Recent news headlines on the LNG sector in Australia seem to be centered around its unsustainable rising costs. Woodside Petroleum had to ditch plans last year for its Browse LNG plant, which had gone way over budget at an estimated cost of US$80bn.
Woodside has acquired a 40% participating interest in an exploration, exploitation and production sharing contract (EEPSC) for Block F15 in the Gabon Coastal Basin. Block F15 is located 140 km off the south-western coast of Gabon and covers over 2,700 km². Water depths range from 2,300 to 3,000 m.
Repsol, part of a consortium planning to explore for oil off the Canary Islands, will carry out the first phase of the project on its own, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The Spanish oil company and its partners Woodside Energy Ltd.
The Spanish government has given Repsol the green light to begin a $7-billion oil exploration project off the Canary Islands. Industry Ministry Jose Manuel Soria said last month that Repsol would start prospecting three months after approval was granted.
Gabon's oil ministry said on Friday it had signed seven oil contracts with six companies as part of an offshore licensing round expected to attract at least $1.1 billion in investment to the sector. "(We) proceeded on August 8 with the signing of seven oil contracts with the companies Impact…