China’s Sinopec group, the country’s second-largest oil and gas producer, will invest 7.1 billion US dollars in Repsol-YPF’s Brazilian unit as the Spanish oil company raises funds to develop offshore projects.
Falkland Oil & Gas Ltd and associate BHP Billiton have been granted by the Falkland Islands government an extension of Phase I of their northern Falkland licences and should be drilling one exploration well before 15 December 2011, according to a release from the FOGL. BHPB Petroleum (Falklands) is part of the larger Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton resources conglomerate.
FOGL, the oil and gas exploration company focused on its extensive licence areas to the South and East of the Falkland Islands, announces certain changes to its licence arrangements with the Falkland Islands Government.
Desire Petroleum (AIM:DES) the first oil and gas exploration company to contract a rig and begin the current round of drilling in the Falkland Islands announced Monday the spudding of its second exploration well, Rachel 14/15-1.
The United States has fallen behind emerging markets Brazil, China and India as the preferred place to invest, according to a survey from Bloomberg. The US ranked first three months ago in the last quarterly Bloomberg Global Poll.
Argentina’s most populous province is preparing a return to international bond markets to benefit from the lowest borrowing costs in two years. Buenos Aires province hired Bank of America and Deutsche Bank AG to arrange investor meetings in Europe and the US as it plans to sell 500 million US dollars in debt.
Rockhopper Exploration (RKH.L) said it believed its oil discovery offshore the Falklands Islands will be commercially viable. A test at the Sea Lion 1 well in the North Falkland basin produced sustained rates of over 2,000 barrels of oil per day, in line with its hopes, Rockhopper said in a statement on Friday.
CNOOC, Ltd, China’s biggest offshore oil explorer, may bid 10.2 billion USD for BPs 60% stake in Argentina’s Pan American Energy LLC and will probably seek a partner in the acquisition, Citigroup Inc. said.
The gold price surged to a new all-time high on Wednesday driven by a weaker dollar and its safe haven appeal. The precious metal was up almost 2% at $1,274.75 per ounce, surpassing the previous record of $1,265.30 struck on June 21.
In the first six months of 2010 Falkland Islands based Argos Resources has made significant progress in developing its PL001 Licence in the North Falkland Basin, to anticipate it will begin an exploratory hydrocarbons drilling campaign in the second half of 2011.