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Exploration & Production

PetroChina infrastructure at the Tulia oilfield

China’s NOCs increase production amid US trade spat

Gas production growth shined at China’s big three state energy giants in the first half of this year as they heeded the Chinese leadership’s call to boost domestic output.

2 September 2019 Asia Pacific
The Haiyang Dizhi 8 survey ship.

US weighs in on renewed China-Vietnam tensions in South China Sea

Energy relations between the United States and China have deteriorated further after Washington condemned Chinese exploration in disputed waters offshore Vietnam.

27 August 2019 Asia Pacific
Development at Fuling shale gas field

Huadian’s exit puts NOCs in shale gas driving seat

State-owned power utility China Huadian’s exit from shale gas licences it won in late 2012 could prompt other companies to reconsider entering China’s shale gas sector and the wider upstream segment.

22 August 2019 Asia Pacific
Oman LNG plant at Qalhat

Oman weighs bunkering, GTL as gas output soars

Oman needs to expedite the development of its LNG bunkering and GTL facilities as its power and fertiliser sectors will struggle to absorb the additional gas from its proposed upstream projects.

19 August 2019 Middle East & Africa
Drilling at Genel Energy's Miran project in Iraq

Kurds face slow going as export plans struggle for lift-off

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s gas plans have been scaled back, with lower volumes and more relaxed timelines expected.

16 August 2019 Middle East & Africa
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Ukraine mulls repeat of Dolphin tender

The country is considering re-running the tender for the block to attract a bigger player, but such a move could provoke a legal challenge that would delay its development.

15 August 2019 Europe & Russia
A gas flare at China's Fuling field.

CNPC targets Sichuan in gas production drive

The state energy giant is ramping up output in the province, reflecting a broader move to strengthen energy security in the wake of China’s trade spat with the US.

12 August 2019 Asia Pacific
A PetroChina rig in the Tulia oilfield

China embraces reform to bolster energy security

China’s leadership is turning to sweeping reforms to spark a boom in domestic energy output as heightened tensions with the US force Beijing to consider its energy security.

8 August 2019 Asia Pacific
A rig offshore Australia

Australia aims to boost revenues with new tender

The latest offshore acreage release is designed to secure Australia’s energy security and LNG export earnings for the future.

1 August 2019 Asia Pacific
CBM assets in Queensland

Aussie NT prepares for shale gas investment

With a new regulatory regime largely finalised, the NT government is looking to reap the rewards from investment in onshore shale gas exploration

25 July 2019 Asia Pacific
South Africa's Karoo region

South Africa eyes shale despite legal block

South Africa’s government is still looking to appraise its onshore shale gas reserves despite an adverse high court ruling and expanding exploration offshore.

25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa
Methanol plant, Trinidad

Trinidad treads fine line between LNG and petchems

The risk of Trinidad shutting down part of its liquefaction capacity looms large as feedstock gas supplies remain constrained and competition from the petrochemical sector is ratcheting up.

22 July 2019 Americas
Fracking in Sichuan.

China’s OFS players gain from NOC spending hike

The country’s oilfield services companies are seeing strong growth as Beijing pushes state-owned oil and gas companies to boost upstream spending.

22 July 2019 Asia Pacific
Turkey's Yavuz drillship docked near Istanbul

Turkish drilling rattles East Med equilibrium

Turkey is sending a second drillship into Cypriot waters in a bid to increase its presence in the East Mediterranean.

18 July 2019 Middle East & Africa
An Indonesian offshore rig

Jakarta warming to IOC development plans

The company's plans for its IDD project will be buoyed by the Indonesian government's adoption of a new development plan for Shell and Inpex's Abadi LNG plant.

18 July 2019 Asia Pacific
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Queensland LNG rocked by possible export restrictions

Designed to cap rising energy prices, the surprise legislative proposal could limit exports and stymie future investment in eastern Australia’s gas market.

5 July 2019 Asia Pacific
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark on a tour of the Bintulu LNG plant in Malaysia. (BC govt/Flickr)

Giant Malaysian find bolsters PTTEP’s growth strategy

The Lang Lebah discovery offshore Sarawak is PTTEP's biggest find and is good news for the explorer as it seeks to bolster its reserves.

1 July 2019 Asia Pacific
The Sabah oil and gas terminal

Malaysia aims to unlock sour gas fields

The country needs to develop new gas projects to feed the Bintulu LNG plant, but doing so will mean tackling its technically tricky sour gas fields.

27 June 2019 Asia Pacific
One of CNOOC's offshore platforms

CNOOC pins growth on waters of South China Sea

CNOOC’s new offshore acreage offer in the South China Sea underlines the importance of the region to growing the company’s output and meeting Beijing’s call to reduce reliance on imports.

27 June 2019 Asia Pacific
Well drilling in Algeria. (Gazprom)

Algeria’s gas production faces colossal challenges

Upstream gas projects in Algeria will see further delays if the country fails to boost the competitiveness of its LNG and pipeline gas in the global market.

24 June 2019 Middle East & Africa

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