Offshore South America News


Malaysia's KNM to Deliver Equipment for SBM Offshore FPSO

Aug 14, 2020

Dutch floating production solutions provider SBM Offshore has ordered equipment from Malaysia's KNM to be installed on an FPSO destined for ExxonMobil's Guyana operations.Bursa Malaysia-listed KNM said SBM Offshore had on Thursday ordered PME pressure vessel separators worth around $4 million…

Petrobras Selling Stake in Santos Basin Block

Aug 12, 2020

Brazilian oil company Petrobras is looking to sell at least half of its stake in a 698 square-kilometer pre-salt block in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil.Petrobras launched a teaser on Monday for the sale of 50% to 100% of its stake in the concession name BM-S-51…

Ex-Pemex Boss Points Finger at Ex-Mexican President in Bribery Scandal

Aug 12, 2020

A former head of Mexican state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) accused of corruption has sought to blame the wrongdoing on his former boss, ex-President Enrique Pena Nieto, and a top aide, said Attorney General Alejandro Gertz on Tuesday…

Stena Carron Drillship Set to Begin Drilling at Kaieteur Block, Offshore Guyana

Aug 11, 2020

U.S. oil major ExxonMobil is set to begin drilling at the Kaieteur Block offshore Guyana, hoping to replicate successes made in the adjacent Stabroek block where it has made more than 16 discoveries.Westmount Energy, which indirectly owns a share in the Kaieteur Block…

Petrobras to Mothball Offshore Platform to Cut Costs

Aug 07, 2020

Brazilian oil and gas company Petrobras has said it will mothball its Merluza platform (PMLZ-1) in shallow waters in the Santos Basin.'The platform’s production had already been interrupted since March 2020, with the abrupt drop of demand for natural gas…

Petrobras: Binding Phase Starts for Tartaruga Field Stake

Aug 07, 2020

Brazilian oil company Petrobras has kicked off the binding phase for the sale of its entire stake in the Tartaruga field, in the shallow waters of the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, offshore Brazil.Petrobras had late in June 2020 announced the intention…

Solstad Offshore's Vessels Score Extensions with Total and Equinor

Aug 07, 2020

Norwegian offshore supply vessel owner Solstad offshore has secured several contract extensions with oil companies Total and Equinor in Brazil.France's Total has extended the contracts for the platform supply vessel Normand Swift and the AHTS vessel Far Sagaris until December 2020…

Exxon Hires Noble Corp. Drillship on 6-month Term in Guyana

Aug 06, 2020

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has won a six-month contract for its Noble Sam Croft drillship with ExxonMobil in Guyana. Noble shared the news as part of its 2Q results presentation in which it posted a loss of $42 million.The drilling company…

Petrobras Says Buzios Field Hit Output Record in July

Aug 06, 2020

Brazilian oil company Petrobras has said its Buzios deepwater field off Brazil broke monthly oil production record for July.Petrobras said Wednesday that its floating production storage and offloading units installed at the deepwater oilfield had reached new monthly production records in July…

Subsea Energy Solutions Eyes Business in Brazil

Aug 05, 2020

UK-based offshore energy equipment maker Subsea Energy Solutions is expanding into Brazil following signing a sales agreement with Marine and Offshore Partners.Subsea Energy Solutions said Wednesday that Rio-based M&O Partners would help it…

Ocyan Aims for Bigger Offshore Platforms to Cement Comeback

Aug 04, 2020

Offshore oil industry supplier Ocyan plans to participate in bids for much bigger platforms than it currently has in Brazilian waters, the world’s largest market for floating platforms, Chief Executive Roberto Bischoff told Reuters.He said Ocyan…

OOS Tiradentes Flotel Back to Work for Petrobras

Aug 04, 2020

CIMC Raffles-managed offshore accommodation rig OOS Tiradentes will soon resume work for Petrobras in Brazil, after a hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic.CIMC Raffles asset operation management center which manages the semi-sub accommodation rig…

Irfaan Ali Sworn In as New President of Oil-Rich Guyana

Aug 03, 2020

Former Guyanese housing minister Irfaan Ali was sworn in as president of the newly oil-producing South American country on Sunday, after he was declared winner of a disputed March 2 election following a recount.Preliminary recount data released in June showed Ali…

Brazil's Petrobras Posts $500M Loss Despite Record Exports to China

Jul 31, 2020

Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA on Thursday posted a loss of 2.7 billion reais ($524 million) in the second quarter, hurt by tumbling oil prices despite record export volumes to China.The result, down from a record quarterly profit of 18…

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