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  • Petrogrand and Shelton Petroleum Fail to Solve Cross Company Ownership January 26, 2015 - An Extraordinary General Meeting of the shareholders in Petrogrand was held earlier today. The EGM was convened by the Board of Directors of Petrogrand for purposes of resolving on a proposed agreement with Shelton Petroleum AB to dissolve the cross-ownership between the companies. Despite the news that an Extraordinary General Meeting ...
  • Construction Projects Implementation Department of Tatneft Summed up Results of Operation in 2014 January 26, 2015 - The JSC TATNEFT’s Construction Projects Implementation Department (URPS) summed up the results of the production plans and workforce’s collective agreement implementation for 2014. The URPS supervised the projects related to the continued construction of the TANECO Complex, reconstruction of the “Nizhnekamsk CHP” and development of Ashalchinskoye extra-viscous oil deposits. The ...
  • Tethys Petroleum: Extends Kyzyloi Gas Production Contract for 15 Years January 23, 2015 - Tethys Petroleum Limited today announced that its wholly-owned Kazakh subsidiary, TethysAralGaz LLP, has received permission from the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to extend the Kyzyloi Gas Production Contract for another 15 years, from June 14, 2014 to December 31, 2029. The Ministry of Energy has granted ...
  • Tethys Petroleum: Cost Reduction Program January 22, 2015 - Tethys Petroleum Limited is pleased to provided a further update to our shareholders. The Board and Executive Management believe that good progress has been made since the recent Board changes. Key achievements: Agreement to restructure Georgian project Substantial Corporate G&A and Kazakhstan cost reductions New US$6 million loan financing Extension of ...
  • Exillon Energy: Produced an Average of 17,558 bbl/day in December January 22, 2015 - Exillon Energy plc, a London Premium listed oil producer with assets in two oil-rich regions of Russia, Timan-Pechora (“Exillon TP”) and West Siberia (“Exillon WS”), is pleased to announce unaudited production data for the month of December 2014 (“the Period”). ·     Our average daily production[1] was 17,558 bbl/day during the ...
  • Rosneft Launched Pilot Operations at the Severo-Danilovskoe Oil and Gas Condensate Field January 21, 2015 - Rosneft launched pilot operation at the Severo-Danilovskoe field located within the Danilovsky license area in the north of Irkutsk Region. The field is operated by public joint-stock company Verkhnechonskneftegaz, part of the Rosneft Group. The pilot operation phase will last three years during which three wells will be flow-tested. At ...
  • Bashneft: 2014 Review – Production up 10.8% January 21, 2015 - Bashneft has released its preliminary operating results for the fourth quarter and the 12 months of 2014. In 2014: – Oil production increased by 10.8% to 17,808 thousand tonnes – Production in Bashkiria added 3.9% – New assets in Timan-Pechora and Western Siberia accounted for 8.4% of production – By ...
  • RN-Nyaganneftegaz: 35 Years of Commercial Operations at the Krasnoleninsk Field January 21, 2015 - RN-Nyaganneftegaz, subsidiary of Rosneft, celebrates 35 years of commercial operation of the Krasnoleninsk field. During this period over 180 million tons of oil were produced, more than 120 million of them were produced on Talinskiy block of the Krasnoleninsk field. According to its features the produced oil refers to Urals ...
  • KMG EP: Christopher Hopkinson Elected Chairman of the Board January 21, 2015 - On 20 January 2015, the JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (“KMG EP” or the “Company”) Board of Directors held a meeting and elected Christopher Hopkinson, the First Deputy Chair of the Management Board of National Company KazMunaiGas (“NC KMG”), as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KMG EP and ...
  • Roxi Petroleum: Takes $2m From Equity Facility January 20, 2015 - Roxi, the Central Asian oil and gas company with a focus on Kazakhstan, is pleased to update the market with news it has called down a further $2.0 million from the $40 million equity facility announced in January 2013 with Mr. Satylganov, a Director of the Company. This brings the ...
  • Dragon Oil: 2014 Review – Production Up 6.8% January 20, 2015 - Dragon Oil plc, an international oil and gas exploration, development and production company, today issues the following trading statement, which includes an operational update, financial highlights for 2014 and results of the latest reserves assessment for the Cheleken Contract Area, Turkmenistan. All information referred to in this update is unaudited ...
  • Russian Direct Investment Fund Comments on Eurasia Drilling and Schlumberger Merger January 20, 2015 - Following this morning’s announcement of Eurasia Drilling’s take private and Schlumberger’s US$1.7 billion investment in the Company post transaction, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, commented, “This is a real vote of confidence by a major global company in Russian growth opportunities and the fundamentals of the oil ...
