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GeoPark awarded final approval for Morona Block acquisition in Peru

GeoPark Limited--an independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Peru--today announced that it has obtained final regulatory approval for its acquisition of the Morona Block in Peru.

New president of Chevron Africa and Latin America E&P named

Chevron Corporation has named Clay Neff as president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

FMC, Technip pass final antitrust review with Brazilian clearance

The pending combination of FMC Technologies and Technip has received a clearance decision from the General Superintendent of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), the Brazilian antitrust authority.

Centrica sells Trinidad and Tobago gas assets to Shell

Centrica has agreed to sell its entire portfolio of gas assets in Trinidad and Tobago to Shell Exploration and Production for an initial cash consideration of $30 million.

Statoil, Petrobras close Carcará acquisition

Statoil has completed its acquisition of Petrobras’ 66% operated interest of the BM-S-8 offshore license in Brazil’s Santos basin.

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InterMoor upgrades Port Açu facility in Brazil

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has added inspection and testing capabilities to its marine base at the Açu Superport in São João da Barra, northern Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil to join Russia, Kazakhstan in OPEC cooperation talks

Brazil, the fastest-growing oil producer outside OPEC, will join talks with the exporters group in Vienna on Saturday about potential cooperation.

Rowan Joe Douglas jackup joins BP Trinidad and Tobago rig fleet

BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) announced Wednesday that the Joe Douglas 240C jackup, which is owned and operated by Rowan Companies, has joined the bpTT rig fleet and has begun drilling at the bpTT Amherstia facility.

Mexico, Brazil vie for Big Oil’s cash in offshore auctions

Petrobras and Total form strategic alliance

Petrobras and Total inform that Pedro Parente, CEO of Petrobras, and Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which sets the general framework for a Strategic Alliance covering upstream and downstream activities in Brazil, as well as international potential opportunities.

Aker Solutions to acquire majority stake in Brazil's C.S.E.

Aker Solutions agreed to buy 70% of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecânica e Instrumentação Ltda, building on a strategy to expand its services business in key international markets.

Aqualis Offshore wins work on FPSOs set for Brazil’s pre-salt

Marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has been awarded contracts to provide marine warranty services to three different FPSO projects in Brazil.

GeoPark successfully drills Tigana 4 well in Colombia

GeoPark Limited has announced the successful drilling and testing of the Tigana 4 development well, at a rate over 3,200 bopd in the Tigana oil field in the Llanos 34 Block (GeoPark-operated, with a 45% working interest) in Colombia.

Vallourec merges its two main Brazilian companies

Vallourec has finalized the merger of Vallourec Tubos do Brasil (VBR) and Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil (VSB).

Venezuela sees oil output deal cutting 1.2 MMbpd

CARACAS (Bloomberg) -- An agreement among OPEC and non-OPEC states to limit oil production could slash global supply by 1.2 MMbpd and add as much as $15 to prices, said Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino.

South America becomes home for U.S. shale gas amid rising demand

U.S. liquefied natural gas was supposed to go mainly to Asia and Europe, lured by prices as much as four times higher than those at home. So far, South America has been the destination of choice.

Pacific to sell stake in Santos basin blocks to Karoon

Pacific Exploration & Production has reached an agreement to sell its 35% working interest in five concession agreements—S-M-1101, S-M-1102, S-M-1037, S-M-1165 and S-M 1166—in Brazil’s Santos basin to Karoon Gas Australia.

Baker Hughes to partner with Venezuelan contractor to tap Orinoco belt

Y&V Group, the only Venezuelan contractor selected to participate in a multi-billion-dollar drilling project in the country’s Orinoco belt, is relying on an alliance with Baker Hughes to start drilling more than 200 wells.

Canacol Energy doubles natural gas drilling activity in Colombia

Canacol Energy has revised its capital plan for 2016. The new capital plan accelerates the corporation's natural gas opportunities in Colombia, with three new gas wells.