Drilling / Completions

Statoil plans to drill five to six wells in Arctic Barents Sea in 2018

November 28, 2017 | Drilling / Completions, Exploration / Discoveries, North Sea & Western Europe

London, UK | – Norwegian multinational oil and gas company and the world’s largest offshore operator, Statoil will continue to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea next year even though its 2017 campaign was mostly disappointing, the company’s head of exploration told Reuters on Nov. 28. Statoil plans to drill between 25 and 30 wells in Norwegian waters in 2018. Of these wells five or six are expected in the Barents and the rest will be split between the North Sea and the …

Kenya awards firms licence to drill for natural gas

October 13, 2017 | Drilling / Completions, Kenya

London, UK | –  Zarara Oil & Gas Ltd will start drilling two wells of natural gas after Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (Nema) approved environmental licences for well sinking on Pate Island off the coast in Lamu. This is in line with the government’s plan to expedite commercial gas production for power generation. The company has been set strict deadlines by the Ministry of Energy to start drilling Pate 2 by the end of the year and later Pate 3 as the government wants …

Senegal and Far joint venture partners to begin drilling offshore Senegal

December 01, 2016 | Drilling / Completions, Senegal

London, UK | – FAR Limited an independent, Australian oil and gas explorer and its Senegal joint venture partners have agreed to perform a drilling programme in SNE oilfield in offshore Senegal. Scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2017, the drilling programme will comprise two appraisal wells. The wells will be drilled to optimise the SNE field development plan before it is submitted to the Government of Senegal for approval. The joint venture has completed a thorough rig tender evaluation procedure and executed …

Exxon Mobil to start drilling first Liberia well in November

October 19, 2016 | Drilling / Completions, Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia |  – American multinational energy giant Exxon Mobil Corporation  will start drilling its first exploratory well off the coast of Liberia in November, the world’s largest publicly-traded oil company said on Tuesday. “ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Liberia Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, plans to drill a deepwater exploration well on the Liberia-13 Block, located about 50 miles offshore Liberia, beginning in November 2016,” a spokeswoman said. This long-awaited wildcat offshore Liberia was canned more than two years ago over the Ebola virus outbreak …

South Africa’s Sasol begins drilling of Mozambique PSA licence

May 26, 2016 | Drilling / Completions, South Africa

London, UK | – Drilling is under way at Sasol’s production sharing agreement (PSA) licence in Inhambane province, Mozambique, in terms of its field development plan (FDP), which was approved earlier this year,  the South African petroleum giant announced Thursday. Adjacent to Sasol’s current producing petroleum production agreement licence, the PSA development was an integrated oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) project. This marked the beginning of the drilling campaign, which was part of the first phase of the FDP, the delineation and initial development …

Senegal approves Cairn Energy’s offshore exploration drilling plans

August 18, 2015 | Drilling / Completions, Senegal

London, UK | – The government of Senegal has given Cairn Energy permission to proceed with a multi-well exploration and appraisal program for two discoveries, according to a news release. Cairn plans to begin a 3-D seismic acquisition program in third-quarter 2015, and core and test three appraisal and exploration wells starting in fourth-quarter 2015. The company estimates the two discoveries made in 2014 have a gross mean risked resource base of more than 1 billion barrels, the release said. The FAN-1 well, located in 1,427 m water …

Saipem wins contract for Aje field offshore Nigeria

June 09, 2015 | Drilling / Completions, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria | –  Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem has won a contract for its Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible rig to work on Nigeria’s Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum’s Aje shallow-water oilfield offshore Nigeria. The rig will drill one new well and complete another, which will then be tied in to a floating production, storage and offloading unit. Aje field straddles water depths from 100 to 1,000 metres located in the Dahomey basin, nearly 24 kilometres offshore. First production from the field is scheduled to begin at the …

CAMAC Energy concludes Oyo-8 completion operations offshore Nigeria

April 02, 2015 | Drilling / Completions, Nigeria

Houston, U.S | – CAMAC Energy  has announced  it has finished completion operations on the Oyo-8 well, located offshore Nigeria, and is now ready to commence oil production. Oyo-8 is hooked up to the FPSO Armada Perdana owned by Bumi Armada Berhad (“Bumi”). However, CAMAC has been informed by Bumi that the FPSO is not ready to receive oil production from the well due to class certification inspections of the vessel’s mooring lines being conducted by the American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”). Bumi estimates these inspections …