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Industry leaders voice thoughts on unconventional technology trends to full house at URTeC

It didn’t take long on Monday for officials at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Houston to realize that attendance at the event will far exceed their expectations, with some technical session rooms swamped beyond capacity.

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.

SDX Energy reports gas discovery at SD-3X, in Egypt's South Disouq

SDX Energy Inc., the North Africa focused oil and gas company, has announced that a gas discovery has been made at its SD-3X well in the South Disouq Concession, Egypt (SDX 55% working interest and operator).

Carnarvon Petroleum JV evaluates Australia's Dorado-1 discovery

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited confirms that the Quadrant-Carnarvon Joint Venture has completed additional wireline evaluation since the last update, on July 18. The results have confirmed the oil discovery in the Caley Member and have confirmed the presence of gas and condensate in the top of the Baxter Member that was drilled into to enable the evaluation of the Caley Member.

Petro River discovers largest oil field in the company’s history

Petro River Oil Corp., an independent oil and gas exploration company that utilizes 3D seismic technology to discover and develop oil and gas reserves in proven oil and gas basins, announced today the discovery of its largest oil field with the successful drilling of the Arsaga 25-2 exploration well in Osage County, Okla.

TGS announces expansion of onshore seismic project in Canada

TGS announces expansion of its 2018 onshore seismic survey Dawson Phase II in Canada.

ConocoPhillips reports exploration success in Alaska

ConocoPhillips has provided an update on its operating plan for Alaska, focusing on the company’s long history of creating value in the state and an ongoing commitment to invest in low cost of supply opportunities.

Fairfield Geotechnologies successfully completes Gulf of Mexico ocean bottom node survey

Fairfield Geotechnologies announces the successful completion in May 2018 of the Stampede deepwater ocean bottom node survey, located in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Interior announces region-wide oil and gas lease sale for Gulf of Mexico

In support of President Donald J. Trump's America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer approximately 78 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development.

OGA launches 31st UKCS Offshore Licensing Round

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 31st Offshore Licensing Round, offering blocks in frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), supported by government-funded data to stimulate interest in these under-explored basins and assist companies in their activities.

Eni announces second oil discovery in Egypt's Faghur basin

Eni announces a second light oil discovery on the B1-X exploration prospect located in South West Meleiha license, in the Egyptian Western Desert, some 130 km North of the oasis of Siwa.

New products and services

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Nikon Metrology, in partnership with the COREX unit of Premier Oilfield Laboratories, is improving augmented rock core investigations by using high-resolution microfocus-computed tomography (micro-CT) scanning.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Akofs Offshore has been awarded a contract for light well intervention services, using its 156-m vessel, Akofs Seafarer, for all Equinor-operated licenses, in the period 2020 to 2025.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Opening the Gen Z pipeline

Steel tariffs: A campaign promise the oil industry hoped Trump would not keep

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

On March 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced 25% tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The E&P industry is telling Congress and the administration that this is a bad idea. The real question is “Why Was Anyone Surprised?”

Lundin identifies additional resource potential at Edvard Grieg field

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has successfully completed the PDO development drilling program at its operated Edvard Grieg field on the Utsira High, in the Norwegian North Sea. A significant reserves upgrade and extension of the production plateau have been made since the PDO, with additional resource potential identified in the area.

Chemstream proves ShaleTech advances start in the lab

HOMER CITY, Pa. -- In the past year, Chemstream has transformed what once was a small area nestled at one end of the company’s headquarters into a spacious, state-of-the-art laboratory.

FairfieldNodal changes name to Fairfield Geotechnologies

FairfieldNodal has changed its name to Fairfield Geotechnologies (Fairfield Geo). The name change reflects Fairfield Geo’s strategy and continuing evolution as a provider of life-of-field technology, data and solutions.

Eni reports discovery at Kalimba prospect, offshore Angola

Eni announces a new oil discovery in Block 15/06, in the Kalimba exploration prospect, in Angola’s deep offshore. The new discovery is estimated to contain between 230 and 300 MMbbl of light oil in place.

USGS estimates 8.5 Bbbl of oil in Texas’ Eagle Ford Group

The Eagle Ford Group of Texas contains estimated means of 8.5 Bbbl of oil, 66 Tcf of natural gas, and 1.9 Bbbl of natural gas liquids, according to a new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources in continuous accumulations.