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Deepwater Oil Drilling: Africa

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?

Sea Trucks finances completion of Jascon 18 vessel

Sea Trucks Group Ltd. has secured $130 million in financing to complete construction of the Jascon 18 vessel.

 

Aminex to commission deepwater Nyuni 3D seismic survey offshore Tanzania

Aminex and its partners plan to focus their efforts on the deepwater portion of the Nyuni Area PSA offshore Tanzania following a detailed technical review.

2H to engineer Kaombo risers

Heerema Marine Contractors has named 2H Offshore to engineering the hybrid risers for Total’s Kaombo block 32 project offshore Angola.

Woodside to explore with Noble offshore Gabon

Woodside has acquired a 40% interest in an exploration, exploitation, and production-sharing contract (EEPSC) for block F15 in the Gabon coastal basin. Noble Energy operates with a 60% interest.

Cobalt targets year-end sanction for Cameia offshore Angola

Cobalt International Energy is preparing to relocate the Petroserv SSV Catarina rig to drill the Loengo #1 presalt exploration well on block 9 offshore Angola.

Shell starts up Bonga North West offshore Nigeria

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Co. (SNEPCo) has produced first oil from the Bonga North West deepwater development.

Oando secures operatorship offshore Nigeria

Oando Energy Resources has completed acquisition of the Nigerian upstream oil and gas assets of ConocoPhillips for $1.5 billion.

Online exclusive: Libya looks to revive offshore E&P

Foreign oil companies are keeping an open mind on Libya despite the country’s domestic turmoil. 

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