TotalEnergies to start Nigeria deep-water drilling campaign in February 2023


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TotalEnergies is expected to start its much-anticipated infill drilling campaign offshore Nigeria in February 2023, its partner Africa Oil Corp. has said. The major has been planning a new drilling campaign on its flagship deepwater block OML 130 for some time, with an initial start scheduled for Q3 2022. The campaign will focus on infill […]

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Nigeria’s RusselSmith on track to create West Africa’s first Smart Manufacturing Solutions Center


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RusselSmith, one of Nigeria’s leading oil & gas maintenance and inspection solutions companies, has joined the Roboze 3D Parts Network. The Nigerian services company is now part of a network of specialized additive manufactured centres that use Roboze ARGO Production technology and are able to deliver on complex designs and difficult engineering challenges.   “We […]

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Industry Catch-up: What You Might Have Missed


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The oil & gas sector knows no break and has had its fair share of developments over the past two weeks. Here is what you need to know as you get back to the office. Mozambique has announced the results of its 6th Licensing Round On December 21st, Mozambique revealed the results of its 6th […]

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Azule Energy continues to make progress on new Agogo hub in Angola


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Azule Energy has signed an Agreement for Preliminary Activities (APA) with Yinson Azalea Production Pte Ltd to commence all preliminary activities for the provision, operation and maintenance of a FPSO asset for the Agogo Integrated West Hub Development Project offshore Angola. Agogo will be the third FPSO on Block 15/06, operated by Eni Angola (now […]

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Perenco makes new oil find offshore Congo


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Perenco has confirmed a new oil discovery within the Tchibeli North East pre-salt Vandji exploration prospect on its PNGF Sud shallow water permit in Congo-Brazzaville. “Good oil and gas shows were recorded on entry into the reservoir and a 75m oil column was interpreted on logs. A test of these zones produced at 2,000 bopd, […]

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Fourth well of the year in Orange Basin is a failure. What’s Next?


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Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas has announced that its shallow water Gazania-1 well within Block 2B offshore South Africa did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons. The well was the fourth one to be drilled this year in the Orange Basin following Graff-1 (Shell), Venus-1 (TotalEnergies) and La Rona-1 (Shell). Gazania-1 is the only disappointing one so […]

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Invictus Energy confirms working hydrocarbons system onshore Zimbabwe


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Invictus Energy has reported fluorescence end elevated gas shows of up to 65 times above background levels in the Upper Angwa primary target of its Mukuy-1 well onshore Zimbabwe. The well is yet to reach total depth and has confimed a working conventional hydrocarbon system in the Cabora Bassin. “We still have several hundred metres […]

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ReconAfrica’s Namibian wildcat: geological success but commercial failure


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Reconnaissance Energy Africa has announced that’s its first wildcat onshore Zimbabwe, the Makandina 8-2 well, has been a geological success but failed to show commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. The well reached total depth in mid-August and confirmed the presence of a working petroleum system by encountering intervals rich with methane and hydrocarbon gas liquids such […]

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Angola: ExxonMobil makes new discovery on Block 15


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Angola’s National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG) has announced a new discovery at the Bavuca Sul-1 well on Block 15. The block is operated by ExxonMobil (36%) in partnership with Azule Energy (42%), Equinor (12%) and Sonangol E&P (10%). ExxonMobil is currently executing a redevelopment programme on the block, following a June 2019 agreement […]

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Angola: 12-well extension contract for the Libongos drillship


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Sonadrill, the joint-venture between Seadrill and Sonangol, has secured a 12-well extension in Angola for the Libongos drillship, Seadrill announced today. The firm portion of the contract is worth $327m with commencement expected in Q4 2022 with a firm-term of approximately 25 months. The Libongos drillship was already under a multi-year contract with Eni Angola, […]

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Addax Petroleum officially exits Nigeria, transfers offshore blocks to NNPC


