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ExxonMobil discovers sixth oil field offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil and its partners have achieved a sixth oil discovery in the deepwater Stabroek block offshore Guyana! The drillship Stena Carron spudded the Ranger-1 well in early November in 8,973 ft (2,735 m) of water. The well intersected around 230 ft (70 m) of...

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Transocean announces contract for deepwater drillship

Transocean Ltd. announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Deepwater Invictus was awarded a two-year contract plus three one-year priced options with a subsidiary of BHP Billiton. The backlog associated with the firm contract is approximately $106 million. The...

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Massive BP project begins production in Trinidad

BP has confirmed the start of production from one of the seven Upstream major oil and gas projects that it expects to come online in 2017. Five of these seven projects have now started up. Juniper in Trinidad follows the start-up earlier this year of the Trinidad...

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BP starts up Thunder Horse expansion early, under budget

Offshore staff HOUSTON – BP recently started up the Thunder Horse South Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico 11 months ahead of schedule and $150 million under budget. The operator said that the project is expected to boost production at the facility by...

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Juniper platform sets sail for offshore Trinidad and Tobago

  (Courtesy BP Trinidad and Tobago) Offshore staff PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – The platform for the BP Trinidad and Tobago-operated Juniper gas project is on its way for installation 50 mi (80 km) offshore. The Juniper project comprises a platform made...

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SeaBird goes to work offshore Belize

Offshore staff LIMASSOL, Cyprus – SeaBird Exploration will acquire a long-offset survey offshore Belize, set to start this month. The company will use its 2D long offset /source vessel Northern Explorer to acquire the survey. The anticipated duration of the program is...

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Noble Energy starts up Gunflint in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Offshore staff HOUSTON – Noble Energy, Inc.’s Gunflint oil development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico has entered production. The two-well field is ramping up and is anticipated to reach a minimum gross production of 20,000 boe/d, with oil representing approximately...

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Mexico begins historic new round of shallow-water auctions

Offshore staff MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government launched its second round of oil auctions, offering 15 exploration and production blocks in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. On July 19, the National Hydrocarbons Commission approved terms for the first auction...

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BHP plans increased spend on offshore exploration

Offshore staff BHP Billiton has issued an update on its recent offshore E&P activities. The company has acquired 91 blocks with no well obligations in the US Gulf of Mexico, and also executed a lease exchange agreement with Chevron for 61 blocks and a sale and...

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