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Melbana Energy divests two offshore Australian exploration permits

Melbana Energy Limited has provided the following update on its non-core offshore Australian Exploration Permits AC/P50 and AC/P51 (Permits) (Melbana 55%1 and operator).

United Oil & Gas confirms award of two blocks in the UK North Sea

United Oil & Gas Plc, the London Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration and development company, has announced that further to the announcement of May 24, 2018, it has accepted the formal offer from the Oil and Gas Authority, the UK oil and gas regulator, confirming the award of Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b.

Aminex moves forward with drilling operations in Tanzania

Aminex has provided the following update on its operations in Tanzania.

Shearwater acquires Schlumberger marine seismic acquisition business

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS and Schlumberger have jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Shearwater to acquire the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of WesternGeco, the geophysical services product line of Schlumberger.

FAR Limited prepares to drill Gambia's first offshore well in 40 years

FAR Limited has selected its final well location for the upcoming Samo-1 well in its Gambian exploration program.

GeoPark discovers new gas field in Chile

GeoPark Limited has announced the successful drilling and testing of the Jauke-1 exploration well, in the Fell Block (GeoPark operated, 100% working interest) in Chile.

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.

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.

Anglo African Oil & Gas spuds well in the prolific Lower Congo basin

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc (AAOG), an independent oil and gas developer, has confirmed that the TLP-103 well, on Tilapia oil field, spudded on Aug. 15, 2018.

Savannah Petroleum reports its fourth oil discovery in southeastern Niger

Savannah Petroleum PLC, the British independent oil and gas company focused around oil and gas activities in Niger and Nigeria, has announced that the Eridal-1 exploration well is an oil discovery.

EIA: Offshore discoveries in the Mediterranean to increase Egypt’s gas output

Natural gas production in Egypt has been in decline, falling from a 2009 peak of 5.8 Bcfd to 3.9 Bcfd in 2016, based on estimates in BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. The startup of a number of natural gas development projects located offshore in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Egypt’s northern coast has significantly altered the outlook for the region’s natural gas markets.

Eni recieves lease extension for key assets in Egyptian Nile Delta, Western Desert

Eni announces that Egyptian Authorities have authorized a new Nile Delta Concession Agreement, allowing a 10-year extension of the Abu Madi West Development Lease (203 km2), where Nooros field is located, and the execution of further exploration activities within El Qar’a Exploration Lease (64 km2).

Eni granted new exploration license offshore Egypt

Eni announced that a new Concession Agreement, aimed at governing an offshore exploration license in the prolific East Nile Delta basin of the Mediterranean Sea, has received approval by Egyptian authorities.

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).

ExxonMobil farms in to PEL 44, offshore Namibia

Azinam Limited (Azinam), the Seacrest Capital Group-backed Namibian explorer, is pleased to announce that ExxonMobil Namibia (PEL44) Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp., has entered into an agreement with Azinam to acquire a 30% interest in Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 44, offshore Namibia.

GulfSlope Energy spuds Canoe prospect, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

GulfSlope Energy, Inc. has announced that last week it commenced drilling of the Canoe Prospect No.1 well located in the Vermilion Area, South Addition Block 378 with the Rowan Ralph Coffman jack-up rig.

New products and services

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People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has named Mitch Ingram, formerly executive V.P., international and deepwater operations and project management, to the post of executive V.P., international, deepwater and exploration.

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

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