Special meetings determined the shareholders’ votes. The merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes is scheduled to close in the second half of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals.
Unite and GMB members voted strongly for an official strike action ballot over shift and pay grievances, Reuters said. A GMB spokesman said an electoral register will be compiled.
Chevron Global Energy Inc. will sell its stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd., Business Wire said. Bloomberg said this marks Chevron’s exit from shale gas in Beach Energy’s Nappamerri Trough.
Bank of Nova Scotia will advise ConocoPhillips’ sale of about 20% of non-oil sands properties in Western Canada, Bloomberg said. About 35,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day is produced.
Economist Guido Mantega resigned as president of the board of directors at Petrobras on March 23. Luciano Galvão Coutinho was elected president. He has been a board member since 2008.
Pertamina plans to invest around $2 billion annually into Mahakam, if given control. Target output is 1.2 Bcf/d to 1.5 Bcf/d of gas, Reuters said.
The discovery was made at the Bestari-1 exploration well in the deepwater Block R production-sharing contract and is being evaluated with a view to planning an appraisal campaign.
Offshore geosciences company Benthic received a contract to conduct a geotechnical investigation in the Sea Lion Field in the Bass Strait offshore southeastern Australia from Carnarvon Hibiscus Pty Ltd.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that a subsidiary of Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings had pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions related to Iran and Sudan and would pay a $237.2 million fine.
An existing law stipulates that only state energy majors Rosneft and Gazprom can explore offshore fields, but Lukoil, Russia's No.2 oil producer, calls for allowing private firms, Reuters said.
Mexico’s initial production sharing contracts will contain extended exploration periods for 14 shallow-water projects, Reuters said. Companies can meet test well requirements, said the head of Mexico’s national hydrocarbons commission.
Royal Dutch Shell is cutting about 250 UK North Sea operations staff and agency contractors, Reuters said. In August, 250 were cut. Other large E&Ps cut their North Sea staff.