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Saipem Wins $700 Mln Worth of Offshore Contracts

the development of Guyana’s significant hydrocarbon resources. Finally, this project is expected to involve the recently acquired vessel Constellation which, together with the FDS2, will ensure an offshore execution campaign to achieve first oil by 2022.”Furthermore, through its subsidiary Boscongo SA, Saipem has been awarded a new Offshore E&C contract in the Republic of Congo for an MMO (Maintenance, Modifications & Operations) project in relation to the Centrale Electrique du Congo, which covers over half of the country’s electricity supply.The scope of work includes the engineering

Prelude. Photo: Shell

LNG Report: Floating Liquefaction & Regasification

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Total Conducting Seismic Testing on Congo Oil Block

French oil major Total is conducting seismic testing on a block it operates in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday, making it the first oil major to conduct such testing in the country.   Congo produces just 25,000 barrels of oil per day along its Atlantic coast in the west but hopes that further exploration offshore and near Lake Albert, which straddles the eastern border with Uganda, will boost that figure significantly in coming years.   Total holds a 66.66 percent stake in Block 3, located along Lake Albert. Semliki Sarl, majority

The cooperation will bring both companies closer in developing technologies that will reduce costs and increase value at subsea oil and gas fields. Photo Aker Solution

Aker, Total Tie-up for Subsea Technology Development

to solve technical challenges faced by the industry today and to reduce the time needed to bring subsea technology to the market." Total has been a strategic customer of Aker Solutions for many years including on subsea projects such as the Kaombo and Dalia developments in Angola and Moho Nord in Congo-Brazzaville. The companies have worked closely on solving specific project challenges and designing solutions to enable future developments. This includes collaborating on subsea boosting solutions and subsea plant for deepwater application as part of Total's deep offshore research and development

Angola: Tender for 12 Offshore Oil Blocks

state oil company Sonangol plans to launch a tender for licences to explore 12 new offshore oil blocks in 2015, state news agency Angop cited Oil Minister Jose Botelho de Vasconcelos as saying on Friday. Seven of the new blocks will be located in the Namibe Basin and the remaining five in the Lower Congo Basin, a Sonangol spokesman told Reuters. Angola is Africa's biggest oil producer after Nigeria, with international majors such as France's Total, Italy's ENI, Britain's BP, and U.S. firms Chevron and Exxon Mobil among the main operators in the country. Angop cited Vasconcelos, who was speaking

    And FCV3000 ROV being monitored from another ROV during the spudding of a new well (photo courtesy of Fugro).

Fugro Wins $100M Total E&P Congo Contract

  Fugro has been awarded a five-year contract with an estimated value of $100 million by Total E&P Congo. The agreement is for ROV services and remote subsea tooling in the Moho Nord field, situated roughly 75 kilometers off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. Fugro will supply four 200hp FCV 3000 work class ROV systems and innovative BOP tooling which will be installed on board three mobile drilling units and one field support vessel. Three ROV systems have been mobilized from Fugro’s Singapore base and are now operating in Moho Nord. Two of them are on board

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Fugro Provides ROV Systems for Total Contract

Fugro has been awarded a five-year contract with an estimated value of USD 100 million by Total E&P Congo. The agreement is for ROV services and remote subsea tooling in the Moho Nord field, situated around 75 kilometres off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.   Fugro will supply four 200hp FCV 3000 work class ROV systems and innovative BOP tooling which will be installed onboard three mobile drilling units and one field support vessel.   Three ROV systems have been mobilized from Fugro’s Singapore base and are now operating in Moho Nord. Two of them are onboard

Fugro Synergy: Photo courtesy of Fugro

Fugro Acquires Africa-based Geofor

Netherland-based Fugro says it has completed the acquisition of the Geofor Group based in Libreville (Gabon), Douala (Cameroon), Pointe Noire (Republic of Congo) and São Tomé City (São Tomé) to strengthen its presence in the Central Africa region and the French speaking African countries. Fugro explains that Geofor is an onshore/ nearshore geotechnical company which delivers drilling services and has highly specialised engineers and geologists in the fields of geotechnical consulting, hydrology, and land survey. The company was established in 1989 and has over 25

WFS, Fugro Offer Wireless ROV Integration

range of ROVs to its Subsea Services Division, are pleased to announce an agreement to offer subsea wireless capability on all FCV Work Class ROVs from 2015 onwards. Having successfully worked together in the past to deliver Seatooth® Video deepwater systems to Fugro for the Moho Nord project in Congo, the companies agreed to enter a partnership which will benefit Fugro’s customers, delivering enhanced ROV solutions for subsea projects. With WFS supplying more than 7,000 communication and control devices to date, subsea wireless has come of age.  This agreement means that Fugro ROVs

