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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: US & Gulf of Mexico

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.

BOEM to modernize financial assurance and risk management

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers modernizing its risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and gas operations on the outer continental shelf.

Gulf brownfield project addresses safety challenges and solutions

The Auger/Cardamom tie-in project presented numerous safety challenges, including weight and stability issues, tight tolerances, and large structural and equipment additions. Solutions to these challenges included use of laser scanning technology, pre-planning with hazard assessments and constructability reviews, weight mitigation efforts, and continual interface on safety issues with all project phase participants. Video conferencing tools were frequently used to link design with operations and construction. Project operator Shell worked with Jacobs Engineering to incorporate safety values and processes into every phase to produce solid project results.

ASRC, North Slope Village, Shell announce offshore Alaska venture

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and six North Slope village corporations have joined to create a company known as the Arctic Inupiat Offshore LLC.

Hess updates offshore operations

Hess Corp. recently reported operational highlights for 2Q 2014.

McDermott awarded offshore Megalodon platform installation in Gulf of Mexico

A McDermott International Inc. subsidiary will provide transportation and installation services to Walter Oil & Gas Corp. for the Megalodon platform destined for South Timbalier block 311 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Black Elk Energy enters into PSA with Renaissance Offshore

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Renaissance Offshore LLC. Under the agreement, Renaissance will acquire interests in nine fields in the Gulf of Mexico.

PEMEX awards multi-year seismic data processing contract to ION

ION Geophysical Corp. reports that its GX Technology (GXT) group has won a multi-year contract with PEMEX. GXT is providing a range of seismic data processing for multiple offshore and onshore surveys over the next three years.

Field development projects driving Gulf activity

The Gulf of Mexico remains one of the leading offshore oil and gas provinces, and upstream activity is being driven this year by a number of new discoveries, several feld development projects, and enhanced production from new and existing felds.

Bardex supplies chain jacks for Jack St. Malo FPU in deepwater GoM

Bardex has been working on the Chevron USA Inc.-operated Jack St. Malo semisubmersible floating production unit (FPU), now moored on location in the deepwater Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico.

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