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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.

Saipem awarded onshore drilling contracts worth $430 million

Saipem has been awarded new contracts and extensions to existing contracts in the onshore drilling segment in the Middle East and South America. The awards have an overall value of $430 million.

YPF sees Argentina reforms drawing billions in shale investments

Argentina’s biggest oil company sees the government removing production subsidies by the end of 2017, a step that may help lure investment as President Mauricio Macri tries to sell his vision of a more competitive economy.

Bolivia’s Incahuasi field brought into commercial production

Today marked the start of commercial production from the Incahuasi field in Bolivia. Incahuasi is one of the largest active gas and condensate fields in Bolivia.

Oil servicers looking for output boost in Venezuela, PDVSA says

The world’s largest oilfield services providers are making plans to help boost output in Venezuela, according to the president of the country’s state-run oil company.

Petrobras union says salary freeze unacceptable, mulls strike

Brazil’s main oil workers union is meeting Monday and doesn’t rule out a strike as it battles with state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro for more compensation, union leader Jose Maria Rangel said in an interview.

BP seeking more investment opportunities in Argentina shale

BP Plc would rather invest in Argentina’s shale oil fields than in Texas’ Permian basin, the U.S. drilling hot spot, CEO Bob Dudley said.

TGS in exclusive commercial well log agreement with ANCAP in Uruguay

The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of the Republic of Uruguay has been authorized by the President of the Republic to allow the Administración Nacional de Combustibles, Alcoholes y Portland (ANCAP) to contract directly with TGS for the purpose of standardization and commercialization of a multi-client well data program for exploration wells in Uruguay.