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SPE Arctic Industry Leaders to Focus on Arctic Development

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The challenge of finding, developing and operating oil & gas fields in the Arctic and surrounding extreme environments is one of the international exploration & production industry’s most pressing issues.

SPE Arctic & Extreme Environments 2011 provides the upstream industry with an exclusive opportunity to discuss, debate and develop the future potential of the Arctic frontier. Key industry professionals will gather across the 3-days enabling in-depth and first-hand evaluation of all the latest international technologies, solutions and processes required to unlock the considerable resources of the Arctic Circle.

Shell, Statoil, TOTAL & World Petroleum Council Confirmed for 2011 Conference

The 2011 conference, the first of its kind held by SPE in the Russian and Caspian region, is delighted to announce the following confirmed speakers with more to be announced shortly.

Opening Plenary – Technology Enablers to Meet Challenges of E&P
Tuesday 18 October – 10am – 12pm

Operating in Extreme Cold conditions: TOTAL’s Experience
Michael Borrell, Senior Vice President Continental Europe and Central Asia, TOTAL E&P

Panel Session 1 – Future of Arctic Exploration
Wednesday 19 October – 10.30am – 12pm

Russian Arctic Petroleum Resources: Challenges and Future Opportunities
Anatoly Zolotukhin, VP World Petroleum Council & Gubkin Russian State University of Oil & Gas

Arctic Offshore Exploration – Past Achievements and the Challenges of the Future
Christian Bukovics, Vice President Exploration Russian and CIS, Shell Exploration and Production Services

Arctic – A Priority Area for Statoil
Gro Gunleiksrud Haatvedt, Senior Vice President Exploration Norway, Statoil

Panel Session 2 – Environment, Safety and Social Responsibility, Training and Education
Thursday 20 October – 1pm – 2pm

A Message from the People of the Arctic
Tatiana Achirgina, Vice-President, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Russia

The Bering Sea: from the Conflict of interests to Harmony of Principles of (Reserves & Resources) Development
Tatiana Achirgina, Vice-President, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Russia

Join a ‘who’s who in the Arctic’ and exhibit

With operating and contracting companies at the forefront of Arctic exploration and production already committed to participating at SPE Arctic & Extreme Environments 2011, the exhibition provides you with the ideal opportunity to showcase technical solutions, launch innovative products or expand into the market. Just think of the bonuses that will accrue:

Access one of the world’s most important and demanding oil and gas regions
Meet face-to-face with senior government and state companies
Network with high-profile delegates
Strengthen your relationship with existing customers
Generate new business contacts at the highest level
Introduce new products, latest technologies and services
Keep up-to-date with new project developments
Reinforce your commitment to the marketplace


International Petroleum Oil Discovered in Krasnoleninskiy Well No 2 and testing results from Well No 1

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

International Petroleum Limited, an oil and gas exploration company with assets in Kazakhstan and Russia, is pleased to announce that oil has been found during drilling of Well No. 2 and provide an update on drilling of Well No. 1 at its Krasnoleninskiy Project in Western Siberia.

Preliminary investigations on core taken from Well No. 2 to date indicate that approximately 23 meters of Bazhenov formation were penetrated with fractured core over 1.8 metres. This layer will be evaluated with wireline logging and then considered for testing later. In the upper Tyumen formation 15.4 metres of oilsaturated core has been recovered in the interval of 2,703 to 2,730 metres. A drill stem test (“DST”) on Well No. 1 produced approximately one cubic metre of pure oil during a two hour limited draw down test on the Upper Tyumen formation. A similar DST on Well No. 2 produced four cubic meters of oil and mud filtrate during a two hour limited draw down test on the Upper Tyumen formation.

In April 2011, the Company announced the spudding of Well No. 1 and Well No. 2 at its Krasnoleninskiy Project which comprises a 75% equity interest in the exploration rights to four blocks in Western Siberia. The four blocks cover a total area of 1,467 km² and are located in the Khanty-Mansiysk Region in Western Siberia, the largest oil-producing region of Russia. The four licence blocks have been extensively surveyed by 1,450 kilometres of closely spaced 2D seismic, which identified more than thirty prospects, including five “superstructures”. Within these superstructures, there are a number of potential reservoirs, ranging in age from Palaeozoic to Cretaceous, stacked upon each other, offering the potential of multiple producing zones in a single well. In a report to evaluate the hydrocarbon resource potential dated 1 July 2010, Ryder Scott Company-Canada (“Ryder Scott”), an independent oil and gas consultant, estimated the unrisked prospective (undiscovered recoverable) resources of the four blocks at 169 (Low Estimate), 260 (Best Estimate) and 385 (High Estimate) million barrels. Based on the undiscovered unrisked resource estimates and scoping type resource economic evaluation reports from Ryder Scott and the oil show in Well No. 1, the Company believes that the Krasnoleninskiy Project has significant exploration potential.

