Geology & Geophysics: Africa

Erin looks toward Oyo 7 production start offshore Nigeria

Erin Energy Corp. is completing operations to tie in the Oyo 7 well offshore Nigeria and expects to begin production in mid-June.

Subsalt promise pushes technological development forward

Success begets success, and in the case of successful subsalt exploration and subsequent production, technology begets success, and that success drives even more technical advances.

Sterling backs into prospective offshore Mauritania block

Sterling Energy (AIM: SEY) has agreed to acquire a 13.5% interest from operator Tullow Energy in the block C-10 concession offshore Mauritania.

Sterling starts processing offshore Madagascar 3D seismic data

CGG Services has completed a 1,110-sq km (425-sq mi) 3D seismic survey over part of the Ambilobe block offshore Madagascar.

Polarcus, NAMCOR to collaborate offshore Namibia

Polarcus Ltd. and the National Petroleum Corp. of Namibia (NAMCOR) have signed a memorandum of understanding dealing with the exploration and development of Namibia's offshore petroleum resources. 

Gambia grants Erin offshore exploration extension

Erin Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT:ERN) has received approval to extend the initial exploration period for blocks A2 and A5 in Gambia by 24 months to Dec. 31, 2018. 

Cairn lining up drillship for next-phase wells offshore Senegal

Cairn Energy and its partners have submitted a three-year evaluation work plan to the government of Senegal following their two deepwater discoveries in 2014.

Sub-Sahara Africa booms in oil exploration, natural gas finds

Sub-Sahara Africa is expected to outpace Russia as a global gas supplier by 2040, encouraging European Union efforts to wean itself off its Russia gas reliance by investing in the region's development.

Senegal partners consider further deepwater wells

Cairn Energy, ConocoPhillips, FAR and state-owned Petrosen have approved a first-phase work program and budget to evaluate last year’s deepwater SNE-1 and FAN-1 oil discoveries offshore Senegal. 

CGG starts 3D seismic survey for Sterling offshore Madagascar

Sterling Energy (AIM: SEY) says a 1,250-sq km (482-sq mi) 3D seismic survey is under way over the Ambilobe block offshore Madagascar.


Anadarko’s decommissioning of the first-ever cell spar in the Gulf of Mexico

The Red Hawk spar made history throughout its design life, commissioned and decommissioned as the first of its kind. Heralded as the first cell spa...

Offshore Design Optioneering using Cloud Computing

Cloud computing opens up to offshore engineering teams the opportunity to take advantage of almost unlimited computing power and data storage capab...

Falling oil prices and the offshore oil and gas industry: assessing the state of the market

The precipitous decline in oil prices has brought many areas of the oil and gas industry to a standstill. Yet while some sectors are feeling the pi...
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