Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Feb 3 – Feb 9, 2012


This week the SubseaIQ team added 3 new projects and updated 30 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field development news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Europe – North Sea
Providence Encounters Hydrocarbons at Barryroe Appraisal Well
Feb 9, 2012 – Providence Resources announced that the Barryroe appraisal well has encountered hydrocarbon shows in its secondary objective. The original drilling timeline was initially set back by weather and later by rig performance issues which significantly delayed the drilling of the 12.25-inch section. Drilling of this section recommenced on Feb. 2, when the necessary rig repairs and maintenance programs were completed by the rig owner. Hydrocarbon shows were encountered during the drilling of the 12.25-inch section, which contains a number of potential secondary reservoir units. Preliminary real time LWD data demonstrates excellent sandstone package correlation with the nearby 48/24-3 well. The forward program includes a comprehensive wire-line data acquisition program of this drilled 12.25-inch section, utilizing modern ‘state of the art’ down-hole tools, after which the section will be cased. Subsequent operations will include coring of the underlying primary reservoir zone, which is the main focus of this drilling program. Following this, the operator plans to perform drill stem testing of the primary basal sands target in order to ascertain flow rates and productivity. The 48/24-10z Barryroe appraisal well is located in approximately 328 feet (100 meters) of water, around 31 miles (50 kilometers) offshore Ireland in Standard Exploration License (SEL) 1/11 in the North Celtic Sea Basin.
Project Details: Barryroe
North Energy Divests Interest in Fogelberg Gas Discovery
Feb 9, 2012 – North Energy will sell its 12 percent stake in the Fogelberg gas discovery (License 433) for $12.2 million to Centrica Resources. This will increase Centrica’s stake to 40 percent. Production license 433 contains the Fogelberg gas/discovery, which was proven in 2010. A preliminary estimate of the find indicates the discovery is about 3 and 15 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalent. In 2011, the consortium finalized possible development solutions, which are expected to lead to a plan for development and operation within a few years.
Project Details: Fogelberg
Premier, Antrim Abandon East Fyne Well
Feb 7, 2012 – Premier Oil has abandoned the East Fyne appraisal well in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well reached a total depth of 5,020 feet (1,530 meters) and encountered 11 feet (3 meters) of gas-bearing sand within the Upper Tay formation and eight feet (two meters) of oil-bearing sand within the Middle Main Tay formation. Premier said that because the thickness of the oil-bearing sand is at the lower end of the pre-drill estimate, the firms have decided to plug and abandon the well. The Sedco 704 (mid-water semisub) will now be moved to drill the Bluebell prospect on license P1466, UK Block 15/24c, also in the Central North Sea. Furthermore, the operator will use the Borgsten Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to complete existing production and water-injection wells on the Fyne field. First oil is expected during the third quarter of 2012.
Project Details: Fyne
Lundin Spuds Johan Sverdup Appraisal Well
Feb 3, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced appraisal drilling at well 16/2-11 on the Johan Sverdup discovery located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The planned total depth is 7,136 feet (2,175 meters) and the well will be drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub). Drilling operations are estimated to take 40 days. The objective of the well is to determine the thickness and quality of an oil bearing Jurassic sequence at the appraisal well location. The well is located 1.3 miles (2,2 kilometers) south east from the Johan Sverdrup PL265 discovery well 16/2-8.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
N. America – US GOM
Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Services in GOM
Feb 9, 2012 – Discovery Gas Transmission awarded Foster Wheeler a contract to provide design, engineering and technical services for a junction platform, facilities and associated pipelines within the Discovery System at South Timbalier Block 283 in the GOM. The platform, located in about 350 feet of water, will be a four-pile structure with a two-level deck. It will be designed as an unmanned structure with a control system designed to shut down the facility in the event of an upset condition. The new infrastructure will enable the existing Discovery pipeline to operate at a higher pressure, both before and after the connection of the new Keathley Canyon pipeline. Discovery will construct the Keathley Canyon Connector, a 20-inch diameter, 215-mile subsea natural gas gathering pipeline for production from the Keathley Canyon, Walker Ridge and Green Canyon areas in the central deepwater GOM. Discovery has signed long-term agreements with Lucius and Hadrian South owners for natural gas gathering and processing services for production from those fields. The Keathley Canyon Connector will originate in the southeast portion of the Keathley Canyon area and terminate into Discovery’s 30-inch diameter mainline near South Timbalier Block 283.
Project Details: Lucius
Woodside Prepping to Drill Alaric in 2012
Feb 3, 2012 – Woodside is planning to appraise the Alaric deepwater discovery in 2012. The gas field is located in 6,430 feet (1,960 meters) of water offshore Australia.
