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South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has formed an advisory committee focused on developing technologies related to the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The ministry wants the country to be technologically capable of decommissioning reactors by 2021.
The UK government on Thursday said it will offer three years' worth of funding for the assessment and development of small modular reactor designs.
BP has plans to start five oil and natural gas projects next year, company executives said. They are the Atoll project off the coast of Egypt, Clair Ridge in the UK's North Sea, Constellation in the Gulf of Mexico, Shah Deniz Phase 2 off the coast of Azerbaijan and Giza-Fayoum West Nile Delta in Egypt.
Scientists examined seismic-velocity data from a network of high-sensitivity seismographs in Japan to gain a better understanding about the underground conditions before and after the 2016 earthquake and Mount Aso eruptions in Kyushu. Data showed velocity slowed during the earthquake, which was followed by a fault recovery, and the shaking and changes in velocity may have stirred up fluids under the volcano and caused a release of pressure, researchers said.
PetroChina has transferred oil and natural gas exploration rights to subsidiaries in an effort to increase new development in parts of China. The company transferred 16 blocks, including those in the Ordos, Sichuan and Qaidam basins in central and western China, to subsidiaries operating mature fields.
No companies expressed interest in joining with Mexico's Pemex to produce oil from a deepwater field, forcing the country's oil regulator to cancel the tender. The auction, which was scheduled for Jan. 31, would have found a partner for efforts at the Maximino-Nobilis area in the Gulf of Mexico near the US border.
Abu Dhabi National Oil is looking for companies interested in helping with the expansion of the Al-Dabbiya oilfield in a coastal area of Abu Dhabi. The company, which wants to add 15 wells at the field, has started a process to seek engineering, procurement and construction work.
Australia's Calima Energy has increased its holdings in the Montney Shale formation in British Columbia by 4%. The company, which acquired the approximately 1,108 hectares through a government auction, now has about 28,589 hectares of drilling rights in the northwestern part of the reservoir.
Scientists are concerned about the potential eruption of the Oraefajokull volcano in southeast Iceland and are installing sensors and web cameras to monitor its activity. The volcano, which is under the Vatnajokull glacier, has created a 22-meter depression in the snow, and the Icelandic Meteorological Office said 160 earthquakes have occurred in the region in the last week.