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Deepwater Oil Drilling: Africa

Ophir extends 3D seismic survey to include frontier blocks offshore Gabon

Ophir Energy has signed exploration and production-sharing contracts for two ultra-deepwater blocks offshore Gabon.

Jurong to assist MODEC on TEN FPSO

MODEC Offshore Production Systems has contracted Jurong Shipyard for work on the FPSO that will serve the deepwater TEN project offshore Ghana.

Shell announces deepwater gas discovery offshore Gabon

Shell has announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The Leopard-1 well encountered a gas column with approximately 200 m (656 ft) net gas pay in a presalt reservoir.


KD consortium wins offshore Mozambique FLNG FEED

Eni East Africa has contracted the KD consortium of KBR and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for front-end engineering and design (FEED) for an FLNG facility.

Ivory Coast seeks offshore oil investors

The Ivory Coast will seek investors in its available offshore oil acreage, including seven new ultra-deepwater blocks in the Gulf of Guinea, at a promotional event in Texas next week, a senior oil ministry official said.

Cairn-led partnership finds oil in deepwater offshore Senegal

Cairn Energy and partners ConocoPhillips, FAR, and Petrosen have discovered oil in deepwater offshore Senegal.

BG, Ophir discover more deepwater gas offshore Tanzania

The block 4 partners offshore Tanzania have scored two more deepwater gas discoveries.

CGG to begin seismic survey offshore Gabon

CGG has signed a multi-client data agreement with the Ministère du Pétrole et des Hydrocarbures of the Republic of Gabon to launch a new multi-client survey program to acquire 35,000 sq km (13,514 sq mi) of BroadSeis 3D data over the latest available and awarded deepwater blocks offshore Gabon and 9,900 km (6,152 mi) of 2D data over the country’s ultra-deepwater area.

Riser towers deployed for second block 17 deepwater project

In June, Total started production from CLOV, its fourth large-scale deepwater development in block 17 offshore Angola. The basic concept follows the previous three models, with produced oil and gas routed via a network of subsea wells and interlinked flowlines to a spread-moored FPSO. CLOV is the second project after Girassol to connect the risers to the FPSO via hybrid riser towers designed and supplied by Subsea 7, the sole specialist in this technology.

Global deepwater developments: real supply additions or just fighting decline?

Deepwater developments have long been touted as one of the most important sources of new oil and gas production. However, production levels have been relatively flat over the last four years, and the historic high is still the 7.2 MMboe/d set back in 2010. So what is going on? Where are these deepwater projects being developed? Is the activity going forward enough to produce results beyond that of just battling decline, or is it time to revise the former positive outlook for the deepwater giants?

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