Federal Waters


Iran Says It Seized Tanker After Collision, Operator Says Tanker Was In Compliance

Iran said on July 20 it seized a British-flagged oil tanker because it was involved in an accident, but Britain's foreign minister said he feared Tehran was taking "a dangerous path" and other major European powers expressed alarm.

July 20, 2019

Field Development , Lease Sales

Dominican Republic Opens Doors To First Ever Licensing Round

There were 14 offshore and onshore blocks put up for bidding with a transparent, low-risk contract for investors.

July 11, 2019


Turkey Says Second Ship Set To Drill Off Cyprus

A second Turkish drillship will begin drilling for oil and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean within a week, Turkey's energy minister said, in a move which that could strain ties with Cyprus over jurisdiction rights for exploration.

July 6, 2019

Lease Sales

Brazil's Petrobras Puts Offshore Gas Fields, Exploration Bloc Up For Sale

Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA has put its Peroa and Cangoa shallow-water natural gas fields and a deepwater exploration concession known as Malombe in the state of Espirito Santo up for sale, the company said.

July 5, 2019

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Exxon Mobil Seeks Bids For Norwegian Offshore Assets

Exxon Mobil is considering selling all of the stakes it holds in oil and gas fields off the Norwegian coast, a spokeswoman said.

June 22, 2019

Investment , Deepwater

Shell To Invest Up To $2.4 Billion In Mexican Deepwater Oil Projects

Mexico's oil regulator on June 13 approved exploration plans for four deepwater areas operated by Royal Dutch Shell , after it gave the green light to five others earlier this week, committing the oil major to invest at least $791 million.

June 13, 2019

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) , Tankers

Shell Ships First LNG Cargo From Australia's Prelude

Royal Dutch Shell on June 10 shipped the long-awaited first cargo of LNG from its Prelude floating LNG plant off northwest Australia, sealing Australia's position as the world's top LNG exporter.

June 10, 2019

Health, Safety & Environment , Lease Sales

US Vows First Oil Lease Sale In Alaska Arctic Refuge This Year

The U.S. Interior Department is determined to sell oil leases for the first time this year in the ecologically sensitive but presumably petroleum-rich coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a Trump administration official said on Thursday.

May 30, 2019

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Udpated: Algeria's Energy Minister Softens Comments On Total Buying Anadarko's Algerian Assets

AAlgeria's energy minister said he would seek a "good compromise" when asked about his earlier comments that Algiers would block a plan by France's Total to buy Anadarko's Algerian assets.

May 27, 2019


Shell Starts Up Appomattox Ahead Of Schedule

Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Offshore Inc. said on May 23 that it had started up its Appomattox project in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM) several months ahead of schedule.

May 23, 2019