Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Jun 8 – Jun 14, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 new projects and updated 25 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.

Asia – SouthEast
Salamander Enters Rig Sharing Agreement
Jun 14, 2012 – Salamander Energy has entered into a rig sharing agreement for use of the Ocean General (mid-water semisub) to begin its exploration drilling campaign in the North Kutei basin, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The rig will be on contract starting July 1, 2012. The company has committed to drill the South Kecapi, South Kecapi side-track, North Kendang and Bedug prospects and has an additional four-option well slots under the contract to allow follow up drilling in the event of a success. The prospects are located in the Bontang and SE Sangatta PSCs. It is estimated that drilling in the company’s North Kutei acreage will commence in the fourth quarter 2012.
Exploratory Drilling Commences at Ratnadewi Prospect
Jun 12, 2012 – Niko Resources reported that drilling has commenced at the Ratnadewi-1 prospect in the Lhokseumawe Block using the Hercules 208 (MC jackup). The prospect is situated offshore Indonesia.
Niko to Explore Lebah Prospect in August
Jun 12, 2012 – The Discoverer Seven Seas (DW drillship) is slated to commence drilling at the Lebah prospect in the North Ganal block offshore Indonesia in August.
AWE to P&A Atlas-1 Well
Jun 12, 2012 – AWE will plug and abandon its Atlas-1 well due to a high percentage of carbon dioxide. AWE was targeting a carbonate reservoir sequence that, together with the nearby Lengo gas discovery, was thought might contain up to one trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. On June 7, 2012 AWE announced that it had drilled the well to 2,011 feet (613 meters), and that indications of both methane and carbon dioxide had been detected within the upper part of the Kujung carbonate reservoir section.
Project Details: Atlas
Adira Energy, Noble International Accept LOA
Jun 13, 2012 – Adira Energy reported that Noble International has accepted a Letter of Award, which will enable Modiin Energy to execute a detailed drilling contract on behalf of the Gabriella consortium partners, including Adira and Brownstone Energy. Adira has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Modiin Energy authorizing Modiin Energy to enter into a drilling contract with Noble Drilling and/or any of its affiliates to drill the Gabriella License prior to the revised spud date of June 30, 2013. To the extent possible, representatives of Adira shall participate in the negotiations with Noble Drilling regarding the Agreement. The consortium will now finalize the agreement to secure the Noble Homer Farrington (mid-water semisub) for a minimum of 75 days for a program that is expected to include one well plus sidetrack. Effective once the agreement has been signed, Adira grants Modiin Energy an irrevocable option to purchase from Adira a 15 percent participating interest in the Yitzhak License.
Project Details: Gabriella
Adira Energy Granted Gabriella, Yitzhak License Extensions
Jun 12, 2012 – Adira Energy announced that the Ministry of Energy and Water of the State of Israel has granted an extension of the dates for the execution of a drilling contract and the spudding of the first well at the offshore Gabriella and Yitzhak licenses. For the Gabriella license, the new contract execution date is Sept. 1, 2012; submission of an environmental study is now slated for July 20, 2012; and the new spud date is June 30, 2013. For the Yitzhak license, the new contract execution date is Sept. 1, 2012; submission of an environmental study is Sept. 1, 2012; and the new spud date is Oct. 30, 2013. The submission date of the Environmental Study was moved forward, and Adira management believes that they will be met by the deadline.
Project Details: Gabriella
N. America – US GOM
Petrobras Detects Small Leak of Hydraulic Fluid at Chinook
Jun 13, 2012 – Petrobras reported that a “small leak” of hydraulic fluid was detected during commissioning of a submarine system Sunday at its Chinook field in the GOM. Petrobras did not disclose the volume of the fluid that leaked. The company has notified U.S. officials of the leak, as well as set up an internal commission to evaluate the cause of the incident, reported Dow Jones Newswires. The field is still being developed with first production slated for later this year.
Project Details: The Greater Chinook Area
BP Brings Galapagos Project Online
Jun 12, 2012 – BP has commenced production from the deepwater three-field Galapagos development –Isabela, Santiago and Santa Cruz ??? in the Gulf of Mexico. The three fields are connected via a flowline loop to the BP-operated Na Kika host platform, situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of New Orleans in 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) of water. Production is slated to ramp up by the end of the month from the Na Kika facility, which has an output capacity of 130,000 bopd and has been modified to handle additional output from the fields.
Project Details: Na Kika
ATP Resumes Production at Telemark Hub
Jun 11, 2012 – ATP reported that production at the ATP Titan platform has resumed, which services the company’s Telemark Hub. Production from the ATP Titan, shut-in since May 14, resumed after the operator of the Mars pipeline temporarily shut in the pipeline to allow for the tie-in of a new offsetting platform which has now been completed. Production at the ATP Titan is proceeding as expected and will ramp up over the next few days.
Project Details: Telemark
S. America – Other & Carib.
Niko Spuds Shadow-1
Jun 12, 2012 – Niko Resources has spudded the Shadow-1 well, located on the 2 (ab) Block, offshore Trinidad, using the Rowan Gorilla III (ILC jackup).
Series of Short-term Production Interruptions Occurs on Processing Facility
Jun 8, 2012 – Nexus Energy reported that a series of short-term production interruptions have occurred due to an intermittent electrical fault at the Patricia-Baleen gas processing facility. Production at the facility has been suspended, with outage expected to continue until the fault is identified and fixed through an offshore intervention program. The location of the fault has not yet been determined and could be within the Santos or Nexus offshore facilities. A vessel has been mobilized and is scheduled to arrive at the field on June 15, 2012, depending on weather, to commence the inspection and rectification works. The facility receives gas via a pipeline from Bexu???s offshore Longtom field.
