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.

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. France-based Total has been present in Angola since 1953.

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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.), 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). We are encouraged by the results of our first pre-salt exploration well in this region, which was also the first ever deep water well targeting pre-salt reservoirs in the Kwanza Basin.

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. The Gila discovery was made by an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93, about 300 miles (483 miles) southwest of New Orleans, in approximately 4,900 feet (1,494 meters) of water. BP said that 2013 had been its most successful year for new field exploration for almost a decade.

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. On 30 January 2011, the Acergy Polaris finished installing three subsea separation units (SSU) for the Pazflor project, in 800 meters (2,625 feet) of water in Block 17 offshore Angola.

Eni announces first production from the Junin-5 giant heavy oil field in Venezuela

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Deepwater Angola. Separately, Eni reported its ninth oil discovery in deepwater offshore Angola, in Block 15/06, increasing the resource base of the West Hub project. The well was drilled at a water depth of 976 meters and reached a total depth of 4,107 meters. The other partners of the joint venture are SSI Fifteen Limited (25%), Sonangol (15%), Total (15%), Falcon Oil Holding Angola SA (5%) and Statoil Angola Block 15/06 (5%).

Eni reports important new discovery offshore Congo

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The exploration well, Nene Marine 3, was drilled in a water depth of 28 meters (92 feet) and encountered a significant wet gas and light oil accumulation in the pre-salt clastic sequence, outlining a significant extension to the west of the reservoir and its hydraulic continuity. Eni reports making an important new exploration discovery in the Marine XII Block located approximately 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) offshore Congo.

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Cobalt and Total announce significant North Platte deepwater Gulf of Mexico discovery

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an independent oil exploration and production company focusing on the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola and Gabon, announced a significant oil discovery at its North Platte prospect on Garden Banks Block 959 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. North Platte is located in approximately 4,400 feet (1,341 meters) of water and was drilled to a total depth of approximately 34,500 feet (10,516 meters). Cobalt International Energy, Inc.,

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

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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. This discovery increases our understanding of the pre-salt potential in the Campos Basin and improves our confidence in the recently acquired acreage position in the pre-salt Kwanza basin of Angola.

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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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The Ichthys project consists of the development of the Ichthys gas and condensate field offshore North West Australia lying in 260 meters (853 feet) of water depth and the construction of an 889-kilometer (552-mile) gas transmission pipeline together with an onshore LNG plant near Darwin in the Northern Territory. The group has interests in LNG projects in Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Angola, and Russia. Location of the Ichthys project.

Opinion: Is Russia Plotting To Bring Down OPEC?

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Each of the three routes from these two bodies of water passes through a “choke point” (from the Red Sea, through the Suez Canal to Europe and through the Mandeb Strait to Asia, from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz). by Dalan McEndree for Oilprice.com.