New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration

The government said it will not revoke any existing exploration contracts

BP’s annual profits soar to $6.2bn

Energy giant BP has seen its annual profits soar to $6.2 billion (£4.4bn), largely due to the rise in global oil prices. Profits more than doubled last year – up from $2.6 billion (£1.86bn) the year before. The company said oil and gas exploration delivered the most successful year since 2004, with around one billion […]

Is coal still the goal for Africa?

  Despite the international movement away from carbon intensive sources of energy, coal still has a significant role to play, particularly in developing regions of the world. That’s the verdict from Andre Bojé, CEO of coal exploration company Minergy, who spoke to ELN about the future of the fossil fuel resource yesterday. Speaking ahead of the […]

Shell announces oil and gas field redevelopment

Shell has announced the redevelopment of an oil and gas field in the UK’s North Sea. The energy giant will build a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Penguins field, the first new manned installation for Shell in the region in almost 30 years. It says the opportunity presents a break-even price […]

Mature ‘super basin’ in US breaks 44-year oil record

A mature ‘super basin’ located in Texas and New Mexico has set a new oil-production record, beating its previous peak set in 1973. The Permian Basin has reached a new production volume of at least 815 million barrels in 2017, far exceeding its previous peak of 790 million barrels, according to new analysis from information […]

Centrica launches new exploration and production firm

A major new oil and gas company has been launched. Spirit Energy, a joint venture which combines Centrica’s exploration and production business with Bayerngas Norge, has started trading as an independent oil and gas operator. Production from the combined portfolios is expected to be around 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) from 27 fields […]

More than 200 North Sea rigs to close by 2025

More than 200 oil and gas platforms and close to 2,500 wells across the North Sea are scheduled to be decommissioned by 2025. That’s according to new information published by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea. The groups say this will take place on 349 fields across the region, including six on the […]

Shell begins oil exploration tests in Brazil

Shell has begun oil production tests in Brazil’s Libra field. The energy giant has started operations on its Pioneiro de Libra FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading Unit), located in the Santos Basin. The vessel is the first FPSO dedicated to extended well tests featuring gas reinjection capabilities. Located approximately 180 kilometres off the coast, […]

New UK oil exploration maps released

New government-funded oil and gas exploration data has been made available for viewing. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) released the results of the £20 million seismic programme to promote exploration activity in underexplored areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The information published contains nearly 19,000km of new mapping, new gravity and magnetic surveys, […]

Statoil makes ‘significant’ oil find on the UKCS

A partnership led by Statoil has made a new oil discovery on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The energy giant made the find in the Verbier sidetrack well in the outer Moray Firth, with a minimum of 25 million recoverable barrels of oil and an estimated maximum stretching up to 130 million barrels. The partnership, […]