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AOG Daily: 2014 / October

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:09

Senex spuds Akela

Senex Energy Ltd. spudded the Akela-1 well in PEL 110 license in the South Australia Cooper basin, the first well in a three-well drilling campaign.…
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:54

Chevron begins production in Bangladesh

Chevron Corp.’s subsidiary, Chevron Asia Pacific E&P, began production from the US$500 million Bibiyana Expansion project in the northeastern part of Bangladesh. The project includes…
Monday, 27 October 2014 13:11

KrisEnergy charters FSO for Wassana

Singapore’s KrisEnergy chartered the Rubicon Vantage floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel and a catenary anchor leg mooring (CALM) buoy for use on the Wassana…
Monday, 27 October 2014 10:56

Ophir enters Indonesia with seven PSCs

Ophir Energy plc entered into an agreement with Niko Resources to acquire interests in seven deepwater production-sharing contracts (PSCs) in Indonesia. Image from Ophir.  …
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:16

Lundin begins Kitabu off Malaysia

Lundin Petroleum AB spudded the Kitabu-1 exploration well in Block SB307/308, offshore Sabah, Malaysia. The West Prospero. From Seadrill.   The Kitabu prospect is a stratigraphic…
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:22

Eni makes big Indonesian find

Eni made an “important” gas discovery in the Merakes exploration prospect, located in the East Sepinggan Block, offshore Indonesia. The discovery was made at the Merakes…
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:41

Russia begins natural gas trading at SPIMEX

The Saint-Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX) began on-exchange gas trading. The starting ceremony was attended by Rosneft head Igor Sechin (photo, at right from Rosneft), who…
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:10

Statoil increases presence in Australia

The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) awarded Statoil 100% equity share in the prolific Northern Carnarvon basin on the Northwest shelf of Australia.The permit…
Friday, 24 October 2014 08:20

CNOOC makes new discovery in Bohai

CNOOC Ltd. made a new, “mid-to-large” discovery at Jinzhou 23-2 in Bohai, offshore China. The Jinzhou 23-2 structure is located in the north part of…
Aberdeen-based Warrego Energy has awarded a seven-figure contract for a 3D seismic acquisition program on the West Erregulla tight gas field it is developing in…
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:10

Kogas CEO elected IGU president

The International Gas Union (IGU) has elected Seok-hyo Jang, chief executive and president of Korea Gas Corp. (Kogas), as its next president. He will serve…
Malaysian helicopter operator Weststar Aviation Services has hired three banks to manage its US$500 million initial public offering (IPO) slated for 2015. The company has hired…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:45

CNOOC finds oil in second Beibu Gulf well

CNOOC discovered oil in its second Beibu Gulf well, WZ12-10-2, in Block 22/12, offshore China. The shallow-water (36m WD) location is about 1.6km (1mi.) east-northeast of the…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:26

Expro gets US$50 million Ichthys contract

Expro obtained a US$50 million contract to supply a high rate well testing package and ancillary services for the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project, near Darwin,…
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:24

First gas fed at Santos GLNG

After two and a half years, Santos Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) fed natural gas into its 420km gas transmission pipeline for the first time…
Italian energy firm Eni SPA has signed two production-sharing contracts (PSCs) to explore Blocks 116 and 124 offshore Vietnam. Block 116 covers about 5000sq km…
Baker Hughes Inc. issued the September 2014 international rotary drilling rig count on 7 October, showing a total of 1323 rigs operating internationally, both land and offshore,…
Monday, 13 October 2014 15:14

AusGroup JV gets Ichthys contract

JKC Australia LNT Pty Ltd. awarded the Singapore-based AusGroup and Japan’s Meisei Industrial joint venture a contract for approximately US$172.5 million on the onshore facilities of…
The World Bank forecasts slower economic growth in developing East Asian economies this year, due partially to tighter global monetary conditions. According to its East Asia Pacific Economic…
CNOOC Ltd. began production on its Enping 24-2 oilfield in the Pearl River Mouth Basin off the South China Sea. The  Hai Yang Shi You 118.…
Monday, 13 October 2014 08:39

Gobi-1 spudded off Indonesia

Lundin Petroleum began drilling at the Gobi-1 wildcat exploration well in the Gurita production sharing contract (PSC) offshore Indonesia. Map of Gurita PSC. From Nido.…
Friday, 10 October 2014 16:09

Greka spuds first well in India

Essar Oil has started drilling the first well of a lengthy drilling campaign on the Raniganj East Block in West Bengal, India. Greka Drilling Ltd.'s…
Friday, 10 October 2014 09:22

Senex to start PEL 110 drilling program

Joint venture partner Orca Energy Ltd announced the 2014 drilling program for Senex Energy Ltd.-operated PEL 110, located in the South Australian Cooper basin. PEL…
Russia's No.2 oil producer, OAO Lukoil, has launched production at the Imilorsko field in western Siberia. Lukoil Pres. Vagit Alekperov said the field was commissioned…
Wärtsilä signed a joint development agreement with Indonesian national energy company Pertamina and waste utilization company Godang Tua Jaya on 8 October with the intent…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:55

Shell begins Gumusut-Kakap off Malaysia

Shell began its first deepwater development in Malaysia with the Gumusut-Kakap floating platform. The Gumusut-Kakap field is off the coast of Malaysia in 1200m water…
International oil companies are cutting ties with their Russian partners after further restrictions were imposed in mid-September by the US and European governments. In mid-August,…
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:59

CNOOC begins drilling second Beibu well

CNOOC Ltd. began drilling the WZ12-10-2 well, the second and last of the two-well project in the Beibu Gulf Block 22/12, offshore China. Beibu map.…
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:45

FAR reveals oil discovery off Senegal

Melbourne-based FAR Ltd. has revealed a significant oil discovery in the FAN-1 exploration well offshore Senegal in West Africa. The FAN-1 well was designed to…
Friday, 03 October 2014 12:07

Mubadala spuds two more off Thailand

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Petroleum has spudded two more wells on the Manora field off Thailand. Drilled with Atwood Oceanics’ jackup Atwood Orca, the MNA-04 and…