A map of operational rigs in Asia Pacific targeting gas in August 2017 Exploration & Production

India and Australia lead exploration activity in Asia

India and Australia accounted for 72% of all rigs exploring for gas in the Asia Pacific region in August.

By Andrew Walker 22 September 2017
A photo of a geopark producing well in the southern Chilean province of Magallanes. Exploration & Production

Chile’s Enap eyes tight gas boost post-2020

Chilean state-run giant Enap plans to swap LNG imports for its own tight gas in the coming years. But this is a bold call while output remains modest.

18 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Brazil receives bids for pre-salt licensing rounds

Up to 17 companies have registered to bid in Brazil’s two pre-salt bid rounds, which will be held in October.

18 September 2017
Exploration & Production

CNOOC seeks partners to develop Gulf of Mexico resources

Chinese state giant China National Offshore Oil Corp. is seeking partners to develop resources in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

18 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Statoil to drill sidetrack well on Verbier prospect

Norwegian company Statoil has decided to drill a sidetrack to the Verbier exploration prospect in the UK North Sea.

18 September 2017
Seismic survey vessel Exploration & Production

PetroSA’s Russian connection causes a stir

A $400 million exploration deal between Rosgeo and PetroSA has caused some surprise but could prove a lifeline for South Africa’s beleaguered NOC.

18 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Exxon reaches settlement over Sakhalin 1 tax dispute

Russia has reached an out-of-court settlement with ExxonMobil regarding its tax dispute over Sakhalin 1.

15 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Thailand to delay offshore field auction by two months

Thailand is delaying the auction of new operating concessions for the Erawan and Bongkot offshore gas fields by two months.

15 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Kuwait, Pakistan drilling balances drop elsewhere in Middle East

The number of rigs targeting gas fell in Oman and Egypt in August, but rose in Kuwait and Pakistan.

15 September 2017
Press conference announcing drilling results offshore Cyprus Exploration & Production

Hope springs eternal in the East Med

The Cypriot government is putting a brave face on lacklustre offshore drilling results.

15 September 2017
Parliamentary address by Michel Aoun, president of Lebanon Exploration & Production

Lebanon licensing round schedule hinges on tax law

A parliamentary vote next week will determine the timeline for Lebanon’s long-awaited licensing round.

15 September 2017
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg expresses elation at winning the country's election Exploration & Production

Norwegian election gives boost to gas producers

The results of Norway’s parliamentary elections provide a signal of stability to exploration companies in the region.

14 September 2017
Exploration & Production

CNPC and Eni to cooperate on E&P opportunities

China National Petroleum Corp. and Eni signed an agreement on Wednesday to cooperate on oil and gas exploration and production.

14 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Japan and India to bolster ties through energy project cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting India and seeking to strengthen ties between the two countries.

14 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Scotland’s gas production up 3%

Oil and gas production in Scotland increased by 2.9% in the 2016-2017 financial year, to a total of 74.7 mtoe.

14 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Shell presents proposal for Kish field

Shell presented its development proposal for Iran’s Kish gas field on Tuesday.

13 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Novatek plans to bid for Lebanese blocks

Russian gas producer Novatek plans to bid for exploration blocks in Lebanon’s acreage.

13 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Changning shale block output hits 3.6 MMcm/d

PetroChina’s Changning shale gas block is supplying 3.6 MMcm/d to Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality in southwest China.

12 September 2017
A gas rig in the Khazzan field Exploration & Production

Oman to invite bids for exploration licences

Oman is confident the onshore blocks it is offering will attract a high level of interest.

12 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Cyprus Block 11 exploration disappoints Total and Eni

Total and Eni have told Cyprus’s energy minister that their exploration in Block 11 has been disappointing.

12 September 2017
Exploration & Production

Isle of Man opens new hydrocarbon licensing round

The government of the Isle of Man has opened a licensing round for hydrocarbon exploration in its territorial waters.

12 September 2017

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