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Sembcorp Marine delivers world’s first eighth-generation drillship

Sembcorp Marine Ltd successfully completed the delivery of the world’s first eighth-generation drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, for Transocean’s subsidiary Triton Atlas GmBH.

Xodus forms advisory group to tackle decommissioning challenges in Australia

Global energy consultancy Xodus has established a new Contaminant Advisory Group to help tackle the decommissioning regulatory challenges facing operators in Australia.

Strohm fast-tracks delivery of TCP Riser for Shell’s North Sea operations

Strohm has supplied Shell with a static Thermoplastic Composite (TCP) Riser to support operations at one of its Southern North Sea assets.

Increasing recovery by reducing oil in water with production chemicals

Samuel Ezewu

With increasing volumes of produced water from existing deepwater Nigerian assets, it’s imperative to limit or prevent emulsifications. To solve the problem, a customized water clarifier was developed to ensure regulatory compliance to discharge requirements and optimize waste management practices.

September spud date expected for exploration well offshore South Africa

Eco Atlantic plans to spud the Gazania-1 well, 25 km (15 mi) offshore the Northern Cape in South Africa in September.

Trident Energy commissions Okume oilfield upgrade offshore Guinea

Aimed at unlocking the geological capacity of the complex, a conventional oil development located in deep water in Equatorial Guinea comprising five producing oilfields, the upgrade will convert 15 gas lift wells to electrical submersible pumps.

FET delivers two additional work-class ROVs to Oceanica in Brazil

Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has delivered two work-class ROV sales to Brazilian marine engineering company Oceanica Engenharia e Consultoria Limitada to support its deepwater intervention operations and strengthen its offering to the energy sector.

OTC 2022: Critical role of deep water in the energy mix

Energy demand is expected to increase, and deepwater oil and gas will play a critical role in the energy mix in the future, ExxonMobil Vice President of Deepwater Jeff Weidner said during an executive dialogue.

Regional Report: Gulf of Mexico: Slings and arrows

Mike Slaton

Skyrocketing oil prices caused by Russia’s war on Ukraine and Biden’s war on hydrocarbons present the Gulf of Mexico E&P industry with a conflicting brew of circumstances.

Guyana in talks to build deepwater port with Abu Dhabi

Guyana, home to the world’s largest oil discovery of the past decade, is in discussions with Abu Dhabi to build a deepwater port to serve the rapid economic development along South America’s Caribbean coast.

Editorial: BirAllah 13 tcf reserve project to follow bp’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim’s in African gas rush

Discovered via a trio of wells drilled by the Valaris DS-12 drillship in 2019, the high-quality gas at BirAllah represents the largest deep water gas discovery of 2019 and the third largest overall.

Hundreds briefed on tech trends at MCE Deepwater Development conference in London

MCE Deepwater Development returned to its in-person conference in London this month. By all accounts, it exceeded its goal of bringing together technical experts from across the global industry.

Murphy Oil strikes first oil from new Gulf of Mexico project

Murphy Oil Corp. has begun producing oil from a new deepwater Gulf of Mexico project, months ahead of schedule.

Shell's 13-year journey from discovery to first oil shows why U.S. output remains flat

The difference in business models of shale wells and offshore projects explains why it’s so difficult for oil giants such as Shell to quickly ramp up production when geopolitical disruptions like Russia’s war in Ukraine upend markets.

Shell starts deepwater production at PowerNap in the Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore Inc. announced the start of production at PowerNap, a subsea development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with an estimated peak production of 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

CGG wins major 4D OBN imaging contract offshore Brazil

CGG has been awarded a two-part Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) seismic imaging project by PXGEO over the Sapinhoá Shared Reservoir in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil.

Namibia enters new era of hydrocarbon exploration and production

The African Energy Chamber sat with Ian Cloke, COO Afentra, to discuss the potential of what could engineer Namibia’s new era of hydrocarbon exploration and production for the country.

Regional report: Brazil – weathering the pandemic

Mike Slaton

Considering its wobbly production, Brazil is doing pretty well in weathering the pandemic. Results of the rescheduled 17th Bidding Round for exploratory acreage were termed successful, although only five of 92 offered blocks were sold.

U.S. judge voids 80 million acres of offshore oil and gas leases

The sale of offshore oil and gas leases on more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico was canceled by a U.S. judge who ordered regulators to take a harder look at the impact on climate change.

Schlumberger places $2 billion bet on strong oilfield service demand growth

Schlumberger is gearing up for growth around the world as the No. 1 oilfield contractor expects recovering economies to ignite several years of crude-demand expansion.

TotalEnergies grants Maersk Drilling one-well extension offshore Suriname

The contract extension for Maersk Valiant has an estimated duration of 100 days, with work expected to commence in March 2022 in direct continuation of the rig’s previously agreed work scope.