Total Resigns Operator Role for Five Blocks in Brazil
Total resigned its operator role for five exploration blocks located in the Foz do Amazonas Basin, 120 km offshore Brazil.
Equinor Drilling New Wells in Norwegian North Sea
Equinor will drill three new wells at a cost of $219.3 million at the Martin Linge field in the Norwegian North Sea to ensure safe production after an analysis found four previous wells drilled there did not have necessary barriers.
Petrobras Concludes Drillstem Test in Santos Basin
Petrobras completed a drillstem test (DST) in the Júpiter Discovery Assessment Plan, located in the Santos Basin pre-salt carbonate reservoir.
ReconAfrica To Advance Kavango Basin Work
A recent round of funding which raised $18 million positioned ReconAfrica to proceed with drilling and seismic programs for the Kavango basin in Namibia, said CEO Scot Evans.
CGG Expands North Sea Multiclient Survey
CGG began a multiclient 3D survey in the Northern North Sea to provide a second azimuth over its existing Northern Viking Graben (NVG) multiclient 3D survey and extend into open acreage on offer in the UK 32nd License Round.
Petrobras Sells Stakes in Espírito Santo
Petrobras will sell its stakes in 27 onshore exploration and production concessions located in Espírito Santo, called the Cricaré Cluster, to Karavan SPE Cricaré SA, a specific-purpose entity (SPE), for $155 million.
Barron Petroleum Makes Permian Basin Discovery
Barron Petroleum drilled a new discovery well in Val Verde County, Texas, finding an estimated 417 Bcf (74.2 million bbl) in oil and gas reserves.
Apache and Total Find Hydrocarbons Off Suriname
Apache and Total said the Noble Sam Croft drillship gathered reservoir and other technical data in the upper cretaceous-aged Santonian intervals since its 29 July discovery.
Vietnam Approves Pharos Development Plan
Pharos Energy, an independent E&P company, received approval from the Prime Minister of Vietnam for its Te Giac Trang (TGT) full-field development plan (FFDP), enabling the company to begin drilling six new producer wells in Q4 2021.
CNOOC Begins Production in Central Bohai Bay
CNOOC Limited’s Nanbao 35-2 oil field S1 area offshore China in the central Bohai bay began production. The oil field, fully owned by CNOOC Limited, has an average water depth of 17 m.
Canada’s Oil Production Sinks to 2016 Levels
In the first half of 2020, Canada’s production declined 20% from its 2019 average of 5.5 million B/D as a result of low crude oil prices, reduced demand, and continued production curtailments imposed by the government of Alberta.
Petrobras Slices Time, Cost of Post-Salt Drilling
Petrobras has cut in half the time and cost of drilling some wells using its patented True One Trip Ultra Slender (TOTUS) concept. The technique can be used in certain mature fields of the postsalt where geological and reservoir characteristics favor its application.
MOL Pakistan Discovers Gas and Condensate
As the operator of the TAL Block in Pakistan, MOL has made a new gas and condensate discovery at the Mamikhel South-1 exploratory well.
DTEK To Conduct Large-Scale Green Seismic Exploration
DTEK Oil & Gas this year will conduct a large-scale seismic survey using green technology on a gas-and-condensate field in Ukraine.
Supreme Court Ruling on Oklahoma Tribal Land Raises Questions for Oil Industry
A US Supreme Court decision recognizing about half of Oklahoma as Native American reservation land has implications for oil and gas development and raises regulatory and tax questions that could take years to settle.
CNOOC Starts Production From Luda Project
Exploration and production independent CNOOC has produced first oil from its Luda 21-2/16-3 regional development in the Bohai Sea, offshore China.
Cairn Sells Senegal Interest to Lukoil
Russia’s Lukoil will sell its entire 40% interest in the Rufisque, Sangomar, and Sangomar Deep (RSSD) contract area to Edinburgh oil and gas producer Cairn Energy for up to $400 million.
Energean, Edison Slice $284 Million From E&P Deal
Italy’s Edison has cut $284 million from the sale of its E&P business to Energean after excluding Algerian and Norwegian assets from the deal.
