Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (May 4 – May 10, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 new projects and updated 20 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Africa – West
Harvest Natural Completes Technical Evaluation over Dassafu Ruche Marin
May 9, 2012 – A technical evaluation of the 2011 Ruche discovery has been completed, reported Panoro Energy. Studies indicate that the discovery has recoverable resources of around 11 MMbbl and is commercially marginal. Further resources will need to be found in order to proceed with a commercial development of the field. The Tortue prospect, about 9 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Ruche, has been selected as the next exploration prospect to drill. The well will target pre-salt Gamba and mid-Dentale reservoirs and a secondary post-salt Madiela reservoir. When combining these reservoirs, the Tortue prospect has consolidated mean prospective resources of 28 MMbbls with 56 percent geological chance of success. When combining a discovery on Tortue with the existing discovery on Ruche, the minimum commercial threshold for Tortue is estimated to be around 10MMbbl resulting in a commercial chance of success of 46 percent. Rig options are currently being reviewed to drill the Tortue prospect.
Project Details: Dussafu Ruche Marin
Aker to Supply Subsea Trees for Dalia Field
May 4, 2012 – Total awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the delivery of seven subsea tree systems to the Dalia field offshore Angola. The scope of work includes seven production trees, seven wellhead systems and seven well jumper systems, and may include some contract options. Management and engineering of the subsea tree systems will be performed at Aker Solutions’ manufacturing center in Tranby, Norway. Procurement, manufacturing and assembly will take place in Port Klang, Malaysia, and Aberdeen, UK. Equipment deliveries will be made in 2013 and 2014.
Project Details: Dalia
Kosmos to P&A Teak-4A Well
May 4, 2012 – Kosmos Energy has completed drilling the Teak-4A appraisal well, located in the West Cape Three Points Block, offshore Ghana. The well, targeting the stratigraphic extension of the Teak discovery area, encountered thin, non-commercial reservoirs and is being plugged and abandoned. Kosmos and partners have begun integrating well results into the Teak field model to determine forward appraisal and development plans. The Atwood Hunter (DW semisub) drilled Teak-4A to a total depth of 9,348 feet (2,850 meters) in a water depth of 1,817 feet (554 meters). Following the completion of operations at the Teak-4A well, the drilling rig will set gauges at the Teak-2A well and perform a drill stem test at the Akasa oil discovery on the West Cape Three Points Block.
Project Details: Teak
Europe – North Sea
Lundin Spuds Albert Prospect
May 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced drilling exploration well 6201/11-3 in PL519 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well will target the Albert prospect. The main objective of the well is to test Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Albert prospect contains unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 177 MMboe. The planned total depth is 10,335 feet (3,150 meters) below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the Bredford Dolphin (mdi-water semisub). Drilling is expected to take approximately 55 days.
Project Details: Albert
Total to Begin Elgin Kill Op in Near Future
May 10, 2012 – Total reported that the West Phoenix (UDW semisub) drilling rig has been positioned about 99 feet (30 meters) away from its North Sea Elgin platform, where a gas leak was discovered in late March. Dependent on weather, the well intervention should start “within a very few days,” according to the operator. Additionally, drilling of the first back-up relief well by the Sedco 714 (mid-water semisub) is still progressing as per plan, added the company.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
Lundin, Partners Finalize Johan Sverdrup Timetable
May 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum and partners have agreed to a development schedule to move forward the Johan Sverdrup discovery. The current timetable for Johan Sverdrup is: concept selection to be selected in 4Q 2013; POD submission in 4Q 2014; and first oil in 4Q 2018. The field is expected to have a production life extending to 2050. Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO, commented, “We are very pleased that the Johan Sverdrup partners have agreed on a development schedule to move forward this very large discovery. This highlights the importance of this project to all stakeholders.”
