Offshore Africa News - page 93


Namibia drilling hits snags

May 21, 2014

Drilling on the deepwater Welwitschia-1 prospect in Walvis Bay, offshore Namibia, might be delayed until the end of May after the wellhead housing “slumped” and issues with the blow out preventer (BOP) control system were discovered.  Operator…

Dolphin mobilizes Polar Marquis after upgrade

May 21, 2014

Norway's Dolphin Geophysical announced that the high-capacity 3D seismic vessel, Polar Marquis, has a new contract with GC Rieber Shipping for 3.5 years with 2+2 years options. The vessel has just completed a significant seismic and propulsion upgrade…

BP extends Odfjell Angola contract

May 20, 2014

Odfjell Drilling and BP Angola have agreed a deal securing further work for Odfjell Drilling's sixth generation ultra-deepwater and harsh environment semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger (pictured) on Block 18 in Angola. The contract is…

Transocean nets $953m of contracts

May 16, 2014

Drilling rig giant Transocean says it has picked up new contracts worth about US$953 million since 17 April. Giving its fleet update report, the firm said other highlights include: Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 drillship - Awarded a three year contract offshore Brazil at a dayrate of $440…

Sapura nets $454m of contracts

May 16, 2014

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad's drilling division, SapuraKencana Drilling, has won a new contract and three contract extensions, worth a total of US$454 million, from new and existing clients in West Africa (Congo and Angola), Brunei…

Northern mull FPF spin

May 15, 2014

Houston based drilling and floating production firm Northern Offshore is considering spinning off its sole floating production platform (FPF) into a new business (pictured).  The firm operates the semisubmersible Northern Producer FPF…

Afren completes Nigeria seismic shoot

May 13, 2014

A 3D seismic survey over offshore oil mining license (OML) 113 in Nigeria, covering 1045sq km, using the Polarcus vessel MV Polarcus Nadia, has completed, says Panoro Energy.   Data acquisition started March 24, and completed May 9. The…

Statoil exits Angola block

May 12, 2014

Statoil announced plans to divest its interest in the ENI-operated block 15/06 offshore Angola for US$200 million. The transaction, which will be effective 1 January 2013, means concessionaire Sonangol EP will pick up Statoil's 5% participating interest…

Hoegh, Egypt's Egas sign LOI for FRSU

May 12, 2014

Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (Egas) for the use of one of Höegh's floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) – currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries…

Morocco well disappoints

May 07, 2014

The latest exploration well offshore Morocco has been plugged and abandoned after failing to find commercial hydrocarbons. The FA-1 well in the Foum Assaka offshore block was drilled by Kosmos Energy to a total depth of 3830m. The well…

Noble to drill Hagar Qim off Malta

May 03, 2014

Phoenicia Energy Co. Ltd.  informed Mediterranean Oil & Gas plc (MOG) that the Noble Paul Romano deepwater semisubmersible is moored in Valletta Harbor and is undergoing final inspection and acceptance tests before it begins drilling the Hagar Qim-1 wildcat in Block 7 of Area 4 offshore Malta…

Computerizing offshore Mozambique

May 01, 2014

Data gathering and large-scale reservoir modeling will be key to unlocking Anadarko's big gas development off Mozambique. Bruce Nichols spoke with Anadarko and engineers at Halliburton's Landmark to discover more. When Anadarko made three…

Tullow to start Suriname work in 2015

Apr 30, 2014

Tullow Oil has announced it plans a 4000km sq 3D seismic acquisition program next year in block 54 offshore Suriname. In January, the company agreed to a production-sharing contract that gave it a 50% operated stake, in partnership with state-owned Staatsolie…

Fastnet farms out to Korean outfit

Apr 30, 2014

UK-based Africa and Celtic Sea-focused explorer Fastnet Oil & Gas has farmed out a 9.375% interest in the Foum Assaka license, offshore Morocco, to SK Innovation, the energy and chemicals affiliate of SK Group, South Korea's third largest conglomerate…

MODEC selects XPD8 for TEN project

Apr 29, 2014

Asset integrity management firm XPD8 Solutions is to develop the maintenance program and inventory data for MODEC’s TEN MV25 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, operated on behalf of Tullow Oil, offshore Ghana. The…

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