Well No. 1 and Well No. 2 at the Krasnoleninskiy Project have planned target depths of 2,850 metres and 2,930 metres respectively to investigate formations ranging in age from Cretaceous down through the weathered crust of the Palaeozoic. These two wells are two of four wells that are planned to be drilled at the Krasnoleninskiy Project and are currently being drilled imultaneously, using two separate drilling rigs, in two of the four licence blocks.

Both wells No. 1 and No.2 have reached their target depths and are now undergoing electrical logging to further investigate the productivity of these discoveries. Chris Hopkinson, International Petroleum CEO said “The discovery of oil in both wells at the Krasnoleninskiy Project is very exciting, particularly given that greater thicknesses of oil-bearing formations have been found than were estimated in Ryder Scott’s resource estimates. Once the drilling of the two wells has been completed, the results will be incorporated into a revised resource estimate. However, it is important to note that we still have a number of horizons to penetrate and evaluate in both Well No. 1 and Well No. 2”.

“We will now plan pilot production from these two wells during the winter 2011/2012”. Commenting on the oil discoveries, Tony Sage said, “These two oil discoveries combine to indicate a
potential oil resource and represent a turning-point in the Company’s history as it will now move into appraisal of the discoveries and look to the future production of oil and generation of cash revenue.”


Tethys Petroleum AKD03-Dione Exploration Well Tests Oil from Cretaceous

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Tethys Petroleum Limited today announced that the AKD03 Dione exploration well has tested oil from the Cretaceous interval, the uppermost pay zone in the well.

This interval, a sandstone of Middle Cretaceous (Albian) age at 1,630 metres (5,346 feet), tested 40° API oil (slightly heavier than the oil in the Doris discovery) from a 6 metre (20 feet) normally pressured sand with a log porosity of some 22%. However the previous injection of drilling fluids and related chemicals to safely stabilise the well for drilling deeper has resulted insignificant formation damage which has resulted in minor flow to date on the initial test from the damaged formation. The Company is looking to source additional equipment that would involve by passing this formation damage and achieving production from the unaffected part of the reservoir. Currently such equipment is not available and as such operations have been suspended until the required equipment is sourced and delivered, this is likely to be in August 2011.

The AKD03 (Dione) exploration well was drilled on a separate prospect to the Doris discovery on the southern flank of the Akkulka high. The tectonics and geology are different in this area. The well, which reached a total depth of 3,975 metres (13,041 feet) in the Triassic, tested oil at a rate of some 400 bopd from Jurassic sands and now has also tested oil from the Cretaceous sandstones. An attractive potential oil zone was also encountered in the Triassic but mechanical difficulties prevented this zone from being tested. This zone may be the lateral equivalent of the similar zone encountered in the G6RE (Dodone) exploration well, which could also not be tested due to mechanical reasons.

Rosemary Johnson-Sabine, Vice President Exploration of Tethys, commented: “This well has achieved several of the objectives which were set prior to drilling. The fact that we have tested oil from two horizons in this well, with the potential for more, shows that an active oil migration system exists along the southern flank of the Akkulka high. The structures appear somewhat more complex in this area but with the assistance of the new 3D seismic data set (which was not available at the time when it was necessary to commence this well due to relinquishment obligations) we are gaining a greater understanding of the potential of the area and for future well locations.”

Mark Sarssam, Vice President Reservoir Development of Tethys, added, “We are pleased that the AKD-03 exploration well has discovered oil and will incorporate testing results together with results from the ongoing multi-well drilling programme in order to optimise the appraisal and development of the area. We still have more work to do on the analysis of both the Jurassic and Cretaceous tests in this well and with the removal of formation damage and more effective development techniques we expect to obtain higher production rates on this well.”

Elsewhere in Kazakhstan work is continuing on the appraisal of the Doris discovery and exploration on the large Kul-Bas prospect.

The AKD04 (Dero) well is currently being prepared for testing whilst awaiting final permits from the Kazak authorities. These are expected mid June 2011.

The AKD05 (Doris appraisal) well is drilling ahead and is expected to be at total depth shortly after which the well will be fully evaluated and tested.

Further evaluation of the recently acquired 3D seismic dataset using state of the art processing and interpretation, including inversion, spectral decomposition and AVO techniques is revealing the probable presence of sand fans in the Cretaceous sandstone sequence and these data are being integrated with the results of the well data to plan future appraisal well locations in the greater Doris area. Such stratigraphic traps could significantly increase the upside in Doris, in which pressure transient analysis of the AKD01 production suggests a connected volume (which may not all be oil) in excess of 90 million barrels.

