Aberdeen oil firm Faroe Petroleum has secured provisional exploration licences in the Dreki area on the Icelandic Continental Shelf. The company said the licences were extensive, encompassing seven blocks located inside the Arctic Circle to the north east of Iceland.
British Oil explorer Cairn Energy has sold off a 30% stake in one of its Greenland exploration licences to Norwegian group Statoil. It is part of Cairn's plan to bring in a partner in to share the costs of exploration in the Arctic.
Rockhopper Exploration Plc climbed to an 11-month high in London trading after a report that Cairn Energy Plc is in talks with the only company to have made a potentially commercial oil find near the Falkland Islands.
Rockhopper Exploration which recently discovered oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters has appointed Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead the process of finding a partner for its 2 billion dollars oil project in the North Falkland basin, reports the London media.