East Africa’s flagship wildcatter, Tullow Oil, was drilling ahead on the Sabisa-1 well in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia on January 23, 2013. The well is located on the ramp structure in the country’s onshore South Omo Basin (see seismic line). Sabisa 1, the first of two exploratory wells on the structure, is expected to take approximately 60 days to reach the planned total depth of 2,600 meters. The British explorer operates the acreage with 50% and has partners including Africa Oil Corp, with a 30% working interest and Agriterra Limited holding the remaining 20% interest. Marathon Oil Ethiopia has announced a transaction to purchase Agriterra’s interest in the South Omo Block. This transaction is subject to Ethiopian Government approval.
Italian major Eni encountered 32metres Net Oil Sand in a gross column of 76metres, in Sankofa East 2A, its first appraisal of the Sankofa East oil discovery, in Ghana’s prolific deepwater Tano Basin. The oil is 30° API, and is stored in sands of cretaceous age.
The well also saw 17metres net gas and condensate out of 23metres of column net), and 76m of gross oil pay in sands of cretaceous age.
Eni’s spokesmen say that the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block is estimated to contain nearly 450 million barrels of oil and recoverable resources of about 150 million barrels.
The well, which was spudded in 990 meters of water, reached a total depth of 4,050m and discovered extension of the oil reserve in the Cenomanian sequence.
Information from the drilling has confirmed hydraulic communication in the oil prone reservoir between the discovery and the appraisal well, which has prompted Eni to start commercial exploitation of the oil reserves. Eni, through its subsidiary, Eni Ghana Exploration and Production operates the block with 47.2% interest and has partners including Vitol Upstream with a 37.8% interest and Ghana National Petroleum with the remaining 15% interest including an option for an additional 5% share.
Tullow Oil has commenced a testing programme, on Twiga South-1 onshore Kenya and is expected to be completed by February 2013.
Operations following testing will include the drilling of the Etuko-1 well on what was formerly known as the Kamba prospect and flow testing Ngamia-1, the first commercial discovery in the country.
The Twiga South test “is to build up our knowledge of the natural variance in reservoir performance”, the company says, “ Test flow rates are not expected to exceed 500 BOPD per interval due to the limits of the test equipment, reservoir energy and thereservoir quality”. Five tests are planned with three in the Upper Lokhone reservoir.
Four wildcat exploration wells were drilled in TOTAL operated EA 1A block in Uganda in December 2012. Three of them failed to encounter commercial pool of hydrocarbons. The wells were drilled to delineate the ultimate basin potential ahead of potential relinquishments.
Riwu-1 (tested far northwestern limits), Raa-1 (tested northern extent), and Til-1 (tested far northeastern limits) did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons. Lyec-1 successfully tested the northern extent of the Jobi East accumulation, encountering oil pay, which is currently under evaluation and re-mapping.
The dark days of kidnapping in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry have returned. Seven expatriates working for a contractor to Chevron Nigeria Limited at the Pennington oil platform offshore Nigeria were recently abducted. Six of the men are Russians and the seventh is believed to be an Estonian.
A criminal gang attacked a barge offshore Niger Delta in the last quarter of last year, killing two Nigerian sailors, injuring two other Nigerians onboard and abducting one Indonesian, one Iranian, one Malaysian and one Thai national. The foreigners were eventually freed a few weeks later. Around the same time, Augustine Wokocha, Rivers State commissioner for Power was kidnapped.
Frontier Oil operated Uquo field onshore south east Niger Delta basin flamed to life at 4pm on the 29th of December 2012. The company is now commissioning the 200MMscf/d Uquo field Ekid gas plant. Frontier Oil hopes to start commercial gas production to Ibom power, through the 66km Accugas pipeline (operated by Seven Energy) by end January 2013. The Uquo Field is a gas field with an oil rim. Frontier anticipates that production from the oil rim will commence around end of March 2013.
American independent Anadarko took the second major step towards a Four Train, 20MMTPA LNG plant from Offshore Mozambique on Tuesday January 8, 2013.
The company’s award of a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to a Joint Venture vehicle comprising Fluor and JGC comes two weeks after it reached Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Eni, establishing foundational principles for the coordinated development of the common natural gas reservoirs spanning both Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1 (operated by Anadarko) and Offshore Area 4 (operated by Eni). Anadarko targets the first LNG cargo for 2018.
CGGVeritas is seeking to recruit experienced and motivated geophysicists to join its seismic processing division.
Experience in one of the following (at least) is a must: land processing, OBC processing, depth imaging, prestack depth migration, multicomponent processing. Rewarding positions are available in many of the company’s centres in the Middle East. Previous data processing experience is desired especially in land processing, multi-component and depth imaging along with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The DATA PROCESSOR is responsible for data processing, quality control and production of geophysical maps and data from offshore geophysical data. The position will require extensive travel and performance of these duties in a field environment. Please visit our careers site for more info.
Job Details Location:South Africa > Cape Town Salary: TBC Working Locations: Office, Offshore, International Expiry date of this notice: February 12, 2013
a) B.Sc. level or equivalent Diploma in Cartography, GIS Mapping or Hydrographic Survey.
b) Knowledge of company specific acquisition, processing and reporting software. · South African national (or valid work permit) · English language o Previous experience with hydrographic or geophysical data processing is a non-negotiable o Strong written and verbal communication skills o Superior computer skills o Knowledge of Microstation and / or Autocad is an advantage · Be prepared to travel locally (within Africa) and internationally · Show creativity, motivation, adaptability and innovation · Be flexible, stress resistant, have an accurate work practice and a hands-on mentality · Be a team player with good communication skills · Good computer skills · Candidates need a South African citizenship or valid work permit · Be aware of and adhere to the safety policies and procedures of the company · Empowered with the responsibility to halt unsafe work · Previous offshore experience (an hence able to swim) · Residing in Cape Town, South Africa (or willing to relocate at own cost). · Valid driver’s license with record in good standing
Job Description · Check survey data received from the field and onboard the vessel for completeness and quality. Carry out data processing as per requirement.
· Carry out check computations using raw and processed data. Check and approve final map products.
· Ensure that technical data submitted in reports are correct.
· Check format and content of reports and charts.
· Provide survey data at project commencement to Party Chiefs.
· Responsible for correct processing of survey data.
· Operate the main functions within the company’s geophysical software packages
· Perform field quality control and ensure compliance with contract specifications
· Report to Party Chief or Datacentre Co-ordinator on progress.
· Be aware of and adhere to the safety policies and procedures of the company
· Empowered with the responsibility to halt unsafe work.