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Statoil makes eighth discovery in block 2 offshore Tanzania

Statoil’s Mdalasini-1 exploration well has resulted in a new natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania.

ExxonMobil shelves plan for offshore Madagascar wildcat

Sterling Energy and its partner Pura Vida Mauritius expect to complete acquisition of a 3D seismic survey offshore Madagascar during 2Q.

Fugro opens Ghana office

Fugro has established Fugro Ghana Ltd. in Accra.

Drilling & Completion

Statoil makes eighth discovery in block 2 offshore Tanzania

Statoil’s Mdalasini-1 exploration well has resulted in a new natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania.

Pure Vida expects to spud well offshore Morocco

Pura Vida Energy NL expects the Atwood Achiever drillship to mobilize to the Mazagan permit offshore Morocco to spud the MZ-1 well in April.  

Vaalco drills postsalt Kindele target offshore Angola

The semisubmersible Transocean's GSF Celtic Sea has spudded the postsalt Kindele-1 exploration well – the first on block 5 offshore Angola – for Vaalco Energy and partner Sonangol E&P.

Field Development

Oceaneering to supply umbilicals for deepwater OCTP development off Ghana

Eni Ghana has contracted the Oceaneering International/GE Oil & Gas consortium to supply subsea equipment for the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block project offshore Ghana.

Ophir to focus on lower-cost offshore exploration, LNG studies

Ophir Energy says it is following the industry trend of prioritizing capex to protect its balance sheet and reduce its cost structure after the fall in the oil price.

Eni orders GE equipment for OCTP offshore Ghana

Eni Ghana has signed for GE Oil & Gas to provide $850 million in equipment for Ghana’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block.

Subsea

Oceaneering to supply umbilicals for deepwater OCTP development off Ghana

Eni Ghana has contracted the Oceaneering International/GE Oil & Gas consortium to supply subsea equipment for the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block project offshore Ghana.

Eni orders GE equipment for OCTP offshore Ghana

Eni Ghana has signed for GE Oil & Gas to provide $850 million in equipment for Ghana’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block.

BP sanctions $12-billion gas development offshore Egypt

BP has signed the final agreements for the $12-billion West Nile Delta (WND) project.

Geology & Geophysics

ExxonMobil shelves plan for offshore Madagascar wildcat

Sterling Energy and its partner Pura Vida Mauritius expect to complete acquisition of a 3D seismic survey offshore Madagascar during 2Q.

Ophir to focus on lower-cost offshore exploration, LNG studies

Ophir Energy says it is following the industry trend of prioritizing capex to protect its balance sheet and reduce its cost structure after the fall in the oil price.

Mubadala to assess potential offshore Morocco

Mubadala Petroleum has signed an agreement with Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) to evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of a large area offshore northern Morocco.

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Pipeline & Transportation

In-line inspections guide offshore field management decisions

Assessing the working condition of aging offshore pipelines is a challenging process made more complicated by their location on the seafloor and limited access points. An operator off the coast of ...

Shell commissions replacement oil pipeline offshore Gabon

Shell Gabon has awarded Van Oord an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to replace a dual 10-km (6.2-mi) long oil export pipeline. 

Two more floaters to be installed in Santos basin

BG Group has provided an update on its offshore activity in its latest results statement.

Production

Angola bets on deepwater assets to sustain the country through oil price fluctuations

Angola, the second largest oil producer in Africa, is heavily dependent on the oil sector, making it vulnerable to oil price fluctuations.

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.

Rigs/Vessels

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.

Schneider to supply E-Houses to Kaombo FPSO

Saipem has contracted Schneider Electric to design, fabricate, and pre-commission two technical buildings in support of the Kaombo FPSO project offshore Angola. 

KANFA to supply process modules for Ghana FPSO

KANFA AS has won an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for four process modules that will be installed on the FPSO Yinson Production