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FAR reports spudding of offshore Gambia well

ASX-listed FAR Limited reports that drilling has commenced on the Samo-1 exploration well in block A2, offshore The Gambia. The Stena Drillmax arrived on site on Sunday, 21 October and after standard pre-drill operations, the well was successfully spudded. The Samo-1 well will be drilled in 1,000 metres of water depth to a planned depth of approximately 3,100 metres. The Samo Prospect has two key reservoir intervals and is assessed

Woodside aiming to bring Senegal’s first oil and gas project into operation in 2022

Leading Australian oil and gas company, Woodside, is aiming to commercialise Senegal’s first ever oilfield by 2022. Detailing the “SNE Development – Phase 1” schedule on the final day of the Paydirt 2018 Africa Down Under mining conference in Perth, Mr Jamie Stewart, Woodside’s Business Integration Manager for the Senegal Field Development, said a number of important items have already been ticked off in the lead-up to a Final Investment

Exxon drills seventh offshore Guyana discovery

EXXON Mobil Corporation has announced today its seventh oil discovery offshore Guyana, following drilling at the Pacora-1 exploration well. The company encountered approximately 20 m of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well was safely drilled to 5,597m depth in 2,067m of water. “This latest discovery further increases our confidence in developing this key area of the Stabroek Block,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “Pacora will be developed

US$3.5 billion Leviathan gets green light

Noble Energy, Inc. has announced that it has sanctioned the first phase of the US$3.5 Leviathan natural gas project offshore Israel, with first gas targeted for the end of 2019. Noble Energy is the operator of the Leviathan Field, which contains 22 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gross recoverable natural gas resources. Leviathan is Noble’s third major natural gas development offshore Israel. “Bringing Leviathan online will expand Israel’s supply of

Chariot expands its footprint in Morocco

A CHARIOT Oil & Gas subsidiary, Chariot Oil & Gas Investments (Morocco) has been awarded a 75 per cent interest and operatorship of the Mohammedia offshore exploration permits I – III, Morocco. This is in partnership with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) which holds a 25% carried interest. The Mohammedia permits sit in the nearshore and cover an area of about 4,600 square kilometres in water

Aker to deliver umbilicals at Egypt’s Zohr field

AKER Solutions will deliver its longest-ever umbilicals system as part of a contract for the Zohr offshore gas field in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea. Valued at more than NOK 1 billion, the agreement with Petrobel in Egypt will be booked in the second quarter, the company said. The umbilicals system will be delivered by mid-Apr i l  2017. Aker’s contract outlines the delivery of 180 kilometres of

McDermott strengthens position in Arabian Gulf

BUILDING on its profile in the Middle East, McDermott International has been awarded three projects by a national oil company for integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) services in multiple fields in the Arabian Gulf. In addition, the group has secured an award of an additional scope on an existing contract, also being executed in the Arabian Gulf. These projects combined are a substantial brownfield award for McDermott and

Double win in Middle East

VALUED at over US$140 million, Wood Group has secured two three-year contracts to deliver technical services and expertise to a leading international oil company in Iraq. Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) will provide brownfield front end engineering design, detailed engineering, project management, procurement services, system completion and commissioning support for operations and start-up on a significant onshore asset in southern Iraq, under the two contracts. Announced in May and effective immediately,

Ghana licence awarded

A CONSORTIUM comprising GNPC, Explorco, Vitol, Eni and Woodfields, has been awarded a new exploration licence, Cape Three Points block 4, located in the Tano basin, offshore Ghana. GNPC, Vitol and Eni are already developing the Sankofa and Gye Nyame fields to provide gas for Ghana’s thermal power sector to 2036 and this block lies near the existing Sankofa and Gye Nyame fields. The Cape Three Points block 4 licence

GE expands Dammam facility at MODON

BUILDING on its commitment to promote localised manufacturing and talent, GE Oil & Gas marked the ground-breaking of its multi-modal manufacturing and service facility at its MODON (Saudi Industrial Property Authority) site in 2nd Industrial City, Dammam in late March. This phase of work will build upon the recent expansion of the GE Oil & Gas pressure control manufacturing facility that was inaugurated in late 2015. With the new multi-modal