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Europe

Statoil to sign ownership over of head office building

09/06/2015

Statoil has entered into an agreement with Colony Capital for the sale of its head office building in Norway. The company will also sign a 15-year lease agreement with an extension option at the same time. Statoil's head office building is at Forus in Stavanger.

Europe

Gazprom given more time to respond to EU antitrust charges

09/06/2015

Gazprom has been given more time to respond to charges by European Union antitrust regulators after it was alleged the company levies excessive prices and blocks rivals in Eastern Europe. The European Commission announced in April that the Russian oil giant had been given 12 weeks to reply to the charges. Antitrust regulators had brought the charges after more than two years of investigation.

Oil & Gas

National Oilwell Varco in consultation over jobs

09/06/2015

National Oilwell Varco has launched a consultation period over potential job losses related to its operations the UK. The Houston-based company, which has five difference premises working under the same umbrella in the UK, said up to 100 jobs could be at risk.

Europe

Swire Oilfield Services appoints new CFO

09/06/2015

Swire Oilfield Services has made an appointment to its executive team. Roy Shearer will join the company as its chief financial officer and will be based at the offices in Aberdeen. He will be responsible for the finance function across the group, including accounting and reporting, planning, tax and treasury.

Market info

Former Centrica boss eyes North Sea assets with private-equity group

09/06/2015

The former chief executive of Centrica has joined up with the Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners to launch a new oil and gas vehicle targeting $5billion in deals. Sam Laidlaw said his Neptune Oil & Gas would be looking for acquisitions in the North Sea, North Africa and Southeast Asia. The company will be eyeing up possible acquisitions as energy groups looks to sell assets after the decline in oil prices.

Australasia

AWE Limited reaches total depth at Waitsia well

09/06/2015

AWE Limited has reached total depth at the Waitsia-1 appraisal well in the Perth Basin, Western Australia. The company said the Holmwood Shale was intersected at 3,490metres and total depth was achieved 17metres into the Holmwood Shale. Wireline logs will be run over a number of intervals, including the Dongara and Kingia Sandstones.

Oil & Gas

Repsol signs up to European oil group’s stance on climate change

09/06/2015

Repsol SA joined its European peers in calling for governments to agree on carbon pricing at a United Nations climate summit later this year, expanding the group of energy companies seeking a voice at the meeting. Repsol on Tuesday signed the letter that BP Plc, Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA, Total SA and BG Group Plc released earlier this month asking for a global price for carbon. The addition of Spain’s largest oil company to the group further highlights the division within the global oil industry as the top American companies, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., decided to stay out of the European initiative.

Oil & Gas

Statoil in third Aasta Hansteen find

09/06/2015

Statoil has made a gas discovery in the Gymir prospect, the third find the Aasta Hansteen area for the company and its PL602 partners. The Norwegian explorer estimates the volumes in Gymir to be in the range of between six and 19 milion barrels of oil equivalent. Well 6706/11-2 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen rig in the Gymir prospect and proved a gross 70-metre gas column in the Nise formation.

Oil & Gas

Albania delays bidding for onshore blocks

09/06/2015

Albania has delayed bidding for companies to explore for oil and gas on five onshore blocks for a further month. The country has also delayed bidding for a further two blocks indefinitely. Energy Minister Damian Gjiknuri ordered the bidding date be postponed for another month to allow companies more time.

Oil & Gas

US shale oil boom grinds to a halt as OPEC keeps pumping

09/06/2015

The shale oil boom that turned the US into the world’s largest fuel exporter and brought $3 gasoline back to America’s pumps is grinding to a halt. Crude output from the prolific tight-rock formations such as North Dakota’s Bakken and Texas’s Eagle Ford shale will shrink 1.3 percent to 5.58 million barrels a day this month, based on Energy Information Administration estimates. It’ll drop further in July to 5.49 million, the lowest level since January, the agency said Monday.

Oil & Gas

UKCS – Little change in another quiet year

At the time of writing, some seven E&A (exploration & appraisal) wells are active, with this representing no change since last month. Of these current seven, five are exploration and two appraisal in nature, with two in the Gas Basin, four in the Central North Sea and one in the Northern North Sea. To date this year, eight wells have spudded, representing an increase of one since the last report. Currently, some 30 mobile rigs are active on the UK Continental Shelf, with seven on E&A drilling duties and 23 on D&P (development & production) operations. In addition, 12 are in port, with five awaiting to resume contracts, and seven stacked, two of which are available.

Oil & Gas

Panoro Energy signs rig contract agreement for Aje field

08/06/2015

Panoro Energy has entered into a rig contract agreement with Saipem for the Scarabeo 3 drilling rig to carry out the drilling and completion programme for the Aje field Cenomanian oil development. The Aje field contains hydrocarbon resources in sandstone reservoirs at three main levels – a Turonian gas condensate reservoir, a Cenomanian oil reservoir and an Albian gas condensate reservoir. The rig will be moved to the Aje drilling location and will be used to carry out well operation for the first phase of the oil field development, which includes two subsea production wells.