Petrobras Starts Production in Atapu Pre-Salt
Petrobras started production of oil and natural gas from the shared deposit of Atapu, through platform P-70, in the eastern portion of the Santos Basin pre-salt, near the Búzios field offshore Brazil.
Egypt: Twelve Deals Worth $1 Billion
Egypt has completed 12 petroleum agreements worth at least $1 billion in addition to a $19-million signature bonus for drilling 21 wells, said Tarek E-Molla, Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
Majors Partner To Develop Norwegian Shelf
Aker BP, Equinor, and LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge AS have reached agreement on commercial terms to jointly develop the Krafla and Fulla region and the north of Alvheim area
CNOOC Makes Discovery in South China Sea
CNOOC Ltd., a branch of the China National Offshore Oil Corp., said in late June it had made a discovery at Huizhou 26-6 in the eastern South China Sea.
Petrobras Sets New Production Records Offshore Brazil
Brazilian oil and gas company Petrobras has reached a production record on Búzios field located in the Santos Basin pre-salt offshore Brazil.
Petronas Hires Maersk Rig for Suriname Drilling
Malaysian oil company Petronas has hired Maersk Drilling’s rig Maersk Developer for a one-well exploration campaign off the coast of Suriname.
Saudi Aramco Suspends Contract With Seadrill Rig
Saudi Aramco has suspended the contract for the Seadrill co-owned jackup drilling rig for up to 1 year.
Lukoil Starts Drilling Caspian Sea Prospects
Lukoil has begun wildcat drilling at an exploration well at the Shirotno-Rakushechnaya prospect structure, located north of the V.I. Grayfer field in the Caspian Sea.
ONGC Awards 49 Marginal Fields to 7 Companies
The Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has invited bids for partnership to raise production from 64 marginal fields that were given to the company by the government without bidding. As they are small in size, these fields are uneconomical for a larger company.
Petrobras Books $11.2-Billion Impairment
Petrobras has taken a 65.3-billion Brazilian real ($11.2-billion) impairment on its exploration and production (E&P) assets, warning investors that changes in consumer behavior resulting from the coronavirus pandemic would likely be permanent.
Qatar Petroleum To Acquire Two Exploration Blocks in Côte d’Ivoire
Qatar Petroleum entered into a farm-in agreement with Total E&P to acquire a 45% participating interest in two blocks located in the Ivorian-Tano basin, offshore the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
NOCs To Slash Over a Quarter of Exploration Budgets
National oil companies (NOCs) globally are estimated to cut exploration budgets by over a quarter on average in 2020, said Wood Mackenzie.
Lower Natural Gas Production Predicted for 2020
In its May 2020 Short-Term Energy Outlook, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecast US-marketed natural gas production to decrease by 5% in 2020. Production is expected to average 94.3 Bcf/D in 2020, down from 99.2 Bcf/D in 2019.
Price-Plunge Fallout: Let’s Make a Deal
Nearly everything’s on the table as companies aim to shore up portfolios by curtailing investments and dumping low-priority assets.
TGS Surveys in Russian Sea and West Africa
TGS, with the support of TGS’ Russian partner DMNG, has completed its second phase of processing in the Russian Sea of Okhotsk.
Lebanon Comes Up Empty in Offshore Exploration
No gas or commercial reservoirs have been found in the first-ever exploration well off Lebanon’s coast, according to Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar and the Total exploration firm.
Petrobras Hits Second Oil, in Campos Basin
Brazil’s Petrobras has found oil in an exploratory well located in the Sudoeste de Tartaruga Verde block, in the Campos Basin.
PTTEP Makes Two Discoveries Offshore Mexico
Thai energy company PTT Exploration and Production announced two deepwater oil discoveries in the Salina Basin, offshore Mexico.
Natural Gas Rig Count Plunges to Lowest Level in 4 Years
The number of active natural gas rigs in the US fell further to 80 on 8 May. The number had dipped to 85 on 21 April, the lowest number since August 2016, according to the Baker Hughes rig count.
