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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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Anadarko to resume frontier drilling offshore Colombia

Offshore staff THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Anadarko has issued an update on its exploration programs offshore western Colombia. Phase II of the Esmeralda 3D seismic survey has started over Colombian blocks COL 1, COL 2, COL 6, and COL 7.  Anadarko plans to acquire a...

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EMAS closes in on Chiyoda

Offshore staff SAN ANTONIO, Texas – With the EMAS CHIYODA Subsea joint venture expected to be finalized in the upcoming days, EMAS AMC COO Daniel Sack was offering details on the partnership to Offshore. Chiyoda Corp. and Ezra Group announced plans in August 2015 to...

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Petrobras initiates fourth Santos basin extended well test

Petrobras initiates fourth Santos basin extended well test   Offshore staff RIO DE JANEIRO – Petrobras has started up an early production system (EPS) on the Sépia (ex-Nordeste de Tupi) area in the presalt Santos basin offshore Brazil. The operation is under way from...

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Anadarko achieves first oil at Heidelberg

Offshore staff THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has started oil production from the ultra-deepwater Heidelberg field development in Green Canyon block 859 in the Gulf of Mexico. Heidelberg is located in 5,300 ft (1,615 m) of water and has 200-400 MMbbl...

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Turritella FPSO heads for the Gulf of Mexico

11/16/2015 Offshore staff SINGAPORE – Shell is one step closer to achieving first oil at its Stones development from the world’s deepest floating production facility. The Turritella FPSO recently set sail from Singapore, where it was built at the Keppel yard, and is...

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Cuba plans new deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

10/28/2015 HAVANA – Cuba’s state oil company has announced plans to drill deepwater wells in its Gulf of Mexico waters in cooperation with companies from Venezuela and Angola, according to a Reuters report.Offshore staff - edited Cuba-Petroleo (Cupet) will begin...

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