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First discovery of live oil onshore Jamaica

CGG GeoConsulting and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) have announced the discovery of two independent live oil seeps from different parts of the island of Jamaica. This significant find marks the first documented occurrence of ‘live’, or flowing, oil from onshore Jamaica and will be of particular interest to oil explorationists focused on Central America and the Caribbean. The oil seeps were found during fieldwork for a recently completed

ExxonMobil to triple Permian Production by 2025

ExxonMobil has announced plans to triple total daily production to more than 600,000 oil-equivalent barrels by 2025 from its operations in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico. Tight oil production from the Delaware and Midland basins will increase five-fold in the same period. The company said recent changes in the U.S. corporate tax rate create an environment for increased future capital investments, including ExxonMobil’s plan to spend

Research forecasts oil and gas capex and R&D spending boosts in 2018, but industry still promises to keep a cap on costs

Industry confidence has increased much faster than the oil price, as two-thirds of senior professionals globally plan to maintain or increase capital spending in 2018. 36% expect to increase investment in R&D and innovation – the highest level recorded in four years. Efficiency remains a priority, however, as half of professionals forecast increased cost control. Senior oil and gas sector professionals expect a step change in the industry’s capex, opex

PNG drilling success adds to Exxon’s award winning year

DRILLING success in Papua New Guinea has helped ExxonMobil to be named 2017 Explorer of the Year by the World Oil and Gas Council. “This award is recognition of ExxonMobil’s successful efforts to strengthen our portfolio by accessing and discovering the highest quality resources,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “This recognition would not be possible without the dedication of our employees and their daily commitment to safety

Pancontinental believes it may be onto a big gas play in California

Australia’s Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL’s confidence that it is onto a major gas play in the US has grown following further assessment of results from the recently completed Tulainyo 2-7 gas appraisal well. Pancontinental CEO John Begg said evaluation of the well data has given the company increased confidence that a large section of interest is gas saturated and sandstone reservoirs of sufficient quality to support commercial scale flows

Po Valley announces positive log results at Italian gas well

Australia’s Po Valley Energy Limited has reported positive log results from the drilling of its Podere Maiar 1dir (PMI) well in the Selva Gas Field in northern Italy’s Podere Gallina licence area. It will now be completed as a production well. PM1 was successfully drilled to a total depth of 1,330 metres in the Pliocene ahead of schedule and on budget. Downhole log results from Schlumberger confirm a gross gas

OPEC and friends agree to extend cuts through 2018

OPEC and a group of non-OPEC supporters led by Russia, have agreed to extend current oil production levels through to the end of 2018. The agreement to continue to restrict crude oil output was widely expected, although the decision to maintain it for a full 12 months as opposed to the previous nine month periods was a small surprise. Leading energy analyst firm Wood Mackenzie said the decisions met their

Total has announced that first oil from the Libra mega-field, located in ultra-deep waters 180 kilometres offshore Rio de Janeiro, in the pre-salt Santos Basin in Brazil. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Pioneiro de Libra has a capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil. This start-up of the early production system will generate revenue while also enabling technical data to be collected to optimize the subsequent development phases, “Total

Total and NIOC sign contract for the development of phase 11 of the giant South Pars gas field

Total and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have signed a contract for the development and production of phase 11 of South Pars (SP11), the world’s largest gas field. The project will have a production capacity of two billion cubic feet per day or 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day including condensate. The produced gas will supply the Iranian domestic market starting in 2021. This contract, which has a

PNG’s Muruk gas find continues to show significant promise

Oil Search Ltd has reported that it has successfully completed a production test on the exciting Muruk gas discovery in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands. Located in close proximity to PNG’s world class Hides onshore gas field, Muruk looks to be set to provide major impetus to plans to expand the country’s LNG export industry. The latest positive news has come with the undertaking of the first production test on