Licensing Rounds
Brazil's shale-gas development amid threats of energy shortages
24 January 2013
The country's first shale-gas licensing round will happen later this year
Gulf sale fetches $157.8m as BP hit by US bar
29 November 2012
BOEM raised $157.8 million from the sale of drilling leases in the western Gulf of Mexico
US unveils Gulf of Mexico lease sale
31 October 2012
The Department of Interior is planning its second lease sale in the western Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 Macondo blowout
Rousseff gives nod for new Brazilian bid rounds
21 September 2012
Amid increasing pressure from the industry, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has given the go-ahead for the country’s first licensing round since 2008
ExxonMobil sniffs out Afghan investment opportunity
19 July 2012
Afghanistan's steps to encourage investment from ExxonMobil look promising
Suu Kyi calls for Moge snub in licensing round
29 June 2012
Myanmar's hopes of attracting more Western interest in its upcoming licensing round have been dealt a blow after opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged nations to bar their companies from forming joint ventures with her country’s state-owned oil and gas company until it improves its business practices
Norway pushes the search further north in licensing round
27 June 2012
Strong competition is expected in Norway's 22nd licensing round
Baghdad thinks big as oil firms sit out bid rounds
21 June 2012
A dismal response to Iraq’s latest licensing round still hasn’t convinced the government that reform is needed if ambitious production targets are to be met
India’s gas prices: Two systems, one country
12 April 2012
There are two gas-pricing mechanisms in India: the Administered Pricing Mechanism (APM) and the regime included in the New Exploration Licensing Policy (Nelp)
Ukraine targets shale-gas production within decade
10 April 2012
Ukraine’s shale-gas tender could lead to billions of dollars of investment from major oil and gas companies and add as much as 13 billion cubic metres (cm) of gas production per year within the next 10 years, a senior government official has said
Licensing concerns for YPF as three provinces are stripped
10 April 2012
Argentine rumour-mill gears up as three provinces strip firm of its licences
Colombian shale potential draws Vaca Muerta comparison
10 April 2012
Shale acreage up for bidding in Colombia’s 2012 licensing round could be similar to the multi-billion barrel Vaca Muerta formation in Argentina, a top Colombian oil official has claimed
Explorers offered pick of UK offshore blocks
7 February 2012
The UK’s 27th licensing round, thrown open on 1 February, offers explorers their choice of 2,800 blocks covering virtually the entire unlicensed offshore
Door creaks open on Myanmar’s gas industry
12 January 2012
Tentative steps towards democracy may herald the end of economic sanctions and an upstream beginning for Myanmar. But Asia’s NOCs still hold the strongest hand
Anadarko and Eni hit Mozambique gas jackpot
2 December 2011
Sharp upward revisions to gas reserves in fields discovered by Anadarko and Eni, operators of adjacent licences in the northern offshore, should secure Mozambique’s future as one of the world’s larger LNG exporters
Breaking Iraq’s oil-law stalemate
1 December 2011
Until a legal framework is in place, signing up for exploration licences in Iraq and Kurdistan remains a huge political risk, says Keith Myers*
Obama’s offshore quandary: Energy security versus environment
30 November 2011
The US’ debate over prioritising energy security, or environmental considerations, can only intensify, as the Gulf reopens to oil and gas drilling, says the EIU's Peter Kiernan
Gulf the logical gas market for Iraqi exports
24 November 2011
Shell’s Iraq gas plan delivers another body blow to the Nabucco pipeline, writes Kwok W Wan
Cairn India's second gas discovery in offshore Sri Lanka
15 November 2011
Cairn India has made a second gas discovery in Sri Lanka’s offshore Block SL 2007-01-001. The find is expected to spur further interest in the country’s upcoming licensing round in the frontier Mannar basin
Exploration round two for Timor Leste
22 September 2011
Timor Leste is preparing another licensing round for next year
US hikes costs for first post-Macondo lease sale
23 August 2011
The US is planning the first lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico since the Macondo spill
Philippines bid round may add fuel to South China Sea row
17 August 2011
Despite worsening territorial feuds with China, the Philippines is pushing plans to license oil and gas exploration acreage in the disputed South China Sea, risking further confrontation with its powerful neighbour
Nigeria: Decision-time for Shell asset bidders
31 March 2011
SHELL's largest-yet sale of onshore Nigerian assets is moving towards decision-time, with preferred bidders for the upstream holdings soon to be selected – and asked to pay 10% of their bids into escrow accounts.
Tax row hangs over Uganda upstream
24 February 2011
With a new exploration licensing round planned, Tullow Oil's tax row with the government may dampen upstream investors' appetite for Uganda, writes Ian Lewis
Angola takes pre-salt plunge with licensing offer
24 February 2011
Angola is to award 11 deep-water areas, all said to have potential for pre-salt oil, in the country's first large licensing offer since 2005
Angola’s exploration-licence interests
28 January 2011
A block-by-block breakdown of licence holders in Angola