Offshore Africa News


Tullow confirms Twiga oil find

Nov 27, 2012

Kenya mapTullow's Twiga South-1 exploration well in Block 13T, onshore Kenya, has encountered oil, the company confirmed 26 November 2012.Twiga South-1 has encountered 30m of net oil pay with further potential to be assessed on test and…

Smit Lamnalco orders three new vessels

Nov 27, 2012

Smit Lamnalco has renewed its marine support services contract with oil major Shell in Gabon, in a deal that has triggered investment in three auxiliary vessel newbuildings.The five year contract renewal extends an uninterrupted relationship…

Tullow picks up Guinea stake

Nov 20, 2012

Tullow has reached an agreement for 40% operating interest in Houston-based Hyperdynamics' offshore Guinea concession, the two companies announced on 20 November 2012.In late October, Tullow expressed interest in joining the concession. Hyperdynamics…

Total sells OML 138 stake to Sinopec

Nov 19, 2012

Total has finalized an agreement to sell its 20% contractor interest in OML 138 block to a wholly owned subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), for approximately US$2.5 billion in cash, the company announced on 19 November 2012…

Chevron signs up Pacific Khamsin

Nov 19, 2012

The ultra-deepwater drillship Pacific Khamsin has been awarded a contract by a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Chevron Corporation for operations in West Africa, the ship's owner Pacific Drilling announced on 16 November 2012.The minimum…

Seadrill to acquire Songa Eclipse

Nov 19, 2012

A subsidiary of Seadrill has entered into an agreement with Songa Offshore to acquire the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Songa Eclipse for a consideration of US$590 million.The rig was delivered from the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore in 2011…

Technip wins GirRI EPIC

Nov 19, 2012

Girassol FPSOTechnip has won an EPIC contract for the second phase of Total E&P Angola's Girassol Resoucres Iniatives (GirRI) project, the company announced on 13 November 2012.Technip will provide project management, engineering, fabrication…

Shell shuts Imo River trunkline

Nov 12, 2012

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has shut down the Imo River Trunkline in its Eastern operations after it found several crude theft points on the facility. Production of some 25,000 barrels of oil per day is deferred…

Shell finalizes Nigerian lease sale

Nov 12, 2012

SPDC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, has completed a sale of its 30% interest in Oil Mining Lease 30 (OML 30) in the Niger Delta to Shoreline Natural Resources Limited for $567 million.The company said the divestment is part of a plan to reshape SPDC's onshore portfolio…

EMAS AMC wins S. Korean contract duo

Nov 08, 2012

EMAS has secured two contracts with South Korean clients worth a combined total of approximately US$200 million.EMAS' subsea division (EMAS AMC) was awarded an EPCIC contract in Asia by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd for the engineering…

Drillers on road to recovery

Nov 01, 2012

Rising day rates and demand for drilling in deepwater environments are helping the offshore drilling sector recover from not just the global economic gloom of recent years but also the post-Macondo drilling moratorium in the US. According to…

Eddie Moore joins Zenith Oilfield Technology

Oct 12, 2012

Eddie Moore has joined Zenith Oilfield Technology, recently acquired by Lufkin Industries, as manager of sales and operations for the Middle East and Africa, working out of Oman. Peter Smith (pictured), previously with Weatherford, has…

Gertjan van Mechelen joins ERHC Energy as exploration manager

Oct 12, 2012

Gertjan van Mechelen has joined ERHC Energy as exploration manager. Previously with ConocoPhillips and TransAtlantic Petroleum, he will oversee the company’s Africa-focused exploration activities.

Jens Pace to become COO of African Petroleum

Oct 12, 2012

Jens Pace became COO of African Petroleum on 1 October. A geoscientist, he worked internationally for BP and its heritage company Amoco (UK) Exploration for over 30 years.

Pat Haggerty joins Modus Seabed Intervention

Oct 12, 2012

Pat Haggerty has joined Modus Seabed Intervention as head of projects, a newly created post. He was with Subsea 7 for seven years, latterly as Aberdeen-based GM of Europe & West Africa ROV operations in its iTech division, and prior…

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