ExxonMobil, Chevron Slash Permian Spending
US oil producers ExxonMobil and Chevron announced they are tightening output, for combined global shut-ins of 800,000 B/D, in response to plunging crude prices and shrinking fuel demand.
US Fracturing To Face Worst Declines Ever
The oil market is likely facing the largest monthly drop in fracturing activity ever recorded in the US, according to Rystad Energy analysis.
Neptune Exits Deal With Energean for North Sea Assets
Neptune must pay Energean a break-up fee of $5 million for cancelling what was to be a $250 million deal.
Total Puts the Brakes on Oil Deal With Occidental
Houston-based Occidental had earmarked the money to ease debt from buying Anadarko.
Offshore Discoveries Continue Even as Shale Slows
Four recent deepwater offshore discoveries show exploration is not dead, it is just concentrated offshore.
Pandemic, Falling Oil Prices Threaten Global Licensing Rounds
Exploration commitments are expected to dwindle in the current market environment.
Russian Government Buys Venezuelan Assets From Its Own Oil Company
US sanctions appear to have prompted a change in ownership. It is unclear how the new arrangement will impact Venezuela’s diminishing ability to export crude oil.
Chevron Hits the Brakes on Permian, Cuts $8 Billion Across Company
The international major has lowered its output forecast in the world’s most prolific unconventional basin by 20%.
Historic Oil Glut May Linger for Years
Oil prices got bad fast, so when will they get better? Don’t bet on a quick recovery.
E&P Spending Cuts Spur Requests for Reduced OFS Fees
The shale industry could shoulder 65% of $100-billion 2020 global E&P spending cut. Can oilfield services providers afford to cut their fees further to prop up hard-hit operators?
Federal Investigators Probe Central Texas Blowout
The US Chemical Safety Board will investigate the blowout that killed three workers at a Chesapeake Energy well in central Texas.
EIA: US Crude and Renewables Will Coexist For Decades To Come
While renewable energy sources are poised to see major growth, possibly displacing natural gas as the top source of electricity in the US, hydrocarbon production will remain above or near current historical highs until at least 2050.
ExxonMobil: Another Guyana Discovery, Ups Recoverable Reserves, Adding a Drillship
Guyana continues to strengthen its reputation as the world’s fastest growing offshore exploration hotspot.
Lundin Petroleum Joins Decarbonization Movement With a Name Change
The Swedish oil and gas producer is aiming to produce 200,000 B/D while offsetting the entirety of its carbon footprint.
Schlumberger, Halliburton Downsize Fracturing Services Amid Shale Sector’s “Biggest Test”
The two oilfield service leaders serve as critical bellwethers for the health of North America’s upstream sector, which is under pressure to consolidate and generate free cash flow.
Report: BP Pulling Out of Iraq Field
The withdrawal comes at a time of increasing tension between the US and Iraq, which makes investment in the country riskier.
Oilfield Construction Giant McDermott Files for Bankruptcy Protection
The firm has outlined a restructuring plan that will see it sell off subsidiaries and erase more than $4.6 billion in debt.
Eni, ADNOC Sign Carbon Capture Agreement
The companies will focus on research and development to reduce CO2 emissions and promote the circular economy.
Nine Months After Discovery, Eni Starts Offshore Angolan Oilfield
The Italian oil and gas company used a “fast track” model to get the first production well flowing from the Agogo field.
Israel Starts Exporting Natural Gas to Egypt
Landmark deal called most significant since 1979 peace treaty.
Talos Shares Zama Reserves Audit Amid Unitization Negotiations With Pemex
Talos is hoping to retain its operatorship of the major discovery it made in 2017 offshore Mexico after a reserves audit confirmed the reservoir is shared between two offshore blocks.
Guyana Hits New Milestones
First oil from the 120,000-B/D Liza Destiny FPSO is flowing ahead of schedule.
Tackling Carbon Emissions on a Grassroots Level
Alberta carbon conversion challenge yields potential GHG reduction of millions of metric tons per year.
Shell’s Well Pad of the Future Is Open for Business
The international major is calling its latest multiwell project in the Permian Basin a “beacon of innovation.” The goal is to see if combining digital technologies will lower the operating costs of its shale assets.
