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Sapura Commences Production at B15 Gas Field

evacuation pipeline tied into the existing B11 infrastructure for onwards transmission into the Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas (MLNG) complex at Bintulu, Sarawak.   “This milestone achievement at B15 was achieved on schedule and within budget. Sapura E&P has made significant gas discoveries over the past two years. The development plans for these discoveries are progressing well and should come on stream over the next two to five years.   Once fully developed we expect Sapura E&P to be a significant supplier of natural gas into the Bintulu MLNG complex,” said Tan

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Van Oord Bags Two Egyptian Offshore Deals

to prevent upheaval buckling.   The growth of the global economy and the expanding world population are generating an increasing demand for energy worldwide. In North Africa, and especially in Egypt, the demand for gas is rising for electricity generation. A string of sizable natural gas discoveries has been made in the eastern Mediterranean Sea over the past decade. The West Nile Delta development will make an important contribution to Egypt’s economic development and will ensure the country’s energy supply for the long term. Production from the West Nile Delta is expected

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Offshore Prospects for 2016: Playing the Waiting Game?

rig markets still have a lot to digest before recovery. Rig dayrates have plummeted as a function of significant oversupply. Many of these rigs were ordered in the previous up-cycle, but have only recently entered the fleet at a time when the appetite to drill is poor. The number of offshore oil and gas discoveries made in 2015 dropped by 60 percent and 45 percent when compared to 2013 and 2014 respectively. The market for newbuilds has evaporated, and, such is the extent of the oversupply, rates are unlikely to recover any time soon and rig owners around the world will continue to defer the delivery of

Irene Rummelhoff, senior vice president exploration Norway in Statoil. (Photos Harald Pettersen)

Statoil's New gas Discovery at Aasta Hansteen

increases the resource base for the Aasta Hansteen field development project by around 15%,” says Irene Rummelhoff, senior vice president exploration Norway in Statoil. The Snefrid Nord discovery is located in the deep-water Vøring area in the immediate proximity of the three gas discoveries comprising the Aasta Hansteen field development: Luva, Haklang and Snefrid South. The discovery well 6706/12-2, drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, proved a 105-metre gas column in the Nise Formation. Statoil estimates the volumes in Snefrid Nord to be in the range of 31-57 million barrels

Western Cooper Wet Gas Project Areas

Drillsearch Discovers Gas at Varanus South-1

(“SACBJV”). Drillsearch Managing Director Brad Lingo said, “This discovery represents an excellent start to our drilling campaign with Santos and highlights once again the prospectivity of this area for wet gas. We have an active program underway to commercialise the various wet gas discoveries in our portfolio and we look forward to working with Santos to bring Varanus South-1 into production.” Following casing and suspension of Varanus South-1, the rig will move to drill the Yarowinnie South-1 well, which is located 7.0km southwest of Varanus South-1 and 5.4km south of the

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Gazprom, Sonatrach make O&G find in Algeria

firm said in a statement. Gazprom and Sonatrach had made two discoveries in the same perimeter following the drilling of RSH-2 and ZERN-1 exploration wells. Sonatrach holds a 51 percent stake in the project while the remaining 49 percent is owned by Gazprom. Sonatrach has made 18 oil and gas discoveries for the first eight months of this year. Algeria made 32 hydrocarbon finds, including 29 by Sonatrach alone, in 2013. (Reporting By Hamid Ould Ahmed; editing by Susan Thomas)  

The new RWE Dea licences in the Gulf of Suez

RWE Dea Awarded Two New Concessions in Egypt

approximately 365 square kilometers. The license award is subject to approval from the Egyptian President. Including its predecessor company, RWE Dea Egypt has already been engaged in the upstream business in Egypt for 40 years. In recent years, the company has made a number of large natural gas discoveries in Egypt and considerably expanded its portfolio through the acquisition of additional concessions. In August 2014, Dea achieved first production from the Central Treatment Plant (CTP) of the Disouq Development Project. During just one year, the company has more than doubled its total oil and

INTECSEA Awarded Maersk Culzean Project

INTECSEA’s UK office has been awarded the subsea front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for Maersk Oil UK's Culzean development in the North Sea. The Culzean development is one of the largest gas discoveries made in recent years in the UK North Sea. It is located in water depths of about 88m and the reservoir around 4,300m below sea level. The contract, which includes optional design scopes in support of the Culzean project, was awarded to INTECSEA following a competitive tender process. It is expected to run for 10 months. Work on the project began at the beginning of July

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Another Gas Discovery Offshore Tanzania

