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Latest Texas Petro Index shows ‘economic disconnect’

Jul 29, 2015

The Texas Petro Index (TPI) for June indicates that crude oil and natural gas production and jobs estimates in the Lone Star State increased from May despite the unfavorable economic climate.

SSE E&P UK buys interest in West of Shetland fields for $876 million

Jul 29, 2015

SSE E&P UK Ltd. has agreed to acquire 20% interest in Laggan, Tormore, Edradour, and Glenlivet fields in the West of Shetland area from Total SA for $876 million.

BHI: US rig count jumps 19 units to 876

Jul 24, 2015

The US drilling rig count jumped 19 units to reach 876 during the week ended July 24, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Statoil drilling first production well at Gina Krog field

Jul 23, 2015

Statoil ASA has started drilling the first production well at Gina Krog field, 30 km northwest of Sleipner in the North Sea (OGJ Online, Oct. 28, 2014).

OGUK updates guidelines for well abandonments

Jul 23, 2015

Oil & Gas UK has released updated guidelines for abandonment of wells, including cost estimates.

BSEE grants Shell limited drilling rights for Chukchi project

Jul 23, 2015

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has grated conditional approval to Royal Dutch Shell PLC of two applications for permits to drill (APD) to conduct limited exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska.

EPA needs to improve oversight of fracing with diesel, OIG report says

Jul 20, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency needs to improve its oversight of hydraulic fracturing using diesel fuels and address any compliance issues, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said. The agency also needs to take further steps in its May 2014 plan to determine whether a federal requirement to publicly disclose frac fluid ingredients is necessary, OIG said in a July 16 report.

URTeC: Shell’s Hackbarth says unconventional innovation begins with data

Jul 20, 2015

Operators should resist the impulse to pull back on investments in technology despite a down oil market, said Claudia J. Hackbarth, manager, unconventional gas and tight oil research and development, Shell International E&P Inc. during a July 20 luncheon speech at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in San Antonio. “Innovation is needed now more than ever.”

URTeC: Panel sees resiliency in unconventional space

Jul 20, 2015

Panelists commented on future recovery of oil prices and the growth of unconventional drilling, then took questions from an overflow audience during the opening plenary session of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in San Antonio July 20.

BHI: US rig count falls 6 units to 857

Jul 17, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 6 units to reach 857 during the week ended July 17, essentially cancelling out the last 3 weeks’ worth of gains, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

ENOC trims Turkmen plan in Dragon takeover

Jul 16, 2015

Emirates National Oil Co. Ltd. (ENOC), Dubai, will lower target oil production from the Cheleken area offshore Turkmenistan after acquiring full control of Dragon Oil PLC as it expands into upstream oil and gas operations.

Rosneft, Statoil drill two horizontal wells in pilot at North Komsomolskoye

Jul 14, 2015

OAO Rosneft and Statoil ASA have jointly drilled two horizontal exploitation wells in the PK1 layer of North Komsomolskoye field, Rosneft reported.

BHI: US rig count continues upward creep

Jul 10, 2015

Although the overall US drilling rig count only edged up 1 unit to 863 rigs working during the week ended July 10, it represented the third consecutive week of gains and another jump in oil-directed rigs, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Stone confirms oil pay with Cardona development well in deepwater gulf

Jul 8, 2015

Stone Energy Corp., Lafayette, La., encountered 288 ft of net pay in two intervals with its Cardona No. 6 development well on Mississippi Canyon Block 29 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Logging and pressure data confirmed the existence of oil in the pay zones.

Statoil lets Johan Sverdrup drilling contract to Baker Hughes

Jul 7, 2015

Statoil ASA has let an integrating drilling contract valued at 1.5 billion kroner to Baker Hughes Norway for the Johan Sverdrup development.

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