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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.

Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire offshore boundary dispute may go to arbitration

The government of Ghana has advised Tullow Oil that the government of Côte d'Ivoire has applied for arbitration with the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea regardin...

Small gas/condensate find for Kosmos offshore Morocco

Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) says the CB-1 exploration well located in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Morocco’s Western Sahara encountered sub-commercial hydrocarbons.

Drilling & Completion

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.

Small gas/condensate find for Kosmos offshore Morocco

Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) says the CB-1 exploration well located in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Morocco’s Western Sahara encountered sub-commercial hydrocarbons.

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.  

Field Development

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. 

Jumbo installs MEG riser for PetroSA

Jumbo has completed the subsea installation of a replacement MEG riser at the FA platform on the Ikhwezi project offshore South Africa for PetroSA.

Planning completed for southern Zarat field offshore Tunisia

PA Resources (PAR) says it has completed detailed work with state oil company ETAP on a full field life plan of development (POD) for the Zarat field southern tract offshore Tunisia.

Subsea

Jumbo installs MEG riser for PetroSA

Jumbo has completed the subsea installation of a replacement MEG riser at the FA platform on the Ikhwezi project offshore South Africa for PetroSA.

Planning completed for southern Zarat field offshore Tunisia

PA Resources (PAR) says it has completed detailed work with state oil company ETAP on a full field life plan of development (POD) for the Zarat field southern tract offshore Tunisia.

UTEC to provide survey services for Total’s Moho Nord project offshore Congo

UTEC has won a contract to supply survey services to the Technip Moho Nord project for Total E&P Congo.

Geology & Geophysics

2D seismic survey under way offshore Namibia

SeaBird Exploration has started a 2D seismic survey offshore Namibia for Chariot Oil & Gas (AIM: CHAR) and partners AziNam and NAMCOR.

Ambilobe seismic survey to start soon offshore Madagascar

Sterling Energy (AIM: SEY) has issued an update on activities in its Ambilobe and Ampasindava blocks offshore Madagascar. 

Tullow monitors Ebola ahead of offshore Guinea well

Tullow Oil and its partners are in talks with Guinea’s government on a resumption of operations on an offshore exploration block. 

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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