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Oil & Gas

BP awards contracts for $12billion LNG expansion

Oil giant BP has awarded engineering contracts for its $12billion expansion of its Tangguh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) development in Indonesia. The contracts are for the onshore Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) to a number of partners including PT Tripatra Engineers and Contractors.


BHP records 9% increase in production

Australian oil and gas giant BHP Billiton has reported a 9% increase in production during its third quarter results for 2014. Petroleum production increased by 7% to 67.4MMboe (Million Barrels of Oil Equivalent) as onshore US liquids volumes rose by 49% to 11.5 MMboe.

Oil & Gas

BP strikes deal for EOR technology

Oil giant BP has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi’s offshore company ADMA-OPCO to develop a new technology for enhance oil recovery (EOR). Senior officials from the company recently visited BP’s EOR laboratory in Sunbury and research centre in Pangbourne.

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Bad weather hampers work at oilfield

Bad weather is continuing to hamper seismic recording by Greenfield Petroleum in the Gum Deniz oilfield in Azerbaijan. The company said conditions have affected work on a 3D survey over the field and the area recorded is now likely to drop to 100km due to the approaching winter season.

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Speakers for Israel oil and gas conference confirmed

Energy experts from across the globe will join forces in Israel for an oil and gas exhibition. The Universal Oil and Gas 2014 (UOG 2014) is expected to be the largest event of its kind in the country, and aims to create a platform for collaboration and partnership in the Israeli oil and gas industry.

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University joins carbon capture partnership

A Scottish university has joined the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) research partnership in the UK. Scientists from the University of Strathclyde will join fellow researchers within the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) partnership, providing expertise in areas including carbon dioxide transport and environment impact analysis.

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Halliburton reports profit jump

Oil giant Halliburton has boosted its income for the third quarter of the year by $1billion, which is an increase from the previous quarter. The company announced their total revenue of $8.7billion was up by 16% on the same time last year.


DOT: End of the “gold-plate” technology era

A strategy manager for French-engineering company Technip said the “gold-plating” was coming off technology design in the oil and gas industry. Scott Campbell, strategy manager for the company’s UK business unit, said the market downturn would likely remain for the next year.

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Petrofac nets $600million in profit for 2014

International oil and gas facility service provider expects to make up to $600million in profit this year. The company said the past year had been its most successful for new awards, with an ECOM (Engineering, Construction, Operation and Maintenance) order intake of $9.4billion.


DOT: Deepwater to revitalise the North Sea

The chief executive of oil and gas facilitator ITF said techniques used in deepwater could also be beneficial to the oil and gas industry in the North Sea. Dr Patrick O’Brien spoke on the final day of Deep Offshore Technology International 2014 (DOT) about the potential techniques which could be used to find more energy sources in the UKCS.


DOT: EOR potential could be realised in next five years

The potential revenues which come from Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) will be realised by the oil and gas industry within the next five years, according to Industry team leader. Members of the industry gathered for the final day of Deep Offshore Technology International 2014 (2014) to discuss enabling technologies to maximise recovery.


DOT: ‘Industry’s back against the wall’

Closing the skills gap could be a major step forward in solving the challenges in deepwater developments, according to an industry analyst. Richard D’Souza from Granherne/KBR said collaboration is needed between the oil and gas industry, governments and educational institutions to hire the right staff.

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Lundin Petroleum spuds exploration well

Lundin Petroleum has spudded an exploration well in the Gobi prospect within the Natuna Gas field, near Indonesia. The Gobi-1 is a wildcat exploration well designed to test the hydrocarbon potential of Oligocene and Miocene stacked fluvial reservoirs in the Jemaja Basin.

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CEOs tout reserves of oil, gas revealed to be much less to SEC

Lee Tillman, chief executive officer of Marathon Oil told investors last month that the company was sitting on the equivalent of 4.3 billion barrels in its US shale acreage. That number was 5.5 times higher than the one Marathon reported to federal regulators. Such discrepancies are rife in the US shale industry. Drillers use bigger forecasts to sell the hydraulic fracturing boom to investors and to persuade lawmakers to lift the 39-year-old ban on crude exports. Sixty-two of 73 US shale drillers reported one estimate in mandatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission while citing higher potential figures to the public, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Pioneer Natural Resources' estimate was 13 times higher. Goodrich Petroleum's was 19 times. For Rice Energy it was almost 27-fold.