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Offshore Drilling & Completion: Africa

VAALCO, Sonangol secure offshore Angola license extension

VAALCO Energy has entered into the subsequent exploration phase on block 5 offshore Angola with partner Sonangol P&P.

Cairn starts drilling second Senegal deepwater well

Cairn Energy says the semisubmersible Cajun Express has re-entered SNE-1, the second deepwater well in its exploration program offshore Senegal. 

Weather slows Ebok facilities expansion off Nigeria

Afren has issued an update on its development and exploration campaigns offshore West and East Africa.

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.


Serica encounters oil offshore Morocco

Serica Energy plc confirms that the SM-1 well in the Sidi Moussa block offshore Morocco has reached a TD of 2,825 m (9,268 ft) measured depth below rotary table, and encountered oil. Preparations are under way to perform cased-hole testing.

MPD and closed-loop techniques solve drilling challenges off West Africa

A complex set of challenges offshore West Africa has defied drilling efforts for more than 40 years. Multiple attempts in the area's high-pressure/high-temperature and regressive pressure regimes using conventional methods have been unable to construct a wellbore to total depth. The solution came with an unusual scope of managed pressure drilling (MPD) operations and closed loop well construction techniques.

SOCO proves oil in Lidongo offshore Congo

SOCO EPC has discovered oil in the Marine XI block offshore the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

DNO updates offshore operations

DNO ASA has begun drilling the Jawhara-3 well, the first of several exploration and appraisal wells planned in the Sfax Offshore Exploration Permit in Tunisia. In Oman, offshore block 8 production continues at a daily average rate of 9,000 barrels of oil and liquids and 45 MMcf (1.3 MMcm) of gas.

Statoil makes seventh discovery offshore Tanzania

Statoil and co-venturer Exxon Mobil have reported that the Giligiliani-1 exploration well offshore Tanzania is a new natural gas discovery.

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