Tag: exploration

New Mexico county passes strict drilling rules as state judge considers wider ban

The new ordinance supersedes a moratorium on oil and gas development that had been in place since 2010.  More »

Exxon sees profit rise on refining strength

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson said that the earnings growth was “driven by higher margins and improved operations in the downstream and chemical businesses.”  More »

Wireless Seismic facing patent infringement suit

The Sugar Land-based company with investment from energy giants Total and Chesapeake is facing a federal lawsuit alleging that it’s infringing on a rival firm’s patents.  More »

Shell makes deepwater gas discovery in Gabon

Royal Dutch Shell today announced a discover off the coast of Gabon but says it will need to conduct further analysis to determine just go much gas is present.  More »

Exxon, Pemex sign cooperation agreement

The companies agreed to analyze exploration, drilling and refining opportunities.  More »

Noble Energy plans Falkland Islands exploration wells

Noble Energy will resume exploration drilling in the Falkland Islands next year, the company announced Wednesday, following evaluation of seismic imaging over its 10 million acres off the cost of the islands east of Argentina.  More »

Maersk Oil to lay off a fourth of Houston staff

Diminishing returns in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico have pushed Maersk Oil to cut a quarter of the jobs at its Houston office.  More »

Apache announces new offshore Australia discovery

HOUSTON — Houston-based Apache Corp. announced Monday that it made its first offshore oil discovery in Australia’s Canning Basin, located off the west coast of the country. Officials with the company say their measurements indicate that, optimistically, there could be as much as 300 million barrels of oil in place at the basin. The company […]  More »

Marathon, Noble announce exploration contracts in offshore Gabon

Houston-based oil and gas independents Marathon Oil and Noble Energy announced separate deals with the government of Gabon to explore in deep water off the coast of the West African nation.  More »

Regulator alleges Houston oil company misled investors

The Securities and Exchange commission on Monday charged independent exploration and production company Houston American Energy Corp. and its CEO with making false claims about the company’s oil reserves.  More »

Shell announces new Gulf of Mexico discovery

Shell Oil Co. today announced an offshore discovery in the Gulf of Mexico it believes contains 100 million barrels of oil equivalent.  More »

Statoil strikes out in well at center of Greenpeace standoff

Statoil ASA failed to find oil in the northernmost site ever drilled off Norway’s Arctic tip.  More »

UN: Oil search in Northern Somalia risks stoking tension

Two semi-autonomous areas of northern Somalia have largely avoided the violence that’s plagued the rest of the country for decades. Now oil exploration may change that, according to the United Nations.  More »

Repsol wins approval for $10B project off Spain

Repsol SA won government approval to start a $10 billion oil drilling project off Spain’s Canary Islands, signaling success in its 12-year campaign to start exploration near the Atlantic archipelago.  More »

Prime Minister: Ivory Coast’s soaring oil output will rival Ghana

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said his nation will boost oil production within five years to 200,000 barrels a day, rivaling neighboring Ghana as stability returns to a country racked by a decade of turmoil.  More »
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