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VAALCO considers action to counter H2S at Etame offshore Gabon

VAALCO Energy says it is evaluating options for handling oil containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that has affected some wells in the Ebouri and Etame fields offshore Gabon.

Cobalt presses ahead with Cameia development offshore Angola

Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE) expects to achieve formal sanction by year-end for its Cameia development project in block 21 offshore Angola.

Ocean Rig extends drillship contract with ENI offshore Angola

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ:ORIG) has extended the contract for the drillship Ocean Rig Poseidon to ENI Angola for a further one year until 2Q 2017.

Drilling & Completion

Cobalt presses ahead with Cameia development offshore Angola

Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE) expects to achieve formal sanction by year-end for its Cameia development project in block 21 offshore Angola.

Ocean Rig extends drillship contract with ENI offshore Angola

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ:ORIG) has extended the contract for the drillship Ocean Rig Poseidon to ENI Angola for a further one year until 2Q 2017.

Kosmos finds second producing horizon in deepwater offshore Mauritania well

Kosmos Energy’s (NYSE: KOS) Tortue-1 exploration well in block C8 offshore Mauritania has encountered additional hydrocarbons while drilling to total depth to evaluate the deeper Albian stratigraphy.

Field Development

Cobalt presses ahead with Cameia development offshore Angola

Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE) expects to achieve formal sanction by year-end for its Cameia development project in block 21 offshore Angola.

Anadarko selects CCS joint venture for Mozambique LNG development

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) has selected a consortium for the initial development of an LNG complex onshore Mozambique.

Trelleborg supports successful West Africa floatover

Trelleborg has supplied leg mating unit pads to Hyundai Heavy Industries for use on the first floatover offshore West Africa at the DSO Escravos Gas Project.

Subsea

Ophir goes to Golar for Fortuna FLNG vessel

Ophir Energy has signed a binding heads of terms for a chartering and operating services agreement with Golar LNG.

OTC 2015: Doris updates subsea projects offshore Angola

Doris Engineering has been involved in one major expansion/upgrade program and studies for three new field developments offshore Angola. Company officials, exhibiting at this year’s Offshore Techno...

ExxonMobil flows production at Kizomba satellites ahead of schedule

ExxonMobil Corp. announced that its subsidiary, Esso Exploration Angola Ltd., has started oil production ahead of schedule at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 2 project offshore Angola.

Geology & Geophysics

Gambia grants Erin offshore exploration extension

Erin Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT:ERN) has received approval to extend the initial exploration period for blocks A2 and A5 in Gambia by 24 months to Dec. 31, 2018. 

Cairn lining up drillship for next-phase wells offshore Senegal

Cairn Energy and its partners have submitted a three-year evaluation work plan to the government of Senegal following their two deepwater discoveries in 2014.

Sub-Sahara Africa booms in oil exploration, natural gas finds

Sub-Sahara Africa is expected to outpace Russia as a global gas supplier by 2040, encouraging European Union efforts to wean itself off its Russia gas reliance by investing in the region's developm...

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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

VAALCO considers action to counter H2S at Etame offshore Gabon

VAALCO Energy says it is evaluating options for handling oil containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that has affected some wells in the Ebouri and Etame fields offshore Gabon.

Anadarko selects CCS joint venture for Mozambique LNG development

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) has selected a consortium for the initial development of an LNG complex onshore Mozambique.

North Sea, Côte d’Ivoire provide production boost for Canadian Natural

Canadian Natural’s production outside North America averaged 36,224 b/d during 1Q 2015, up 7% from 4Q 2014.

Rigs/Vessels

Ocean Rig extends drillship contract with ENI offshore Angola

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ:ORIG) has extended the contract for the drillship Ocean Rig Poseidon to ENI Angola for a further one year until 2Q 2017.

Trelleborg to moor two FPSOs offshore Angola

Trelleborg has won a contract to supply tandem mooring systems for two FPSOs offshore Angola. 

Ophir goes to Golar for Fortuna FLNG vessel

Ophir Energy has signed a binding heads of terms for a chartering and operating services agreement with Golar LNG.

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