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Train 7 is scheduled for commissioning by 2024 and would bring total capacity of Nigeria LNG’s complex to 30 mtpa. OTC announces Distinguished Achievement Awards for 2020. Eni credits an integrated work model for the startup just 3 weeks after completion. Under the model, various disciplines worked in parallel from the exploration phase and synergies with existing production facilities were leveraged. After failing to meet a previous 2018 deadline, the owners of the Bonny Island plant say they are close to sanctioning the expansion project following the signing of a letter of intent to a consortium of Saipem Chiyoda and Daewoo for EPC services.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Anglo African Oil & Gas encountered oil at the TLP-103C well at its Tilapia license offshore the Republic of Congo. The well intersected the targeted Djeno horizon, and wireline logging confirmed the presence of a 12-m oil column in the Djeno. Eni successfully completed a new production well in the Vandumbu field, 350 km northwest of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo, in the West Hub of Block 15/06 offshore Angola. The VAN-102 well is being produced through the N'Goma FPSO and achieved initial production of 13,000 BOED. Production from this well and another well in the Mpungi field will bring Block 15/06 output to 170,000 BOED. Total started production from the ultra-deepwater Egina field in approximately 1600 m of water 150 km off the coast of Nigeria. At plateau, the field will produce 200,000 B/D. Total operates the field with 24% interest, in partnership with NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO, and Petrobras.
Awards are expected to recover to seven vessels next year. Over the past 10 years, only 2016 saw a lower level of activity when not a single FPSO contract was awarded. The inspection projects to assess water ingress will be done via remotely operated vehicle. A recent test proved the feasibility of using LiDAR on remote-controlled drones to create 3D maps of the inside of tanks, increasing the safety and efficiency of inspections. Sleipner’s share in net-zero emissions savings will be more than 150,000 tonnes per year. Work has resumed on Energan’s Singapore FPSO; subsea installation for the Karish project continues as planned.
For the offshore sector, the collapse in oil demand and prices came just as the market was beginning to look up. Now many companies are focused on survival. This article discusses how various market segments, regions, and companies are faring in “the new reality.” The five discoveries combined hold an estimated 1.8 billion bbl of light oil in place. A major operator manages multiple deepwater projects in the Gulf of Guinea.
Armada to install ROV launch and recovery system on its fleet of robotic ships. Although these look like ordinary tankers, they are unique and run on LNG and recovered oil vapors. A new video by IOGP mixes animations with personal stories to illustrate the benefits of using standardized specifications in the oil and gas industry. InterMoor’s Marine Project team in Aberdeen successfully recovered the Ocean Power Technologies PowerBuoy after a 7-month trial in harsh North Sea winter conditions. A VLCC converted to FPSO, Liza Destiny has a production capacity of 120,000 B/D of oil.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Bowleven's Moambe exploration well on the Bomono Permit onshore Cameroon has encountered hydrocarbons. The well was drilled to a planned total depth of 5,803 ft and made its discovery in Paleocene-aged (Tertiary) target reservoir intervals. Moambe is the second in a two-well exploration program on the permit. The first well, Zingana, also discovered hydrocarbons. The Moambe well will be tested before further testing takes place at Zingana. Bowleven holds 100% interest in the permit. Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production has begun production at the Bonga Phase 3 project, an expansion of the deepwater Bonga project in Nigeria. Peak production from the expansion is expected to be 50,000 BOEPD, which will be shipped by pipelines to the Bonga floating production, storage, and offloading facility.
The single independent riser (SIR) is a hybrid riser configuration optimized for ultradeepwater field development. The SIR is composed of a flexible jumper and a rigid part vertically tensioned by means of distributed or continuous buoyancy. This paper describes an automated work flow that uses sensor data and machine-learning (ML) algorithms to predict and identify root causes of impending and unplanned shutdown events and provide actionable insights. The Monument well represents the Norwegian operator’s first deepwater drilling project in US waters in 5 years. Transocean reported a long list of reasons why the deepwater drilling business is coming back strong.
The court said it was mindful of the disruption the shutdown will cause but said the seriousness of deficiencies from the US Army Corps of Engineers outweighs the negative effects of shutting down the pipeline. The complete paper describes an advanced Rankine cycle process-based system that converts waste heat into usable electrical power to improve the efficiency of gas-compression stations on gas-production platforms and pipelines. With their gee-whiz—albeit artificial—intelligence, robots may be the industry’s answer to jobs deemed dangerous, dirty, distant, or dull. Nearly everything’s on the table as companies aim to shore up portfolios by curtailing investments and dumping low-priority assets. A new licensing round will open up 136 blocks in the Arctic Barents Sea.
With their gee-whiz—albeit artificial—intelligence, robots may be the industry’s answer to jobs deemed dangerous, dirty, distant, or dull. Nearly everything’s on the table as companies aim to shore up portfolios by curtailing investments and dumping low-priority assets. An independent study pegged the cost of the project at about $2.6 billion, 80% of which Norway’s government planned to fund. The ministry said there is uncertainty about Northern Lights’ benefits and that it could prove to be unprofitable. Houston-based Occidental had earmarked the money to ease debt from buying Anadarko.
Country had hoped to boost oil output and bring in much-needed revenues. The well will immediately be brought on production and is expected to flow at more than 100 MMscf/D of gas and 3,000 B/D of associated condensate, the company said. The French major is racking up barrels of deepwater production as part of its large-scale West African push. Since 2007, an operator in Nigeria has registered a significant increase of oil-spill events caused by sabotage and oil-theft activities. The technology presented here allows detecting and locating leaks taking place at a distance from the sensor of up to 35 km.