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Exploration & Production

Turkey's Yavuz drillship.

Positions hardening in Cyprus offshore drilling dispute

A meeting in Berlin on 25 November will aim to address the dispute over drilling offshore Cyprus, but the chances of a speedy resolution remain slim.

4 days ago Europe & Russia
Gas production terminal in Thailand's Bongkot South field.

Thailand and Cambodia eye joint development

With Thailand fast running out of hydrocarbon reserves, the settlement of a dispute with Cambodia over gas-rich waters could be imminent.

4 days ago Asia Pacific
Anti-government protester in Lebanon standing in from of burning tires blocking roads.

Lebanon hastens offshore exploration campaign

Lebanon’s embattled political elites need to show a sceptical public that progress is being made in tapping offshore oil and gas blocks, but blaming IOCs looks wide of the mark.

4 days ago Middle East & Africa
A gas compression station in Libya.

Libyan gas revival gathers steam

The conflict-afflicted North African country is starting to build up its gas production, offering greater stability of supply to domestic and international offtakers.

11 November 2019 Middle East & Africa
CBM assets in Australia

Australia tipped to boost shale and CBM exploration

The latest acreage releases in Queensland and seismic surveys in the Northern Territory are designed to spur shale and CBM extraction to meet local and LNG export needs.

8 November 2019 Asia Pacific
A gas platform offshore Saudi Arabia

Gas expansion key to Saudi Aramco’s IPO

The Saudi NOC has spent recent months flagging up its gas expansion plans in a move to attract investors for its planned stock market listing.

7 November 2019 Middle East & Africa
A shale gas liquefaction plant in China.

China’s NOCs pin domestic upstream growth on spending boom

Greater expenditure by the country’s three largest NOCs looks set to underpin increasing domestic production as Beijing prioritises energy security.

5 November 2019 Asia Pacific

UK halts fracking despite falling gas production

The UK government has pressed pause on fracking for shale gas in England, a move that seems likely to a support growing dependence on imported LNG.

4 November 2019 Europe & Russia
Suez Cement plant, El Minya, Egypt

Middle East shies away from gas price reform

With few exceptions, the MENA region has failed to increase gas prices to a level that makes exploration and production economically viable.

31 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
Sinopec's Fuling shale gas field

Deep deposits challenge CNPC’s shale ambitions

CNPC’s inability to extract shale gas deeper than 3,500 metres could jeopardise a goal of producing 20-23 bcm annually by 2025.

24 October 2019 Asia Pacific
Sarajevo

Bosnia aims to draw foreign capital to gas sector

Sarajevo is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian gas transiting Ukraine by starting its own production and diversifying imports.

17 October 2019 Europe & Russia
South Pars Phase 12

Tehran must go it alone to develop discoveries

Iran will have to rely on domestic resources to develop its new fields as appetite from foreign investors has dwindled as a result of US sanctions.

17 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
Darwin LNG

Darwin set to expand as Santos buys out Conoco

Following a period of belt-tightening, Australia’s second-largest gas group is expanding its asset base as it looks to raise its profile in the international LNG market.

17 October 2019 Asia Pacific
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Lukoil’s Ghasha stake boosts UAE’s sour gas plans

The arrival of the Russian company completes the tendering process for the concession and is positive for the UAE’s plans to commercialise its technically challenging offshore reserves.

16 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
A drilling module.

CNOOC strives to reverse decline in western South China Sea

The company is starting to turn around years of declining gas output from the area with a slate of projects that demonstrate its growing deepwater prowess.

14 October 2019 Asia Pacific
BP's plans for operations at the Tortue field

Second Senegal FLNG may compete with Nigeria

The successful appraisal of additional fields in the Grand Tortue complex adds credence to the case for at least one more FLNG plant in Senegal, which together with Mauritania could export almost as much gas as Nigeria by the end of next decade.

3 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
An FPSO naming ceremony in China.

Sales tax ups ante in Malaysian resources battle

The intensifying political struggle over hydrocarbons in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak is denting investor confidence in the region.

3 October 2019 Asia Pacific
An oil platform offshore Angola

Angolan gas blocks set for bid round

The country’s latest licensing round will include non-associated gas-prone blocks for the first time.

2 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
Turkey's Yavuz drillship at a Turkish port in Kocaeli province.

Ankara mulls new moves after Eni-Total deal in Cyprus

Tensions in Cyprus are set to rise following Turkey’s angry reaction to the signing of an exploration agreement for disputed waters off the southern coast of the island.

1 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
A PetroChina facility in the Ordos Basin

PetroChina hails new shale discoveries amid modest production outlook

PetroChina trumpeted its progress on domestic unconventional oil and gas exploration on Sunday, but there are fresh signs China’s shale production is falling short of targets.

30 September 2019 Asia Pacific

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