AMINEX has found gas offshore Tanzania in the Nyuni/East Songo-Songo block with its Kiliwani North-1 (KN-1) exploration well. This is an offshore milestone for East Africa as there has been little drilling to date.
Oil & Gas
TOTAL has signed an agreement with Nigerian company Conoil Producing to farm into deep offshore block OPL257 for a 40% interest, leaving Conoil as operator with a 50% interest, while another Nigerian company holds the remaining 10%.
ADDAX Petroleum reports the successful appraisal of, and addition to, its Kita Marine discovery offshore Nigeria on block OML123. The KTM-6 well, drilled with Transocean's GSF High Island IX jack-up drilling rig, encountered an aggregate gross oil column of 52m (173ft) over four zones.
STATOILHYDRO is to drill its first offshore prospect as operator in Canada during Q4 this year. The target is the Mizzen prospect (Flemish Pass Basin) off the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Transocean rig, Henry Goodrich, has been secured for the operation.
STATOILHYDRO has struck oil and gas with the first well drilled on the Obesum prospect in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.
UK PRIVATE equity fund Epi-V has taken an 18% stake in Tarblaster, a Norwegian company that specialises in technology designed to increase the efficiency of the oil recovery process for oil sands. The business was launched in 2006 by Olav Ellingsen, an entrepreneurial developer of innovative oil-recovery technologies. Epi-V's investment will enable Tarblaster to scale up its new technology and begin successfully commercialising it for the global oil sands market.
IT SEEMS that the long-awaited award of the last two blocks (5 and 6) in the licensing round for concessions in the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Zone (JDZ) will now be made in May, according to Patrice Trovoada, prime minister of Sao Tome. The round had been suspended 18 months ago.
A RELATIVELY new player in the UK North Sea sector, Fairfield Energy, hosted a reception at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen.
MORE than 400 people attended the 23rd Scottish offshore achievement awards dinner at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel, near Aberdeen.
AGR will soon be on the move to a new Aberdeen home. The company has outgrown the current premises at Queens Terrace, where it started life as Peak Well Services some years prior to being acquired mid-2006 by Norwegian group AGR.
THE Press and Journal and Munro's Travel Group of Aberdeen have teamed up to launch their first Middle East oil & gas conference and exhibition initiative.
ONE of the upstream petroleum industry's premier charity fundraising events, the BG Energy Challenge, this year takes place in Plymouth on July 10-12.
SCHLUMBERGER has inaugurated a $100million-plus training facility in Tyumen, Siberia, the gateway city to many of Russia's oil&gas resources.
Dutch group IHC Merwede has taken over The Engineering Business (EB), one of the UK's best design, engineering and construction outfits serving the needs of the offshore industry.
ARTHUR Millholland, the founder and president of exploration and production independent Oilexco, will deliver the keynote address at DEVEX 2008, which takes place in Aberdeen next month.
THE value of oil & gas asset deals in Europe climbed above $5.5billion in 2007 after two straight years of decline, driven by a rise in both corporate and asset deal value. Total deal count was flat for the third consecutive year and four of the top eight buyers in Europe were state-owned or controlled, according to analysis by John S. Herold, Inc. and Harrison Lovegrove & Co.
The appetite for mergers and acquisitions in the global oil & gas industry remained robust in 2007, despite the credit crunch sparked by the US sub-prime mortgage lending debacle.
An innovative internet-based system designed to help verify worker competence in the offshore industry has attracted the attention of the UK's Offshore Contractors' Association.
Five years have passed since US and UK forces invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein. There would be few people who expected the problems there to have lasted so long, with little sign of solutions in the foreseeable future.
Our oil industry is high value, high risk. When the UK's Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 comes into force next month, it is expected to herald the start of a new era in the world of health and safety prosecutions.
An undersea robot "glider" that harvests heat energy from the sea to propel itself across oceans? You have to be kidding - surely?
It came out of left field - I mean the £500million conditional deal between Lunar Energy and the Koreans to manufacture and deploy tidal (marine current) turbine technology developed by Aberdeen offshore oilfield company Rotech Engineering.
Shell has signed up to a joint research and development agreement in the US that is intended to make biofuels more efficient and greener.
Amec has made an acquisition calculated to deliver huge leverage to its oil & gas engineering and project management capabilities worldwide.