Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sonangol News

Eni Spuds New Vandumbu Well in Angola

N'Goma FPSO. Image: SBM Offshore

Italian oil company Eni said that it has successfully launched a new production well in the Vandumbu field, about 350 km north-west of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo, in the West Hub of Block 15/06, in Angola’s offshore.According to a press release, the start-up of the VAN-102 well – which follows the start-up of the second Subsea…

Angola's Soyo LNG Plant Resumes Production

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Angola's Soyo liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant has resumed production after a "controlled" shutdown, a spokeswoman for Angola LNG said on Tuesday.She did not specify why the shutdown had occurred and declined to say when the plant would load its first cargo after reopening.An LNG trader in Europe said a cargo is expected in late December or early January.Two Angola LNG vessels are signalling arrival at Soyo…

BP Nears FID at Platina Field Offshore Angola

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Angola’s Sonangol and British supermajor BP on Monday signed an agreement to progress to final investment decision (FID) for the development of the Platina field in the BP-operated deepwater Block 18, offshore Angola.Platina would be BP’s first new operated development in Angola since the PSVM project in Block 31 began production in 2013.

Eni Makes New Oil Find Offshore Angola

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Italy's Eni said it ha struck a new oil discovery in the Afoxé exploration prospect located in Block 15/06, offshore Angola.The discovery, estimated to contain between 170 and 200 million barrels of light oil in place, was made in the Afoxé-1 NFW well located in the southeast area of Block 15/06, approximately 120 kilometers off the coast…

Eni Starts Production at Vandumbu Field

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Italy's Eni said it has started production from the Vandumbu field in Block 15/06 through West Hub N’Goma floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO).Block 15/06 is located approximately 350 kilometers northwest of Luanda and 130 kilometers west of Soyo, Angola.Eni said first oil from the Vandumbu field was achieved in late November…

Angola Battles to Revive Oil Exploration

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On Saturday, nearly two decades after securing the initial rights, Total's CEO Patrick Pouyanné was in Luanda to snip the ribbon on a $16 billion oil project. It's not clear when he, or his peers, will be cracking open the bubbly in Angola again.Without another mega-project like Total's Kaombo on the horizon and fields getting old…

Total Launches $16 Bln Project Offshore Angola

Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne and Angolan president Joao Lourenco (Photo: Total)

Africa's second largest crude producer Angola and France's Total officially inaugurated a new deep-sea oil field worth $16 billion in the Atlantic approximately 260 kilometers from the capital Luanda.The Angolan State Minister for Economic and Social Development, Manuel Nunes Junior, the Chairman and CEO of Total, Patrick Pouyanné…

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi Meets Angola's president

The President of Angola João Gonçalves Lourenço meets Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. Photo: ENI

Eni president Claudio Descalzi has met Angola's president Joao Goncalves Lourenco in Luanda to discuss the Italian energy giant's operations in the country.During the meeting with President João Lourenço, Claudio Descalzi said that they discussed the participation of the Italian multinational in the studies and exploration of crude…

Puma Energy Appoints New CEO

Emma FitzGerald (Photo: Puma Energy)

Integrated midstream and downstream oil group Puma Energy has appointed Emma FitzGerald as its new chief executive, the company said on Tuesday.FitzGerald will succeed Pierre Eladari on January 2, 2019.FitzGerald was previously an executive director at Severn Trent Water.She was also CEO of UK Gas Distribution at National Grid and held various position at Royal Dutch Shell.Trafigura owns 49 percent of Puma Energ

Cepsa Float Fail Could Jeopardize Other Energy Listings

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The shelving of Spanish energy company Cepsa's initial public offering (IPO) may damage prospects for a string of oil-related companies planning to go public.Returning Cepsa to the Madrid stock exchange this week in a flotation valuing the firm at up to 8 billion euros ($9.3 billion) had been expected to test investor appetite for energy listings amid resurgent oil prices.But the company…

Angola Could Partially List Oil Company Sonangol

Angola, Africa's second largest crude producer, could partially list state oil company Sonangol, a spokesman for the ministry of mineral resources and oil said on Thursday.This follows comments by Mineral Resources and Oil Minister Diamantino Azevedo, reported by state newspaper Jornal de Angola, that any partial listing would only…

Total Starts Production at Offshore Angola's Kaombo Project

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French energy group Total said on Friday that it had started production at the Kaombo project, which is currently the biggest, deep offshore development in Angola.Kaombo Norte, the first 'Floating Production Storage and Offloading' (FPSO) unit, was successfully brought on stream and will produce an estimated 115,000 barrels of oil per day…

Angola's Sonangol Settles Cobalt Energy Dispute with $350 mln Payment

Angola's state energy firm Sonangol said on Friday it made a $350 million payment this month to Cobalt International Energy to settle a dispute over oil block sales.Cobalt had filed arbitration requests last year seeking in excess of $2 billion due to the impact of failed extension talks on its attempts to sell offshore blocks 20 and…

PDVSA Completes Oil Transfer to Ease Tanker Bottleneck

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Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA has completed its first ship-to-ship (STS) transfer designed to ease a severe bottleneck of tankers around its main crude ports, according to sources close to the operation and Reuters vessel tracking data.PDVSA has notified customers in recent days that they must agree to load crude in Venezuela's…

Concordia Boosts Tanker Biz

To prepare for a gradually strenghthening tanker market, Concordia Maritime decided to participate in three suezmax tankers chartered in by Stena Bulk. The 158,000 dwt vessels were built in Korea between 2012-2014. The contracts are for 12 months, with an option to extend until the end of 2019. After delivery in May and July, the vessels…

Angola LNG Plant Sells Cargo to Petrobras

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Angola's sole liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has sold a cargo loading over May 12 to 13 to Brazil's Petrobras, two industry sources said on Monday.The exact price details could not immediately be confirmed but the cargo is priced off the European benchmark National Balancing Point (NBP) gas price, one of them said.The cargo will be loaded on the vessel 'Sonangol Sambizanga' and will head to Brazil, the sour

Angola to Export 48 Crude Cargoes in May

File Image: A typical Crude carrier at sea. Credit: EuroNav

Angola's state firm Sonangol is expected to export 48 cargoes of crude oil in May, up from 46 cargoes in April, a provisional loading programme showed on Friday.   The programme did not detail the size of the cargoes. Sonangol typically issues a final schedule a few days after the provisional one that often shows a change in the total.   Reporting by Julia Payne

W. Africa Crude-Angolan Oil Trades on Spot

Nigerian crude sells into tenders, while Angolan trades more quickly on spot. * ExxonMobil had purchased two of the three Olombendo cargoes sold this week, traders said. * All three are likely to sail to the Mediterranean or the United States rather than China, the usual destination. * Angola's Sonangol sold its cargo of Dalia, which it had been offering at dated Brent minus 70 cents a barrel.

Fire Erupts at Schlumberger Facility in Angola

A fire has erupted at the facility used by U.S. oil services company Schlumberger at Angola's oil logistics hub in the capital Luanda, the chairman of state-run oil company Sonangol told a news briefing on Wednesday. Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services, is a bellwether for oilfield services and drilling. A source told…

Sonangol sells Cabinda, Other Angolan Offers Steady

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Angolan crude was offered at steady levels on Friday, while there was little activity on Nigerian crude. Angola will export 1.58 million barrels per day (bpd) in February, similar to January, the loading programme issued on Monday showed. State oil firm Sonangol on Wednesday sold a Cabinda cargo that had been offering at dated Brent plus 50 cents, a trade source said.