New survey supports Gabon’s latest offshore licensing round

Geoscience company CGG is extending its Gabon multiclient data footprint with a 9,800-km offset 2D seismic survey in an unexplored deepwater area of the South basin. CGG said it is building on the recent success of its 25,000-sq-km 3D BroadSeis survey, which led to the Boudji-1 and Ivela-1 oil discoveries. Source: News

Watching Government: Sizing up the shutdown

The partial US government shutdown closed some departments and agencies that regulate oil and gas, notably the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Weeks into the standoff, however, trade association leaders were not certain how soon their members would start feeling the impacts. Source: News

Rystad Energy: Offshore service market growth to outpace shale

Rystad Energy forecasts offshore spending will outgrow spending on onshore shale activities this year. Service companies exposed to the offshore subsea market and the maintenance, modifications, and operations (MMO) sector are set to benefit from this trend reversal. Source: News

Santos group prepares for Dorado appraisal

A joint venture of Santos and Carnarvon Petroleum is moving swiftly in preparation for its appraisal of last year’s large Dorado oil and gas discovery in permit WA-437-P in the Bedout subbasin offshore Western Australia. Carnarvon said in its quarterly report that the Noble Tom Prosser jack up drilling rig has been contracted to drill […]

Producers assess Alberta government-mandated oil production cuts

Canadian oil companies reconsidered 2019 production guidance numbers in early January and reevaluated production strategies after Alberta’s government outlined a temporary production cut of heavy crude oil and crude bitumen. Source: News

What might work

Political futility of the Green New Deal, which combines decarbonization of the US energy economy with governmentally guaranteed employment and health care, results from more than economics. As noted here last week, the current version of the initiative pivots on authoritarianism for which little support exists outside groups craving political and intellectual control Source: News

The same page

The role of an Oil & Gas Journal technical editor is multifaceted. Alongside procuring, editing, and bringing the latest and most relevant technology articles to publication, the technical editor also is responsible for covering daily news items for her or his specific sector of the industry. Source: News

NDIC approves crude oil conditioning amendments

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved amendments to the state’s crude oil conditioning requirements. The changes include the addition of a commission-approved oil conditioning policy and guidance, which will continue to assure that crude oil produced in the state is transported and marketed safely, it said. Source: News

US FERC issues EIS for Driftwood LNG, associated pipeline

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the final environmental impact statement for Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood LNG export project and an associated pipeline in Louisiana. The project would produce as much as 27.6 million tonnes/year of LNG for export. Source: News

Judge issues order halting BOEM Mid-Atlantic OCS seismic preparation

A federal judge in South Carolina issued an injunction stopping the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s processing of applications for offshore oil and gas seismic permits on the US Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf during the federal government’s partial shutdown. US District Judge Richard M. Gergel issued his Jan. 18 order after South Carolina Atty. […]