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
Centrica Spuds Cooper Prospect in North Sea
May 9, 2012 – Centrica Resources has commenced drilling the Cooper prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Drilled by the West Alpha (UDW semisub), the exploration well will target the Cooper prospect located in P L477 in Block 6506/11 on the Halten Terrace between the Smorbukk oil field, immediately to the east, and the Morvin oil field, to the west. Cooper consists of an untested north to south trending fault block. The main reservoir objectives are the prolific Middle Jurassic Garn and Ile formations, which are the main producing reservoirs in the neighboring Smorbukk and Morvin fields.
Project Details: Cooper
CB&I to Provide FEED Services for Aasta Hansteen Project
May 4, 2012 – Statoil awarded CB&I a contract for the provision of front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Aasta Hansteen, formerly Luva, topsides project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The platform will process hydrocarbons from the field in a water depth of 4,265 feet (1,300 meters). The development concept consists of a spar platform tied to subsea templates. Processing on the topsides will consist of conventional gas dehydration and dew-pointing with condensate stabilization through heating and separation, designed for daily production rates of 23 MMcm/d. CB&I???s scope of work consists of the FEED package for the topsides which includes units for processing, utilities, 108-bed living quarters and flare, with a total dry weight of about 21,500 tonnes. FEED is scheduled for delivery by year-end.
Project Details: Aasta Hansteen (Luva)
MPX North Sea Spins Bit at Timon Prospect
May 4, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum announced that the WilHunter (UDW semisub) has arrived on location to drill the Timon prospect, located in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well is anticipated to spud within the next few days and take around 40 days to complete. Timon is an Upper Jurassic channelized sand play similar to the Cladhan and Tybalt discoveries also located in the UK Northern North Sea. Gross best estimate prospective resources are estimated by Valiant to be 30 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Project Details: Timon
N. America – US GOM
Stone Energy Acquires Additional Shares in Pompano
May 10, 2012 – Stone Energy will purchase Anadarko’s working interests in the Pompano field for $67 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Stone Energy will acquire Anadarko’s 25% working interest in the five-block deepwater Pompano field, 22% in Block 29, and 10% in portions of Block 72 of the Mississippi Canyon.
Project Details: Pompano
Nexen P&A Kakuna Well
May 8, 2012 – Nexen failed to encounter commercial hydrocarbons in its Kakuna well and is in the process of plugging and abandoning the well. Kakuna was drilled to a depth of 30,300 feet (9,235 meters) by the ENSCO 8502 (UDW semisub).
Project Details: Kakuna
AMEC to Perform FEED for Mad Dog Phase 2 Development
May 8, 2012 – AMEC received a contract from BP to provide Front End Engineering Design services (FFED) for the topsides facilities for the second phase of the Mad Dog field development. The new facility, expected to be one of the largest floating production systems installed in the GOM, will produce oil and gas from the Phase 2 development area within the existing Mad Dog field.
Project Details: Mad Dog
Apache to Spud Parmer
May 8, 2012 – The deep water Parmer step-out appraisal well is expected to spud late in the second quarter of 2012. The well is expected to drill for approximately three months, followed by a possible sidetrack. Apache operates the prospect.
Project Details: Parmer
S. America – Brazil
Manati’s Production Increases as Wells Come Online
May 9, 2012 – Average gas production at the Manati field was 5.2 MMcm/d in the first quarter of 2012, stated Panoro Energy, a partner in the field. The production figures represent an increase of approximately 12 percent from the fourth quarter 2011 and an increase of approximately 27 percent compared to the first quarter 2011. The year-on-year increase is a result of the wells being back at full production capacity, after repair and maintenance work last year that resulted in lower production capacity. Average production in Q2 2012 has been 6.4 MMcm/d to date with the field currently producing from all six wells. The operator has scheduled a shut-down of the field for two to three weeks, which has now been postponed to November/December 2012, for maintenance of the gas processing plant and replacement of certain topside equipment on the platform. Annual production from the field is expected to average between 5.5 to 6 MMcm/d.