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On November 1st, Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Ltd signed a Transfer, Settlement and Exit Agreement (TSEA) with NNPC Ltd for offshore blocks OML 123, OML 124, OML 126, and OML 137. The subsidiary of the Sinopec Group has now ceased to be the production sharing contractor on these assets, after two decades operating in Nigeria. […]

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Eni to start exploratory drilling offshore Congo


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Borr Drilling’s Prospector 5 jackup drilling rig has reached the Central African coast where it is expected to start drilling soon for Eni Congo. In August 2022, Borr Drilling had announced the signing of a letter of intent worth $68.9m for Prospector 5 to execute a 6-well firm program expected to start in Q4 2022 […]

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TechnipFMC sees at least $4.5bn worth of subsea opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa


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TechnipFMC foresees between $4.5bn and $7bn of subsea opportunities in Angola, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire over the coming 24 months, according to its latest earnings presentation. Angola Angola will continue to dominate the market in terms of projects’ scope and value, as it has for the past couple of years. The implementation of an enabling […]

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Shell maintains pre-FID options worth 405,000 bpd offshore Nigeria


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Shell still has four major pre-FID options to develop its reserves offshore Nigeria, according to the major’s latest quarterly presentation. These represents the biggest share of the company’s pre-FID options across its global upstream portfolio. Most projects are concentrated on and around the Bonga deep-water field on OML 118, where the production sharing contract (PSC) […]

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Somalia: Federal Government approves Coastline Exploration’s Production Sharing Agreements


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Coastline Exploration has announced receipt of final authorization to proceed with its exploration programme in Somalia after paying a $7m signature bonus to the Somali Central Bank. The oil & gas independent had announced last February that it had signed seven Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) for deep-water blocks offshore Somalia. “We want the first exploration […]

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VAALCO completes FSO installation and field reconfiguration offshore Gabon


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VAALCO Energy delivered First Oil to the Teli floating, storage, and offloading (FSO) vessel at its Etame Field offshore Gabon on October 18, the company has revealed. The installation of the FSO had been ongoing for several months to replace the previous Petróleo Nautipa FPSO vessel operated by BW Offshore, whose contract expired in September […]

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Nigeria: Petralon 54 steps up engagement with Dawes Island communities


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Petralon 54 Ltd has announced that it recently held a meeting with its host and impacted communities around the Dawes Island Field south of Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta. The company officially presented its Petroleum Prospecting License No. 259 (PPL 259) to the Royal Fathers and the people ahead of starting sustained commercial production […]

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Norway’s DNO enters Côte d’Ivoire’s as it looks for more African oil & gas deals


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DNO has announced yesterday the acquisition of Mondoil Enterprises from Oslo-listed RAK Petroleum for a consideration of $117.25m. By acquiring Mondoil Enterprises in an all-share transaction, DNO gains a 33.33% indirect interest in Foxtrot International, operator of the producing block CI-27 and exploration block CI-12 in Côte d’Ivoire. “As DNO targets expansion beyond the Kurdistan […]

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Petralon 54 takes action to start production from the Dawes Island Field in Nigeria by the end of 2022


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Petralon 54 Ltd, a subsidiary of Petralon Energy Ltd, is in active engagement with its host community in the Niger Delta and has commenced technical and operational activities to achieve production at the Dawes Island Field by the end of 2022, the company said today. The move follows the award of the Dawes Island Marginal […]

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D.R. Congo opens new Bid Round for 30 oil & gas blocks


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The Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially opened today a new Bidding Round for 30 blocks across the country. The blocks are spread out across five different basins: Cuvette Central, Coastal Basin, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Kivu and the Albertine Graben. The Bid Round is supported by Xcalibur Multiphysics and […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Eni increases reserves at Baleine discovery by 25% with second successful well


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Italian major Eni has announced the successful drilling and testing of the Baleine East-1X well within Block CI-802 offshore Côte d’Ivoire. This is the first well to be drilled in the block and targeting the Baleine structure discovered in 2021 in the adjacent Block CI-101. Results from the wells have allowed to increase the volumes […]

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