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UTEC NCS Survey Completes West African AUV Operations

UTEC NCS Survey informs it has recently completed three months of AUV operations for a number of Saipem projects located in West Africa.    UTEC NCS performed pre-lay and as-laid surveys using their Gavia AUV systems on the Mafumeira and Litchendjili fields, offshore Angola and Congo. Using one of seven GAVIA AUVs, an anchor pre-lay side scan sonar survey was carried out in the Mafumeira field to clear the way for barge operations alongside the Mafumeira Norte Platform. The versatility of working inside the 500m zone of the platform without affecting the platform operations was of particular

New Scantol AHC System for OBS ROV LARS

Hydramec Chooses Scantrol AHC for OBS ROV LARS

of the system, Hydramec and Scantrol were asked to assist with the installation of all the equipment onboard the vessel and eventually carry out live tests during sea trials off the Singapore coast line. All tests proved very successful and all parameters were achieved. The vessel then sailed for Congo, where it is due to start operations in September. “Hydramec is very pleased with the outcome of this project and the service afforded to them by Scantrol and will be looking to further cement this relationship in upcoming projects. Hydramec sees Scantrol as the perfect partner in moving

Aquatic Awarded Moho Nord Subsea Project Contract

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, has been awarded a multimillion pound contract on the $10 billion Moho Nord subsea project, off the coast of the Republic of Congo, West Africa. The contract was awarded by a UK-based subcontractor working for Total E&P Congo. Aquatic’s 10-month campaign portion will mobilize in October 2015. Aquatic, the global partner for complete flex-lay solutions, will supply reel drive systems, together with a team of supervisors and technicians. They will provide the technical expertise and support to operate the equipment hired for the

Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port to Relocate

; Danish engineering firm Niras was in 2014 tasked with designing the new facility at a cost of $1.7 million.   The jetty is expected to increase efficiency in delivery of imported refined fuel for Kenya’s domestic use and export to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. KPA also plans to more than double the capacity of its fuel terminal in Nairobi to cater for the extra flow of petroleum products when a new pipeline linking the capital with Mombasa becomes operational in the end of this year. ( (Source: Wilhelmsen Ship Agency

Saipem wins $520m offshore contracts in Congo, Indonesia

(Reuters) - Saipem has won new contracts for off-shore engineering and construction in Congo and Indonesia worth a total $520 million, the Italian oil services group said on Monday. Saipem said parent company ENI had assigned a consortium led by Saipem a $1.1 billion contract to build a floating production unit (FPU) in Indonesia. "The FPU will be delivered at site ready for surf hook-up in 34 months," Saipem said in a note. In Congo, the group won a contract with Aker Solutions to build under-sea structures, including suction anchors, for the Moho project. By 0912 GMT shares in

Seadrill vessel: Photo courtesy of the owners

Seadrill Contracts Out Multiple Jack-Up Units

; The contract is for a firm period of two wells, expected to be 51 days each, plus two option wells. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$31 million inclusive of mobilization.  West Ariel, a Keppel FELS 'B' Class jack-up rig, has secured a contract offshore Congo with ENI Congo SA.  The contract is for a firm period of 12 months plus an option of 12 months. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$89 million inclusive of an estimated US$8.5 million of mobilization. In addition Eni Congo has extended the charter of

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Statoil Farms Down in Angolan Pre-salt

drilling of Dilolo, Statoil will operate its second commitment well in Block 38 to the north of Block 39. In the next two to three years, Statoil will in total participate in eight commitment wells in the Kwanza basin. Statoil is also partner and has shares in blocks 4/05, 15, 15/06, 17 and 31 in the Congo Basin offshore Angola. “The Angolan continental shelf is the largest con­tributor to our oil production outside Norway and a key building block in our international strategy. Angola yielded approximately 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in equity production in 2013, which is

World Bank to Help Fund Hydro Dams in Burundi

that will almost double the east African country's tiny electricity output, the bank and government said. Like many sub-Saharan African countries, Burundi suffers a chronic power deficit and regular power outages that peg back economic growth. It even has to import energy from Democratic Republic of Congo whose own infrastructure is falling apart. Two dams will produce a combined 48 megawatts (MW) of power, tiny compared to the massive 6,000 MW dam nearby Ethiopia is building but much needed in a country where just 4 percent of the 10 million population has access to electricity. "An internation

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