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Dorado one of the largest oil resources ever found on the NW Shelf, Carnarvon Petroleum says

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited has completed its assessment of the hydrocarbon volumes within the Dorado structure in WA-437-P, providing the following information.

Premier Oil gets the go-ahead for Tolmount Main development

Premier Oil has announced that the development of its Tolmount Main gas field has been sanctioned by the joint venture and infrastructure partners.

Azinor Catalyst mobilizes Transocean Leader to drill Agar Plantain

Azinor Catalyst Limited, the Seacrest Capital Group-backed E&P company focused on the UK Continental Shelf, has announced that the Transocean Leader drilling rig has come on contract for the Agar Plantain exploration and appraisal well and Faroe Petroleum PLC has farmed-into Agar Plantain subject to customary regulatory and joint venture party consents.

Losing Lofoten would imperil Norway’s Arctic push, oil boss warns

Backing down on drilling off Norway’s Lofoten islands could also threaten the search for 16 Bbbl of oil and gas that lies beneath the Barents Sea, the country’s energy minister said.

Equinor concludes drilling of Sigrun appraisal well, offshore Norway

Equinor Energy AS, operator of production license (PL) 025, has concluded the drilling of appraisal well 15/3-11 on the 15/3-4 (Sigrun) oil and gas discovery.

Spirit Energy strikes out in the Barents Sea, north of Johan Castberg field

Spirit Energy Norge AS, operator of production license 852, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 7322/7-1. The well is dry.

Norway to tamp down on oil spending after wealth fund deposits

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is ready to start reining in oil spending after the government began putting money back into the sovereign wealth fund again.

Faroe Petroleum announces Agar-Plantain farm-in, on the UKCS

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway and the UK, has announced that it has farmed into the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) Agar-Plantain exploration and appraisal well, close to the UK/Norwegian median line, operated by Azinor Catalyst Limited (Catalyst).

Neptune Energy to acquire UK central North Sea assets from Apache

Neptune Energy Group has announced that it has entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement to acquire certain development and exploration assets in the UK Central North Sea from Apache North Sea Limited (ANSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apache Corporation.

Fugro resumes acquisition of data for Norway's Mareano seabed mapping program

Fugro has been awarded a hydrographic survey contract, valued at NOK 44.7 million (approximately €4.7 million), by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. The survey is part of the Mareano seabed mapping program, which is financed by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Aker Solutions wins hook-up, commissioning work for Johan Sverdrup

Aker Solutions has, in collaboration with Kvaerner, secured additional hook-up and commissioning work for Equinor's Johan Sverdrup field, offshore Norway.

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Consent given to fracing first onshore, horizontal well in the UK

Trelleborg supplies SafePilot solutions to Shell's Brent Delta decommissioning project

SafePilot from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation successfully helped to pilot Allseas’ 200-m-long barge, Iron Lady, from the Tees Bay to Able UK’s Seaton Port in Hartlepool, which transported Shell’s 24,200 ton-Brent Delta topside to Able’s facility on May 2, 2017.

Nexen announces full sanction of Buzzard Phase II project, offshore UK

Nexen has announced that the BPII (Buzzard Phase II) project has received full sanction from partners (Suncor Energy UK Limited, Chrysaor Limited, Dyas EOG Limited and Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources Limited) and the Field Development Plan has been approved by the UK Oil and Gas Authority – allowing the project to move into the execute stage.

Petrofac secures five-year contract renewal with ONE

Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) business has secured a five-year renewal on its Duty Holder Support Services contract with Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources Limited (ONE).

Aker BP acquires license portfolio from Total

Aker BP has entered into an agreement with Total E&P Norge to acquire its interests in a portfolio of 11 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for a cash consideration of $205 million.

Pesky supply and demand law hinders Trump's European gas dream

The U.S. will become a massive seller of liquefied natural gas, but President Donald Trump’s “massive buyer” will likely be Asia, not Europe.

Cuadrilla granted final hydraulic fracturing consent for first horizontal shale gas well

Cuadrilla has today received final hydraulic fracture consent from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for its first horizontal shale gas exploration well at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

Alba Mineral Resources completes Portland extended flow test

Alba has announced that it has been informed by Horse Hill Developments Ltd. (HHDL), the operator of the Horse Hill-1 (HH-1) Kimmeridge and Portland oil discovery, that the initial well "clean-up" phase of the Portland extended well test (EWT) programme has been completed according to plan.

M2 Subsea secures contract with Premier Oil

Global independent provider of ROV services, M2 Subsea, has secured a contract to provide inspection services for Premier Oil’s Balmoral Floating Production Vessel (FPV).