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Eni has announced a new discovery off the shore of Angola, with the well potentially containing up to 250 Mmbbl of light oil.

The Ndungu-1 NFW well, in Block 15/06, has been drilled by the Poseidon drillship just a few kilometres away from Eni’s West Hub site.

According to a report in World Oil, the drill reached a water depth of 1,076 m, achieving a total depth of 4,050 m.

It is thought the well could have a production capacity of as much as – or more than – 10,000 barrels of oil per day.

Ndungu represents the first important oil discovery near the coast of Angola that is inside a Development Area.

As it is just 1.24 miles from the Mpungu field, production could occur at a faster rate as it is already close to the Sub Sea production system. This will allow the oil to be routed to the N’goma FPSO, which would extend the company’s current West Hub plateau.

The Block 15/06 project is a joint venture between Eni, Sonangol P&P, and SSI Fifteen Limited. Its exploration was re-launched in the middle of last year, and Ndungu is the fourth commercial find since then.

Prior to Ngungu, Kalimba, Afoxe and Agogo were discovered over the last year. It is thought they provide a combined production of 1.4 billion barrels of light oil.

This comes after Uganda’s energy and mineral development minster Irene Muloni revealed the government will enable companies to bid for oil exploration licences on seven new exploration blocks on the Albertine Graben site, All Africa reported.

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Element Materials Technology has announced it will invest in more immersion ultrasonic testing (IUT) for aerospace equipment in Mexico.

It currently already offers IUT services elsewhere across the world, including in Houston, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Rancho Dominguez, California; and Sheffield, England.

However, there has been demand for it in Monterrey in Mexico too, which is why the technology company is planning to expand its offering south of the US border, reported Aero-Mag.

As a result, it will become the only Nadcap and GE approved independent materials testing laboratory in Central and South America to provide IUT services for the aerospace industry.

Executive vice president for aerospace at Element Materials Technology Rick Sluiters told the news provider the company’s IUT offering is something “customers across North America and Europe value highly”.

This has led to a demand for the services in Mexico, which is why Element has decided to invest in the area so it can meet clients’ needs.

“We are committed to maintaining a high level of service, as well as our technical proficiencies and our improved capacity will allow us to maintain the turnaround our customers expect,” Mr Sluiters stated.

More than 3,000 people work for Element Materials Technology, whether they are technicians, engineers or scientists, dedicating their knowledge and experience to commercial and military aerospace testing.

It prides itself on being the “largest, independent provider of materials testing, product qualification testing, calibration and advisory services to the global aerospace testing sector”.

The company has more than 100 years’ experience, enabling it to offer a range of testing services for varying components, products, materials and systems regarding aerospace technology.

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