Statoil's exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere. The new gas discovery was made in the same Lower Cretaceous sandstones as the gas discovery in the Zafarani-1 well drilled in 2012. The Piri-1 discovery is the venture's sixth discovery in Block 2. It was preceded by the high-impact gas discoveries Zafarani-1, Lavani-1, Tangawizi-1 and Mronge-1, and a discovery in Lavani-2. Piri-1 was drilled by the drillship Discoverer Americas. The well location is two kilometres southwest of the Lavani-1 well at 2,360-metre water depth. The Discoverer Americas has now moved location and is currently

RWE, SOCAR to Study Potential for Oil off Azerbaijan

evaluation in order to identify exploration opportunities in the area, which covers 850 square kilometres off the Absheron peninsula, south of Baku.   RWE did not provide an estimate of the area's reserve potential other than to say the basin is near other "world class oil and gas discoveries".   "The agreement gives us the opportunity to deepen our knowledge about the sub-surface in an highly prolific area of the Caspian Sea," Hans-Hermann Ecke, RWE senior vice president, said in a statement. (Reporting by Margarita Antidze and Nailia Bagirova; editing

Seismic Streamer MV Oceanic Endeavour. Photo: Michel Floch

Offshore Oil & Gas: Brazil’s Northern Frontier

das Graças Foster and Petrobras’ E&P Director, José Formigli have both indicated that the equatorial margin will be the next great challenge for Brazil’s oil and gas industry after the pre-salt, mainly due to the fact that there have been significant analogous oil and gas discoveries in West Africa, and there is much geological similarity between the equatorial margins on both sides of the Atlantic. The seismic data, including the re-processed data indicates that robust reservoirs are present in all the basins along the EM. Recently, there has been exploratory success by

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Subsea Processing Boosting and Gas Compression

Offshore drilling activity continues to migrate into deeper waters, especially with new oil and gas discoveries happening in smaller reservoirs located in deeper waters. Making these discoveries commercially viable relies on not only revenue from high oil and gas prices but also on reducing operating expenses (OPEX) and capital expenditures (CAPEX). Oil and gas producers are now looking at new technologies to produce effectively these high-pressure, complex reservoirs. Technologies such as subsea boosting and subsea gas compression allow subsea processing of hydrocarbons to change the economics of

Statoil’s Zafarani Reservoir Yields Successful Tests

Tanzania Block 2. The Zafarani-2 well test announcement follows the Mronge-1 discovery made in December 2013, which was the fifth discovery in Block 2 and brought the natural gas in place volumes up to 17-20 trillion cubic feet (Tcf)*. The Mronge-1 was preceded by three successful high-impact gas discoveries during the first drilling phase with Tangawizi-1, Zafarani-1 and Lavani-1, and a deeper discovery in a separate reservoir in Lavani-2. Statoil operates the license on Block 2 on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and has a 65% working interest, with ExxonMobil Exploration

Patrick Allman-Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Dana Gas

Dana Gas Receives $53m from Egypt

;. Dana Gas is among the most active oil and gas companies and is the 6th largest gas producer in Egypt. The Company has invested around $2b in Egypt, making it the GCC’s largest investor in the oil & gas sector in the country. The Company has a successful track record of gas discoveries in Egypt over the last six year and in June 2013, announced its 25th discovery in the Nile Delta. Around 1000 staff and associates are actively engaged in ensuring safe and stable operations in Egypt, both at the Dana Gas operations and in WASCO, its joint venture operating company with the

Trellborg Gains Crogenic Technology

the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) market. Mikael Fryklund, President of the Trelleborg Industrial Solutions business area, commented, “An increasingly popular choice in the offshore oil and gas sector, FLNG vessels are a cost effective and flexible solution for commercializing new gas discoveries in remote deep-water locations. However, conditions of current FLNG locations are quite mild and only require the use of the most straightforward technology. As such, there are minimal qualified solutions for LNG offloading available, especially in harsh environments.” He continued

Dana Gas: Record 2013 Production in Egypt

with the government to resolve the outstanding receivables situation as quickly as possible. In addition, we have planned a multi-well appraisal drilling programme for the second half of 2013 and we hope to be able to implement this successfully.” Dana Gas has a successful track record of gas discoveries in Egypt over the last six year and in June 2013, announced its 25th discovery with the Begonia-1well in the Nile Delta. Total investments by Dana Gas in Egypt have exceeded US$1.8 billion.   Dana Gas is among the most active oil and gas investing companies and has grown to become the

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