Offshore Drilling & Completion: Africa

Eni Ghana contracts newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager

Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd. has contracted the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager to drill in the offshore Cape Three Points project offshore Ghana starting in July 2015.

Small gas/condensate find for Kosmos offshore Morocco

Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) says the CB-1 exploration well located in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Morocco’s Western Sahara encountered sub-commercial hydrocarbons.

Vaalco produces from second offshore Gabon development well

Vaalco Energy Inc. (NYSE: EGY) has first production from Etame 10-H, the second development well drilled from the newly installed Etame platform offshore Gabon.  

Subsea intervention set to grow

Demand for subsea well intervention will remain high over the next five years, according to analysts Douglas-Westwood.

Anadarko proves more pay in offshore Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire wells

Anadarko has issued an update on its exploration and development operations offshore Mozambique.

Genel Energy writes off Malta, Angola, Morocco programs

Genel Energy says it will pull out of its drilling programs offshore Malta, Angola, and Morocco and record a non-cash exploration write-off of around $480 million in its 2014 accounts.

Lekoil revises Otakikpo oil reserves offshore Nigeria

Lekoil (AIM: LEK) has received an addendum to the Competent Persons Report on the Otakikpo marginal field by AGR TRACS International Ltd. 

Cup-seal packer enhances sand control in open-hole wells

In the high-stakes deepwater market, innovations that allow operators to move beyond conventional completion systems to deliver wells economically and reliably with long-term performance are essential. Increasingly, open-hole completions, rather than cased-hole designs that require the reservoir to be produced through perforations, are the preferred method in this expensive and risky arena. Open-hole completions enable greater reservoir contact, more production at a lower drawdown and ultimately, increased hydrocarbon recovery.

Cairn to focus on North Sea, northwest Africa drilling

Cairn Energy has outlined its offshore exploration plans for 2015.

Northern Offshore terminates contract with Oceanic in Nigeria

Northern Offshore Ltd. has issued a notice of drilling contract termination to Oceanic Consultants Nigeria Ltd. for the Energy Searcher.

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March 4, 2015 Otto Energy Ltd. (ASX: OEL) subsidiary Otto Energy Philippines Inc. has signed a farm-in agreement whereby Red Emperor Resources NL will earn a 15%...

Eni Ghana contracts newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager

March 3, 2015 Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd. has contracted the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager to drill in the offshore Cape Three Points project o...

Helix extends BP contract start on Q5000

March 2, 2015 Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE: HLX) has agreed to amend an existing agreement with BP Exploration & Production regarding use of the Q...

Offshore US rig count declines

March 2, 2015

The US offshore rig count last week was 51, down three rigs from the previous week, and down four rigs year over year.

Small gas/condensate find for Kosmos offshore Morocco

March 2, 2015 Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) says the CB-1 exploration well located in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Morocco’s Western Sahara encountered sub-...

Statoil to appraise Roald Rygg offshore mid-Norway

March 2, 2015

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has sanctioned Statoil’s request for exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea.

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