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Range Resources completes sale of RDSL

05/05/2015

Range Resources has confirmed the sale of part of its assets has successfully closed. The oil and gas exploration firm has sold Range Resources Drilling Services (RDSL) for $4.37million. Texas-based RDSL will continue to provide full oilfield operations services to Range in Trinidad.

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LNG progresses with Louisiana project

05/05/2015

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has made progress with its Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana as two key steps have been taken in readiness for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning phase. The company has agreed on contract terms and conditions with the Kellogg Brown & Root LLC and SK E&C Group joint venture (KSJV).

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Petsec begin drilling at Mystic Bayou Field

05/05/2015

Petsec has begun drilling at its Mystic Bayou Field. Work on the 16,700 RA SUA Williams #2 alternate well in Louisiana started earlier this week. The well is being drilled to a vertical depth of of 17,035 ft to test the oil and gas potential in Lower Miocene age Planulina sand reservoirs in a fault closure up-dip from production in the Planulina interval in Mystic Bayou Field.

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IMF sees need for significant Saudi spending cuts as oil drops

05/05/2015

Saudi Arabia needs to take significant measures to curb public spending and reduce its reliance on oil revenue as it reacts to the last year’s slump in crude prices, according to the International Monetary Fund. “There will be a need for significant fiscal consolidation to be able to bring spending and revenues more in line with each other,” Masood Ahmed, director of the Middle East and Central Asia department at the IMF, said in an interview in Dubai on Tuesday. The world’s leading oil exporter must “ensure that there is an equitable sharing of oil wealth across future generations,” he said.

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Ophir Energy signs deal with Golar LNG

05/05/2015

Ophir Energy has singed an agreement with Golar LNG for a project in Block R in Equatorial Guinea. The binding heads of terms for a midstream chartering and operating services agreement outline the terms for Golar to build operate and maintain the floating liquefication and storage vessel and facilities on the Ophir-operated Fortuna floating liquefied natural gas project in Block R.

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Shell’s Arctic drilling could face delay at Seattle port

05/05/2015

Oil major Shell could face delays in its bid to return to Arctic drilling after a ruling in Seattle that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for its drilling rigs. The region has previously been a hub for equipment used in energy drilling in Alaska and could be used as a space as Shell makes its first stride back into the Arctic in three years. The company has been planning to return to Arctic oil and gas exploration since 2012, however it is still waiting for the US Interior Department to issue a full blessing.

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Russia gas fields key to crude output after sanctions hit Arctic

05/05/2015

With Siberia’s aging oil fields slowly running dry, Russia is turning to a natural gas by-product to help maintain crude production and meet President Vladimir Putin’s target of 10 million barrels a day. As companies including OAO Gazprom, OAO Novatek and OAO Rosneft get new Siberian gas fields up and running, they’re also boosting output of condensate, a prized, ultra-light form of crude that’s a common component of underground gas reserves. Condensate is especially important now because it’s not covered by sanctions on Russia’s oil industry that have targeted Arctic drilling and shale projects.

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Goliat: Relief as floating production unit unloaded in Norwegian waters

Last month’s arrival of the Goliat floating production unit in Norwegian waters on the back of a Dockwise heavy lift ship is a milestone for a project that is running around two years behind schedule and massively over budget ... at least 50%. It had been expected onstream late 2013, then this slipped into 2014 and now it is supposed to be later this year, fully 15 years since the oilfield was discovered in 2000. Goliat is located on production licence 229, which was awarded in the Barents Sea Round in 1997. The licensing round was initiated by the authorities in order to promote interest in the Barents Sea as an oil & gas region.

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LR Senergy boss talks about losing it all and the road to success

Having been made redundant as a result of the oil price collapse in 1986, colourfully determined James McCallum is no stranger to the personal and corporate pain caused by volatility in commodity price. However, it was redundancy that encouraged him to eventually set up his own company, so unleashing his own entrepreneurial streak. This was to lead to the creation of the building blocks for Senergy, now LR Senergy – a global diversified energy services business with over 600 people. Here he explores with Energy why the current crisis is a defining moment in time for the oil & gas industry; it is a time when others may be pushed into their own adventures . . . by getting fired by an employer bent on slimming down . . . cost cutting. McCallum: “As the oil price hovers around $50, we are embarking on a crucial period that will define the industry’s future. Spiralling costs of exploration and production in the industry are price differentiating energy plays and it is clear the current cost base cannot be sustained.

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Weir and Rolls-Royce in new fracking technology tie-up

05/05/2015

Scottish engineer Weir Group has teamed up with Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS) company MTU for a new joint-venture to produce a power system to make hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, more efficient. Weir manufacturers hydraulic fracturing pumps, while MTU describes itself as a market leader in heavy-duty industrial diesel engines. The joint-venture – announced at the OTC oil and gas show in Houston – involves Glasgow-based Weir’s oil and gas division, whose global operations include a sales office in Aberdeen.

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McDermott secures larger workscope for offshore Hout field

04/05/2015

McDermott International has received a contract amendment from KJO (Al-Khafji Joint Operations) for a platform in the Hout field. The platform is located 26 miles of Al-Khafji in the divided zone between Kuwait and the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia. Work on the brownfield project is expected to be executed through the second quarter of 2017 and is included in McDermott's first quarter 2015 backlog.

