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China Opens Up to Foreign E&P Firms

Jan 09, 2020

For the first time, China will this year allow foreign companies to explore for and produce oil and gas in the country, opening up the industry to firms other than state-run energy giants, as Beijing looks to boost domestic energy supplies.The long-awaited opening accompanies a reshuffle of the so-called 'midstream' pipeline business, but experts say it may not excite immediate interest from global drillers because of the poor overall asset quality of China's hydrocarbon resources…

Caspian Sunrise Buying Offshore Exploration Vessel

Jan 21, 2020

Caspian Sunrise, a Kazakhstan-focused oil and gas explorer, is venturing into offshore oil and gas exploration. The company, which has mostly been focused on onshore activities on Tuesday proposed the acquisition of the  Caspian Explorer drilling vessel…

GC Rieber Crew Boats Stay in Russian Far East

Jan 17, 2020

Norwegian offshore vessel owner GC Rieber Shipping has clinched two crew-boat contract extensions in the Russian Far East.Through its JV with Russian company Prisco, GC Rieber signed a new 1+1 year charter agreements with Sakhalin Energy Investment…

Keppel working on 3D-Printed Offshore Grade Steel

Jan 15, 2020

Singapore-based offshore rig builder Keppel O&M is working on a system that will enable it to 3D print offshore grade materials, to speed up production and lower cost. The company has teamed up with local university and research and technology…

CNOOC to Drill 227 Exploration Wells in 2020

Jan 13, 2020

Chinese oil company CNOOC plans to drill 227 exploration wells in 2020 and has set aside up to around $13,8 billion for capital expenditures, CNOOC's highest annual Capex since 2014, according to Reuters.CNOOC said Monday that its targeted net…

First Gas Flows From SapuraOMV's SK408 Block

Jan 13, 2020

SapuraOMV, an E&P joint venture between Malaysia's Sapura and Austrian OMV, has started the first production from SK408 block, off Malaysia, bringing online the Larak gas field. The SK408 gas fields are part of discoveries made by SapuraOMV Upstream in a drilling campaign in 2014…

Equinor, Rosneft to develop Arctic oilfield

Dec 23, 2019

Russia's Rosneft and Norway's Equinor have agreed details on how to develop an Arctic Siberian onshore oilfield, they said on Monday, their first joint investment since agreeing a strategic partnership in 2012.The firms expect to extract about…

Planned $2 Bln LNG Project Shelved in the Philippines

Dec 18, 2019

Plans for the $2 billion Tanglawan LNG hub venture in the Philippines have been put on hold by backers CNOOC Gas and Power of China and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.The facility was supposed to have a capacity of 2.2 million tonnes per year…

Rocsole Taps Tienhaara as CEO

Dec 11, 2019

Tomography technology company Rocsole said it has appointed Mika Tienhaara as the new chiefe executive officer starting in 2020.Tienhaara has previously been CEO of the Ascom Separation which was acquired by Sulzer Chemtech AG, and has held various roles in Aker Solutions…

Neptune Buys East Sepinggan Stake

Dec 05, 2019

Neptune Energy has acquired from Eni a 20% participating interest in the in the East Sepinggan area offshore Indonesia.Eni, with 65% interest, will continue to be the operator of the area which is located in the East Sepinggan area, offshore East Kalimantan in Indonesia…

Petronas Quarterly Profit Halves

Nov 26, 2019

Malaysia's state energy firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Tuesday its third-quarter profit nearly halved due to lower demand and impairment charges, and warned of further risks to demand.Profit for the July-September period at Petronas, as the company is better known…

KMG, Tatneft Outline Cooperation Roadmap

Nov 20, 2019

Chairman of the Management Board, NC KazMunayGas (KMG), Alik Aidarbayev and Director General of Tatneft Nail Maganov signed the Roadmap on Introduction of the Tatneft Best Practices in the Petroleum Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The implementation period is 2020…

Pertamina, Aramco Extend Cilacap Refinery Talks

Oct 29, 2019

Indonesia's PT Pertamina and Saudi Aramco have extended negotiations regarding an upgrade to Pertamina's Cilacap oil refinery December, State-Owned Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir said on Tuesday.The two sides have extended their negotiations…

Russian-led Arctic Oil Project to Cost $157 Bln

Oct 28, 2019

A ambitious new Arctic oil project led by Russia's top oil producer Rosneft will require about 10 trillion roubles ($157 billion) of investment, Russia's deputy energy minister Pavel Sorokin told reporters.Vostok Oil, a joint project of Rosneft and Independent Petroleum Company (IPC)…

Chinese Ship Exits Vietnam's Waters After Disputed Surveys

Oct 24, 2019

A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea left Vietnamese-controlled waters on Thursday after more than three months, marine data showed.The Chinese vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8…

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