Producers were operating the fewest oil and natural gas drilling rigs on record in the US at 339 on May 12, according to EIA. This is the lowest rig count data since 1987.
APM Terminals shake hands with Brasco, a Wilson Sons Group company and inked an agreement in order to boost oil exploration operations. Specifically, Brasco as an offshore security support company, will further secure oil explorations located at Pecém Industrial and Port Complex.
UAE’s oil and gas company ADNOC is on track to increase its crude oil production capacity to 4 million barrels per day by the end of this year. In fact, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO highlighted the impact of global economic trends on energy demand and outlined the UAE and ADNOC’s response to the fast-evolving energy landscape, saying that “This economic outlook means both the short and long-term demand for energy remains robust. Over the next two decades, we will see growth of at least 25% in energy demand. This is a rate of increase that no single source can satisfy and presents the key challenge of how to produce more energy with fewer emissions.”
The Energy Transition and Extinction Rebellion has led the energy news agenda and stimulated reflection, however the impact on exploration drilling is not yet apparent, according to Westwood Energy.
Equinor and partners OMV and Petoro announced that they have made an oil discovery in the Sputnik exploration well in the Barents Sea. Recoverable resources are preliminarily estimated at 20-65 million barrels of oil. The Sputnik well was drilled in licence PL855, around 30 kilometres North East of the Wisting discovery.
Worldwide discoveries of conventional oil and gas continue to present promising growth, as new finds total to an overall 6.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in the first half of 2019, according to the mid-year assessment of upstream data by Rystad Energy.
Oil company Husky Energy is planning to install a replacement flowline connector at the White Rose Field. This comes after the 250.000-liter oil spill in the Atlantic, which took place on November 2018, due to a flawed flowline connector. The company would use the DOF’s Skandi Vinland vessel to replace the flawed flowline connector.
The US Department of Energy announced up to $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects in order to improve oil and natural gas technologies. Selected projects will fall under two DOE Office of Fossil Energy funding opportunity announcements. The National Energy Technology Laboratory will manage the projects under both FOAs.
Argentina’s first national offshore licensing round took place on 16 April 2019, in Buenos Aires. Of the 38 blocks offered in an open bid round, 18 were licensed. The round attracted bids from 13 companies, with the winning bids reaching a total of US$718.28 million. All majors participated in the bidding, except from Chevron.
After a rough few years, the exploration sector is back in the black, Wood Mackenzie says. Namely, explorers’ success in 2018 shows a disciplined approach that will continue throughout 2019. As Dr. Andrew Latham, vice president, Global exploration, mentions, the sector will experience a long-overdue recovery. Nevertheless, the exploration sector will continue to be an exclusive club in 2019.
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