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Occidental Sells Stakes in Jubilee and TEN Fields Offshore Ghana

Oct 13, 2021

Occidental Petroleum Corp agreed to sell its interests in two Ghana offshore fields for $750 million to Kosmos Energy and Ghana National Petroleum Corp, the oil and gas producer said on Wednesday, as it looks to cut the debt it took on with its purchase of Anadarko Petroleum…

BP Starts Production from Gulf of Mexico Project

Sep 28, 2021

Oil major BP on Tuesday announced the start-up of its Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2 project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The second phase is expected to increase output at one of the largest fields in the Gulf of Mexico, with peak annual average gross production of 25…

McDermott's Amazon Vessel to Install Pipelines at Shell's Whale Project

Sep 13, 2021

Offshore installation firm McDermott said Monday that its upgraded Amazon vessel was coming to the Gulf of Mexico to support a subsea contract for the Whale Development in Alaminos Canyon.Oil major Shell in July reached a final investment decision for its Whale deepwater field development…

Transocean Wins Firm Contract for 8th Gen Ultra-deepwater Drillship

Aug 26, 2021

Deepwater drilling contractor Transocean has secured a $252 million firm contract at the Shenandoah field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for its newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, including a mobilization fee of $30 million…

Guyana, Suriname Eye Further Drilling from Oil Majors After Discoveries

Aug 18, 2021

Guyana and Suriname expect continued exploratory drilling over the next two years by oil majors in their joint offshore basin after a string of recent discoveries, government officials and corporate executives said at a conference on Wednesday…

Shell Books Valaris Drillship for Operations in Sao Tome and Principe and Namibia

Aug 18, 2021

Offshore drilling firm Valaris has secured contracts with Shell Namibia Upstream B.V. and Shell Sao Tome and Principe B.V. offshore Namibia and Sao Tome and Principe, respectively, for its drillship VALARIS DS-10.The contracts for the 2017-delivered offshore rig are each for one well…

Chevron Sees Brazil's Pre-salt Oil as Prize Asset

Aug 17, 2021

Chevron Corp is hoping to play a role in Brazil's pre-salt oil discoveries, the U.S. oil major's Brazil chief said on Tuesday at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.The 'pre-salt chapter' might be the most important development in Chevron's more than century-long presence in Brazil…

Report: Official Says Brazil's Lower-carbon Oil projects Can Attract Majors

Aug 17, 2021

Rising calls to cut carbon emissions and to reduce global warming could generate more offshore partnerships and increase the output of cleaner oil for Brazil, the production chief of state-controlled Petrobras said in an interview.Brazil oil…

Petrobras Post Strong Results as Crude Rises, Gas Strengthen

Aug 05, 2021

Brazil's Petrobras beat second quarter profit estimates on Wednesday, as higher Brent prices, strong natural gas sales and relatively controlled expenses boosted the company's bottom line.In an evening securities filing, Petroleo Brasileiro SA…

Transocean Reels In Two Deepwater Drillship Deals in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 29, 2021

Offshore drilling firm Transocean said Wednesday it had secured contracts for two offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The contracts are worth $55.5 million in total.Transocean said that its Deepwater Conqueror drillship had won a one-well contract with 'a major operator' in the U…

Shell Sanctions Whale Deepwater Development in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 26, 2021

Oil major Shell has reached a final investment decision for its Whale deepwater field development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Discovered in 2017, Whale will feature a semi-submersible production host in more than 8,600 feet (2621 meters) of water with 15 oil-producing wells…

Saipem Charters Ultra-deepwater Drillship from Samsung Heavy Industries

Jun 29, 2021

Italian oilfield services giant Saipem has chartered a newbuild drillship directly from South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard.Saipem expects the drillship - named Samsung Santorini - to be delivered in November 2021, when the Italian…

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…

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