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Offshore Drilling & Completion: Africa

Ophir finds more success offshore Equatorial Guinea

Ophir Energy plc has made a gas discovery in its Silenus East-1 well in block R, offshore Equatorial Guinea.

Energy Searcher suspends drilling offshore Nigeria

Northern Offshore says its drillship Energy Searcher has experienced technical problems with control hoses to its BOP while on duty offshore Nigeria.

Statoil to P&A first Kwanza basin wildcat offshore Angola

Statoil has failed to find hydrocarbons with its first presalt well in the Kwanza basin offshore Angola.

Afren lines up FPSO for Aje offshore Nigeria

Afren and its partners have secured approval for their plan to develop the Aje field offshore Nigeria.

Oil samples recovered in FAN-1 exploration well offshore Senegal

FAR Ltd has recovered oil samples from the FAN-1 exploration well being drilled offshore Senegal by FAR and its joint venture partners Cairn Energy PLC (operator), ConocoPhillips, and Petrosen.

Circle Oil updates drilling status offshore Tunisia

Circle Oil Plc has reported preliminary drilling results for the El Mediouni-1 (EMD-1) exploration well in the Mahdia permit, offshore Tunisia.

Mzia well test supports potential hub development offshore Tanzania

BG Group plc reports that results from a recently completed second drillstem test on the Mzia discovery in block 1 offshore southern Tanzania provided further support for a hub development to supply a potential onshore LNG project.

Seadrill secures commitment for newbuild drillship

Seadrill Ltd, in cooperation with indigenous partner Field Offshore Design Engineering Nigeria Ltd, has secured a contract with Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd to use the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship West Saturn, at the ERHA North Phase 2 project in Nigeria.

First Etame jacket in place offshore Gabon

Vaalco Energy expects installation of two more production platforms to proceed as planned later this year on the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon.

Lidongo well probes field extension in offshore Congo

The jackup Noble Percy Johns has spudded the Lidongo X Marine-101 (LXM-101) exploration well in the Marine XI block in the Congo basin, offshore Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), for SOCO.

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