Tuesday, December 2, 2008

News Line: Energy in South America and China

Uruguay Opens bids for Offshore Oil, Gas Blocks – reports Uruguay Energy Ministry courtesy of Rigzone

On December 1-3, Uruguay Energy Ministry and ANCAP, the National Oil Company, will launch the offshore licensing round for exploration and exploitation of gas and oil. The blocks on offer, lie in the Punta del Este and Pelotas basins, where water depths range from 50 to 1500 meters, as well as another basin further offshore called Oriental Del Plata. The blocks' areas range from 2,500 to 10,000 square kilometers...

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PetroLatina Commences Drilling Colon-1, IDs 4 New Wells Sites in Colombia - reports PetroLatina courtesy of Rigzone

PetroLatina has announced a further operational update to that released on November 7, 2008.

La Paloma

The Company commenced drilling Colon-1, the first exploratory well to be drilled on the La Paloma block, located in Middle Magdalena Valley, Colombia, on Sunday, November 24, 2008. The Colon-1 well has been drilled vertically to a total depth of approximately 600 feet, to date. Drilling continues to be undertaken vertically to an expected total depth of approximately 9,072 feet in order to test the La Paz, Lisama and Umir formations. Drilling is scheduled to take 25 days in total at a cost of approximately $6 million...

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Petrobras' Platform P-53 Kicks Off Production at Marlim Leste Field – reports Petrobras courtesy of Rigzone

Petrobras announced that platform P-53 kicked-off its operations yesterday, November 30. This is the first production unit installed in the Marlim Leste field, in the Campos Basin.

The P-53 unit has total production capacity of 180,000 barrels per day of heavy oil, 20 degrees API, and compressing capacity up to 6 million cubic meters/day of natural gas. The platform's oil production will be offloaded to shore by shuttle tankers with the assistance of Autonomous Re-pumping Platform PRA-1 and the FSO Cidade de Macae. Part of the gas that is produced will be consumed by the platform itself as fuel to generate electricity, and the remaining will be exported to shore via the Campos Basin's gas network. The platform will reach peak production in the first half of 2010.

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Geopark Tests Positive Oil at Manekenk 1 in Chile – reports GeoPark Holdings Limited courtesy of Rigzone

GeoPark Holdings Limited has announced the successful testing of the new Manekenk 1 well on the Fell Block in Chile at an initial rate of approximately 1,300 barrels of oil per day equivalent (boepd). Geopark operates and owns a 100% working interest in the Fell Block...

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Peru's mining/hydrocarbons output rose 4.57% in Oct 2008 – reports Andina.com

Lima, Dec. 01 (ANDINA).- Production in Peru's mining and hydrocarbons sector expanded 4.57% in October from the same month last year, as the mining sub-sector increased 2.72%, the National Statistics Institute (INEI) said Monday...

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PetroChina Starts Developing Offshore Block in Bohai Bay – reports Dowjones Newswires courtesy of Rigzone

PetroChina Co. has started developing an offshore block in Bohai Bay with an output target of 3 million metric tons a year or 60,247 barrels a day, parent company China National Petroleum Corp. said Monday.

The Yuedong block, located in shallow water near Liaoning province, has rich reserves of heavy oil, CNPC said on its Web site, without elaborating.

Yuedong is part of the Liaohe field, China's largest heavy oil field, with annual output at 12 million tons a year or 240,986 barrels a day...

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China North East Petroleum's October Crude Oil Production up 135% - reports China North East Petroleum courtesy of Rigzone

China North East Petroleum has announced preliminary results for its October 2008 oil production.

Crude oil production for the month ended October 31, 2008 increased 135%, or 40,479 barrels, to 70,545 barrels from 30,066 barrels for the month ended October 31, 2007. On a sequential basis, crude oil production increased 4,627 barrels, or 7%, compared to the month ended September 30, 2008...

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