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Africa (Sub-Sahara) Shell's new natural gas discoveries in Egypt are estimated in initial quantities at about 500 Bcf with more reserves possible, said Aidan Murphy, chairman and managing director of Shell Egypt. The discoveries, in a concession area of north Alam El-Shawish in the country's western desert, could yield 10% to 15% of the total production of Badr el-Din Petroleum Company, the 50/50 joint venture of Shell and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation that is expected to manage the operations. Eni reported that the Laarich East-1 oil well in Tunisia has a delivery capacity of approximately 2,000 B/D. Spudded in June, the well discovered hydrocarbons in Silurian and Ordovician sandstones while reaching a final depth of 13,487 ft. The well has now been connected to production. The company continues to drill Tunisian exploration prospects that have been identified on 3D seismic surveys. Eni owns a 50% stake in the Makhrouga-Laarich-Debbech license, where the Laarich East-1 well is located.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Eni has begun production from the Vandumbu field and made a new oil discovery in the Afoxé exploration prospect in Block 15/06 offshore Angola. First oil from the Vandumbu field, through the N'Goma floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, was achieved in late November, 3 months ahead of schedule. Vandumbu is approximately 350 km northwest of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo. This, along with the startup of a subsea multiphase boosting system in early December, boosts oil production from Block 15/06 by 20,000 B/D. The rampup of Vandumbu is expected to be completed in 1Q 2019. Block 15/06 is being developed by a joint venture formed by Eni (36.84%, operator), Sonangol (36.84%), and SSI Fifteen (26.32%). Asia Pacific Ophir Energy's Paus Biru-1 exploration well in the Sampang production-sharing contract (PSC) offshore Indonesia has resulted in a gas discovery.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Eni, through its affiliate Nigerian Agip Oil Co. (NAOC), discovered natural gas and condensate in the Obiafu and Obrikom fields, in OML61, onshore Niger Delta. The Obiafu-41 Deep well reached 4374 m TD and encountered more than 130 m of high-quality, hydrocarbon-bearing sands. The find amounts to approximately 1 tcf of gas and 60 million bbl of associated condensate. The BP-operated Yakaar-2 appraisal well off Senegal encountered 30 m of net gas pay and proved the southern extension of the Yakkar field. BP has a 60% stake in the Cayar Offshore Profond block and the Yakaar-Teranga gas project. Asia Pacific Beijing Haohua Energy Resource discovered natural gas at the Ketan-1 well in Xinjiang's Aksu area, part of the oil-and-gas-rich Tarim basin. The well yielded daily natural gas output of 60,000 cu m in test production, according to China National Petroleum Corp. Cooper Energy discovered gas at the Annie prospect in the VIC/P44 permit in the Otway basin approximately 9 km offshore Victoria.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) BW Offshore and its partners reported 40–50 MM bbl of recoverable oil at its Hibiscus Updip prospect in the Dussafu license offshore Gabon. The DHIBM-1 exploration well, drilled to TD of 3,538 m in 116 m of water, delivered approximately 21 m of pay from a 33-m hydrocarbon column in the Gamba formation. VAALCO Energy encountered Gamba and Dentale oil sands with its Etame 9P appraisal well offshore Gabon. The well was drilled to TD of 10,260 ft. The Etame field is owned by a consortium led by Vaalco (28.07%). It also includes PanAfrican Energy Gabon Corporation (31.36%), Eni started gas and condensate production from the Obiafu 41 discovery in the Niger Delta 3 weeks after well completion.
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A recovery in the energy industry is key to the oilfield water sector in the Permian. But the industry must address issues such as further research, regulatory changes, and technology. Centennial said in its 10-Q report for Q1 that the economic downturn increased the likelihood that the transaction would fail to close by its original timeline. Sourcing water, flowback water services threatened as D&Cs decline. Cutbacks in oil and gas production and drilling and completions will result in a decrease in produced water and will also lead to a reduction in water infrastructure investment. The fact sheet, in conjunction with other IPIECA water management guidance, is intended as a guide to explore opportunities to reuse produced water.
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.
A recovery in the energy industry is key to the oilfield water sector in the Permian. What are the impacts of the energy crunch on OCTG demand? Immersive technology on projects such as wellsite planning incorporates XR, drones, and collaboration. GWPC releases its third produced water report. Texas leads all states in produced water volume.