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Service companies chase international boom as U.S. shale drilling moderates

The biggest providers of oilfield services are surfing a wave of international spending on the back of higher prices, but the good news is tempered by an activity slowdown in their own back yard.

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.

Shell, Equinor commit to Tanzania LNG as they await host accord

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA said they’re committed to a project that will allow the export of natural gas from Tanzania.

Chariot Oil & Gas announces Prospect S well result, offshore Namibia

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, has announced the result of the well on the Central Blocks license, offshore Namibia.

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

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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.

Chariot Oil & Gas to spud Prospect S, offshore Namibia

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, has announced that the Ocean Rig Poseidon, a sixth generation deepwater drillship, has commenced its mobilization with estimated arrival at the Prospect S well location in Namibia in the next 24 hours.

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.

Tanzania sees Uganda gas pipeline kicking off in the coming years

The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp. is confident a natural-gas pipeline to Uganda will start in 2021, according to acting Managing Director Kapuulya Musomba.

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.

Tullow drills Namibia well in "bold effort to open new play"

Tullow Oil Plc said an exploration well off Namibia was a dud, damping enthusiasm over a frontier area that’s attracted renewed interest amid oil’s recovery.

"Fortunately" for major gas supplier, Trump fails to sway OPEC

Africa’s biggest oil and natural gas producer plans to expand in most areas of the energy industry except for crude, shunning U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest Twitter directive for OPEC members to reduce oil prices.

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.

The Republic of Madagascar to hold 2018-2019 licensing round

OMNIS, in partnership with TGS and BGP, announce a licensing round in Madagascar, to be launched at Africa Oil Week, Nov. 5-9, 2018.

Petronas may invest in South Sudan oil blocks, presidency says

Malaysian state energy company Petroliam Nasional Bhd. is interested in developing oil blocks in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir’s office said.