OAO Rosneft reported that the Brazilian government has approved a transaction that would give Rosneft an additional 6% in a joint venture in the Solimoes basin for $96 million. The transaction would give Rosneft 51% interest and operatorship in the JV.
Completion of the purchase from Brazilian independent HRT O&G is expected within 30 days of the July 9 approval by Brazil's National Petroleum Agency (ANP).
The JV covers concession contracts BT-SOL-4 and BT-SOL-4A. HRT O&G will hold 49% interest (OGJ Online, Mar. 19, 2013).
Separately, Rosneft, HRT, and Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) signed a memorandum of understanding to study "development schemes" for joint monetization of gas in the Solimoes basin.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.