Exploration & Production

Naftogaz facilities in Ukraine.

Ukraine struggles to attract upstream players

Kiev aims to be independent from gas imports by 2020, but the lack of interest in its latest licensing round shows the target may be too ambitious

11 March 2019 Project Insights / Europe & Russia

India awards areas in second small fields licensing round

India’s second Discovered Small Fields round has attracted new entrants into the country’s upstream sector.

11 March 2019 Project Insights / Asia Pacific
A shah Deniz platform

BP’s Caspian drilling could tally with TAP Phase 2

BP is set to start drilling the Shafag-Asiman area this year, which could reveal a field as big as Shah Deniz and trigger the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor.

7 March 2019 Project Insights / Europe & Russia
Sonatrach gas tanks

Algerian protests threaten energy reforms

Mass protests in Algeria against a fifth term by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika mean there is an increasing risk of political and social instability in Europe’s third-largest gas supplier.

7 March 2019 Policy & Regulation / Middle East & Africa
The Bongkot South production platform in Thailand

NOCs set to play larger role in Thai licensing round

The Thai government wants state companies to take 25% stakes in all the blocks offered in its upcoming licensing round, which could put off international investors.

7 March 2019 Policy & Regulation / Asia Pacific
CNPC shale exploration in Sichuan

CNPC to up domestic output after record profits

Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer is investing heavily to boost domestic gas production, after in increase in sales of the fuel in 2018 helped drive profits to a four-year high.

7 March 2019 Policy & Regulation / Asia Pacific
Muhammadu Buhari, president of Nigeria, at the UN in 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari must tackle unfulfilled promises

Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected as Nigeria’s president but has yet to implement his promised overhaul of the country’s chaotic petroleum sector.

7 March 2019 Policy & Regulation / Middle East & Africa
A flare from the Jiaoye 8-2HF well at the Fuling field

Earthquakes unsettle China’s shale gas sector

Deadly earthquakes in China’s shale gas development heartland last week could set back production and public perception of the unconventional fuel.

4 March 2019 Policy & Regulation / Asia Pacific
Operations at the Corrib field

Inishkea find may overturn Ireland’s import strategy

Europa Oil & Gas says its discovery off Ireland may hold 42.5 bcm of gas, which could provide a significant share of the country’s gas demand.

4 March 2019 Project Insights / Europe & Russia
Cypriot gas could be exported via Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Cyprus discovery boosts optimism but export questions remain

ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum have made a significant discovery offshore Cyprus, but they may need to discover more gas in the area to justify building LNG export infrastructure.

1 March 2019 Project Insights / Middle East & Africa
The Hibiscus platform off Trinidad

Trinidad’s gas output to get Angelin boost

The Angelin project will provide yet another boost for Trinidad’s gas production, but the country has even more ambitious upstream plans.

28 February 2019 Markets & Forecasts / Americas
A tanker docked at the Qalhat LNG plant

Oman to diversify gas strategy on rising output

Oman is looking at new ways of monetising its gas and increasing its output on the back of new discoveries.

28 February 2019 Project Insights / Middle East & Africa
An ONGC offshore platform

India’s pricing reforms could boost gas output

India is moving to liberalise gas prices in the hope of boosting exploration and production.

28 February 2019 Policy & Regulation / Asia Pacific
The Ain Beni Mathar integrated combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant in Morocco. (Philippe Roos/Flickr).jpg

Morocco’s import plans overshadow domestic gas potential

Morocco is looking to lure explorers into its upstream gas sector, but domestic production will not supplant plans to import large volumes of gas.

26 February 2019 Project Insights / Middle East & Africa
The Darwin LNG plant in Australia. (Conoco)

Aussie upstream spending rises as demand outlook brightens

Forecasts for rising international gas demand out to 2022 have prompted renewed interest in exploration and drilling in Australian acreage.

22 February 2019 Project Insights / Asia Pacific
An indonesian gas plant.

Repsol’s Indonesia find cuts appetite for LNG imports

A large gas discovery in Indonesia has put the country’s future demand for LNG imports in question.

21 February 2019 Project Insights / Asia Pacific
Exploration in the Black Sea, offshore Romania

Romania mulls changes to gas legislation

IOCs and the European Commission are pressuring the Romanian government to change legislation that is discouraging Black Sea developments.

21 February 2019 Policy & Regulation / Europe & Russia
BP's planned Greater Tortue LNG development

Senegal to boost government role in upstream sector

The country's new upstream legislation is expected to include obligatory signature bonuses and will fix the stake of state-owned Petrosen at up to 30%.

21 February 2019 Policy & Regulation / Middle East & Africa

BP forecasts stronger LNG trading and greater role for gas

BP has released its Energy Outlook 2019, revising its forecasts from last year’s outlook for 2040 to include more LNG trading and faster growth in gas consumption.

15 February 2019 Project Insights / World
The Mossel Bay GTL plant

Total find could change South Africa’s fortunes

The French company's gas condensate discovery could be significant for South Africa, but it is too early to say how significant – and the Outeniqua Basin has proven disappointing in the past.

14 February 2019 Project Insights / Middle East & Africa