Devon Sells Barnett Asset to Thai Venture Firm for $770 Million
Devon exits the asset that served as the company’s cornerstone for almost two decades and is known to the world as the birthplace of the shale revolution.
Total to Gain Blocks, Extend Production Licenses Offshore Angola
Total has agreed to acquire interests in two blocks in the offshore Kwanza Basin from Angola’s state-owned Sonangol and has received an extension on its offshore Block 17 production licenses.
BP Confirms Further Gas Potential Offshore Mauritania, Senegal
Three appraisal wells drilled this year—GTA-1, Yakaar-2, and Orca-1—targeted nine hydrocarbon-bearing zones, encountering gas in high-quality reservoirs in all zones and yielding a combined 160 m of net pay.
Superior Energy Becomes Latest Service Firm to Abandon Pressure Pumping
As completions activity slows down in the US, the second service company in a week’s time has said it is exiting the business of hydraulic fracturing.
US Sets New Records for Proved Oil and Gas Reserves
Proved oil reserves totaled 43.8 billion bbl at yearend 2018 while proved gas reserves amounted to 504.5 Tcf, both topping records set in 2017, the US Energy Information Administration said.
Pemex Makes 500 Million Barrel Discovery
The Quesqui field is expected to be the biggest onshore find in Mexico since 1987.
Colombia Awards 14 Onshore Blocks
Calgary-based Colombia producers Canacol Energy and Parex Resources led all firms by gaining three blocks each, with one more counteroffer from Parex pending review.
Short-Term Headwinds and Fundamental Long-Term Change Will Challenge Oil and Gas Industry in 2020
Macroeconomic and business risks, investor uncertainty, and the energy transition highlight the challenges outlined in the report.
Equinor, Total, Aker Launch Subsea CO2 Injection R&D Project
Before the dream of a “subsea factory” can come true, a group of North Sea companies will need to see if the required technology is economically feasible to build.
ADNOC To Boost Oil Production From Giant Bab Field
The upgrade project will increase the maturing field’s oil production to 485,000 B/D.
Petrobras Starts Production From Pre-salt Berbigao Field
P-68 is Petrobras’ fourth FPSO to begin operations this year following the startups of P-67 at the Lula field and P-76 and P-77 at the Buzios field.
Oxy Advances Post-Merger Divestment Program
Occidental Petroleum has closed on deals totaling $1.7 billion as part of its divestment program following its $38-billion takeover of Anadarko Petroleum.
ExxonMobil, Hess To Start Production Off Guyana by Year’s End
First oil from the 120,000-B/D Liza Destiny floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, which arrived on the block in late August, is targeted for December.
Hess To Tie Back Deepwater US Gulf Oil Discovery
The Esox-1 well encountered 58 m of high-quality oil-bearing Miocene reservoirs and will be tied back to Tubular Bells production facilities.
BP Discovers Gas with Orca-1 Well Offshore Mauritania
The Orca-1 and Marsouin-1 wells have derisked up to 50 Tcf of gas initially in place from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area, more than sufficient to support a world-scale LNG project, partner Kosmos Energy said.
Eni, EGPC Fast-Track Gulf of Suez Appraisal Well
The Sidri 36 appraisal well confirmed the downdip westward extension of the Sidri 23 discovery announced last July by the Italian major.
Newly Merged C&J Energy, Keane To Become NexTier Oilfield Solutions
Expected to close 31 October, the deal will create one of the largest pressure pumpers in the US.
ONGC Makes Discoveries in Colombia, Brazil
India’s ONGC reported an oil find in Colombia’s Llanos Basin as well as a gas and oil discovery in Brazil’s deepwater Sergipe Alagoas Basin.
EIA: US Gulf Oil Output To Continue Record Pace
New projects coming on stream will boost US gulf oil output to 1.9 million B/D in 2019 and 2 million B/D in 2020, EIA projects.
ADNOC, Russia Advance Oil and Gas Partnerships
Separate collaboration agreements between ADNOC and Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, and the Russian Energy Agency cover all segments of the oil and gas industry, including upstream technology and exploration and development of Abu Dhabi concessions.
