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Shell submits revisions to its 2015 Chukchi Sea exploration plan

Aug 29, 2014

Shell Offshore Inc. submitted revisions to its previously approved Chukchi Sea exploration plan on Aug. 28, a spokesman for the company confirmed. The step was necessary to preserve the option to drill its Chukchi Sea leases in 2015, but should not be seen as a final decision to drill next summer, he told OGJ in an Aug. 29 e-mail.

BLM announces California oil, gas strategy as CCST issues report

Aug 29, 2014

The US Bureau of Land Management’s California state office announced a comprehensive strategy for its oil and gas program in the state after receiving an independent review of well stimulation technologies it asked the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to conduct in September 2013.

Lundin lowers resource estimate for Luno II discovery

Aug 29, 2014

Lundin Norway AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum AB, has drilled appraisal well 16/4-8 S in the Luno II discovery 15 km south of Edvard Grieg oil field offshore Norway in the North Sea, proving 30 m of gross oil pay and flowing 450 b/d on a drillstem test through a 28/64-in choke.

Noble posts drilling results for Katmai, Dantzler prospects in gulf

Aug 28, 2014

Noble Energy Inc., Houston, has advanced its exploration and appraisal drilling operations on the Katmai prospect on Green Canyon Block 40 and the Dantzler prospect on Mississippi Canyon Block 782 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Quicksilver-Eni well flows oil in West Texas

Aug 28, 2014

Quicksilver Resources Inc. and Eni SPA have spudded a second well in their exploratory joint venture targeting unconventional reservoirs in Pecos County, Tex., after the first well flowed oil.

Canacol tests Lower Magdalena Valley gas discovery

Aug 28, 2014

Canacol Energy Ltd., Calgary, has tested 15.5 MMscfd of dry gas in the first of its three-well exploration program targeting the Cienaga de Oro reservoir in Colombia’s Lower Magdalena Valley.

WoodMac: Norway’s 10 billion bbl of undeveloped resources could net $106 billion

Aug 27, 2014

Norway holds 10 billion boe of discovered but undeveloped natural resources, of which 60% could be commercialized and potentially add $106 billion to the country’s revenues, Wood Mackenzie reported in its latest upstream estimates released Aug. 26 at the Offshore Northern Seas conference in Stavanger.

BG Group: Mzia DST supports potential hub development offshore Tanzania

Aug 27, 2014

Results from the second drillstem test (DST) on the Mzia discovery on Block 1 offshore southern Tanzania indicated further support for a hub development to supply a potential onshore LNG project, BG Group PLC said on Aug. 27.

EPA hydraulic fracturing study may be prelude to new federal rules

Aug 13, 2014

Oil and gas operations have historically been regulated mainly at the state level, though the expansion of hydraulic fracturing activities has brought with it an expansion in the number and sources of regulations facing operators.

Monterey proves more complex than average shale play

Aug 13, 2014

A pending cut in the Energy Information Administration's resource estimate for the Monterey shale reflects the complexity of the play relative to other US tight oil plays and the need for more research into its geology.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: BP updates assay for Angolan Saturno crude

Aug 4, 2014

Based on a sample taken Feb. 4, 2014, BP PLC has published an updated assay of its Saturno Blend crude oil, which is the marketing name for production from Plutão, Saturno, Venus, and Marte (PSVM) fields in the ultradeepwater area of Block 31 off Angola (OGJ Online, Jan. 31, 2013; Feb. 4, 2009; Nov. 24, 2003; Mar. 17, 2003).

New SEG president is group's first near-surface specialist

Oct 7, 2013

Election of the first specialist in near-surface geophysics to lead the Society of Exploration Geophysicists raises a communications problem: The definition of "near surface," says new SEG Pres. Don Steeples, depends on application.

Value of MSRI measurement of Selma exploration drill cuttings

Oct 7, 2013

Magnetic susceptibility (MS) measurements of oil exploration drill cuttings from above oil reservoirs show an increase in magnetic minerals at semishallow depths worldwide.

A modern approach to build 3D sequence stratigraphic framework

Oct 7, 2013

The conventional approach of performing sequence stratigraphy on 3D seismic data is comprised of a limited set of seismic horizons. This practice can be changed with the help of a semiautomated solution that maps all stratigraphically consistent seismic reflectors in 3D.

Studies predict oil upswing in deepwater GOM 2013, beyond

May 6, 2013

Independent reports by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Wood Mackenzie Ltd. (OGJ Online, Oct. 15, 2012) predict a strong upswing in oil exploration and production in deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) fields.

California's dense urban environment spawns friendlier 3D seismic survey design

Nov 5, 2012

Southern California oil producers have long faced the added challenge of making exploration and production compatible with urban life.

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