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exploration

Asia

US firm wins Sri Lanka LNG deal

New Fortress Energy has finalised a contract with the government of Sri Lanka that gives it the rights to develop a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal off the coast of Colombo that is expected to start up in 2023.

Asia

ExxonMobil plans exploration drilling in giant Indonesian Block

US supermajor ExxonMobil said it is planning to restart exploration drilling at its giant Cepu Block in Indonesia, despite rumours that it is looking to divest its interest, in a bid to find new reserves. Cepu, which holds the Banyu Urip project, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest oil developments, is Indonesia’s largest oil producing block.

Asia

Bleak outlook for Philippines upstream as Malampaya disappoints

Natural declines and underinvestment in new exploration has left Philippine oil and gas production in freefall posing significant risks to future energy security. The risk is particularly acute given how reliant the Southeast Asian nation is on oil and gas for power generation, industrial processes and transportation, warn analysts at Fitch Solutions. But interest from investors has been rekindled.

E&P

Fast finish doesn’t bode well for Equinor-BP Tiger Lily exploration well

Westwood Global Energy reports that as of June 28 there were two appraisal wells active in the UK. Completions to date in 2021 are one appraisal well at 22/26d-3 Glengorm South and two exploration wells at 22/6c-B4Z Bacchus South and 16/2a-6 Tiger Lily.

Norway

Norway records seven commercial discoveries in year to date

Westwood Global Energy reports that there were two exploration and one appraisal wells active as of July 28. Key wells in July include frontier play tests at Stovegolvet and Stangnestind, both of which completed. A total of 17 exploration wells have completed to date in 2021, from which seven commercial discoveries have been made giving a 41% commercial success rate to date.

Asia

High stakes, frontier exploration, Australia’s Bight had it all

Earlier this month Murphy Oil joined a long list of explorers, which includes BP, Equinor, Chevron, Karoon Energy, Bight Petroleum, and their joint venture partners, that have now exited and passed over the opportunity to unlock the Great Australian Bight.

Asia

East Timor could bag $600 million as driller gets set for Buffalo

East Timor could pocket just over $600 million if the Buffalo-10 exploration well, due to be drilled late October, is successful. The operator, Australia’s Carnarvon Petroleum, as well as UK partner Advance Energy, said yesterday that they have secured a jack-up drilling rig for the probe at the historic Buffalo field offshore East Timor.