AUSTRALIAN OIL UP
FT - Australian oil producers were climbing on Wednesday following a lift in the price of oil overnight spurred by hopes that production cuts could be extended.
The S&P/ASX 200 Energy index added 0.7 per cent, with Beach Energy – the recent buyer of Origin Energy's conventional oil and gas business assets – up 2.8 per cent, Origin up 1.1 per cent and Caltex Australia up 1 per cent.
The broader ASX/S&P 200 index was just 0.1 per cent higher.
Oil prices rose on Tuesday amid fresh speculation that Opec-led production cuts might be extended, with international benchmark Brent settling at $58.33 a barrel, up 1.7 per cent on the day.
Brent inched further up in the morning session in Asia on Wednesday, climbing 0.1 per cent to $58.40 a barrel while the key US marker, West Texas Intermediate, was off 0.1 per cent at $52.43.
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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) have executed the second and final phase of an Alternative Financing Agreement that would increase crude oil production in the country by about 39,000 barrels per day.
OGJ - Maersk Drilling and Aker BP announced a drilling rig alliance based on a tripartite collaboration model that also includes service provider Halliburton Co.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $62.56 per barrel at 0439 GMT, down 16 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $56.59 a barrel, up 4 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their last settlement.
Rosneft as a member of Sakhalin-1 Consortium successfully completed drilling of the world's longest well from Orlan platform at Chaivo field in the Sea of Okhotsk. The length of the well with horizontal completion is 15000 m which currently is a world record. This is a supercomplex well with DDI (Directional drilling index) of 8.0 and 14,129 m stepout.