Total trims costs, to start Kaombo ultradeepwater project off Angola

The New York Times

French oil giant Total says it is setting a 2017 start date for the Kaombo ultradeepwater project off Angola after finding a way to slash the projected cost by $4 billion, down to $16 billion, The New York Times reports.


Myanmar awards 20 oil exploration blocks

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Major oil companies including Total, Chevron, Woodside Energy and Shell have won bids for offshore oil and gas exploration blocks off Myanmar's western and southern coasts, the country's Energy Ministry said Wednesday.

An announcement on the ministry's website said 13 oil companies won bids to explore in 10 shallow water blocks and 10 deep water blocks in the Gulf of Martaban and Tanintharyi, off the western state of Rakhine.


Energy executives increase calls for cost control from suppliers


At last weeks CERAWeek summit in Houston, executives from large companies including Chevron and Total urged oil suppliers to show restraint in the costs of new development, warning increasing extraction costs will not be sustainable for long, FuelFix reports.

Oil giant Total joins UK shale hunt, PM backs deal

LONDON (AP) — France's Total has agreed to explore for shale gas in Britain, making it the first major oil company to enter the country's market in the face of widely publicized environmental protests.

Total SA, Europe's third-largest oil producer, said Monday it acquired a 40 percent interest in two exploration licenses in eastern Britain.

Environmental activists oppose the extraction of fuel from shale, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying it contaminates ground water. The process injects hundreds of thousands of gallons of water laced with chemicals into the ground to shatter the rock and free the gas.

French oil giant Total joins shale hunt in Britain

PARIS (AP) — The French oil conglomerate Total will explore for shale gas in Britain, joining a boom that has overhauled world energy markets.

Total said Monday it has acquired a 40 percent interest in two British exploration licenses, both in eastern Britain, becoming the major stakeholder. The next biggest partner, at 17.5 percent, is the Dart Energy Europe subsidiary GP Energy Limited.

Poland and Britain are the only countries in Europe actively exploring for shale gas. Other countries have been hesitant, fearing the environmental repercussions. Extracting fuel from shale can require hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, and chemicals forced into the ground to shatter the rock and free the gas, a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

It's official: Korea to resell some Sabine Pass gas to Total


Taking advantage of new legislation, Korea Gas Corp. has formally agreed to resell some of its imported Sabine Pass gas to Total, Platts reports. 

Cyprus, French firm to collaborate on gas plant

Cyprus and French energy company Total have agreed to cooperate on developing a planned natural gas processing facility in the bailed-out country.


Poor refining margins drive profit down at Total

PARIS (AP) — French oil company Total says net income fell 10 percent in the first quarter of the year, partially due to poor refining margins amid a sluggish European economy.


Brazil oil block goes to Shell, Total, China firms

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A consortium including Shell, Total, two Chinese firms and Brazil's state-run petroleum company Petrobras won the right to develop an offshore field that could hold up to 12 billion barrels, Brazil's government said Monday.


Norway opens Arctic water to 29 companies

The Associated Press
Norway has awarded 24 oil and gas drilling permits to 29 companies to explore the nation's Arctic waters, The Associated Press reports.


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