Italy's Eni has been awarded three exploration and production sharing contracts by Cyprus' Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism.
A record-breaking round of new licences has been granted for North Sea oil and gas exploration as tax breaks fuel investor confidence.
CHINA National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has launched the first batch of offshore blocks in its 2009 licensing round, with 17 blocks in the South China Sea open to bidding by foreign operators.
FUGRO GEOS has been awarded two significant metocean contracts offshore East Africa. The first piece of work involves one year of ocean current measurement which will involve moorings in up to 1,700m (5,577ft) water depth off the Tanzanian coast.
WEST Africa: Liberia's ministry of land, mines, and energy has launched a new licensing round in which five offshore blocks are to be offered to the highest bidder.