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Saudi stocks near six-month high before foreign investor rules

04/05/2015

Saudi Arabian stocks traded near a six-month high as investors awaited an announcement by the country’s regulator on rules opening up the market to foreigners for the first time. The Tadawul All Share Index rose and fell as much as 0.3 percent before trading 0.2 percent lower at 12:18 p.m. in Riyadh. Al Rajhi Bank, the lender with the biggest weighting on index, added 0.2 percent. The Riyadh-based Capital Market Authority will publish the final regulations today to allow foreigners direct access to its stock market starting June 15. The rules will be enacted June 1. “There is nervous anticipation in the market,” Mohammed Al-Suwayed, a Riyadh-based financial analyst and partner at SPT Investors LLC, a market-analytics company, said by phone. “Investors are not very sure what sort of changes there will be, hence the fluctuation.” OPEC’s biggest oil exporter is removing barriers to one of the world’s most-restricted major stock markets as it pursues a $130 billion spending plan to boost non-energy industries. Investors from outside the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council currently access shares listed on the country’s $572 billion market through equity swaps and exchange-traded funds. The CMA may allow institutional investors with a minimum of 18.75 billion riyals ($5 billion) under management to invest directly in the stock market, according to the draft rules published in August.

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Mazarine Energy and ETAP make Tunisian oil discovery

04/05/2015

Mazarine Energy has made an oil discovery in Tunisia with its partner ETAP. The find was made in the Cat -1 (Chouchet El Atrous) well in the Zaafrane permit by the company’s subsidiary Mazarine Energy Tunisia. Mazarine Energy executive chairman Edward Van Kersbergen said: “We are delighted to announce the first discovery in the Zaafrane permit.

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ENAP to postpone projects in Ecuadorian Amazon

04/05/2015

Chile's state oil company ENAP is set to postpone projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a result of the oil price decline. According to reports, both the country's central government and local authorities have agreed to the move. Last month, Ecuador signed an $82million production contract with ENAP for the oil block Paraiso-Biguno-Huachito.

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Repsol in Bolivian gas discovery

04/05/2015

Repsol has made a new gas discovery in Bolivia at the Margarita-Huacaya block. The Spanish company said the find increases reserves in the Caipipendi area with investment in phase three of the project expected to reach $293million by 2018. Repsol currently produces 18 million cubic metres of gas in Bolivia, with Margarita-Huacaya earmarked as one of 10 key projects in the company’s 2012-2016 strategic plan.

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Norway’s $900 billion fund might stop getting fresh cash

04/05/2015

What happens to a wealthy, oil-reliant nation when crude prices collapse and unprecedented monetary easing threatens to scupper returns for its sovereign wealth fund? Yngve Slyngstad, who manages Norway's $900 billion wealth fund, has said many times in the past year that in a low-and even negative-interest rate world the fund will not be able to hit its expected 4 percent real return. The real world impact is that fiscal spending will need to be checked. The Norwegian government has a self-imposed rule capping use of the fund's money in its budget to the expected return. That has meant increased spending each year, in krone-terms, as the fund has ballooned in size. The current minority coalition said in October it will use a record 164 billion kroner ($21.8 billion) in 2015, or about 3 percent of the fund.

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America’s oil drillers idle rigs for 21st straight week

02/05/2015

Oil explorers idled rigs in US fields for the 21st straight week, extending an unprecedented retreat in drilling that has curbed domestic output and helped crude prices rally. Rigs targeting oil in the US declined by 24 to 679, Baker Hughes Inc. said on its website Friday, the lowest level since September 2010. Texas’s Eagle Ford formation lost the most, dropping seven to 91, the Houston-based field services company said. The Williston Basin, home of North Dakota’s prolific Bakken shale, added a rig for the first time in five months.

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BP celebrates 100-year shipping anniversary

01/05/2015

BP Shipping  celebrated its 100-year anniversary yesterday, making it the longest continually operating company in the group. Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has contributed to two world wars, the Great Depression, the closures of the Suez Canal, and the impact of oil nationalisations on the world economy and the movement of oil and gas. It has also played a role in the evolution of safer and more environmentally sustainable shipping practices including inert gas systems, crude oil washing and double hulling.

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Kina Petroleum spuds Raintree-1 exploration well

01/05/2015

Kina Petroleum has spudded the Raintree-1 exploration well in Papua New Guinea. The well in PPL 337 is operated by Heritage Oil under a farmout agreement between Heritage and KPL. Raintree is designed to test a carbonate reef and will be drilled to a target depth of between 800-1000metres at which point logging operations will happen.

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Saudi Aramco gets new supreme council headed by deputy crown prince

01/05/2015

A 10-member supreme council for state-run oil company Saudi Aramco has been created by Saudi Arabia. The company, which is headed by the country's deputy crown prince, revealed the changes in a statement. It also provided details of the company's annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, last week.

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Index shows optimism has fallen with the UK oil and gas industry

01/05/2015

Optimism has continues to fall in the UK oil and gas industry according to the first quarter Oil & Gas UK Business Sentiment Index. It shows confidence in the sector has dropped from minus 23 points to minus 31 on a -50/+50 scale. The index measures a number of economic indicators including business confidence, activity levels, business revenue and investment and employment.

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