Energy & Oil

Energy & Oil
Friday, February 19th 2016 - 04:24 UTC

Brazil biggest environmental disaster: compensation agreement could be signed this week

Brazil’s attorney general Luís Inácio Adams said that if the deal is signed Samarco  could resume mining operations later this year.

The Brazilian government expects to reach an agreement by Friday with Samarco Mineração to settle a 20 billion-real (US$4.9 billion) lawsuit for damages in the deadly dam disaster which burst in inland Minas Gerais creating a tsunami of mud and waste that killed 17 people and reached the Atlantic ocean.

Thursday, February 18th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Falklands' oil industry continues to advance, despite current low prices

“The development strategy presented for Sea Lion is through use of a FPSO vessel,  which adds flexibility and for which leasing costs have halved”.

Despite current low oil prices, the oil and gas industry in the Falkland Islands is continuing to go from strength to strength as its first project, Premier Oil’s Sea Lion, moves closer to commercialization, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Thursday, February 18th 2016 - 06:07 UTC

Norway's Statoil joins Tullow Oil and expands share in Uruguay's Pelotas basin

“With this transaction, we are increasing our exposure to the upside potential of this untested geological setting”, said Statoil’s Nicholas Alan Maden

Norway’s Statoil said that it has signed an agreement with Tullow Oil to secure a 35% working interest in a Uruguay’s Pelotas basin exploration block 15, about 200 kilometers off the coast of Uruguay.

Wednesday, February 17th 2016 - 11:04 UTC

Main oil exporters agree to freeze production, ...if all leading producers join

The quartet said they would freeze output at January levels, which Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi called “adequate.”

Four of the world's biggest oil-producing nations moved to freeze their production on Tuesday to try to halt the 70 percent drop in the price of crude because of a glut of oil on world markets. The agreement was reached by the oil ministers of Russia and three members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar, during a closed-door meeting in Doha, the Qatar capital.

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 - 08:42 UTC

Ocean Rig determined to collect 'termination fee' from Falklands' Premier Oil

CEO Economou says the industry's prospects remain bleak and with limited possibilities of a recovery before 2018, at the least

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. has officially announced that two of its drilling contracts have been terminated, one of them in the Falkland Islands where its “Eirik Raude” was working for Premier Oil as the main operator. Ocean Rig is demanding a termination fee of several million dollars and in case Premier Oil contests the payment, “we intend to commence arbitration proceedings”.

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 - 07:37 UTC

Noble Energy cancels drilling in Falklands, following termination of rig contract

Due to operational issues with the drilling rig, Noble has cancelled the rig contract, leading, in turn, to the notification to Argos of Force Majeure, the company said.

Falkland Islands based company, Argos Resources Ltd. said it has received notification from Noble Energy, the operator of license PL001 in which Argos holds a 5% overriding royalty interest, that it is exercising its rights to declare Force Majeure on the well.

Friday, February 12th 2016 - 18:47 UTC

Falklands' (oil exploration) “has been a hugely successful campaign”, says Rockhopper

The notice to terminate follows a number of operational issues with the Eirik Raude rig. Chatham well is deferred until Sea Lion pre-development drilling campaign.

Rockhopper Exploration which has a joint venture agreement with Premier Oil offshore the Falkland Islands, described the oil exploration campaign now terminated as a 'huge success' and underlines the postponement of the Chatham well drilling will have no impact on the Field Development Plan for the Sea Lion oil discovery development.

Friday, February 12th 2016 - 18:14 UTC

Falklands' exploratory campaign ended, following termination of ocean rig contract

The rig 'Eirik Rude' experienced a number of material operational issues, according to Premier Oil and Noble Energy

The Falkland Islands government and Premier Oil have announced on Friday the ocean rig 'Eirik Raude' contract termination, which in practical terms puts an end to the current exploratory campaign and the scheduled drilling of the Chatham well. Nevertheless both sides underlined the success of the now terminated campaign with the oil discoveries at the Zebedee and Isobel Deep prospects in the North Falkland basin and look forward to continue working in the near future.

Friday, February 12th 2016 - 06:27 UTC

Petrobras faces legal challenges in the billions from international investors

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan certified two classes of plaintiffs, saying their claims are similar enough to be pursued as groups.

Brazil’s troubled state oil firm Petrobras faces possible new legal challenges from a coalition of groups representing international investors based in Europe in the US. The financially hobbled and corruption-racked company is being sued over alleged fraud-related losses the investors suffered on its shares and bonds traded outside the Americas.

Friday, February 12th 2016 - 06:15 UTC

Falklands' oil industry development continues despite slump in crude prices

”Despite the low oil price environment, the Sea Lion project continues to move forward,” said chief executive Sam Moody.

Rockhopper Exploration flagship project, offshore the Falkland Islands the Sea Lion oil field development, continues to advance despite the recent slump in crude prices.


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