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Angola salvage will take 10 months

Apr 28, 2014

Boskalis said that salvage work to remove a capsized jackup from shallow waters near Angola's new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant should be completed by March 2015. The three-legged Perro Negro 6 jackup drilling rig (shown at…

Mauritania disappoints for Tullow

Apr 25, 2014

Tullow Oil's Tapendar-1 exploration well in the C-10 license, offshore Mauritania, has not encountered hydrocarbons and the well is being plugged and abandoned. Tapendar-1 is the second exploration well in Tullow’s Mauritania exploration campaign…

Cairn India evaluating Block 1, RSA's Orange basin

Apr 24, 2014

Cairn India acquired about 3010 line-km of 2D infill seismic over Block 1 of the Orange basin, off South Africa's Northern Cape Province, in Q1 2014. It is currently evaluating the data. The company acquired a 1981sq km 3D…

Plexus grows North Africa business

Apr 23, 2014

Oil and gas engineering services business Plexus Holdings has been awarded a contract with Galp Energia Tarfya to supply surface wellhead and mudline equipment services for an exploration well offshore Morocco. At its March capital markets day…

Deepwater Ivory Coast find

Apr 17, 2014

Total has made a 'very promising' light oil discovery in 2300m water depth as part of an intensive exploration campaign off Ivory Coast. The Saphir-1XB exploration well, the first exploration well on Block CI-514, is the first discovery in the San Pedro basin…

Total discovers oil off Ivory Coast

Apr 17, 2014

Total E&P announced today that its Saphir-1XB exploration well on Block CI-514 tested light oil in deep water off Africa's Ivory Coast. “Drilled in an abrupt margin play, this first well is the first discovery in the San Pedro Basin…

Drilling begins off Senegal after 20-year hiatus

Apr 17, 2014

Drilling has begun on the FAN-1 exploration well, offshore Senegal, using Transocean's fifth-generation semisubmersible, Cajun Express. The rig arrived on-site Saturday, 12 April, and drilling operations on the FAN-1 well are expected to last approximately two months…

Kaombo mega-contracts awarded

Apr 16, 2014

Nearly US$8 billion worth of contracts on the Kaombo mega-project offshore Angola have been announced today, following operator Total’s final investment decision on the project on Monday. An alliance between Technip and Heerema Marine Contractors has won an engineering…

Total selects Aker for Kaombo

Apr 15, 2014

Total has selected Aker Solutions to provide a subsea production system for the Kaombo Block 32 development in Angola. The NOK14 billion contract will see Aker Solutions deliver 20 subsea manifolds and 65 vertical subsea wellsets. The…

$16bn Kaombo project go-ahead

Apr 14, 2014

Total and its partners are to move ahead with the 650MM bbl, deepwater Kaombo project offshore Angola after cutting US$4 billion from the capex costs on the project. Kaombo will develop six of 12 discoveries made in Block 32, covering 800sq km…

3D Namibia survey complete

Apr 11, 2014

Marine geophysical company Polarcus completed a 3000sq km 3D sesmic survey in license area EL 0037 in the Walvis basin offshore Namibia for operator Tullow Oil. A second 2D acquisition phase has now started. It will cover approximately 1000km and will take about two weeks to complete…

Dry first well on Cameroon's Ntem

Apr 08, 2014

The first exploration well to be drilled on the Ntem Concession, offshore Cameroon, is to be plugged and abandoned after no commercial hydrocarbons were found. Sterling Energy, partner with Murphy Cameroon Ntem Oil Co., said the well…

Protea delivers Helix handling package

Apr 08, 2014

An advanced intervention winch system developed by Protea for Helix Well Ops UK Limited (Well Ops) has successfully completed initial operations off West Africa. The system, comprising five winches, active heave compensators, and power and control equipment…

Lukoil completes Ivory Coast well

Apr 03, 2014

Lukoil Overseas completed drilling on its first offshore exploration well, Capitaine East-1X, at block CI-101 in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, the Russian company announced 2 April 2014. The well penetrated through 140m of sandstone from a Turonian formation…

Ex-BP CEOs agree Angola JV

Apr 03, 2014

A joint venture (JV) comprising two companies, both led by former BP group chief executives, has agreed to buy stakes in two blocks offshore Angola.  The JV has been formed by Genel Energy, whose chief executive is ex-BP exec Tony Hayward (pictured right)…

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