Offshore Africa News


Subsea hardware spend rebounds

Aug 01, 2012

Oil & gas companies will spend roughly $135 billion on subsea hardware between 2012 and 2016, an increase of 14% over the preceding five-year period, according to a new report from Douglas-Westwood.Spending took a hit in 2010 and 2011 as the…

PSVM floater mooring

Jul 19, 2012

Mooring of the PSVM FPSO in 2000m of water in BP’s ultra-deepwater block 31 offshore Angola was completed recently by First Subsea. The double-hulled FPSO is a hub field development that will produce oil from the Plutao, Saturno, Venus and Marte fields…

Subsea separation success

Jun 26, 2012

FMC Technologies, flying high on two OTC ‘spotlights on technology’ this year for its advancements in the subsea separation arena, discussed the two projects – Marlim and Pazflor – that earned this recognition.The subsea oil-water separation…

Aker Solutions

Jun 26, 2012

Aker Solutions has agreed to acquire National Petroleum Services’ NPS Energy business unit, which employs approximately 900 people and provides well intervention services in the Middle East and North Africa.

Optimization Petroleum Technologies

Jun 26, 2012

Houston-based Optimization Petroleum Technologies (OPT) has named DeepDraft Energy as agent to sell and implement OPT’s PEOffice software suite throughout Africa, with an exclusive focus on Nigeria and Ghana.

Erik-Jan Bijvank appointed SVP UK and Africa at Stork Technical Services

Jun 26, 2012

Dave Workman has been appointed to the new position of COO and Erik-Jan Bijvank (pictured) as SVP UK and Africa at Stork Technical Services, based in Aberdeen. Workman served as CEO of the former RBG business, which Stork acquired in May 2011…

Simon Zoller joins Rialto

Jun 26, 2012

Simon Zoller has joined Rialto as drilling manager and will oversee the company’s threewell campaign in Côte d’Ivoire block CI 202, which began in March with the spudding of the Gazelle–P3 well, as well as future drilling operations. He previously…

Rig market

Jun 01, 2012

OE's analysis of current rig market data is updated monthly using statistics provided by Rigzone.comUtilization for the competitive fleet of mobile offshore drilling units worldwide has been gradually improving since February and is currently in the mid-80% range…

Tekena Dokubo joinsGL Noble Denton

May 27, 2012

Tekena Dokubo (pictured) has joined GL Noble Denton as country manager, Nigeria, following the opening of the company’s first West African base in Lagos.

An appetite for exploration

May 01, 2012

With the basin-opening Jubilee field and other oil and natural gas condensate discoveries, Kosmos Energy and its partners have placed Ghana on the deepwater oil & gas map. The company is now franchising its exploration strategy and aims to open…

Maiden monohull intervention

Apr 28, 2012

A three-month campaign for West Africa’s first well intervention work and subsea well operations conducted from a monohull intervention vessel was completed recently by Helix Well Ops UK’s 132m-long Well Enhancer. The vessel performed a subsea tree changeout…

Robust market and frontier locations boost salaries

Apr 01, 2012

Salaries for oil & gas industry engineers shot up over the past year, rising an average 6.1% across several professional disciplines, according to a new survey released by recruitment firm Hays.The average permanent salary across the survey's sample of 144…

Rolling in the deep

Apr 01, 2012

One portion of the Golden Triangle – the Gulf of Mexico – has slipped a notch in its dominance of the global deepwater play while activities in the other two corners – West Africa and Brazil – amped up. In addition, a new region has joined the report this year…

Kürvers

Feb 10, 2012

German steel piping procurement group Kürvers has opened a Johannesburg office, led by regional director Tim Booth, to service the burgeoning Sub-Saharan EPC market.

Pazflor in perspective

Feb 01, 2012

The complexity and sheer scale of Total's Pazflor project in block 17 offshore Angola – the field covers 600km2, six times the surface area of Paris – was outlined at the recent Subsea Europe conference in Paris by Laurent Villard, the operator's SURF installation engineering leader…

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