Oil & Gas

Oilex edging closer to Cambay production

08/06/2015

Oilex has completed the laying of pipeline and pre-commissioning at the Cambay-73 oil and gas production facilities. The company said tie in to the production facilities are expected to be completed shortly. Cammbay-73 will supply gas to the low pressure gas market in the vicinity of the Cambay field and is expected to pr oduce approximately 50-60 boepd of gas and condensate.

Africa

Nigeria could boost oil output with changed funding, Seplat says

08/06/2015

Nigeria can boost its oil and gas production by changing the way capital investments are funded in its joint ventures with energy companies, according to Seplat Petroleum Development Co. State-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., or NNPC, holds an average 55 percent stake in five joint ventures with Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Total SA and Eni SpA that pump more than 80 percent of the country’s crude. It pays the same share of capital contributions for the operation of the oil ventures. Seplat, a Nigerian producer now running a joint venture with NNPC after buying assets sold by Shell, wants the current funding arrangement in Africa’s biggest oil producer scrapped in favor of a method less dependent on the government.

Oil & Gas

Gold Awards: A golden evening in the silver city

08/06/2015

Despite a difficult year the energy sector is still a vital organ of our economy. Companies and policymakers have made a considerable effort to reduce production costs and ensure the industry remains a provider of thousands of jobs in the north-east. The Press and Journal Gold Awards marked 50 years of oil and gas activity in the region and outlined an optimistic outlook for the future of an industry that can thrive for 50 more. Mark Lammey reports. All that glitters in the North Sea oil and gas industry was celebrated at the weekend as the inaugural Press and Journal Gold Awards were held in Aberdeen. The event, run in association with the paper’s sister website Energy Voice and title sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management, marked a major milestone for the sector – the 50th year of the granite city’s involvement in the development of the North Sea.

Oil & Gas

Mitra Energy commences Vietnam seismic work

08/06/2015

Mitra Energy has commenced 3D seismic survey acquisition operations in offshore Vietnam. The survey work is being undertaken by PTSC CGGV Geophysical Survey using the seismic vessel Amadeus.

Europe

IWCF appoints first chief technical officer

08/06/2015

The IWCF (International Well Control Forum) has appointed its first chief financial officer. David Conroy will be based at the UK's headquarters in Montrose where he will be developing the role to lead changes to the technical aspects of IWCF's services. This will include exam quality, programme development, curriculum and training.

Oil & Gas

Maersk targets Nigeria, Kenya ports in Africa expansion push

08/06/2015

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, owner of the world’s largest shipping container line, is seeking to win contracts to build and upgrade ports in Nigeria and Kenya as the Danish company expands its African operations. Maersk is awaiting a final sign-off on a contract to help build a new port in Badagry in Nigeria’s southern Lagos state, according to Lars Reno Jakobsen, the company’s senior vice president for Africa. “That project, once its been finalized could be more than $2 billion in terms of investment,” he said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town on Friday. “Hopefully we can start some time this year. It will provide capacity, not only for containers, but also for oil, break-bulk and offshore.”

Oil & Gas

Long-term approach needed by oil and gas companies to recruitment

08/06/2015

Oil and gas companies need to take a long-term, strategic approach to recruitment if they are to avoid the pitfalls of a self-inflicted, perpetuating talent shortage, a new report says. Energy firms are more focused on reducing their headcounts to cope with the current oil price downturn, with industry body Oil and Gas UK venturing last month that as many as 4,000 North Sea jobs have been lost since last summer. But talent shortages have affected the industry since the 1990s, and many observers have warned that the sector still needs to find new workers, or it will not be ready to take advantage when the market picks up.

Oil & Gas

Gold awards: Oil and gas ‘go-to-guy’

08/06/2015

The first person to be inducted into the North Sea industry hall of fame said he was “delighted” with the honour. Prominent petro-economist Professor Alex Kemp was recognised for a lifetime of achievements at the Press and Journal Gold Awards on Friday. Prof Kemp has played a key role in policy-making in his field, having worked as a specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons select committee on energy for a total of about 17 years spread across three decades. In a vast body of work, he has written more than 200 papers and books, including the Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas, which was published in 2011 in two volumes.

Oil & Gas

Gold Awards: Star players in 50 years of North Sea oil and gas

08/06/2015

The firms and individuals which have shaped a half-century of innovation and achievement in the North Sea have been celebrated at a sparkling ceremony in Aberdeen. Crucially, the Press and Journal Gold Awards also highlighted those who hold the key to the offshore sector’s future. Prizes were presented to Statoil, Balmoral Group, Apache’s Mark Richardson and the VisuaLoSal project, while Wood Group picked up two honours on the night.

Americas

Charges against BP former exec dropped

08/06/2015

A former BP executive has been acquitted of lying about how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion five years ago. David Rainet had been facing up to five years in prison if he had been found guilty of wilfully making a fraudulent statement to federal law enforcement agents. The case had been brought by the government regarding statements Rainey made to agents from the FBI and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) nearly a year after the spill.

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