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Deepwater Drilling
by Peter Aird
Latest Headlines

Eni makes major deepwater discovery off Angola
Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has announced a major deepwater oil discovery in Block 15/06, offshore Angola in the Agogo exploration prospect...

Cooper completes installation & testing of Sole gasfield umbilical
(3/18/2019) Cooper Energy has completed installation and testing of the control umbilical from the Sole gasfield off Victoria, Australia to the onshore plant...

Alpha acquires Premier Gas' Oklahoma Rogers Project
(3/18/2019 OGI: Houston) Alpha Energy has concluded a definitive purchase agreement with Premier Gas to acquire its oil and gas assets in Oklahoma in the Rogers Project....
Kazakh Energy Ministry cutting Kashagan Field output by some 200,000 b/d
(3/18/2019) Kazakhstan's Minister of Petroleum Kanat Bozumbaye has revealed the Ministry will reduce production at the country's giant Kashagan Field...

European Commission approves Poland's Swinoujscie LNG Terminal
(3/18/2019) The European Commission has approved providing aid for the construction of the Swinoujscie liquefied natural gas terminal on Poland's Baltic Sea coast...

Equinor given permission to use Trestakk pipeline & subsea production facilities
(3/18/2019) The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has given Equinor permission to utilize the pipeline and subsea production facilities at its Trestakk Field...

Tlou Energy dewatering Botswana's Lesedi CBM wells prior to production
(3/18/2019) Tlou Energy has reported completion of two development pods of three wells each at its Lesedi coalbed methane project in Botswana...

Four new phases in Iran's giant South Pars Field launched
(3/18/2019) South Pars, the world's largest gasfield, had four more phases in its development officially launched yesterday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani...

Leads & drilling targets identified in Guyana's Orinduik Block
(3/18/2019) Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas has received a completed competent persons report on the Orinduik Block offshore Guyana from Gustavson Associates...

US rotary rig count drops 1 rig this week to 1026
(3/17/2019) Baker Hughes has reported that there was one less rig actively drilling this week in the United States rotary rig fleet, for a rig count down to 1026...

Abu Dhabi awards Inpex sub Jodco its Onshore Block 4
(3/17/2019) Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has awarded exploration rights to Abu Dhabi's Onshore Block 4 to Inpex Corporation' Jodco Exploration....

Vantage's Topaz Driller lines up work off Gabon and Cameroon
(3/17/2019) Vantage Drilling has received a contract from Vaalco Energy for the jackup drilling rig Topaz Driller to carry out drilling operations offshore Gabon..

Stena Don to drill UK North Sea Laggan Field well
(3/17/2019) Stena Drilling has reported concluding a new contract with Total E&P UK for the drilling of a well on the Laggan Field in the UK West of Shetland area...

Norway expanding Arctic exploration area in this year's licensing round
(3/17/2019) Norway's Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is proposing expansion of the area to be offered for oil and gas exploration in the 2019 licensing round....

Johan Sverdrup living quarters topside ready for sailaway
(3/15/2019) Equinor has reported the quarters topside for the Johan Sverdrup Field platform in the Norwegian North Sea is ready for sailaway from Kvaerner Yard...

Tallgrass extends Pony Express Pipeline open season
(3/15/2019) Tallgrass Energy has, through its affiliate Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, extended and expanded its open season soliciting shipper commitments...

Woodside awards UGL services contract for Karratha Gas Plant
(3/15/2019) CIMIC subsidiary UGL has been awarded a new contract for services at the Karratha Gas Plant in the Pilbara region of Western Australia...

Sonatrach picks WorleyParsons for 5-year frame project
(3/15/2019) WorleyParsons has signed a five-year framework agreement with Sonatrach in Algeria to provide project management to support oil and gas production...

GranEnergia wins Interoil contract for accommodations on Angola's Kaombo Sul
(3/15/2019) Interoil has awarded a contract to GranEnergia for provision of accommodation services off Angola to support Total's hook-up and commissioning...

Indonesia's Sirasun & Batir gasfield go onstream
(3/15/2019) Japan Petroleum Exploration Company has advised production is underway on the Sirasun and Batur gasfields, part of East Java's Kangean TSB complex...

Magseis Fairfield to shoot OBS seismic in US Gulf
(3/15/2019) Magseis Fairfield has received a contingent letter of award for a three-month data acquisition program in the US Gulf of Mexico during the third quarter...
BW Offshore to raise ownership of Brazil's Maromba Field to 100%
(3/15/2019) BW Offshore has entered into an agreement with Chevron to acquire the remaining 30% ownership of the Maromba Field off Brazil for US$25 million....

Pemex signs Borr Drilling to drill 9 wells offshore Mexico
(3/15/2019) Borr Drilling, in partnership with OPEX Perforadora, has received an official award from Petroleos Mexicanos for the provision of nine development wells..

Total awarded JDZ concession by Nigeria & Sao Tome & Principe
(3/15/2019) Total has reported that a production sharing contract has been signed with Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe that provides 100% interest and operation of the three blocks....

Fire engulfs ONGC well near Ahmedabad, 2 killed, 4 severely burned
(3/14/2019) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has reported its Nandej Well #6 in India's Gujarat state near Ahmedabad erupted in flames last night killing two workers...

Accident on Maersk Invincible as drilling tubing stands fall on drillfloor
(3/14/2019) The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has completed its investigation of an incident on the Maersk Invincible when two 38-meter tubular stands fell...

Rowan EXL II Super Jackup bound for Guyana
(3/14/2019) Rowan Companies has reported it has concluded a contract for the charter of it Rowan EXL II high specification Super 116E jackup drilling rig with Repsol...

Gas pipeline explosion near Ahvaz, Iran kills at least 5
(3/14/2019) A massive gas pipeline explosion has occurred this morning in southwestern Iran's Khuzestan Province, between Ahvaz and Manshahr...
Equinor given approval to extend life of 8 NCS installations
(3/14/2019) Equinor has received the authorities' approval to extend the life of eight of its operated installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf...

RDS wins new detailed design engineering contract
(3/14/2019) The RDS engineering and design subsidiary of KCA Deutag has been awarded a new contract for detailed design of a drilling facility...
Europa transferring operation of UK Weald Basin license to UKOG
(3/14/2019) Europa Oil & Gas is in the process of transferring its operatorship of UK onshore license PEDL143 to UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) to facilitate its focus....

Eni evaluating new gas discovery in Egypt's Nour North Sinai Concession
(3/14/2019) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi is currently evaluating its Nour-1 new field wildcat in the Eastern Egyptian Mediterranean's Nour North Sinai Concession...

Total shooting 3D survey over South Africa's Block 11B/12B
(3/14/2019) Africa Energy has reported the start of a new 3D marine seismic acquisition program over the Paddavissie Fairway on the Total-operated off South Africa...

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From the Editor

Trump pro-oil stance mostly talk, little action

Dev George
Managing Editor


After two years in office, the administration of US President Donald Trump, although ostensibly pro-oil, has had only a minor effect on the industry other than offering tweets and a great deal of rhetoric mostly lacking in substance and serving simply as self-aggrandizement...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude futures eased to close the week with mixed settlements

(3/15/2019) Crude futures reached the bell today at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) to end the week's trade with mixed settlements and no dramatic changes after this week's rise to a 2019 high despite concerns about the global economy and the seemingly unstoppable rise in US oil production that is being driven ever higher by shale oil output...⇒⇒⇒
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