its Ibn Yunus-1X exploration well at South Disouq, Egypt.

Iraq Postpones Oil And Gas Auction To April 25
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Iraq has postponed its oil and gas bidding round for 11 new blocks to April 25.

UAE's ADNOC Launches Oil And Gas Exploration Round
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is launching a competitive exploration and production licensing round for 6 oil and gas blocks, its first ever.

Philippines Eyes Joint Exploration Deal In S. China Sea Within Months
Monday, April 09, 2018 The Philippines is looking to seal a pact with China within a few months to jointly explore for oil and gas in a part of the busy South China Sea waterway claimed by both countries.

PSAN Grants Companies Consent to Drill Exploration Wells in Barents Sea
Friday, April 06, 2018 Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSAN) grants Aker BP and Spirit Energy consent to drill separate wells in the Barents Sea.

Drillers Hike Up Rig Activity Again as Crude Production Soars
Friday, April 06, 2018 Shale explorers boosted drilling activity in the US oil patch to the highest in three years.

Savannah Spuds South East Niger Well
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Savannah Petroleum plc spuds Bushiya-1 in south east Niger, the first well in a three well drilling campaign.

Bahrain Says New Discovery Contains Estimated 80B Barrels Of Tight Oil
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Bahrain's oil minister says the estimated oil reserves in a newly discovered field, the kingdom's largest ever, is at least 80 billion barrels of tight oil.

Cuadrilla Completes Drilling of UK's First Horizontal Shale Gas Well
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 Cuadrilla successfully completes drilling the UK's first ever horizontal shale gas well at its exploration site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.

Exxon Leads Oil Majors In Aggressive Offshore Brazil Bids
Thursday, March 29, 2018 ExxonMobil roars into Brazil's prolific offshore oil fields again, clinching eight blocks.

ExxonMobil, Total Join Majors Interested in Iraq April 15 Oil Auction
Thursday, March 29, 2018 ExxonMobil, Total and Lukoil are among international companies interested to win rights.

Garten Discovery Demonstrates True Value of 'Smart, Nimble' Drilling
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Apache Corporation's Garten oil discovery, and potential quick production start-up, demonstrates the true value of a smart and nimble approach to exploration drilling, according to Oil & Gas UK.

Spirit Energy Makes Small Oil Discovery Offshore Norway
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Spirit Energy makes a small oil discovery in exploration well 35/9-14, located in license PL 682 on the Norwegian Shelf.

SDX Spuds First Well in South Disouq Drilling Campaign
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 SDX Energy Inc. spuds its Ibn Yunus-1X exploration well at South Disouq in Egypt.

Lundin Petroleum Find More Oil At Norway's Luno II In North Sea
Monday, March 26, 2018 Sweden's Lundin Petroleum has found more oil at its Luno II discovery off Norway and aims to submit a development plan for the field around the end of this year.

Apache Corporation Makes 'Significant' Oil Discovery in North Sea
Monday, March 26, 2018 Apache Corporation makes a 'significant' new oil discovery on Block 9/18a Area-W in the UK sector of the North Sea.

Pemex Signs Shale Contract With Lewis Energy In Northern Mexico
Monday, March 26, 2018 Pemex says it had signed a contract with US firm Lewis Energy.

Petro Matad Drills Into Mongolia - Last Frontier For Onshore Oil
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Petro Matad plans to drill four wells this year in Mongolia, which it said is one of the last onshore frontiers for oil exploration.

Drillers Snap Up Federal Leases Near Utah's Wilderness Monuments
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 The US Bureau of Land Management auctions off more than 51,000 acres in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development.

Oil Firms Must Explore More Off Norway To Maintain Output -Petoro
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Oil companies must explore for more offshore oil and gas reserves if Norway is to maintain energy production at its current level, state-owned oil firm Petoro says.

Rabul 5 Well Hits Oil Onshore Egypt
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 SDX Energy Inc. makes an onshore oil discovery at its Rabul 5 well in Egypt's West Gharib Concession.

Rabat Deep 1 Well Spuds
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 The Saipem 1200 drillship commences the drilling of the Rabat Deep 1 well in Morocco.

US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan
Monday, March 12, 2018 The Trump administration's plan to broadly expand drilling in US offshore waters is moving slowly.

SDX Announces Gas Discovery in Morocco
Friday, March 09, 2018 A gas discovery has been made at SDX's SAH-2 well on the Sebou permit onshore Morocco.

Exec: Statoil Has Room To Grow More In North Dakota's Bakken
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 Statoil has plenty of growth opportunities left in North Dakota's Bakken shale formation, an executive says.

Petronas Subsidiary Makes Oil, Gas Discovery Offshore Gabon
Monday, March 05, 2018 Petronas' subsidiary, PC Gabon Upstream S.A., makes a new oil and gas discovery at the Boudji-1 exploration well in Block F14.

Exxon, Total, Repsol Among Bidders For Oil Exploration Off Greece
Monday, March 05, 2018 ExxonMobil, Total and Repsol are among members of two consortia that have submitted bids to explore for oil and gas off Greece.

CERAWEEK: Pemex Seeking Allies For Deepwater Blocks Won In Auction - CEO
Monday, March 05, 2018 Pemex plans to reach out to existing partners to form new joint ventures for a pair of deepwater blocks it won in a January auction.

Dominican Republic to Join Caribbean Energy Exploration Rush
Monday, March 05, 2018 The Dominican Republic expects to draw interest from energy titans when it opens the country to natural gas and oil exploration for the first time later this month.

PSA Grants Lundin Consent for North Sea Exploration Well
Friday, March 02, 2018 Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway grants its consent for Lundin Norway AS to drill an exploration well in block 16/1 in the North Sea.

Philippines Earmarks 2 Sites For Possible Joint Oil Exploration With China
Friday, March 02, 2018 The Philippines identifies 2 areas in the South China Sea where joint exploration for oil and gas may be undertaken with China.

Oil Explorers Lift Rig Count to 800 First Time Since 2015
Friday, March 02, 2018 US oil explorers raised the rig count to 800 for the first time in almost three years.

Statoil Contracts West Phoenix Rig for NCS, UKCS Drilling Campaign
Thursday, March 01, 2018 Statoil and its partners contract the West Phoenix rig to drill 4 exploration wells within the UK and Norwegian continental shelves from summer 2018.

Mexico To Offer First-Ever Shale Blocks In September Auction
Thursday, March 01, 2018 Mexico will auction development rights to shale blocks in September.

NPD Awards Lundin Norway Drilling Permit for Well Offshore Norway
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate grants Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 7220/11-5 S, located in production license 609 offshore Norway.

Total, Edison Get Greek Go-Ahead For Oil And Gas Exploration
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Greece's parliament gives the go-ahead for companies to explore for oil and gas.

ExxonMobil, Hess Strike Lucky No. 7 Offshore Guyana
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Latest discovery to help propel offshore Guyana production past half a million barrels per day mark.

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