A rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Anadarko) Exploration & Production

Mexico seeks to solve deepwater ‘mystery’

Mexico has gathered mountains of offshore data in recent years. But it is unclear if it will be enough to tempt a supermajor into deepwater gas production.

By Chris Noon 27 July 2017
Novatek’s flagship Yamal LNG project is still in the initial stages and it faces a series of challenges to bring the development to fruition. (Novatek) Exploration & Production

Novatek’s Yamal wager

Novatek’s flagship Yamal LNG project is still in the initial stages and the company faces a series of challenges to bring the development to fruition. So will the gamble pay off?

4 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Karachaganak talks to wrap up by end 2011 – BG

The talks between Kazakhstan and the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO) on Kazakhstan’s joining the Karachaganak project will be completed by the end of the year, BG Executive Vice-President of Europe and Central Asia, Chris Finlayson, has said.

4 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Cairn discovers Sri Lanka’s first signs of gas

Cairn India subsidiary Cairn Lanka has struck gas off the coast of Sri Lanka, marking the country’s first-ever hydrocarbon discovery, Scottish shareholder Cairn Energy announced on Monday.

3 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Uruguay’s shale reserves put at 379 bcm

A report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated shale gas reserves in Uruguay’s Norte Basin to be 13.4 trillion cubic feet (379 billion cubic metres).

3 October 2011
Tullow wants to implement a longstanding plan to develop the Kudu field to possibly send gas to other countries. (Namcor) Exploration & Production

Kudu development inches closer

After discovering gas at Namibia’s Kudu gas field in the 1970s, efforts to exploit the reserves have not come to fruition. However, Tullow, along with its partners, has begun a renewed push to devel

3 October 2011
Exploration & Production

KOC deputy chairman calls for increased collaboration to meet tight gas challenges

Increased collaboration between regional national oil companies, as well as with international oil companies, is needed to meet the growing challenges of developing tight gas formations in the Middle East, Mohammed Husain, deputy chairman and deputy managing director of planning and gas, for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), said on Monday.

3 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Apache aims to begin Aussie Balnaves development in 2014

Apache’s Australian subsidiary Apache Julimar plans to begin its $438 million development programme for the Balnaves oil and gas field in the offshore Julimar and Brunello reserve in 2014, the Texan company announced on Friday.

3 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Huge Alaskan lease sale set for 7 December

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) has said that companies will be able to bid for oil and gas leases on around 14.7 million acres (59,488 sq km) of onshore land on 7 December.

3 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Total’s shale gas permits under threat

The French Government is expected to make an announcement today regarding shale gas exploration permits that have been granted to energy major Total, as well as US energy firm Schuepbach, Interfax has learned.

3 October 2011
Exploration & Production

Peru is open for business with five contract awards

Peru’s government has awarded five oil and gas exploration contracts to various companies from the UK, Colombia and Argentina, the first awards since the signing of a law earlier this month giving indigenous communities a voice in contract negotiations.

30 September 2011
Exploration & Production

CNPC Qinshui CBM plant feeds 800 mcm of gas to WEP since 2009

China National Petroleum Corp.’s (CNPC) Qinshui coal-bed methane (CBM) plant has supplied 800 million cubic metres (28.2 billion cubic feet) of gas to the West-East Natural Gas Pipeline (WEP) since going online in 2009, CNPC announced Friday.

30 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Xinjiang’s Yili Prefecture CTG projects hold promise

Coal-to-gas (CTG) projects with a combined annual production capacity of 31.5 billion cubic metres are under construction in the Yili Kazakhstan Autonomous Prefecture in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, state-owned Xinjiang Economic News reported on Wednesday.

30 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Green Dragon Gas results show profit up

Green Dragon Gas, an independent CBM producer and distributor based in China, released interim results for the six months ending 30 June on Friday, which detailed a 68% increase in revenue to $36.2 million, and a 41% increase in gross profit to $5.3 million over the same period last year.

30 September 2011
Exploration & Production

RWE interested in studying Ukraine's Black Sea shelf - Naftogaz

Ukraine’s Naftogaz Ukrainy and Germany’s RWE Dea AG signed a memorandum of cooperation on Wednesday, which will see the companies jointly explore areas on Ukraine’s Black Sea shelf, in addition to attempting to increase hydrocarbon production in the former Soviet republic, according a statement released on the Naftogaz website.

29 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Algeria aims to realise its shale gas potential

Algeria will start shale gas exploration in the first quarter of next year, the head of state-owned Sonatrach told the APS news agency on Wednesday. Sonatrach’s press office did not respond to requests for confirmation from Interfax.

29 September 2011
Dart Energy is exploring its PEL428 petroleum exploration lease, near the city of Newcastle, Australia. (Wikicommons) Exploration & Production

New South Wales CBM moratorium forces Dart to refocus exploration

Dart Energy has decided to refocus their exploration to its PEL428 petroleum lease, near the city of Newcastle, Australia, following a moratorium by the NSW government.

29 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Dart targets Dajing for further exploration

Coal-bed methane company Dart Energy hopes to tap as much as 170 billion cubic metres (6 trillion cubic feet) at its Dajing project in Xinjiang Province in China where it spudded its first two exploration wells earlier this month.

28 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Iraqi oil ministry sets 15 October date to sign Akkas gas field contract

Iraq's cabinet has approved a contract with South Korea's Korea Gas Corp (Kogas) to develop the Akkas gas field in Iraq’s western Anbar province, an oil ministry source told Reuters on Tuesday.

28 September 2011
Seismic work in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. (James Batty) Exploration & Production

Multi-billion barrel Shaikan holds gas potential

Gulf Keystone Petroleum expects to find more gas in the Shaikan field in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, which will help fuel the company’s facilities at the field, and may even lead to it exporting gas.

28 September 2011
According to Energy Minister, Rafael Ramirez, the co-operation deal signed with Technip should yield 300 MMcm/d by 2012. (PA) Exploration & Production

We’re not desperate, says Venezuela

South America’s largest oil producer, Venezuela, wants to double gas production by 2015, but lacks the infrastructure to bring its offshore discoveries on-stream, so it seems to be pushing for foreign partners to exploit the gas in its Mariscal Sucre offshore project.

28 September 2011

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