  • Eurasia Drilling Company To Merge With Schlumberger January 20, 2015 - Eurasia Drilling Company Limited announces that it has today agreed with certain members of the Company’s management team and certain significant shareholders the terms of a merger between the Company and EDC Acquisition Company Limited, a company formed by one of the Participants solely for the purposes of the Merger, ...
  • Rosneft Started Production at the Sakhalin-1 Arkutun-Dagi Field January 19, 2015 - The participant companies of the Sakhalin-1 consortium are pleased to note that all the works for the start of the commercial oil production at the Arkutun-Dagi field were conducted in strict compliance with the approved schedule, determined technological specifications and subject to all the industrial and ecological safety legislations. Berkut ...
  • Rosneft: East Messoyakha Reserves Up 32% January 19, 2015 - Recoverable oil and condensate reserves of C1 category of the East Messoyakha field increased by 49.7 mln t (32% growth) in 2014 , reaching 204 mln tons. The net recoverable oil and condensate reserves of C1+C2 categories of West Messoyakha and East Messoyakha fields totals about 480 mln tons. The ...
  • BP Macondo: Court Rules Less Spilt Than Claimed, Fine to be Cut, BP Not Grossly Negligent January 16, 2015 - Today the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled on the issues raised in the Phase 2 trial of the Deepwater Horizon case: the quantification of oil spilled and BP’s source control efforts following the accident. The Court found that 3.19 million barrels of oil were ...
  • Gazprom Neft: Increases Novoportovskoye Pipeline Capacity January 16, 2015 - Gazprom Neft has begun construction of the second section of a pressure-pipeline from the Novoportovskoye field to Cape Kammeny (located on the shore of the Gulf of Ob, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region), for onward shipment to customers by sea. Some 530 mm in diameter and running to a length of 105 kilometres, the pipeline will, once complete, have a total capacity of more than 5.5 million tonnes of oil per ...
  • GlobalData Analyst: Russia Looks to Asia to Ease Oil and Gas Industry Pressures January 15, 2015 - External pressures on Russia’s oil and gas industry have compelled the country to seek partnerships with Asia-based companies to help with the production and marketing of its vast hydrocarbon resources, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. According to Anna Belova, GlobalData’s Upstream Analyst covering the Former Soviet ...
  • Total: Successful Radial Cutting Torch Application in Russia January 15, 2015 - Weatherford, which specialists successfully completed complex interventions in severe High North environment, is successfully operating with major Russian and foreign operators at the oil fields of the Timan-Pechora Province, Komi Republic, as well as Nenets and Yamal and Nenents Autonomous Areas. Various mills, cutters, perforators and dressing tools, etc. are ...
  • EIA: Kazakhstan Report January 15, 2015 - Kazakhstan, an oil producer since 1911, has the second-largest oil reserves as well as the second-largest oil production among the former Soviet republics after Russia. Kazakhstan is a major oil producer. The country’s estimated total petroleum and other liquids production was 1.70 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2014. The ...
  • Tethys Petroleum: New Gas Production Phase Doubles Production January 14, 2015 - Tethys Petroleum Limited is pleased to announce that the new phase of gas production is on stream and is producing at more than double previous production. Kazakhstan Shallow Gas Programme Update – Gas Production Doubles Following the recent announcement of a new Gas Sales Contract, the next phase of shallow ...
  • Urals Energy: Workover Commences on ArticNeft Wells – Fracking Unlikely This Year January 14, 2015 - Urals Energy PCL, the independent exploration and production company with operations in Russia, is pleased to announce a drilling update and further information on the recent accident at the Petrosakh refinery and the workover at Articneft. ArticNeft A first workover of well #546 at ArticNeft has been successfully completed. After ...
  • Urals Energy: Successfully Settles Outstanding Debt Claim January 13, 2015 - Urals Energy PCL, the independent exploration and production company with operations in Russia, is pleased to announce that the Company has now signed a comprehensive settlement agreement with Mr V Rovneiko, a former Director of the Company, on all outstanding litigation and pending or threatened disputes, following the discussions announced ...
  • NOVATEK: YoY Gas Productions Up 11.3% January 13, 2015 - OAO NOVATEK reported today preliminary operating data for the fourth quarter and full year 2014. In the fourth quarter 2014, NOVATEK’s sales production totaled 16.27 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas and 1,760 thousand tons of liquids (gas condensate and crude oil). The Company’s full year 2014 sales production ...
  • Urals Energy: Petrosak Refinery Fire – None Injured, Oilfield Operations Unaffected January 13, 2015 - Urals Energy PCL, the independent exploration and production company with operations in Russia, announces that on 9 January 2015 a fire occurred at its Petrosak refinery caused by an accident which occurred during recent adverse weather conditions. No one was injured during the fire and the oil field operations were ...