The KBD01 (Kalypso) wildcat exploration well is currently being side-tracked in a direction where the Jurassic sands are interpreted to thicken, these units having had hydrocarbon shows within them whilst drilling the original hole through that sequence. Subsequently the well will be deviated back to the optimal location on the primary, deeper target, The Jurassic target was refined through information gathered during drilling the original hole and provides further potential in this prospect. This well is being drilled on a large structure some 50 km to the north west of the Doris discovery with its primary target being in the Carboniferous at approximately 4,000 metres and with secondary targets above this. Seismic shows this prospect to have in excess of 400 metres of potential vertical closure. It is expected that this well will reach total depth in August 2011.

Tethys is focused on oil and gas exploration and production activities in Central Asia with activities currently in the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This highly prolific oil and gas area is rapidly developing and Tethys believes that significant potential exists in both exploration and in discovered deposits.


Motorola Solutions Reduces Power Consumption by up to 60% with New Next Generation TETRA Platform

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Dimetra™SR 8.0 offers network operators a simpler and more cost effective platform on which to deliver TETRA mission critical communications to public safety users

Motorola Solutions), the world’s leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions, today announces Dimetra SR 8.0 (system release), a significant new software release of its powerful TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) system platform. The Dimetra SR 8.0 system provides superior performance in a compact footprint – helping customers cope better with space-constrained installations as well as increasing resilience and capacity, lowering running costs and delivering streamlined system upgrades and maintenance.

The Dimetra platform already provides mission-critical end users with simplified, higher-speed access to data, improved network security and flexible network capacity and coverage. In addition, Dimetra SR 8.0 will be the first to include the ability to connect to non-TETRA networks, including standards-compliant LTE networks. This will enable public safety agencies such as police, fire or ambulance services to achieve a future-ready solution for unifying communications across both broadband and TETRA networks. This will support the long-term evolution of TETRA network infrastructure while supporting user-specific requirements, enhancing operational efficiency and optimising operators’ capital expenditure.

• Dimetra SR 8.0 offers a simpler, more resilient and more cost-effective TETRA system for supporting mission-critical voice and data applications by harnessing advanced capabilities of a new IT server-based platform.
• Dimetra SR 8.0 supports a next generation architecture that allows network operators to benefit from significantly lower operational expenditure (OPEX). Savings derive from up to a 60 percent reduction in power consumption and up to a 30 percent reduction in footprint for switch rooms compared with the previous system release.
• Dimetra SR 8.0 includes automated system upgrade functionality that reduces upgrade time as well as the need for specialists and expensive support staff. The new system achieves nearly seamless upgrades by reducing service outages by more than 60 percent compared with the previous system release.
• Additionally, the broadband network integration capabilities will make Dimetra SR 8.0 a future-ready system allowing users to continually upgrade and evolve their TETRA system as needed and as technologies evolve.
• Dimetra SR 8.0 will be available in November 2011.

Tom Quirke, vice president and general manager, TETRA global organization, Motorola Solutions
“Dimetra SR 8.0 is unique in the market with its ability to connect to non-TETRA networks, including standards-compliant LTE networks. It demonstrates our commitment to drive our vision of next generation public safety with TETRA at its core, supporting mission-critical voice services and interworking with broadband networks. The solution is future-proof and helps public safety organisations reduce running costs of their networks whilst improving efficiency.”


Tatneft Successful Solution of Multi Issue Problems in Crude Oil Production with Lufkin Automation

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

OAO TATNEFT applies controllers of Lufkin Automation Company with the aim of succeeding in solving industrial and technological problems in oil production, management of the wells operation and its optimization. The controllers help to remotely control downhole pumping equipment operation and set the wells operating mode, thereby increasing the rate of crude oil production and bringing down the operating costs. As of today, there are 2,507 controllers in the operation at the wells of the Company.

Application of Lufkin Automation controllers allows real-time continuous monitoring and diagnosis of the downhole pumping equipment, monitoring of the system parameters; taking dynagraphs with transfer of information to the control panel for prompt actions either from the field control panel or from the wellhead.

The process settings fixed in the controller, give the opportunity to adjust production parameters and control the load on the balancer head of the sucker rod pumping units, thereby preventing breakage of rods. The controller software allows selecting the desired mode of crude oil production and automating this process.

The applied software and hardware packages allow to automatically maintain a dynamic level of the pump intake, and thereby increase the rate of fluid production and reduce the energy required to lift the liquid, reducing the length of the downhole pumping equipment assembly hanger and the number of rods for a given mode of production.

