Long-Term Prospects Very Bright For Deep Waters Off West Africa

Roger Knight Infield Systems London John Westwood Douglas-Westwood Associates Canterbury, U.K. So far only one deepwater field is in production off West Africa. It is Mobil's Topacio subsea field off Equatorial Guinea, which is tied back to the FPSO shown in the photograph, lying in the shallower Zafiro field. Photo courtesy of Mobil. As a hydrocarbon province, West Africa, with 220 fields in production already, bears itself well in comparison with other areas of the world. But it is the immense promise of the giant deepwater fields that is setting hard-pressed oil executives' pulse rates pounding. In a recent study of future global dee...

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