Project Details: Alaric
SBM to Supply Turret, Mooring System for Ichthys FLNG
Feb 3, 2012 – INPEX awarded SBM Offshore a contract to engineer, procure, fabricate and supply a turret and mooring system. This system will be integrated by the client into the Ichthys FPSO and installed offshore NW Australia. The contract also includes assistance during the integration of the turret into the FPSO as well as during installation on the field. Installation is slated to commence in mid-2015.
Project Details: Ichthys
NZOG Eying Late 2012 Drill Date for Kakapo Prospect
Feb 3, 2012 – NZOG reported it is investigating possible rig options for drilling the Kakapo oil prospect in late 2012.The prospect is a stacked series of Miocene coastal sands, which are laterally truncated and prognosed to be sealed by deep canyons. Estimates of mean prospective resources are 200+ million barrels. Seismic modeling has upgraded the chance of success through indications of a small gas cap on the main postulated oil column.
Project Details: Kakapo
Kupe to Undergo 2nd Stage of Development
Feb 3, 2012 – The consortium of PML 38146 is conducting further geological and geophysical assessment of potential structures in the permit, with the possibility of drilling additional prospects in conjunction with the scheduled second stage development drilling within the Kupe central field. The Kupe field commenced production in 2009.
Project Details: Kupe
Africa – West
Chariot Moves Forward Offshore Namibia
Feb 9, 2012 – Chariot Oil & Gas has completed an 864,869-acre (3,500-square kilometer) 3D seismic acquisition program across its Central Blocks (2312 A&B and Northern halves of 2412 A&B) offshore Namibia. The survey targeted an area in the northeast section of the license that contains 11 leads with a combined prospective resource potential of 3.972 billion barrels of oil. Processing and interpretation of the data collected has commenced with results slated for the second half of this year.
Total Starts Second Phase of Ofon Development in Nigeria
Feb 7, 2012 – Total has commenced the second phase of the Ofon field development offshore Nigeria. Construction and installation contracts were awarded for Ofon Phase 2, which is scheduled to come on stream in 2014. The Ofon field is located in OML 102, 40 miles (65 kilometers) off the Nigerian shores in a water depth of 130 feet (40 meters). Total said that this phase of development will unlock the field’s undeveloped reserves and increase production to 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from 30,000 barrels, by installing four new platforms: two production platforms, a processing platform and an accommodation platform. Most of the development is dedicated to recovering natural gas, which will be compressed and evacuated to shore. The partners in OML 102 are Total (40 percent, operator) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (60 percent).
Technip to Supply Equipment for Jubilee Phase 1A Development
Feb 7, 2012 – Technip received two contracts by Tullow Ghana for Phase 1A of development on Tullow’s Jubilee project. The awarded contracts cover full project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of a new flexible riser, two rigid flowlines and 11 spools/jumpers, as well as the installation of two manifolds and 3.1 miles (five kilometers) of umbilicals. Offshore installation is scheduled to occur in the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Jubilee
Eni Ghana Spuds Nunya-1X Well Offshore Ghana
Feb 7, 2012 – Eni Ghana has spud the Nunya-1X well, formerly called Cuda-2, using the Transocean Marianas (DW semisub) offshore Ghana. The Nunya prospect is a four-way dip closed structure with a primary reservoir target comprising Upper Cretaceous deep-marine fan sandstones that are analogous to those that have already yielded significant discoveries elsewhere along the West Africa Transform Margin, said Afren.
Project Details: Nunya
Aker to Provide Well Intervention Services for Jubilee Field
Feb 3, 2012 – Aker Solutions has signed an agreement with Tullow for the provision of well intervention services for Tullow’s Jubilee and Tano deepwater fields offshore Ghana. The initial contract period is for three years, with two additional one-year options. Under the agreement, Aker will provide slickline and colied tubing services, which are conducted with the objective of maximizing production of oil and gas.
Project Details: Jubilee
Asia – SouthEast
Inpex Prepping to Commence FEED Work on Abadi Development
Feb 7, 2012 – Inpex Masela is currently preparing to commence Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) work on the Abadi FLNG project in the Masela block in the Arafura Sea, Indonesia. The operator will develop the Abadi gas field in phases with an annual LNG production of 2.5 million tons estimated for the first phase of development.
Project Details: Abadi
Noble Strikes Gas Offshore Israel
Feb 7, 2012 – Noble Energy has made a natural gas discovery at the Tanin prospect offshore Israel. The discovery well, drilled by the ENSCO 5006 (DW semisub), reached a depth of 18,212 feet (5,551 meters) and encountered about 130 feet (40 meters) of gross natural gas pay in high-quality lower Miocene sands. Gross resources are estimated at .9 and 1.4 Tcf with a gross mean of 1.2 Tcf. Noble said this discovery de-risks other prospects located in the vicinity of Tanin. The Tanin well is located in the Alon A license, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of the Tamar field, in 5,100 feet (1,555 meters) of water.
Project Details: Tanin


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