Petrobras will Re-inject Gas from Bauna, Piracaba Fields
May 9, 2012 – Petrobras reported that the nearby Tiro/Sidon discoveries (now renamed Bauna and Piracaba) will re-inject the gas produced from these fields, rather than export gas through a common pipeline with gas from the BS-3 fields. Gas export options for the BS-3 fields are consequently being re-evaluated, including potential volumes from several nearby high-profile exploration wells for which results are expected within the next year. Revised development plans will be filed with the ANP, including a gas export solution and a strategy to evaluate the area B1 zone potential.
Vanco Preps for Drilling Campaign
May 9, 2012 – Vanco reported that the GSF Arctic I (mid-water semisub) is undergoing required inspections and preparations to commence an exploratory drilling campaign offshore Brazil. The campaign includes the drilling of three prospects, Sabia, Canario and Jandaia, with Sabia being the first drilling target. The shipyard operations are on track and the drilling campaign on the three exploration licenses is expected to start in June/July 2012. The three prospects to be drilled in this campaign are estimated to hold around 100 MMBOE of unrisked resources.
Oceaneering to Supply Umbilicals for Lula, Sapinhoa Development
May 8, 2012 – Petrobras awarded Oceaneering a contract to supply nearly 125 miles (200 kilometers) of thermoplastic production control umbilicals for field development projects, Lula and Sapinhoa, offshore Brazil. Product manufacturing is expected to commence in 3Q 2012 and be completed in 3Q 2015.
Project Details: Sapinhoa (Guara)
Asia – SouthEast
Talisman Progresses HST/HSD Development
May 9, 2012 – The Hai Su Trang and Hai Su Den (HST/HSD) development, which was sanctioned in December 2011, is progressing on schedule and on budget, announced Talisman. First production from the project is planned for the second half of 2013.
McDermott to Provide Subsea Infrastructure for Siakap North Development
May 9, 2012 – McDermott has received a subsea contract to execute a deepwater engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, installation and commissioning project offshore Malaysia. The award is for the subsea infrastructure of the Siakap North – Petai (“SNP”) development project operated by Murphy Sabah Oil Co., comprising rigid flowlines, flexible risers, an umbilical and subsea hardware and controls. The SNP field is located nearby the existing Kikeh field, northwest of Labuan Island, Malaysia, in waters measuring 3,900 to 4,900 feet (1,189 to 1,494 meters) deep. The SNP field architecture consists of two rigid, insulated, pipe-in-pipe production flowlines, one rigid water injection flowline and one main umbilical system connecting eight new manifolds and subsea distribution units to existing riser slots on the Kikeh FPSO. The development calls for five water injection and eight production wells, drilled from the manifolds at each of the four drill center locations. The project scope is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2013.
Project Details: Kikeh
Aker to Provide Subsea Production System for the Siakap North Project
May 4, 2012 – Murphy Sabah Oil has awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the delivery of a subsea production system for the Siakap North project. The scope of work includes 13 subsea trees, eight manifolds, well jumpers, engineering for topside controls and life cycle support services. The first hardware delivery is slated for 1Q 2013. The subsea production system will be tied-back to Murphy’s Kikeh FPSO.
Project Details: Kikeh
Noble Suspends Leviathan Drilling Ops
May 4, 2012 – Noble Energy announced that the Leviathan deep well offshore Israel has reached a depth of approximately 21,400 feet (6,523 meters), the deepest known penetration in the Levant Basin. High well pressure and the mechanical limits of the wellbore design resulted in the suspension of drilling operations before the primary objective was reached. Over the course of deepening the Leviathan No. 1 well, the operator obtained valuable geologic and engineering data about the basin. At approximately 21,000 feet (6,401 meters), the well encountered a zone where natural gas was detected. The composition of the natural gas was heavier than discovered in the shallower intervals and suggests a thermogenic source. At a total depth of 21,400 feet (6,523 meters) higher pressure was encountered indicating the possibility of an overlying seal. The Noble Homer Ferrington (mid-water semisub) is scheduled to remain on location at the No.1 well to conduct a production flow test of the previously discovered natural gas sands at Leviathan
Project Details: Leviathan

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