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Polarcus wins broadband 3D project offshore Brazil

Polarcus has signed a contract with an undisclosed client for a non-exclusive broadband 3D marine seismic project offshore Brazil.

GeoPark discovers new light oil field in Colombia

GeoPark Limited discovered a new oil field following the drilling of exploration well Chachalaca 1, located on the Llanos 34 Block in Colombia. GeoPark operates and has a 45% working interest in the block.

Fugro Americas showcases new-build survey vessel

Fugro’s new-build geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, was showcased to top clients, with over 100 in attendance.

Prosafe wins three-year contract offshore Brazil

Prosafe has signed a contract with Petrobras Netherlands B.V. for the provision of the Safe Eurus semisubmersible vessel for safety and maintenance support offshore Brazil.

Hoover Container Solutions opens service facility in Brazil

Hoover Container Solutions (Hoover), a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has announced the opening of its new service facility in Brazil.

Shell-BG merger receives Brazilian antitrust clearance

Royal Dutch Shell’s acquisition of BG Group has received unconditional merger clearance from the Brazilian competition authority (CADE), satisfying the first of the pre-conditions to the combination. Other pre-conditions include merger clearances in Australia, China and Europe.

Exxon’s Guyana oil find may hold 700 MMbbl

An Exxon Mobil discovery off the coast of Guyana may hold oil and natural gas worth 12 times the South American nation’s entire economic output.

InterMoor completes Juniper contract offshore Trinidad and Tobago

InterMoor Inc., an Acteon company, has completed its role in the largest foundation installation project offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.

BG, Petrobras achieve ambitious ultra-deepwater drilling target

In November 2011, BG’s Brasil’s well engineering team and Petrobras set out an ambitious target at a historic drilling performance workshop—to drill ultra-deepwater, pre-salt wells from spud to final depth in 30 days at a cost of less than $30 million.

Rosneft gets Brazil’s approval for full control of Solimoes project

Rosneft Brasil—a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosneft—and PetroRio have received approval from Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) for Rosneft Brasil to acquire an additional 55% interest in the Solimoes project.

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Disputed waters raise hopes, create conflict

Brazil is in deep trouble: DW Monday

Petrobras has long been a pioneer in the adoption and deployment of deepwater technology. This has enabled them to build huge reserves of some 16 Bbbl of oil. Converting these reserves to production, however, is another matter and Petrobras has a history of setting ambitious targets, with a poor record of meeting them.

FPSO Cidade de Itaguaí arrives in Lula field

The floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Cidade de Itaguaí is now anchored in the Iracema Norte area of Lula field, in the pre-salt layer of the Santos basin, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

Eni, Repsol start production at Perla gas field offshore Venezuela

Eni has started production from the giant gas field Perla, in the Gulf of Venezuela. The first production well has been opened and is currently in the clean-up phase.

PetroRio buys Petrobras’ stake in Bijupirá, Salema fields

PetroRio has signed an agreement to acquire 20% of the rights and obligations of the concession contracts for Bijupirá and Salema fields from Petrobras.

Technip wins contract for FPSO destined for Libra field

Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd.

Petrobras lowers five-year spending plan to $130 bn

Petroleo Brasileiro SA cut its five-year spending plan by 37% and lowered oil output targets as Brazil’s state-controlled producer battles the industry’s heaviest debt load and a slump in crude prices.

Petrobras sets new records for pre-salt production

Petrobras’ pre-salt production in May set two new monthly output records, the company said Friday.

Petrobras finishes investigation of FPSO explosion

Petrobras has completed an analysis of the factors that contributed to the fatal accident on board the Cidade de São Mateus FPSO in February, the company announced Friday.

Xodus Subsea strengthens management team in the Americas

Xodus Subsea has appointed a General Manager and Business Development Manager to drive activity in the Americas, as the company aims to challenge the largest tier one subsea engineering companies for a share of the market in the region.