Africa ///

Companies in the news

Steven McGinn

Companies in the news

Regional report: East Africa

Ron Bitto

Energy development will bring economic progress to the emerging nations of East Africa

Development and field application of highly conductive, proppant-free channel fracturing

Ubong Inyang, Philip Nguyen, Janette Cortez-Montalvo

Injection pressures of proppant-laden slurry and proppant-free spacer, using a pulsing approach, were found to be significantly lower than those applied with conventional hydraulic fracturing treatments.

Regional report: West Africa

Laura White, Arran Waterman

Identification of potential pre-salt basins and improved deepwater technologies leads to targeted licensing rounds, as several countries strive to participate and boost activity in these frontier plays.

Energy, security and understanding the human terrain of West Africa

Michael Keating

When operators enter underexplored areas, the question of how best to proceed with project development becomes more complex when considering local communities.

What's new in production

Henry Terrell

Onshore Africa: Hope, investment in short supply

Expandable liner hanger and packer exceed expectations for first deepwater well in Red Sea

Yemi Adewuya, Shrikant Tiwari, Abdullah Abdelwahed, Maurilio Solono

A newly developed, 11¾-in., expandable liner hanger packer (ELHP) system made it possible to overcome the challenges of drilling Saudi Aramco’s first deepwater well, a rank wildcat in the Red Sea. 

International Offshore Rigs

International Offshore Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

International Rotary Rig Count

International Rotary Rig Count

World Oil and NGL Production

World Oil and NGL Production Table

World of oil and gas

Melanie Cruthirds

World of oil and gas

Ensuring CLOV project reliability through integrated class and equipment certification

Marie-Francoise Renard

CLOV is the fourth major project, which Total and its partners have developed in the prolific Block 17 in deepwater Angola.

What's new in production

Henry Terrell

Outside of North America, is there hope for tight oil?

Offshore in depth

Eldon Ball

Operators set sights on frontier areas


Companies in the news

Steven McGinn

Companies in the news

Single-run “mega-combo” LWD/MWD improves formation evaluation offshore Angola

The largest-ever suite of MWD/LWD data acquired for an ultra-deepwater well offshore Angola aided in the design of optimum BHAs and wireline programs for subsequent wells.

South Africa beckons as the continent’s new frontier

IOC investment in South Africa is growing as companies realize that the nation provides unconventional resources, a favorable drilling environment and a potential domestic market.

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Jeff Moore

Algerian gas plant attack—the aftermath and security considerations

A new perspective emerges on Angola’s pre-salt

The 2006 discovery by Petrobras of Tupi field, Santos basin, Brazil, and subsequent related pre-salt discoveries, has increased interest in the pre-salt analogues of Angola’s conjugate Kwanza-Benguela and Namibe basins. Common origin and similar tectonic history suggest that a similar play should exist in Angola. The depth migration of a PGS dual-sensor survey across the Kwanza-Benguela and Namibe area will assist exploration.

Integrated systems reclaim cooling tower blowdown

South Africa’s coal-based synfuel producer, Sasol, has contributed to that country’s energy independence by supplying 30% of its fuel requirements. But when it needed additional processing and production capability at its 160,000-bpd coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in Mpumalanga, the increased water demand placed potential constraints on the company’s expansion plans.