Work on the next generation of all-electric subsea production systems is being advanced, albeit not swiftly, as there is a three-way competition amongst big hardware companies.

India’s ONGC Ltd. is evaluating hydrocarbon prospects located beyond the continental shelf of Mumbai High in the Arabian Sea after the discovery of gas. 

The Kashagan oil field has started commercial output, Kazakhstan’s energy minister said on Nov. 21, marking a milestone for a $55 billion project that is more than a decade behind its original production plan.

Eni has finalized plans to develop Mozambique’s Coral South offshore gas project, part of a larger scheme that will see Italy’s top energy company and partners spend an estimated $50 billion.

France’s Total and Azerbaijan’s state-owned player Socar have agreed to contractual and commercial terms for Phase 1 production from the Absheron gas and condensate field in the Caspian Sea.

Centrica has handed in a plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Oda, formerly Butch, Field offshore Norway to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Mexico’s oil regulator announced on Nov. 28 a final list of 17 oil companies representing a dozen countries that have prequalified to bid on the country’s first-ever deepwater oil auctions, set for Dec. 5.

Norway has enjoyed a boost to its flagging exploration scene over the last week, with the Barents Sea proving to be the hot spot.

Plans include a new floating production platform that will be moored about six miles southwest of the existing Mad Dog Platform.

Nexen Petroleum is moving ahead with a new look concept for the Buzzard Phase 2 development in the U.K. North Sea following a reevaluation of the project earlier this year.

Statoil and its partners will make a decision before year-end 2016 to proceed with the expansion of the $3 billion to $3.3 billion Snorre Field in the Norwegian Sea.

Somalia looks more likely to strike oil than gas in its long pursuit of offshore riches, making it easier for the African state to exploit any windfall but also potentially upsetting the fragile recovery led by its Western-backed government.

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