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UTEC extends surveying capabilities with new autonomous underwater vehicle launch and recovery system

UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, successfully commissioned its new launch and recovery system (LARS) for the fleet of seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) it uses for seabed surveys in the oil and renewables industries.

Savannah makes 5th consecutive discovery in Zomo-1, South Niger

Savannah Petroleum PLC has announced the result of the Zomo-1 exploration well as an oil discovery.

Aker Solutions to provide brownfield services for BP in Angola

Aker Solutions has been awarded a five-year agreement to supply brownfield modifications, maintenance and operations support for BP's Greater Plutonio and PSVM fields offshore Angola.

China boosts West African oil imports to offset trade war impact

China is set to boost its crude imports from West Africa to the highest in at least seven years this month as the trade war with the U.S. prompts the Asian nation’s refiners to find alternatives.

Nigerian oil union says Chevron talks on job cuts resume

Talks between a Nigerian oil labor union and Chevron Corp. over the U.S. energy giant’s plan to fire thousands of workers resumed Friday, the union said.

Eco Atlantic receives government approval to drill Namibia's Cooper Block

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd., an oil exploration focused company with licenses in the highly prospective regions of offshore Guyana and in the Walvis basin offshore Namibia, has updated the market on its PEL 30 Block (Cooper Block) in Namibia.

Delmar awarded mooring contract in Equatorial Guinea

Delmar Systems, Inc. has been awarded the mooring contract to provide engineering design services, project management, mooring equipment, and mooring installation services for the Development Driller III at ExxonMobil’s locations offshore Equatorial Guinea.

Maersk Drilling awarded deepwater contract offshore Ghana

Aker Energy and Maersk Drilling have agreed upon a new contract that will send deepwater drillship Maersk Viking from the Gulf of Mexico to Ghana to start drilling an appraisal well during fourth-quarter 2018.

Anglo African Oil & Gas provides update on drilling program in the Congo

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc, an independent oil and gas developer, has announced that the construction of the extended pad at Tilapia field, in the Republic of the Congo has been completed ahead of schedule.

TGS announces new multi-beam, seep study project in the MSGBC basin

TGS has announced its first regional offshore MSGBC SeaSeep Project in the Northwest Africa Atlantic Margin.

First oil achieved at Tortue, offshore Gabon

BW Offshore has announced that first oil from the BW Adolo FPSO was safely achieved on Sept. 16, 2018, 18 months after the initial investment was made in the Dussafu license, offshore Gabon.

BP oil-buying spree jolts sleepy West African crude market

Two of the world’s biggest oil companies are stepping up buying and selling of West African crude at the same time as a new regional swaps market has emerged, as merchants seek new ways to eke out profits in a tough trading environment.

Savannah Petroleum spuds Zomo-1 well, in southeastern Niger

Savannah Petroleum PLC, the British independent oil and gas company focused around activities in Niger and Nigeria, this morning announces that the fifth well in its current Niger drilling campaign, Zomo-1, was spudded on Sept. 8, 2018.

Equatorial Guinea said to plan end to oil-service contracts

Equatorial Guinea may exclude oil-service companies TechnipFMC Plc, Subsea 7 SA and Schlumberger Ltd. from the country because they aren’t complying with local-content rules over training and jobs, said a government official.

Anglo African Oil & Gas reports temporary suspension of drilling at Tilapia field

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc, an independent oil and gas developer, has announced that the company has been informed by its drilling contractor, SMP, that they have experienced a topside issue that has affected a rig offshore the Congo.

Panoro Energy reports oil discovery at Dussafu, offshore Gabon

Panoro Energy has reported an oil discovery in the Ruche North East Marin-1 (DRNEM-1) well drilled in the Dussafu Marin PSC, offshore Gabon.

New Age spuds appraisal well on Cameroon's Etinde Block

Bowleven, the Africa focused oil and gas company traded on AIM, has announced the spud of the IE-4 appraisal well on the Etinde Block, Cameroon, by the block’s operator, New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum SA.

ONS 2018 hosts first ever Ghanaian Pavilion

ONS is proud to be hosting the first ever Ghanaian Pavilion to appear at an ONS 2018. You will find the Ghanaian Pavilion at ONS 2018, in Hall 4, stand 4300.

Nigeria's Oando eyes growth after curbing $2.5-billion debt

Oando Plc is looking to boost crude output from next year as the Nigerian producer breaks the back of a $2.5 billion debt burden built up through the 2014 acquisition of oil and gas assets from U.S. giant ConocoPhillips.

FAR Limited prepares to drill Gambia's first offshore well in 40 years

FAR Limited has selected its final well location for the upcoming Samo-1 well in its Gambian exploration program.