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Exploration Development 2004 P13

  • 01/12/2004 -- Dolphin awards platform contract for North field development project
    Dolphin Energy Ltd. of the UAE has awarded a $190 million contract to J. Ray McDermott for engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of two integrated drilling and production platforms for Qatar's North field development project. This contract is part of Dolphin's $3.5 billion project to supply the UAE with as much as 3.2 bcfd of natural gas from the gas field.
  • 01/08/2004 -- Santos awards Exeter, Mutineer field umbilical contract
    Santos Ltd. has awarded a contract to Oceaneering Multiflex, a division of Oceaneering International Inc., Houston, to supply a total of 34 km of thermoplastic umbilicals for Exeter and Mutineer fields off Western Australia. The umbilicals will be delivered in six lengths during the third quarter. Among other functions, they will provide power supply to as many as14 downhole and mud-line pumps.
  • 01/07/2004 -- First jacket delivered for South Pars Phases 6-8 development
    The first production platform in South Pars Phases 6-8 field development in the Persian Gulf off Iran is scheduled to be ready for production in early 2005, reports Statoil AS, operator for Phases 6-8 on behalf of Iran's Petropars Ltd.
  • 01/06/2004 -- Victoria
    Lakes Oil NL, Melbourne, plans to deepen the Wombat-1 exploration well in Gippsland basin onshore PEP 157 starting in mid-January to evaluate the Early Cretaceous Strzelecki Group.
  • 01/06/2004 -- Eritrea
    Afrex Ltd. plans to finalize a production sharing contract in the next 6 months governing the 11,550 sq km Massawa Block in the Red Sea off central Eritrea.
  • 01/02/2004 -- Greenland readies for licensing round in 2004
    The Greenland and Danish governments plan to open a licensing round in the Davis Strait off West Greenland with meetings in Copenhagen Apr. 1 and Houston Apr. 6.
  • 01/02/2004 -- WAVELET ENERGY ABSORPTION-1: Direct hydrocarbon detection by wavelet energy absorption
    Seismic data come from studying the sound-reflection boundaries present in the earth's interior.
  • 12/10/2004 -- Hingeline discovery attracts Utah operator
    Pioneer Oil & Gas, South Jordan, Utah, responding to a May 2004 discovery by another operator, has acquired a 50% interest in more than 60,000 acres along the hingeline portion of the Rocky Mountain Overthrust Belt in central Utah.
  • 12/02/2004 -- Range Resources expands Appalachian basin position
    Range Resources Corp., Fort Worth, said 100-150 new wells will be drilled in West Virginia and Virginia in 2005 on $219 million of Appalachian basin properties it is acquiring from a private seller.
  • 11/03/2004 -- Talisman, Range tap Ordovician gas in northern Appalachian basin
    Western New York's Finger Lakes region gathers more steam.
  • 10/27/2004 -- Southwestern Energy marks progress in Arkansas shale gas play
    Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, now pursuing a shale gas play in and adjacent to the Arkoma basin gas producing fairway, has estimated dry gas in place at 58-65 bcf/sq mile in the formation in a new field in Conway County, Ark.
  • 10/13/2004 -- Marathon approved to develop Alvheim fields off Norway
    Norwegian regulatory authorities approved a Marathon Petroleum Norge AS development and operating plan for Kneler, Boa, and Kameleon fields in the Alvheim area of the Norwegian Sea.
  • 08/05/2004 -- Anadarko reports higher Bossier gas rates in East Texas, North Louisiana
    Production rates are up in the Jurassic Cotton Valley (Bossier) gas fields of East Texas and North Louisiana in the quarter ended June 30 compared with the first quarter of 2004, said Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
  • 07/14/2004 -- Qatargas II awards wellhead jackets contract to J. Ray McDermott
    The Qatargas II project awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for two wellhead jackets to J. Ray McDermott Middle East Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc., New Orleans.
  • 05/18/2004 -- Esso Chad discussing new oil field developments
    Esso Exploration & Production Chad Inc. has been discussing a potential new oil field development in southern Chad even as it works to push its Chad-Cameroon project to full production.
  • 06/04/2004 -- Gazprom invites Norsk Hydro to partner in Shtokman gas field development
    Russia's OAO Gazprom has invited Norsk Hydro AS to join the partnership that will develop giant Shtokman gas field in the Russian area of the Barents Sea. Reportedly one of the largest gas fields in the world, Shtokman lies in the Arctic about 500 km from Murmansk.
  • 04/12/2004 -- North Sea operators award Stolt Offshore $120 million in contracts
    Five operators in the North Sea—BP PLC, Paladin Expro Ltd., Wintershall Noordzee BV, Statoil ASA , and ConocoPhillips— awarded contracts or letters of intent totaling $120 million to London-based Stolt Offshore SA.
  • 04/15/2004 -- ChevronTexaco awards Tahiti engineering contracts in Gulf of Mexico
    ChevronTexaco subsidiary Chevron USA Inc. has awarded Technip Offshore Inc. the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a proposed truss spar floating production facility for deepwater Tahiti field in Green Canyon 640, 641, and 596, about 190 miles southwest of New Orleans. Mustang Engineering Inc., Houston, will perform FEED for the facility's topsides oil and gas processing facilities.
  • 03/30/2004 -- Anadarko executive: Management integrity vital to reserve estimates
    In estimating oil and gas reserves, producers need to look beyond the current fevered focus on primarily third-party engineering to "the more important aspects of internal reserve estimation processes. . .," said Jim Hackett, president and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Houston.
  • 02/25/2004 -- Kashagan development plan approved; Phase I under way
    Kazmunaygaz (KMG), the petroleum authority for Kazakhstan, and the North Caspian Sea production-sharing agreement consortium have approved development plans for the world-class Kashagan oil field in the northeastern Caspian Sea.

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