Exclusives

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The Norwegian state-owned oil company has high expectations for the South American country.

Falling breakevens, access to new acreage and sizeable reserves are keeping Latin America front and center.

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The Colombian government expects offshore discoveries to triple gas reserves.

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.

Land & Leasing

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.

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.

The assets include pipelines, a system of subsea cables, two non-drilling platforms and a facility for gas compression, according to IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication.

Reservoir Evaluation

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

Wildcats & Stepouts

Range announced that hydrocarbon sands and oil shows were encountered at the Upper Cruse channel sand complex during drilling of the well, with electric log interpretation confirming the presence of recoverable hydrocarbons with an estimated net pay of 48 ft.

The Kronos-1 well, jointly owned with Anadarko, discovered hydrocarbons at 3,720m at the well in the Fuerte Sur Block, Reuters said. Colombia is Latin America’s fourth-biggest oil producer.

The Petrobras Orca–1 exploratory well (Tayrona Block) has revealed a natural gas accumulation in Colombian Caribbean deepwater.