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China's First Solo-Run Deepwater Gas Field Starts Production

Jun 25, 2021

The first deepwater gas field fully operated by a Chinese company, Lingshui 17-2, started production on Friday, the country's national offshore producer CNOOC Ltd said.The gas project, in the South China Sea, is expected to reach peak production of 328 million cubic feet of natural gas and 6…

Early-season Gulf of Mexico Storm Trims Some US Oil Production

Jun 18, 2021

The first storm to hit oil-producing regions of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico this year sent workers fleeing offshore oil platforms and cut some production.A weather disturbance in the central Gulf of Mexico was expected to become a tropical storm on Friday…

BHP Sells Its Stake in the GoM Neptune Field to EnVen

May 21, 2021

Australia's BHP announced on Friday that it will divest its 35% stake in the Neptune field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Houston-based EnVen Energy Corp. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. BHP has operated the Neptune field for the last 10 years…

Talos Best Positioned to Lead Zama Field Development, CEO Says

May 21, 2021

U.S.-based oil company Talos Energy, working on a unitization agreement for the giant Zama offshore oil discovery in Mexico with the Mexican oil company Pemex, hopes the final solution will see the company lead the development of the field as the operator…

Sonadrill Nets 12-well Drillship Contract in Angola

May 14, 2021

Angolan offshore drilling firm Sonadrill, the 50:50 joint venture between Seadrill and an affiliate of Sonangol, has secured a twelve-well contract in Angola for the Sonangol Quenguela drillship. The contract includes one option for nine wells and eleven one well options…

Suriname: Total Extends Maersk Drilling Rig Charter

May 12, 2021

French oil firm Total has extended the contract with the Danish drilling contractor Maersk Drilling for the use of the Maersk Developer offshore drilling rig in Suriname.Total, via its Suriname subsidiary Total E&P Suriname, has exercised an…

Shell Makes 'Significant' Discovery in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

May 11, 2021

Oil major Shell has made a significant discovery at the Leopard prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico,  some 245 miles (394 km)  south-southeast of Houston.According to Shell, the Leopard well encountered more than 600 feet (183 meters) net oil pay at multiple levels…

Petrobras Orders Seventh FPSO for Buzios Field

May 10, 2021

Brazilian oil company Petrobras has ordered an FPSO from Singapore's Keppel Shipyard, in what will be the seventh FPSO unit installed in the Búzios field, in the Santos Basin.The FPSO, to be named P-78, will have a processing capacity of 180 thousand barrels of oil per day and 7…

CGG Bags OBN Imaging Work with Equinor in Brazil

May 10, 2021

Equinor has awarded CGG a major contract for the seismic imaging of its Bacalhau 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey covering 409 sq km currently being acquired in Brazil’s deepwater Santos Basin.The project is already underway at CGG’s Rio de…

Report: Petrobras Restarts Bidding for Golfinho Offshore Oilfield Cluster

May 06, 2021

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras has reopened bidding for its Golfinho offshore oilfield cluster, two sources told Reuters this week, following a rise in crude prices over the last several months.Golfinho is one of dozens of legacy production assets that Petroleo Brasileiro SA…

Total Brings Online Zinia Phase 2 Offshore Angola

May 06, 2021

French oil major Total has started oil production from the Zinia Phase 2 project offshore Angola, connected to the existing Pazflor FPSO.The  Zinia Phase 2 project includes the drilling of nine wells and is expected to reach a production of 40…

Baker Hughes to Deliver Subsea Equipment for Petrobras' Campos Basin Fields

May 03, 2021

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes has won a subsea oilfield equipment contract with the Brazilian oil company Petrobras as part of the Marlim and Voador field revitalization plan in the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. Baker Hughes will supply…

Petrobras Will Bid for Atapu and Sepia Oil Fields

Apr 29, 2021

Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA will exercise its rights of first refusal and bid for the deepwater oil fields Sepia and Atapu, the company said in a filing.Petrobras, as the state-controlled producer is known, is aiming at a 30% stake in each field…

Equinor Hires Fugro for Deepwater Survey Work off Canada

Apr 28, 2021

Equinor has selected Fugro to perform a deepwater site investigation in Canada’s Flemish Pass, 500 kilometers off the coast of St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in approximately 1200-meter water depths.The field campaign will run from July until August and entails a seabed survey…

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