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Financing secured for 2 jackups going to work for Pemex

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In one of the only financings of a newbuild offshore oil/gas unit so far this year, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has advised BBVA, HSBC, Sabadell and Santander in providing non-recourse project financing to fund construction and operation of two offshore drilling units to be owned by affiliates of Grupo R for oil and gas exploration by Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos).

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BP, CNPC sign shale gas production-sharing contract in China

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BP and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a production sharing contract (PSC) for shale gas exploration, development and production in the Neijiang-Dazu block in the Sichuan Basin, China. Witnessed by BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley and CNPC Chairman Wang Yilin, the contract is BP’s first shale gas PSC in China and covers an area of approximately 1,500 sq km. CNPC will be operator for this project.

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IBP: Regulatory framework must be improved to attract investment for Brazilian E&P

Speaking at the 2016 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro on 16 March, IBP Secretary General Milton Costa Filho urged widespread improvements to the E&P regulatory framework in Brazil in order to improve the country’s attractiveness for investments.

The geologic potential in Brazil’s pre-salt fields is enormous – estimated by the Industry Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro to contain 56 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Further, Wood Mackenzie analysis shows that approximately 40% of total recoverable liquids discovered over the past decade have come from the Brazilian pre-salt.

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Helge Haldorsen: Change the business or we won’t be viable

Statoil Mexico General Director Helge Hove Haldorsen urged the industry to consider new technologies and new ways of working in order to operate efficiently at $40-$50 oil prices at the 2016 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing & Well Intervention Conference in Houston on 22 March.

As the E&P industry navigates through the challenges of prolonged low oil prices, Statoil Mexico General Director Helge Hove Haldorsen is urging companies to look for efficiency gains through innovation rather than mere cost reductions. “We cannot cost-cut our way to greatness,” he said at the 2016 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing & Well Intervention Conference in Houston on 22 March.

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