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Event News

  • The annual meeting of procurement executives of oil and gas companies will be held on March, 17 in InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel January 21, 2015 - On the 10th annual conference Oil and Gas Industry Supply Chain (NEFTEGAZSNAB-2015) procurement executives of Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, Transneft, Surgutneftegaz, Tatneft, Bashneft will meet with their suppliers. The conference NEFTEGAZSNAB-2015 which is held in InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel is the biggest Russian event where procurement executives are gathered. The main ...
  • SPE Russian Petroleum Technical Conference 2015 – Call For Papers is Open! January 19, 2015 - “The end of the oil era is still far away,” according to Christophe de Margerie. His prediction serves as the inspiration for this year’s Russian Petroleum Technical Conference, to be held 26-28 October in Moscow. The 2015 conference covers all the key issues and challenges of the oil and gas ...
  • RDCR 2015 – Less than 4 months to go! December 17, 2014 - The 3rd RDCR is taking place in less than 4 months at the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel in Moscow – have you ensured your attendance? The 9th April will see the 3rd instalment of the hugely successful RDCR – the leading drilling technology event for the Russian oil and gas sector. ...
  • The Inaugural SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) Sets a High Standard December 16, 2014 - The inaugural SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) – the first technical oil and gas conference ever to take place in the region – has come to a close after three packed days.    Over 500 industry professionals passed through the doors of the Korme Exhibition Center in Astana ...
  • Drillmec Conference: AHEAD & HoD December 9, 2014 - The Mobius Group was proud to host a turnkey, privately organized conference for Drillmec S.p.A. in central Moscow, on the 28th October, “The Drillmec Russian Technology Conference”. The Drillmec Russian Technology Conference, held at the Kempinski Baltschug, is one of Moscow´s most famous and prestigious 5 Star venues and was ...

Company News

  • Russian Direct Investment Fund Comments on Eurasia Drilling and Schlumberger Merger January 20, 2015 - Following this morning’s announcement of Eurasia Drilling’s take private and Schlumberger’s US$1.7 billion investment in the Company post transaction, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, commented, “This is a real vote of confidence by a major global company in Russian growth opportunities and the fundamentals of the oil ...
  • Eurasia Drilling Company To Merge With Schlumberger January 20, 2015 - Eurasia Drilling Company Limited announces that it has today agreed with certain members of the Company’s management team and certain significant shareholders the terms of a merger between the Company and EDC Acquisition Company Limited, a company formed by one of the Participants solely for the purposes of the Merger, ...
  • Schlumberger: Q4 and 2014 Results – $296m Charge for 9,000 Layoffs January 16, 2015 - Houston, January 15, 2015—Schlumberger Limited today reported results for the full-year and fourth-quarter 2014. Full-year results are shown here. – Fourth-quarter revenue of $12.6 billion increased 6% year-on-year – Fourth-quarter EPS of $1.50, excluding charges and credits, grew 11% year-on-year – Board approves 25% increase in dividend, effective April 10, ...
  • Polarcus: Rod Starr to Succeed Rolf Ronningen as Chief Executive Officer January 12, 2015 - Polarcus Limited announces that the Board of Directors has, following a comprehensive selection process, chosen Rod Starr to succeed Rolf Ronningen as Chief Executive Officer of Polarcus. Rolf Ronningen, who informed the Board of his planned retirement in 2014, will continue as Chief Executive Officer until Rod takes up his ...
  • Vikoma International: Paul Raynor Appointed Sales Director January 7, 2015 - Leading oil pollution and environmental technology company, Vikoma International Limited, has appointed a new Sales Director with a wealth of market sector experience. Vikoma International leads the world in the design, manufacture and installation of oil spill containment and recovery equipment. The business has a global reputation for the development ...

Technology Focus

  • Tenaris: Dopeless Proves its Worth in the Caspian - Improved operational performance in extreme weather conditions through Dopeless® technology and Tenaris service support. Dopeless® The use of Dopeless® technology, coupled with Tenaris onsite technical expertise, is helping the customer meet challenging operating conditions. The company’s post-evaluation of a recent casing application – carried out as part of its growing ...
  • Total: Successful Radial Cutting Torch Application in Russia - Weatherford, which specialists successfully completed complex interventions in severe High North environment, is successfully operating with major Russian and foreign operators at the oil fields of the Timan-Pechora Province, Komi Republic, as well as Nenets and Yamal and Nenents Autonomous Areas. Various mills, cutters, perforators and dressing tools, etc. are ...
  • ERIELL Group and Schlumberger Deploy New Rotary Steerable System in Samburgskoye Field - ERIELL Group and Schlumberger today announced the successfully completion of the construction of a 4245 m horizontal well in the Samburgskoye field using the latest rotary steerable system (RSS) from Schlumberger. The combination of the new PowerDrive Orbit vorteX RSS with a customized Smith polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bit and ...
  • NorLense: Oil Trawl Sets New Standards for Oil Spill Response - The newly developed Oil Trawl from NorLense attracts international interest – and sets new standards for efficient oil spill recovery: – The system collects, concentrate and store oil in one operation – Can be operated by one vessel and one person – Deployment-time reduced to formidable 10 minutes – Integrated ...
  • Dolphin Geophysical: Selects Q-Marine Streamer Technology - Previously, Dolphin announced that a selection of next generation streamer technology would be made in 2014. Based on thorough evaluation, Dolphin has selected the proven WesternGeco Q-Marine* point-receiver marine seismic system for the Polar Empress. This purchase of the Q-Marine system is a first step towards a potential opportunity for ...