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Chevron greenlights $5.6B Mafumeira Sul project offshore Angola

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Chevron Corporation’s Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited subsidiary will proceed with the development of the Mafumeira Sul project located offshore Angola. Located 15 miles (24 km) offshore Cabinda province in 200 feet (60 m) of water, the Mafumeira Sul project is the second stage of development of the Mafumeira Field located in Block 0. Associated natural gas will be commercialized through the Angola Liquefied Natural Gas (ALNG) plant in Soyo, Angola.

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Sonangol, Maersk Oil and partners strike oil with their first deepwater pre-salt well offshore Angola

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Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola Empresa Pública (Sonangol, E.P.), Maersk Oil and other partners declared the Azul-1 deepwater exploration well, located in Block 23 in the Kwanza Basin, a discovery well. The Azul-1 well, the first to penetrate pre-salt objectives in Angolan deepwater, was drilled in water depths of 923 meters (3,028 feet) and reached a final depth of 5,334 meters (17,500 feet). —Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, Head of Exploration at Maersk Oil.

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Total and partners launch $16B ultra-deep Kaombo project offshore Angola

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Total and its joint venture partners have made the final investment decision to develop the ultra-deep offshore Kaombo project in Angola. Located approximately 260 km (162 miles) offshore Luanda in water depths ranging from 1,400 to 1,900 meters (4,593 to 6,234 feet), the Kaombo project will develop six of the 12 discoveries already made on Block 32. Associated gas will be exported to the onshore Angola LNG plant.

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BP closes out 2013 with deepwater finds in Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola; new activity offshore Brazil

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Earlier in December, Cobalt International Energy announced a significant discovery at its Lontra well in the pre-salt play offshore Angola, in which BP holds a 30% interest. BP also confirmed the recently-announced Pitu oil discovery in the frontier deepwater of the Potiguar basin off Brazil’s equatorial margin, announced by Petrobras. billion barrels of oil equivalent, according to Cobalt.

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Total installs first subsea gas/liquid separation in 800 meters of water in Angolan deep offshore for heavy oil

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Begun in December 2007, development of the Pazflor oil field 150 kilometers (93 miles) offshore Angola is one of the biggest projects currently operated by Total. A number of technological challenges—including subsea gas/liquid separation, a first—are being met to bring the field on stream. Pazflor is the first project to deploy a development plan based on gas/liquid separation at the mudline spanning several reservoirs.

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ExxonMobil brings Kearl oil sands expansion online ahead of schedule; overall capacity doubling to 220K barrels per day

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Exxon Mobil has started production at its Kearl oil sands expansion project in Alberta, Canada ahead of schedule; the expansion is expected to double overall capacity to 220,000 barrels of bitumen a day, with the expansion itself ultimately expected to reach 110,000 barrels per day. PFT technology processes bitumen on-site to remove water and solids and improve bitumen quality. million oil-equivalent barrels per day, driven by 7% liquids growth.

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Opinion: Is Russia Plotting To Bring Down OPEC?

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Putin has highlighted on various occasions the contribution Russia’s mineral wealth, in particular oil and natural gas, must make for Russia to be able to sustain economic growth, promote industrial development, catch up with the developed economies, and modernize Russia’s military and military industry. While oil and natural gas are crucial to Russia, Russia’s crude and natural gas are crucial to its neighbors on the Eurasian landmass.

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INPEX and Total launch the $34B Ichthys offshore Australia LNG Project; entire 8.5 Mt/y LNG output already sold for 15 years

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Japan-based INPEX Corporation and its joint venture partner Total have made the final investment decision (FID) for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia, representing an investment of US$34 billion dollars. Ichthys will develop approximately 3 billion barrels oil equivalent of reserves, including around 500 million barrels of condensate. Total Gas & Power Limited, the gas trading subsidiary of Total, will also purchase 0.9

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Statoil, Repsol Sinopec and Petrobras confirm high-impact deepwater discovery offshore Brazil

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Statoil defines a high-impact well as offering a total of more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), or 100 million boe net to Statoil. The well, which is being drilled by the Stena DrillMAX drillship, is located some 195 kilometers (121 miles) offshore Rio de Janeiro State in 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) of water. A test performed in a partial section of the pay zone flowed 5,000 barrels per day of light oil and 28.5 million cubic feet per day of gas.

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