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Australian Offshore Safety Regulator to Resume Physical Inspections

Jul 10, 2020

NOPSEMA, the Australian offshore oil and gas safety regulator, plans to resume physical inspections on offshore oil and gas facilities 'in line with appropriate protocols to manage health risks associated with COVID-19.''While NOPSEMA’s inspections have continued throughout the pandemic, they have been conducted remotely in order to comply with physical distancing and health and safety requirements…

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…

Ocean Tankers' Supervisor to Start Restructuring Talks with Owners

Jul 10, 2020

EY, the court-appointed supervisor for Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd (OTPL), has proposed two restructuring options to the shipping company's owners and could meet with them as early as next week to discuss the plans, according to an EY report seen by Reuters…

Petronas in Talks to Settle Tax Dispute with Sarawak State

Jun 23, 2020

Malaysian national oil company Petronas is in talks to finalize a deal with an energy rich province to settle a dispute over the payment of sales tax, a lawyer for the company said on Tuesday.Petronas had been fighting Sarawak state's demand…

Keppel Starts Arbitration Against Awilco Drilling

Jun 23, 2020

Keppel Corporation has launched arbitration proceedings against offshore drilling company Awilco Drilling over the latter's recent move to terminate a semi-submersible rig construction contract worth about $425 million.Awilco earlier in June…

Russia Extends Sakhalin Energy Oil and Gas Licenses for 5 Years

Jun 18, 2020

Sakhalin Energy, the international operator of a pioneering liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in eastern Russia, said on Thursday authorities have extended its oil and gas production licences, which were due to expire in 2021, for five years…

Sarawak State to Sue Petronas over Sales Tax

Jun 11, 2020

Malaysia's energy-rich Sarawak state will pursue legal proceedings against national oil company Petronas over the non-payment of sales tax, backtracking on a settlement agreement reached last month, national news agency Bernama reported.Petronas and Sarawak had reached a settlement in May…

Papua New Guinea Amends Oil, Gas, Mining Laws to Boost Revenue

Jun 11, 2020

Papua New Guinea has passed legislation seeking to boost benefits to the country from oil, gas, and mine developments, which could impact talks on stalled projects planned by Exxon Mobil Corp and Newcrest Mining.The amended laws reflect a push by Prime Minister James Marape…

New Offshore Acreage Licensing to Drop 60% in 2020, Rystad says

Apr 15, 2020

Newly licensed offshore oil and gas exploration acreage is likely to fall by about 60% and onshore acreage by 30% compared with 2019 levels, Rystad Energy has said, as the Norwegian energy market analytics company expects more than half of the…

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