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Oil and Gas Journal Drilling News

  1. A group led by ConocoPhillips has received regulatory approval from Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for its proposal to develop the Barossa gas-condensate field in retention lease NT/RL5 in the eastern Timor Sea 300 km north of Darwin.

  2. Petroleum Development Oman has started production from a natural gas and condensate discovery it calls Mabrouk North East in its northern concession area. 

  3. Ophir Energy PLC committed to a fourth development phase at Bualuang oil field in the Gulf of Thailand, starting with infill drilling this year of three wells being redrilled plus two workovers. 

  4. CNOOC Ltd. has brought Weizhou 6-13 oil field on stream ahead of schedule in the South China Sea’s Beibu Gulf. The field lies in an average of 35 m of water.

  5. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. has signed agreements with Total SA in which the French supermajor will be awarded stakes in two of Abu Dhabi’s new offshore concessions. Under the terms of the agreements, Total has been awarded a 20% interest in the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession and a 5% interest in the Lower Zakum concession.