Application of Lufkin Automation controllers is related not only with the monitoring of the downhole pumps and surface equipment, but also to control the process of oil fields’ development. They help monitoring the production rates and downhole pressure values, as well as their interaction in the operation profile of production and injection wells.

Information Reference

OAO TATNEFT has started introduction of Lufkin Automation controllers since 2005. The greater part of the controllers is implemented at newly commissioned wells, dual completion and production wells and high production rate producers in accordance with investment programs.


Gazprom Neft and Schlumberger sign technological co-operation agreement

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Gazprom Neft and Schlumberger announce that they have signed a technological cooperation agreement to increase efficiency of hydrocarbon exploration and production at Gazprom Neft’s deposits, both in Russia and abroad. Following the signing of the agreement, a coordination committee made up of representatives from both companies has been formed. The co-operation will allow Gazprom Neft to make more effective choices with regard to the new technologies offered by Schlumberger as well as expand opportunities for executive staff training.

“Our joint efforts are aimed at establishing a productive business relationship and adapting Schlumberger’s cutting edge technology to Gazprom Neft’s needs in order to achieve the best results. This will lead to cutting development costs whilst simultaneously increasing production by ensuring the technological integration of Gazprom Neft’s current projects, both in Russia and abroad”, commented Boris Zilbermints, Gazprom Neft’s Deputy CEO for Exploration and Production.


KazMunaiGaz Exploration Production reports the loss in daily oil production caused by the labour action at Uzenmunaigas

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

KazMunaiGaz Exploration Production reports the loss in daily oil production caused by the labour action at Uzenmunaigas (UMG) production facility in the city of Zhanaozen (Mangistau region). Some of the UMG workers, especially from the transportation unit did not come to work which disrupted normal well servicing and well workover operations.

The Company believes that the demands of protesters are unfounded. This is confirmed by Zhanaozen city court on May 24, 2011. In addition, the Zhanaozen administration never issued a permission to proceed with this labour action.

The loss of daily production is currently about 2,000 tonnes. The degree of impact on the annual production of the Company depends on how quickly stable production at UMG will be restored. Currently, the Company is taking all necessary measures to ensure continuity of oil production and to maintain safety at the UMG site. In accordance with the Labour Code, several participants in the illegal action were fired for the violation of labour discipline.


PetroKamchatka Plc announces lifting of trading halt

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

PetroKamchatka Plc, an international junior oil exploration company incorporated in the Bailiwick of Jersey, is pleased to announce that trading of its common shares is to resume on May 27, 2011.

Trading was halted on May 18, 2011 at the request of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”) to allow the dissemination of a news release announcing that the Corporation had signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Mr. Sergey Dokuchaev and Mr. Valery Garipov in respect of a proposed share exchange transaction. The trading halt also allowed the TSX-V to review preliminary personal information regarding Mr. Dokuchaev and Mr. Garipov as potential new insiders of the Corporation. PetroKamchatka is proceeding with due diligence and structuring discussions, and hopes to have definitive documents executed in late June.



Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Tethys Petroleum Limited today issued a holding statement with regard to oil being encountered in its Tajik exploration well East Olimtoi EOL09 in order to ensure all pertinent information is available to the market and the Company’s stakeholders.

While drilling at a depth of 3,342 metres in sandstones of the Alai formation (a secondary target) there was a strong flow of live oil to the surface accompanied by 33% gas in the drilling mud. After closing of the blowout preventer the well was successfully stabilised and drilling operations have now recommenced.

The oil, which appears to be of medium density, flowed despite drilling with heavy mud (1.57 SG) reflecting a pressure of some 512 atmospheres (7,524 psia) in the reservoir. The primary target for the well is the Paleogene Bukhara limestone formation and it is planned to set casing prior to entering this zone. The well is exploring an attractive salt induced structure and is planned to reach a total depth of some 3,800 metres.

The well is located in the south‐east of Tethys’ Contract area, south of the town of Kulob and only some 10 kilometres north‐west of the Afghan border. The nearest oilfield in that region is the Beshtentak field some 75 km to the north‐west which produces oil from the Bukhara limestone.


Alliance Oil Company announces proposed rouble bond offering

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

OJSC “Alliance” Oil Company, a subsidiary of Alliance Oil Company Ltd has announced a MRUB 5,000 bond offering. The proposed bond offering will be subject to market conditions. The Company targets an interest rate of 9.5-10.0 per cent per annum for a 10-year tenor with a 5-year put option.

The Company has mandated Raiffeisen Bank and Bank of Moscow for this transaction.

For further information please contact:

Arsen Idrisov, Managing Director, Alliance Oil Company, Tel.: +7 495 777 18 08
Eric Forss, Chairman, Alliance Oil Company, Tel.: +46 8 611 49 90



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