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Eni reports new oil discovery offshore Angola

Eni has made a new oil discovery in block 15/06, in the Ochigufu exploration prospect, in deep water offshore Angola. Oghigufu is the 10th commercial oil discovery made in block 15/06. The new discovery is estimated to contain 300 MMbbl of oil in place.

Drilling begins on Libra field offshore Brazil

With a target depth of 5,850 m (19,193 ft), the first appraisal well was spudded on Libra field off the coast of Brazil in early August.

Jee secures BP contract extension

Jee Ltd. has signed a three-year contract renewal with BP potentially valued in excess of £4.5 million ($7.3 million).

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.

Integrated software helps optimize FPSO design

Reducing the weight of an offshore platform's topsides is critical when considering the overall economics of a project. Designing and fabricating topsides that reduce the number of modules required – thereby reducing the weight – helps control costs and schedules during the early phase of design. To help with this task, operators are searching for the newest software to incorporate all of the topsides requirements during the designing process. 

Petroceltic re-states case for appraisal drilling offshore Italy

Petroceltic has re-submitted its environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Elsa-2 appraisal well in the Italian sector of the Adriatic Sea.

SBM Offshore announces Thunder Hawk tiebacks

SBM Offshore has signed a production handling agreement with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft semi located in 6,060 ft (1,847 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Up to 50 wells for Johan Sverdrup

Two of the partners in the Johan Sverdrup project in the central Norwegian North Sea have issued more details of the probable development scheme.

Phase 22 pipeline in place at South Pars field offshore Iran

Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co. (IOEC) has completed 110 km (68 mi) of subsea pipelay operations at the South Pars gas field Phase 22 development in the Persian Gulf.

More topsides head to V. Filanovsky in Caspian Sea

LUKOIL says transportation has started of the topsides for the riser block to the Vladimir Filanovsky field development in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

Offshore Oil Field Development: Middle East

Phase 22 pipeline in place at South Pars field offshore Iran

Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co. (IOEC) has completed 110 km (68 mi) of subsea pipelay operations at the South Pars gas field Phase 22 development in the Persian Gulf.

Dana secures financing for Zora development

Dana Gas has secured $100 million of financing to develop the offshore Zora gas field, and first production is expected early next year, Reuters reported.

Iran expects January start-up for South Pars 17 platform

Gas produced at Platform A of South Pars Phase 17 in the Persian Gulf is expected to start flowing to Iran’s national gas grid in January. 

Smooth load-out for ADMA-OPCO platform decks

Lift & Shift Engineering Middle East (LSEME) has completed multiple load-outs in Oman of decks for ADMA-OPCO’s Umm Lulu/Umm Kaasar project offshore Abu Dhabi.

More South Pars phases near start-up in Persian Gulf

Phase 16 of the South Pars gas field development is undergoing a start-up safety review, according to Iranian news service Shana.

South Pars Phase 18 nears first gas production

Phase 18 of the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf is expected to deliver 500 MMcf/d (14 MMcm/d) of gas within two months, according to Iranian news service Shana.

Rig turnover continues at CCA fields in Caspian Sea

The jackup Elima has completed the Dzheitune (Lam) A/190 development well on the Cheleken Contract Area offshore Turkmenistan for Dragon Oil, and will next drill the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/192 well.

Drilling awards imminent for Zora gas field development offshore UAE

Development work on the Zora gas field offshore the UAE is progressing well, according to operator Dana Gas.

Tamar Southwest development plan blocked

Delek Group says the partners in the Tamar I/12 lease offshore Israel have filed a petition to the Israeli High Court.

KBR to engineer Al Nasr oil field expansion offshore Abu Dhabi

Hyundai Heavy Industries has issued a letter of award to KBR to perform engineering design services for ADMA-OPCO’s Al-Nasr full field development project offshore Abu Dhabi.

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