Shell signs new offshore upstream deals with CNOOC and CNPC; China and Gabon

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Shell has signed two offshore oil and gas Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) with CNOOC, and a PSC amendment with CNPC for a new development phase for the Changbei gas field in China. Shell has also entered an agreement with CNOOC for its participation in two Shell exploration blocks offshore Gabon, West Africa. The two offshore oil and gas PSCs with CNOOC are for blocks 62/02 and 62/17 in the Yinggehai Basin.

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Eni reports important new discovery offshore Congo

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The exploration well, Nene Marine 3, was drilled in a water depth of 28 meters (92 feet) and encountered a significant wet gas and light oil accumulation in the pre-salt clastic sequence, outlining a significant extension to the west of the reservoir and its hydraulic continuity. billion barrels of oil and 30 billion cubic meters of gas in place. billion barrels of oil equivalent in place.

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Cobalt and Total announce significant North Platte deepwater Gulf of Mexico discovery

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an independent oil exploration and production company focusing on the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola and Gabon, announced a significant oil discovery at its North Platte prospect on Garden Banks Block 959 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Total is in a strategic alliance with Cobalt International Energy to explore for oil in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Total estimated that the discovery can have a potential of several hundred million barrels of oil.

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Sasol embarking on feasibility study on a US gas-to-liquids facility in Louisiana

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The feasibility study will consider two options: a 2 million tons per year (roughly 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day) facility and a 4 million tons per year (roughly 80,000 boepd) facility. A 2005 PricewaterhouseCoopers study showed that GTL production offers air quality benefits compared to a conventional oil refinery due to its lower sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emissions.

GE study finds 5% of worlds natural gas production wasted per year by flaring

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Worldwide, billions of cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas are wasted annually, typically as a by-product of oil extraction. Depending on region, these may include power generation; gas re-injection (for enhanced oil recovery, gathering and processing); pipeline development and distributed energy solutions. Although Nigeria has reduced flare gas emissions by 28% from 2000 levels, the country’s oil industry still wastes 15bcm of natural gas every year.

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