Drilling & Production

  • Barossa gas field enters FEED development program

    A ConocoPhillips-led group developing Barossa gas field, in the eastern Timor Sea about 300 km north of Darwin, has reached an agreement to begin the front-end engineering and design stage of development with the initial aim of backfilling the Darwin LNG project.

  • Aker BP gets regulatory nod for Barents Sea appraisal drilling

    Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority approved plans by Aker BP ASA, operator for production license 659 in the Barents Sea, to drill an appraisal well about 65 km north-northeast of Snohvit field.

  • Northern Territory lifts fracing ban The Northern Territory’s government has lifted its ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas prospects following the report of the independent scientific inquiry released last month
  • SAIS researchers find gaps in unconventional oil, gas regulations

    Differences in terminology and oversight approaches have created marked gaps in government regulation of growing unconventional oil and gas activity in the US, a research team of four graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies reported on Apr. 19. The discrepancies potentially could cause problems for work crews and nearby communities’ water supplies, they warned.

  • Baker Hughes: US rig count gains another 5 units to reach 1,013

    The US drilling rig count gained another 5 units to reach 1,013 during the week ended Apr. 20, data from Baker Hughes indicate. The report shows an overall increase of 156 units from year-ago levels.

  • Senate Democrats, Sanders offer bill to codify post-Macondo rules

    US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Minority Member Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.), joined by 15 other Democrats and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), introduced legislation to codify two offshore safety and environmental rules the US Department of the Interior finalized in 2016 following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well blowout and subsequent crude oil spill.

General Interest

Exploration & Development