Offshore Africa News


Total Scores in Second Try Offshore S.Africa

Feb 07, 2019

Four years after French major Total SA suspended the search for natural gas off the Southern coast of South Africa, it was good news this week for the company's shareholders and partners when the exploration and production giant announced the successful drilling of its Brulpadda well…

Equatorial Guinea to Offer Ophir's Old Blocks

Feb 05, 2019

Equatorial Guinea will offer offshore Block R with the related Fortuna gas development project in the April licensing round, after the concession was reclaimed from Ophir Energy Plc, the oil minister said on Tuesday.Gabriel Obiang Lima told…

Eni Continues High-speed Gulf Drive

Feb 01, 2019

In less than 12 months Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi has turned the Middle East from a sideshow to a strategic hub for the Italian energy major. And the shift is not over.Since last March the 63-year-old has clinched nine deals in the United Arab Emirates…

Anadarko, CNOOC Ink Mozambique LNG Deal

Feb 01, 2019

Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Friday a long-term agreement had been signed with the trading division of China's state-owned offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique.The deal will bring it…

Tanzania Offshore Puts Off Potential Suitors

Jan 31, 2019

Tanzania could be preparing for yet another licensing round of its offshore oil and gas blocks in the second quarter of 2019, more than four years after the last auction did not yield the anticipated results on the back of the country's complex regulatory regime…

Total Plans Biggest Exploration Drive in Years

Jan 29, 2019

Total is launching its biggest exploration campaign for years in 2019 as part of a turnaround plan that is ditching the company's focus on risky long-shots in favor of areas known to contain commercial levels of oil or gas.The French major aims to drill 23 wells this year…

Polarcus Awarded 3D project in West Africa

Jan 28, 2019

Offshore geophysical company Polarcus said it has been awarded a contract for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa.The project will commence in the first quarter of 2019 with an approximate duration of six weeks.

Changing the Rules of the Game in Africa

Jan 24, 2019

Africa's offshore oil and gas potential remains largely unexploited, and 2019 may turn out to be a good indicator on whether countries with shallow-, deep- and ultra-deepwater hydrocarbon resources can make headway in attracting exploration and production investments…

Total Green-lights Ikike Oil Project in Nigeria

Jan 21, 2019

French oil group Total will approve plans to proceed with the Ikike project in Nigeria in the coming months, and also aims to expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the country, CEO Patrick Pouyanne said on Monday.Total is one of the strongest players in the African oil sector…

BP Goes Global with Seismic Tech

Jan 18, 2019

Buoyed by the success of seismic imaging that found an extra billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is looking to take its latest technology to Angola and Brazil.The software used in the Gulf, based on an algorithm created by Xukai Shen…

Tullow Eyes Additional Wells Offshore Ghana

Jan 17, 2019

London-based Tullow Oil has unveiled plans to drill for oil and gas in Ghana's offshore Tweneboa Enyenra Ntomme (TEN) oil fields in the deepwater Tano Block as the company embarks on a work program that could see it increase its production in West Africa by 10% in 2019…

Setback for Ophir Energy in Equatorial Guinea

Jan 10, 2019

London-listed Ophir Energy has suffered a major setback on its offshore investment plan in Equatorial Guinea after the country's Ministry of Mines and Hydriocarbons (MMH) declined the company's request to extend Block R licence that expired on December 31…

Subsea Intervention Outlook 2019

Jan 08, 2019

Subsea intervention is going to be big in 2019, just not where you were expecting. David Carr, Senior Vice President - International Development at Helix Energy Solutions Group, gives his forecast for 2019.Around this time of year, the papers are full of forecasts…

Sapura Reports Raft of New Contracts

Jan 07, 2019

Malaysian services company Sapura Energy Berhad announced Monday it has secured RM760 million ($184.6 million) in contract wins for its drilling and engineering & construction businesses. The latest achievements have lifted the value of contract wins to RM9…

Ophir Loses Block R Licence, Equatorial Guinea

Jan 06, 2019

London-based oil and gas exploration and production company Ophir Energy said that it has received notification from the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons that the Block R Licence, which contains the Fortuna gas discovery…

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