Offshore ///

Africa Energy signs rig contract for Block 11B/12B, offshore South Africa

Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, is pleased to announce that the joint venture partnership for Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa has entered into a multi-well drilling contract with Odfjell Drilling for the Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible rig.

Expro awarded subsea contract by Pacific Santa Ana, offshore Mauritania

International oilfield services company Expro has been awarded a contract by Pacific Drilling LLC’s subsidiary, Pacific Santa Ana, Ltd., for the provision of an Intervention Riser System (IRS) for Petronas’ Chinguetti Field Phase II plug and abandonment (P&A) contract, offshore Mauritania.

Decommissioning in Shetland expands with the arrival of more North Sea structures

The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland is one step closer to becoming a center of excellence for recycling offshore structures from the North Sea with the arrival of two new installations for decommissioning by strategic partners Veolia and Peterson.

Hurricane Barry halts large portion of GOM oil output

Hurricane Barry shut-in three-quarters of U.S. GOM crude production.

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reports high activity in the first six months of the year

Production on the Norwegian shelf is holding steady at a high level. Many projects are in the development or planning phases.

Aker BP strikes oil in the NOAKA area, offshore Norway

Aker BP is about to complete the Liatårnet exploration well in license 442 in the NOAKA area. The well has proved oil with a gross resource estimate of 80-200 MMboe.

Tropical storm races toward Louisiana, curbing oil output

Tropical Storm Barry is barreling toward Louisiana and could hit the coastline as a hurricane by Saturday, causing close to $1 billion in damage and worsening flooding in New Orleans.

OGA launches 32nd Offshore Licensing Round on the UKCS

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 32nd Offshore Licensing Round with 768 blocks or part-blocks on offer across the main producing areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Acreage is on offer in the Central North Sea, Northern North Sea, Southern North Sea and the West of Shetlands.

Vessels sailing under the radar to ship Venezuelan crude to Cuba

Stopping the flow of Venezuelan oil to its ally Cuba might prove harder than the U.S. expected.

McDermott awarded sizeable offshore engineering contract by Qatar Petroleum

McDermott International, Inc., announced it has been awarded a sizeable contract by Qatar Petroleum (QP) to carry out front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for offshore wellhead platforms, pipelines and cables associated with the North Field Expansion (NFE) project.

Pemex under pressure with AMLO ruling Mexico’s economy

The surprise departure of Mexico’s finance minister has the state oil company’s watchers biting their nails.

Total divests UK assets to Petrogas for $635 million

Total has signed an agreement to divest several UK non-core assets to Petrogas NEO UK Ltd, the exploration and production arm of the Oman-based conglomerate MB Holding.

McDermott wins record EPCI mega-project for Marjan Package 1

McDermott International, Inc., has announced that it has been awarded a contract in excess of $3 billion for Package 1 of Saudi Aramco's Marjan Increment Development Mega-Project to provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the Gas-Oil Separation Plant (GOSP), in a consortium with China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC).

CNOOC China signs cooperation framework agreement with Sinopec Corp.

CNOOC Limited has announced that CNOOC China Limited, its subsidiary, has signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.) regarding the sea areas of Bohai, Beibu Gulf and South Yellow Sea, as well as North Jiangsu basin.

Capricorn Norge strikes out southeast of Norne field

Capricorn Norge AS, operator of PL 758, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6508/1-3.

Aramco awards $18 billion in deals to boost capacity, despite OPEC pledge to restrict output

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest crude exporter, awarded $18 billion in contracts to boost output capacity at two offshore oil fields even as the kingdom and its OPEC partners restrict production.

Siemens’ gas turbine generator packages to power Eni Mexico Area 1 FPSO

Siemens will provide MODEC with three 34-megawatt (MW) SGT-A35 gas turbine power generation packages that will power MODEC’s floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Talos Energy has completed its appraisal program for the Zama discovery on Block 7, in the offshore portion of Mexico’s prolific Sureste basin.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

New Zealand’s faux ban

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Rebound seen in new offshore exploration