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Malaysia Petronas Launches Offshore Bid Round

Mar 02, 2021

Malaysian oil company Petronas launched the Malaysia Bid Round (MBR) 2021, through a virtual event held on February 26 2021.'With 13 exploration blocks being offered, the MBR 2021 is set to open up more investment opportunities for investors to explore and monetize hydrocarbon resource potentials in Malaysia,' Petronas said.Out of the 13 blocks, three are situated in the Malay basin (PM340, PM327 and PM342)…

ConocoPhillips, Petronas Carigali Awarded Block Off Sabah, Malaysia

Feb 19, 2021

ConocoPhillips and Petronas Carigali have been awarded Block SB405, offshore Sabah, Malaysia, Petronas has informed.The offshore block is located in the North East Sabah basin, off the coast of Sandakan, with an area size of 5,857 square kilometers and in a water depth of up to 100 meters…

Myanmar Coup Won't Affect Offshore Exploration Plans, Woodside CEO Says

Feb 19, 2021

Australia's Woodside Petroleum sees the military coup in Myanmar as 'a transitionary issue' that would not affect its drilling in waters off the Southeast Asian nation, its chief executive said.His comments came as Australia, India, Japan, and…

Malaysia's Petronas to Offer 13 Offshore Blocks in Feb. 26 Bid Round

Feb 19, 2021

Malaysian national oil and gas company Petronas will be offering 13 offshore exploration blocks in Malaysia at the upcoming Malaysia bid round 2021 launch on February 26, 2021. Also included, Petronas said, are six discovered fields to incentivize…

India Could Give Cairn Offshore Oil Field in Lieu of $1.2B Arbitration award

Feb 01, 2021

The Indian government may give Cairn Energy a surrendered oil field such as the Ratna R-Series [offshore the west coast] in lieu of an arbitration award against the South Asian country, according to a Press Trust of India report in financial daily Mint…

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)…

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…

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