Offshore Africa News

 

Sasoil, PetroSA to explore Orange basin

Jun 21, 2013

South Africa's national oil company, PetroSA, signed a Technical Cooperation Permit (TCP) for Block 3A/4A with Sasol. The block is located in the Orange basin, off the country's west coast. Block 3A/4A covers 19,066 sq km, with water depths ranging from 100-500m…

Total launches EGINA development

Jun 21, 2013

Total announced that its subsidiary, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd. (TUPNI), operator of the OML 130 block, and co-venturers have obtained the necessary approvals from Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) to award the main EPC contracts to develop the offshore Egina field…

Chevron Confirms First Cargo from Angola LNG

Jun 18, 2013

Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Ltd. today confirmed that initial production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has commenced at the Angola LNG project. Angola LNG is one of the largest energy projects on the African continent…

CEO Updates

Jun 14, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp. chose Robert Douglas Lawler, Anadarko’s senior vice president of international and deepwater operations, to replace Aubrey McClendon. Svein Arild Killingland joins Norwegian Energy Co. (Noreco) as its CEO, succeeding Einar Gjelsvik…

Lukoil increases Ivory Coast holdings

Jun 13, 2013

African independent oil and gas company Taleveras has agreed to farmout a 65% stake on its Block CI-504 off the Ivory Coast to a subsidiary of Russia's Lukoil.  Block CI-504 is close to the producing Baobab field, covering 399 sq km in 800-2100m deep water…

Gravity gradiometry has graduated!

Jun 12, 2013

Andrew McBarnet picks up on the growing enthusiasm for modern gravity gradiometry surveys to assist E&P oil and gas operations There’s definitely something stirring in the full-tensor gravity gradiometry (FTG) market for airborne and vessel surveys over onshore and offshore targets…

Chariot extends Morocco licenses

Jun 11, 2013

Chariot Oil & Gas Ltd and the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) agreed to a six month extension for the first phase of exploration on the Loukos, Casablanca and Safi licences, off Morocco. The license will now extend until January 11 2014…

Atwood Achiever heads to Morocco

Jun 10, 2013

Atwood Oceanics Inc. was awarded a drilling services contract for the  ultra-deepwater drillship Atwood Achiever by  a subsidiary of Kosmos Energy Ltd.for an exploration  program commencing in Morocco.  The contract specifies a base operating rate of about US $595…

DNO increases Tunisia acreage

Jun 04, 2013

Norwegian oil and gas company DNO International is increasing its acreage offshore Tunisia and plans to drill next year. Through its subsidiary DNO Tunisia AS, the firm has entered a farm-in agreement on the Sfax offshore exploration permit and the Ras El Besh concession…

Bodies recovered after Jascon-4 capsizes

Jun 03, 2013

Ten bodies have been recovered during a rescue operation off the coast of Nigeria after a tugboat contracted by Chevron sank on May 26, 2013. According to Chevron, the Jascon-4 capsized and sank while supporting a tanker loading at SBM 3…

HRT spuds Murombe prospect

Jun 03, 2013

HRT's wholly-owned subsidiary HRT Walvis Petroleum Ltd., has the spud-in of the Murombe-1 (2212/06-1) off Namibia, the second offshore well in its back-to-back exploratory drilling campaign.  The well is targeting the Murombe Prospect…

Latest Tullow Ghana project gets green light

May 31, 2013

Tullow Oil's offshore Ghana Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme Development (TEN project) plan has been given the green light by the country's government. The TEN project is in the Deepwater Tano Contract Area, 60km off the coast of Ghana and about 30km west of Tullow's Jubilee Field…

Tullow plugs Ivory Coast well

May 30, 2013

Tullow Oil plc's Calao-1X exploration well, in the CI-103 licence off the Ivory Coast, encountered thin condensate/gas-bearing reservoirs in an Upper Cretaceous deepwater channel system, the company announced on 30 May 2013. Following completion of logging operations…

Extra time for Aminex in Tanzania

May 30, 2013

Aminex has been given extra time to carry out exploration in its licence in Tanzania's offshore Rovuma Basin.  Partner in the licence Solo Oil, said the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation had agreed a variation of the terms of…

Wärtsilä supplies Lianzi heat

May 24, 2013

Chevron awarded Wärtsilä a contract to supply a direct electric heating (DEH) system for the company's US$2 billion Lianzi offshore development project, located off Congo and Angola, West Africa. Wärtsilä will deliver the topside modules to be installed on the platform…

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