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Ex-Petrofac Exec Pleads Guilty to Bribery Offenses

Jan 15, 2021

Update: Petrofac's statement included below the original articleFormer senior Petrofac Ltd executive David Lufkin pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday to three further bribery offenses in relation to oil deals in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said in a statement.These charges are in addition to 11 charges of bribery already brought by the SFO…

Report: Aker Solutions Sued by Ex-employee Amid Malaysia Graft Probe

Dec 30, 2020

A former Malaysian employee of Norway's largest oil services company Aker Solutions has sued the firm, saying it tried to stop her from speaking to authorities about its business practices, an accusation the company denies.Seetha Kumarasamy…

U.S. Adds China's CNOOC to Defense Blacklist

Dec 04, 2020

The Trump administration on Thursday added China's top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC, to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, drawing condemnation from Beijing as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office.The Department…

Australia: Melbana Energy Expands Offshore Acreage Near Beehive Prospect

Nov 26, 2020

Australian oil and gas Melbana Energy has been awarded two additional petroleum exploration permits offshore northern Australia, near the license containing the Beehive prospect.The application was made for the permit areas, designated as WA-544-P and NT/P87…

BW Offshore, New Zealand Gov't Reach Umuroa FPSO Settlement

Nov 20, 2020

FPSO operator BW Offshore has reached a settlement with the New Zealand government over the FPSO Umuroa, which has been stuck at the Tui field, around 50 kilometers off the coast of Taranaki, for months.BW Offshore has been unable to remove…

Total, Jadestone Relinquish SC56 Offshore Block in The Philippines

Nov 18, 2020

Asia Pacific-focused oil and gas firm Jadestone Energy on Wednesday announced the voluntary relinquishment and termination of Service Contract 56 ('SC56'), offshore the Philippines. Oil and gas giant Total, the operator of the block, also relinquished its interest…

Israel, Lebanon Resume Mediterranean Sea Border Talks

Nov 13, 2020

Israel and Lebanon resumed U.S.-mediated talks on Wednesday on a dispute about their Mediterranean Sea border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area, the Israeli energy minister, and Lebanon’s state news agency said…

Japan to Introduce Tax Breaks, Fund to Support Zero-carbon Goal

Nov 13, 2020

Japan plans to introduce tax incentives and create a research fund to support so-called green investment, as the government pushes to meet a target of carbon-neutrality announced earlier this month, the Nikkei newspaper reported.The government…

Pacific Drilling Can't Appeal Samsung Drillship Case Ruling

Oct 23, 2020

Offshore drilling contractor Pacific Drilling can't appeal the ruling under which it was in January ordered to pay $320 million to Samsung Heavy Industry for a 2015 drillship order cancellation.Pacific Drilling had placed the order for the Pacific…

PXP Energy, CNOOC in Talks on S. China Sea Work after Exploration Moratorium Lifted

Oct 19, 2020

The Philippines' PXP Energy Corp said it was in ongoing negotiations with China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) relating to a memorandum of understanding between Manila and Beijing on joint oil and gas development in the South China Sea.In a market disclosure…

The Philippines: Duterte Lifts Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Oct 16, 2020

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China.Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on…

Pharos Energy Secures Two-Year License Extension at TGT Field

Aug 04, 2020

Pharos Energy, and oil and gas company formerly known as Soco International, has been granted a two-year license extension for the TGT offshore field license in Vietnam.The company said Tuesday the license had been formally granted to the Joint…

Indonesia to Offer More Flexibility to Oil and Gas Explorers

Aug 03, 2020

Indonesia announced over the weekend that it had made revisions to a 2017 law that will give oil and gas investors more flexibility when choosing their contract options for exploration.The revisions, which came into effect on July 16, allow…

SK Innovation Takes Over Block 16-2 Offshore Vietnam

Jul 23, 2020

South Korea's SK Innovation has taken over operatorship over the Block 16-2 offshore Vietnam.PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) said Thursday that the signing ceremony had been held in Hanoi on Tuesday, July 21.The offshore…

Twinza, PNG Gov't in Talks over Fiscal Terms for Offshore Field Development

Jul 17, 2020

Oil and gas company Twinza has started negotiations with the Papua New Guinea authorities regarding the fiscal terms that will apply to the proposed development of the Pasca A gas-condensate offshore field.The shallow water field in the Gulf of Papua was discovered in 1968 but was never developed…

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