Exclusives

The government will launch round three for bids even though there has never been a discovery offshore Uruguay.

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The Colombian government expects offshore discoveries to triple gas reserves.

Growing demand in Argentina’s central Pampas and Patagonia regions presents opportunities for investors as the country seeks to build three new gas pipelines.

Mexico makes history with its first deepwater contracts with private operators, including BHP Billton, Chevron and Inpex. What does it mean for exploration on the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico?

The country’s first auction of 2017 will offer onshore areas. The government will also auction post-salt and presalt areas.

Exploration

Mexico will announce later this week the bid terms and blocks up for grabs in its next deepwater oil tender, which may include the first areas from the Cordilleras Mexicanas Basin.

Vista Oil & Gas intends to purchase energy E&P assets in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil within two years of its listing on the Mexico stock market, tentatively planned for a month from now.

Anadarko, the operator, said the well hit 79 m to 110 m (260 ft to 360 ft) net of natural gas pay.

The divestment is part of Centrica's drive to focus its oil and gas E&P activity on Britain, the Netherlands and Norway, Reuters reported.

Brazil's oil industry regulator ANP said Sept. 29 it plans to auction rights to up to 10 areas with marginal accumulations of petroleum and gas on March 24.

Production

Statoil seeks to dominate Carcara discovery as it builds Brazil output.

U.S. firms across the value chain can take advantage of opportunities that will emerge from Mexico’s energy reform, say experts at EnerCom.

Drops in Latin American could also be bigger than forecast. Petrobras aims to marginally lift output this year but has been dogged by the country's worst ever corruption scandal that is slowing investments.

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As GeoPark Ltd. looks to grow its production, the extent of which depends on oil price, the Latin America-focused independent also wants to expand its portfolio.

Under relaxed trading embargo with U.S., Cuba can now use products made with 25% U.S. components. Cuban officials say at least one deepwater rig meets the new standard, Reuters reported.

Technology

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract by Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) for the deepwater semi-submersible rig Mærsk Developer.

ION Geophysical Corp. (NYSE: IO) launched an approximate 50% extension to its offshore Panama, the company said on Sept. 28.

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract by Shell for the deepwater semisubmersible rig Mærsk Developer. The contract covers the drilling and completion of three wells and the suspension of one well, all located in Block E of the East Coast Marine Area offshore Trinidad.

Anton Dibowitz will succeed Per Wullf as CEO of Seadrill Ltd., effective July 1, the company said in a news release.

When fully onstream, the onshore compression facility will have the potential to deliver about 200 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, BP said in a news release.