Chevron, Repsol Awarded Most Blocks in Brazil’s 16th Round
The round included a near-$1 billion signature bonus on a Campos Basin block awarded to a Total-led consortium.
Majors Step Up Low-Carbon Initiatives
Large-scale investment in carbon capture and methane-emission reduction tops the agenda of the Oil and Gas Carbon Initiative, an organization led by chief executives of several major oil and gas companies.
BP Appraisal Well Proves “World-Scale Gas Resource" Offshore Senegal
The Yakaar-2 appraisal well encountered 30 m of net gas pay in a similar high-quality Cenomanian reservoir as the Yakaar-1 discovery well drilled in 2017.
Summer of Funding: These Oil and Gas Startups Raised More Than $70 Million
Technology startups are breathing new life into an old industry with advanced software and emerging chemistry solutions. Learn about some of the names earning the most attention from the industry's venture capital groups.
Chevron, Schlumberger, Microsoft Team To Improve Digital, Petrotechnical Work Flows
The combination of digital technologies will enable Chevron—and, eventually, other companies—to process, visualize, interpret, and glean insights from multiple data sources, the companies said.
Study of DUCs Concludes Better Later than Never
Average production from Bakken wells completed more than 3 years after they were drilled was approximately equal to wells drilled a year before they were put into service, according to a study by the US Energy Information Administration.
Eni Makes Big Gas, Condensate Discovery in Nigeria
The well will immediately be brought on production and is expected to flow at more than 100 MMscf/D of gas and 3,000 B/D of associated condensate, the company said.
BP To Sell Alaska Business to Hilcorp
The $5.6-billion deal includes the Prudhoe Bay field and the Trans Alaska Pipeline and vaults Hilcorp to be the second-largest Alaska producer and reserves holder, behind only ConocoPhillips.
PDC Energy and SRC Energy Merge in Latest Shale Deal
The shale sector is making moves to consolidate amid investor pressure to increase cash flow. This deal will form the second-largest producer in Colorado’s DJ Basin.
Equinor, YPF To Explore Block Offshore Argentina
The firms are now partners on multiple blocks in the North Argentina Basin.
BHP, Anadarko Among Leaders in Latest US Gulf Lease Sale
Australia’s BHP Billiton and the recently acquired Anadarko Petroleum submitted the largest dollar totals of high bids in US Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 253.
The Shale Bankruptcies Continue
Times are still financially tough for many shale operators: Sanchez Energy and Halcón Resources become the latest to file for Chapter 11 protection.
Petrobras to Sell Shallow-Water Campos, Santos Basin Fields
UK operator Trident Energy is entering Brazil while Australian firm Karoon Energy is expanding its position in the country. Both will try to boost output from already-producing assets.
Eni Appraises Angola Discovery, Makes Another Off Vietnam
The Italian operator reported positive appraisal and exploration results from wells drilled some 10,000 km apart.
Analytics Firm: Permian Fracturing Work Underreported by 21% in 2018
Findings from Kayrros suggest the average Permian well is both less productive and more expensive than reflected in public data.
Pemex Unveils Plan To Undo “Failure of Energy Reform”
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is prioritizing investment in Pemex over foreign participation as a means to boost the country’s shrinking oil output.
Shale Consolidation: Callon Acquiring Carrizo in $3.2 Billion Stock Deal
The combined company will produce more than 100,000 BOE/D from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale and is switching its focus to “mega-pad” developments.
Dominican Republic’s Offshore Future Begins With First Bid Round
The Caribbean nation hopes the auction will lead to at least two exploration projects in a region that has become increasingly attractive thanks to new discoveries and investments made in neighboring countries.
Aramco Advances 550,000-B/D Expansion of Marjan, Berri Fields
The world’s largest oil producer has awarded $18 billion in engineering, procurement, and construction contracts as part of its Marjan and Berri expansion projects.
Don't miss out on the latest technology delivered to your email weekly. Sign up for the JPT newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
19 October 2020
26 October 2020