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Al Shaheen well campaign passes halfway mark

The current development of the Al Shaheen field offshore Qatar is progressing as planned, according to operator Maersk Oil, with the 50-well program more than half way complete.

Aminex receives more time to assess deepwater leads offshore Tanzania

Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has agreed to defer Aminex’s obligation to drill two exploration wells in the offshore Nyuni Area.

Circle gains extension for prospective permit offshore Tunisia

Tunisia’s government has approved an application by Circle Oil to renew the exploration permit on its offshore Mahdia block by three years until Jan. 19, 2018.

Drilling & Completion

Inchcape to support offshore Tanzania well campaign

Paragon Offshore has appointed Inchcape Shipping Services as marine and logistic services provider for an upcoming drilling campaign offshore the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania.

Senegal wells to assess potential of SNE discovery

Cairn Energy has confirmed it will drill an exploration well on the Bellatrix prospect as part of an upcoming appraisal and exploration drilling campaign offshore Senegal.

GLOBAL E&P

Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

Field Development

Al Shaheen well campaign passes halfway mark

The current development of the Al Shaheen field offshore Qatar is progressing as planned, according to operator Maersk Oil, with the 50-well program more than half way complete.

Oriental takes the reins at Ebok offshore Nigeria

Oriental Energy Resources and Afren have concluded a transition plan for the shallow-water Ebok field offshore Nigeria.

GLOBAL E&P

Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

Subsea

Total awards Aquatic Moho Nord subsea contract

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd., an Acteon company, has won a contract on the Moho Nord subsea project offshore the Republic of Congo.

World Bank provides finance to propel Ghana’s deepwater Sankofa gas scheme

The World Bank has approved $700 million in guarantees for Ghana’s Sankofa gas project, which is designed to alleviate the country’s serious energy shortages by developing new sources of natural ga...

TEN on target for mid-2016 start-up offshore Ghana

Tullow Oil says its three-field TEN development project offshore Ghana is around 65% complete and on schedule for first oil in mid-2016.

Geology & Geophysics

Aminex receives more time to assess deepwater leads offshore Tanzania

Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has agreed to defer Aminex’s obligation to drill two exploration wells in the offshore Nyuni Area.

Harvest plans Dussafu seafloor survey ahead of next exploration phase

Harvest Natural Resources continues to evaluate a development of its Dussafu discovery offshore Gabon, based on new 3D seismic data processed last year.

Ocean Rig Athena to drill three wells offshore Senegal

FAR says the Cairn Energy-led partnership has contracted the drillship Ocean Rig Athena for three exploratory wells offshore Senegal.

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Pipeline & Transportation

Exova to test, qualify Kaombo pipe

CRC-Evans Offshore has contracted Exova to provide pipeline material, welding, and AUT qualification testing for the Kaombo project offshore Angola. 

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. 

Production

Oriental takes the reins at Ebok offshore Nigeria

Oriental Energy Resources and Afren have concluded a transition plan for the shallow-water Ebok field offshore Nigeria.

GLOBAL E&P

Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

Second production well under way at SE Etame platform offshore Gabon

VAALCO Energy says the jackup Transocean Constellation II has completed drilling the first well from the SEENT platform on its Etame field offshore Gabon.

Rigs/Vessels

Inchcape to support offshore Tanzania well campaign

Paragon Offshore has appointed Inchcape Shipping Services as marine and logistic services provider for an upcoming drilling campaign offshore the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania.

Otakikpo project offshore Nigeria scheduled for 3Q start-up

Lekoil has issued an update regarding operational activity at the Otakikpo marginal field.

FLNG capex to reach $58.3 billion to 2021

Capex for FLNG vessels is estimated by Douglas-Westwood to reach $35.5 billion during 2015-2021.

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