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Africa

Ghana gives ENI the OK for $6 billion offshore gas project

Ghana’s government has given ENI the final green light to develop gas resources in the offshore Cape Three Points block, expected to begin producti...

Sonangol, Eni to review Lower Congo gas options

Sonangol Chairman Francisco de Lemos Maria and Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi have signed an agreement on future cooperation activities in Angola.

Afren updates offshore Nigeria operations

Afren has issued an update on its operations offshore Nigeria.

Asia

Searcher acquires Mialara 2D broadband seismic survey

Searcher Seismic, in cooperation with the Philippines Department of Energy, and in conjunction with SeaBird Exploration, reports that acquisition of the Mialara 2D seismic survey, east of Palawan i...

Thailand plans Feb auction including offshore petroleum concessions

Thailand will host a new auction round next February for petroleum concessions on 29 onshore and offshore blocks.

Cairn plans multiple wells offshore eastern India

Cairn India has updated its offshore activity around the Indian subcontinent.

Ocean Rig, Petrobras ink deal on two UDW drillships

Ocean Rig UDW Inc has signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Petrobras to extend a lease on two ultra-deepwater drillships.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

Australia & New Zealand

Stena Clyde spuds Pryderi-1 offshore Australia

IPB Petroleum and its joint venture have received notification that the Stena Clyde drillship has spudded the Pryderi-1 exploration well in WA-424-P offshore Australia.

BMT Oceanica wins APPEA study

BMT Oceanica, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., will supply the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association with a study titled “Understanding the Risks of Unplanned Discharges.”

MEO Australia receives NT/P68 farm-in notices

MEO Australia Ltd. advises that Eni Australia Ltd. has elected not to drill an additional well on the Heron structure and will therefore withdraw from the Heron area of NT/P68.

Statoil takes an offshore operatorship in Australia

Statoil continues to expand in Australia, with the award of 100% equity share in an exploration permit in the Northern Carnarvon basin on the Northwest Shelf of Australia.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

Canada

Petrofac to manage Nova Scotia deepwater development study

The government of Nova Scotia has contracted Petrofac to help identify the best means of exploiting the eastern Canadian province’s ultra-deepwater oil potential.

Shell welcomes partners to offshore deepwater Nova Scotia project

ConocoPhillips and Suncor Energy will join Shell as joint venture partners on its deepwater Shelburne basin exploration program.

 

Flemish Pass partners plan further deepwater drilling

Husky Energy and Statoil have secured the semisubmersible West Hercules for an exploration and appraisal campaign this fall in the deepwater Flemish Pass basin offshore Newfoundland & Labrador.

Enegi to drill its first well offshore eastern Canada

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has extended Period 1 of an exploration license held by Enegi Oil by one year.

Next-phase Hibernia subsea facilities in place

Detailed engineering and construction continues on the gravity-based structure and topsides for the Hebron platform offshore Newfoundland & Labrador, according to partner Suncor Energy.

Latin America

ClassNK expands Veracruz office to increase offshore support

Classification society ClassNK has expanded its Veracruz office in Mexico to better support the growing offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Tullow to explore offshore Jamaica

Tullow has signed a production-sharing agreement covering 10 full blocks and one part-block offshore Jamaica.

BG to rethink options for Jackdaw in North Sea

BG Group and its partners are delaying a sanction decision on the ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature Jackdaw project in the UK central North Sea.

 

Offshore E&P activities ramping up in Latin America

Offshore exploration, development, and production activities are on the rise in a number of Latin American nations, and include several new frontier areas as well as traditional resource plays.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

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Middle East

Eni eyes exploration offshore Turkmenistan

Eni and the Turkmen State Agency for Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources have signed an exploration memorandum.

Domestic issues delay closure of offshore Tunisia farm-out

PA Resources (PAR) says it remains in discussions with the Tunisian government about a proposed offshore farm-out to EnQuest.

BG to rethink options for Jackdaw in North Sea

BG Group and its partners are delaying a sanction decision on the ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature Jackdaw project in the UK central North Sea.

 

Tamar group negotiates gas deal with Egypt

Delek Group says the offshore Tamar gas field partners have signed a non-binding letter of intent with Dolphinus Holdings.

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

North Sea & Europe

UK association revises mooring, offloading guidelines

Oil & Gas UK has published two updated sets of guidelines for operators of FPSOs, FSUs, and offtake tankers on the UK continental shelf.

E.ON looks to drill Ekland structure in UK North Sea

PA Resources (PAR) has provisionally secured interests in two blocks in the UK central North Sea, under the 28th Seaward Licensing Round.

Parkmead nets six UK offshore licenses

Parkmead has issued details of its six license awards under the UK’s 28th Seaward Licensing Round.

InfraStrata secures Oulton license in North Sea

Britain’s government has awarded InfraStrata and Carstone Exploration Ltd. block 3/11a in the northern North Sea, under the UKCS 28th Seaward Licensing Round.

PA Resources opts out of Dutch North Sea licenses

PA Resources has agreed to sell its 30% interest in Dutch North Sea blocks Q7 and Q10a to Tulip Oil, subject to regulatory approval.

Russia

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.

Research study to cover offshore northern Russia

A research and development expedition is under way in the White Sea off northern Russia, the aim being to investigate ice and metocean conditions in the Russian arctic.

Frontier study analyzes conditions for future E&P in Russian arctic

The Arctic Research and Design Center (a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil) has completed its 2014 Kara Sea winter expedition.

Lukoil performs oil spill exercise ahead of Baltic Sea drilling

Lukoil has staged an oil response exercise ahead of exploration and appraisal drilling offshore Russia in the Baltic Sea.

Russian/Azeri E&P venture launched

Rosneft and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR have signed a joint venture agreement.

US & Gulf of Mexico

Incident on GoM West Delta platform came during maintenance

The explosion on the West Delta 105 E platform this past week came during maintenance on a heater treater, reports Fieldwood Energy. 

Studies highlight jobs, revenue potential of opening new oil and gas leasing offshore US

Offshore oil and natural gas leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the US Atlantic and Pacific coasts could create nearly 840,000 American jobs and raise more than $200 billion in revenue for t...

ClassNK expands Veracruz office to increase offshore support

Classification society ClassNK has expanded its Veracruz office in Mexico to better support the growing offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

BOEM proposes new central GoM lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it will offer 40 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in a sale tha...

BOEM revises analysis for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193

In response to a federal court order, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released a draft of the supplemental environmental impact statement for Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf Oil an...