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Petrobras bets on infrastructure in 2012 to ease supply

Brazil’s state-controlled company Petrobras expects to grow its gas distribution business by 12.5% in 2012 by opening 14 new distribution points to offer 5.1 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) of

6 January 2012
Projects

Power generation will bolster emerging gas markets, says Repsol

Could Australia be the next big thing in gas? The answer is, most probably not, but the gas market can expect to witness some changes in the short to medium term – and that will certainly involve ex

6 January 2012
Licensing Rounds

Total wins Mauritania blocks

Total has been awarded two exploration licences in Mauritania, the French major said in a press release on Friday.

6 January 2012
Projects

Santos beings Wortel production

Australia’s Santos plans to begin gas production in the Indonesian offshore Wortel gas field by the end of January, Reuters reported on Friday.

6 January 2012
Projects

CNPC sees results from horizontal well drilling programme

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), the country's largest natural gas producer, put 246 horizontal gas wells into operation last year out of a total of 305 wells drilled, CNPC announced on Friday.

6 January 2012
Projects

PTTEP expects Myanmar output to begin next year

Thailand’s state-run PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) on Thursday signed a deal with state-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to begin developing Myanmar’s Zawtika project, as the two countries had agreed previously in November.

6 January 2012
Projects

Shell ups output at Changbei gas project

Royal Dutch Shell produced 3.5 billion cubic metres of gas at the Changbei gas field last year, Shell's partner China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) announced on Thursday.

6 January 2012
Licensing Rounds

Baghdad delays fourth bidding round again

Iraq has postponed its fourth oil and gas licensing round to 11-12 April, the oil ministry announced on its website on Wednesday.

5 January 2012
Unconventional Gas

Regulation threatens US LNG ambitions

Potential US energy policy developments, such as new regulations governing fracking, could undermine prospects for future exports

5 January 2012
Unconventional Gas

Argentina’s shale operators wade into water politics

Companies drilling in the Neuquén Basin in Patagonia are facing major challenges, including water scarcity and local politics. Interfax investigates the challenges and risks involved in the drilling operation.

5 January 2012
Unconventional Gas

China shale surveys yielding promising results in Guizhou

A survey programme led by China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) to evaluate China’s shale gas resources has been yielding promising results in Guizhou Province, according to recent updates from the MLR and the ministry’s Guizhou branch.

5 January 2012
Projects

CNPC’s gas output growth rate dials down in 2011

China National Petroleum Corp.’s (CNPC) gas output from domestic sources grew by 4.14% in 2011 from a year earlier – the lowest increase since such figures were first published in 2008 – according to a newsletter circulated by CNPC on Wednesday.

5 January 2012
Discoveries & Reserves

ONGC expands in India with new finds, takeovers

Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), India’s largest state-run oil and gas company, has swiftly expanded its domestic gas assets this week, after taking hold of three BG stakes and making several new discoveries.

5 January 2012
Licensing Rounds

Croatian government pulls exploration tender at the final hour

The Croatian government has decided to cancel a tender for 14 exploration blocks in the north of the country less than 24 hours before Thursday’s bid deadline.

5 January 2012
Unconventional Gas

Foreign buyers swoop on US unconventional oil plays

North American companies began seeking higher profits by shifting investments from gas to liquids plays in late 2008. International companies are now following their lead.

4 January 2012
Licensing Rounds

International firms circle Croatian exploration licences

Bids are due this week for 14 exploration licences in northern Croatia put out to tender by the newly elected government late last year after the country's only integrated energy company INA lost its

4 January 2012
Licensing Rounds

Aurelian snaps up more Polish shale gas acreage

Aurelian Oil & Gas has expanded its Polish gas and shale gas reserves, after the Ministry of Environment awarded the London-based explorer two new licences.

4 January 2012
Unconventional Gas

China opens up unconventional energy sector to foreign investment

China has revised its foreign investor guidelines and is opening up its unconventional energy sector to greater foreign participation

4 January 2012
Licensing Rounds

China to hold second shale gas auction this month

China will hold its second round of auctions for shale gas exploration rights in January after several postponements last year, the state-run China Business News reported on Wednesday.

4 January 2012
Unconventional Gas

China to pour $18.5 bln into CBM development

China's investment in coal-bed methane (CBM) will amount to RMB 116.6 billion ($18.53 billion) between 2011 and 2015, according to the Chinese government's 12th Five-Year CBM Development Plan released on Saturday.

4 January 2012

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