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Wood Mackenzie study weighs cost of carbon on upstream sector

Wood Mackenzie has released Positioning for the Future, the first comprehensive study ever carried out into carbon emissions in the upstream oil and gas sector.

Northwest Energy encounters hydrocarbons in Xanadu prospect

Northwest Energy has confirmed that Xanadu-1 has intersected hydrocarbon bearing reservoirs demonstrated by elevated gas readings, oil shows, fluorescence and cut-fluorescence whilst drilling reservoir sections.

Gazprom Neft begins full-scale hydrocarbon prospecting of pre-Jurassic deposits

Gazprom Neft has begun geological investigations in Paleozoic hydrocarbon deposits in the Tomsk Oblast. Thus far, the complex structure of the pre-Jurassic complex has not been deemed an independent geological prospect, investigations into which demand the modification of traditional prospecting methodologies.

OMV Norge delineates Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea

OMV (Norge) AS, operator of production licence 537, has completed the drilling of appraisal well 7324/8-3 on oil discovery 7324/8-1 (Wisting) in the Barents Sea.

Echo Energy awarded 3D seismic reprocessing contract onshore Bolivia

Echo Energy, the South and Central American focused upstream gas company, is pleased to announce the award of a seismic reprocessing contract for the 3D seismic data over the Huayco and Rio Salado blocks, onshore Bolivia.

Xodus Group awarded two ESIA contracts offshore Senegal

Xodus Group has been awarded two Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) contracts for projects in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) blocks in Senegal, West Africa.

Shaletech: Argentina

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Feds, IOCs breathe new life into ‘Dead Cow’

What's New in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Seismic, the foundation tool of oil and gas exploration, has some reflecting to do about its future, not will it work, or can exploration seismic become “better,” but is it becoming necessary at all?

NuVista Energy provides operational update, Pipestone well test results

NuVista Energy Ltd. has provided a significant operational update, including the startup at Bilbo block--its largest pad drilled to date; powerful IP30 success from Elmworth block high intensity fractured wells (HiFi); the successful and on-time conclusion of the Keyera Simonette gas plant planned turnaround; and the achievement of a compelling well test in our emerging Pipestone block.

Schlumberger announces DELFI cognitive E&P environment

Schlumberger unveiled the new DELFI cognitive E&P environment at the SIS Global Forum. This environment enables collaboration across E&P teams and leverages the full potential of all available data and science to optimize assets.

Shell, Petrobras strengthen deepwater partnership in Brazil's pre-salt fields

Royal Dutch Shell and Petrobras signed last week in The Hague, Netherlands, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a long-term mutual collaboration in developing pre-salt fields in Brazil.

Calima Energy advances its liquids-rich Montney play

Calima Energy Limited continues to advance the liquids rich Montney play and has licensed a high-quality 3D seismic database covering a significant portion of Calima’s landholding.

Emerald Bay to drill Kuhn 4 well in South Texas' Wooden Horse play

Emerald Bay Energy Inc. has provided an update on the Company’s Wooden Horse play in South Texas.

Oil giants still love North Sea despite asset sales

Europe’s biggest energy companies have a message for the aging UK North Sea oil industry: We may be selling assets, but that doesn’t mean we’re heading for the exit.

BNK Petroleum reports 405-boed flowrate at Hartgraves 1-6H well in Oklahoma

BNK Petroleum Inc. has announced that the Hartgraves 1-6H well averaged about 405 boed, of which 324 bbl are oil, for the last six days, while still producing back completion fluid.

CGG signs multi-client data agreement with Mozambique

CGG announces that it has signed a multi-client data agreement with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) following a competitive tender process held by INP in 2016.

Lundin Petroleum spuds exploration well at Børselv prospect in the Barents Sea

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS has commenced drilling of exploration well 7220/6-3 on the Børselv prospect in PL609 on the Loppa High in the southern Barents Sea.

CGG starts Espirito Santo IV survey offshore Brazil

CGG announces the start of work on Espirito Santo IV, a large BroadSeis 3D multi-client survey in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo basin offshore Brazil.

Aker BP drills dry well northwest of Vilje field

Aker BP ASA, operator of production licence 677, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 25/4-11. The well is dry.

Sustained global recovery in land drilling forecast by Westwood Global Energy Group

The recovery in the global land drilling market, led by North America, is being sustained, according to first half figures from Westwood Global Energy Group, energy market research consultancy firm. The drive, both in the U.S. and internationally, for drilling wells with longer laterals and on multi-well pads, is creating demand for high-horsepower, modern rigs that can minimize time between each well.