Project Details: Longtom
Africa – West
Tullow Oil Intersects Good Quality Oil in Paon
Jun 8, 2012 – Tullow Oil reported that the Paon-1X exploration well in the CI-303 license offshore Cote d’Ivoire has intersected good quality light oil in a Turonian fan system. Paon-1X, the first deepwater exploration well drilled in the license, encountered 102 feet (31 meters) of net oil pay in a gross interval of 243 feet (74 meters) of turbidite sands. Pressure data indicates that this interval contains a continuous hydrocarbon column and samples show that it is a light oil of 41 degrees API. Further analysis is required to determine reservoir quality and the extent of the fan system. Following completion of logging operations, the well will be suspended for possible future use in appraisal and development operations. Drilled by the Eirik Raude (UDW semisub), the Paon-1X well reached a final depth of 16,699 feet (5,090 meters) in a water depth of 7,195 feet (2,193 meters).
Project Details: Paon
Europe – North Sea
Lundin Temporarily Suspends Albert Drilling
Jun 14, 2012 – Noreco reported that exploratory drilling on well 6201/11-3 in Production License 519, targeting the Albert prospect, has been temporarily suspended until August. The Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) is moving to a Norwegian yard to complete its five-year renewal survey before returning to complete the Albert exploration well.
Project Details: Albert
Bridge Energy Acquires Stake in Boa Field
Jun 14, 2012 – Bridge Energy has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement to acquire a 1.55 percent working interest in the producing Boa field from OMV Limited for a consideration of $18.1 million. The interest will add production of 250 bopd to Bridge. The unitized field extends across the UK/Norway median line and lies 88.65 percent in Norway Block 24/6 and 11.35 percent in UK Blocks 9/15a and 9/15b. The field was developed in 2008 as part of the wider Alvheim area development with three subsea development wells tied-back to the Alvheim FPSO operated by Marathon. Oil from Boa is shipped by shuttle tanker while gas is exported into the UK market via the Beryl SAGE system. The field is expected to produce until 2022.
Project Details: Alvheim
Statoil Gets Govt Nod to Drill at Troll
Jun 14, 2012 – Statoil was granted consent to drill on the Troll field using the COSLInnovator (mid-water semisub). The consent applies to drilling, completion and plugback on the field in a water depth of 1,093 feet (333 meters). Statoil’s contract with COSL Drilling Europe for use of the COSLInnovator has a duration of eight years from the start of the contract.
Project Details: Troll Area
Xcite Reaches TD at Bentley Well
Jun 13, 2012 – Xcite Energy has reached a targeted depth of 9,646 feet (2,940 meters) at well 9/3b-7z on the Bentley field. A reservoir section in excess of 2,000 feet (610 meters) has been drilled with 100 percent net pay and sand control screens have been run successfully. The top reservoir, at 3,609 feet (1,100 meters) true vertical depth, is higher than previously encountered in any part of the field to date, thereby giving an oil column depth of approximately 121 feet (37 meters). The remainder of the planned operations, including installation of the smart completion equipment (enabling individual laterals to be flowed, co-mingled or shut-in), the down-hole pumps and commissioning of the processing equipment will now be undertaken prior to commencing production testing.
Project Details: Bentley
Antrim Eying Fyne Development
Jun 13, 2012 – Antrim Energy has been granted an extension for the submission of a Field Development Plan for the Fyne field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) notified the operator that it has extended the deadline for submission of an FDP for the Fyne field from June 2012 to January 2013. Antrim also anticipates DECC approval of the transfer to Antrim of the working interests of the other two partners in the License, Premier Oil UK Limited and First Oil Expro Limited, as well as the transfer of operatorship to Antrim from Premier. Once DECC approves the transfers, Antrim will be operator and hold 100 percent working interest in the Fyne License. The license target date for first production remains in the fourth quarter of 2014. Antrim continues its work on the design of a small SPAR production facility to determine its suitability for Fyne and surrounding fields in the Greater Fyne Area. In parallel with this work, Antrim is seeking joint venture partners to participate in appraisal and development of the Greater Fyne Area discoveries, including West Teal in Block 21/24b (Antrim 100 percent).
Project Details: Fyne
Apache Spuds Tryfan Well
Jun 13, 2012 – Apache has commenced exploratory drilling at the Tryfan prospect located in UK Block 3/17. The operator reported that Tryfan is an Eocene channelized sand play in the northern North Sea which benefits from a strong seismic amplitude response. The well is estimated to take around 25 days to complete.
Project Details: Tryfan
Norwegian Parliament OKs Edvard Grieg Development
Jun 11, 2012 – The Norwegian Parliament has approved development and operation plans for Lundin’s Edvard Grieg field, formerly Luno. This is the first project to progress to the development phase in the oil-rich Utsira High area of the Norwegian North Sea. The Edvard Grieg field is estimated to hold about 186 million barrels of oil equivalent and is scheduled to come on-stream in the fourth quarter of 2015. The Edvard Grieg development plan includes drilling of 15 wells from a jack-up rig, a processing platform on a jacket structure and export pipelines tied-back to existing infrastructure.
Project Details: Edvard Grieg (Luno, Draupne) Project
Total Receives Consent to Develop Martin Linge
Jun 11, 2012 – Total has received approval from the Norwegian Parliament for the development and operation of the Martin Linge, formerly Hild field. The field, which holds estimated recoverable reserves of 189 million boe, will be exploited using a fixed platform with gas to be exported via the UK pipeline system and oil to be processed and stored on a floating storage and offloading vessel for export by shuttle tanker.
Project Details: Martin Linge (Hild)
CGGVeritas to Acquire Seismic Survey over Ekofisk
Jun 8, 2012 – CGGVeritas will commence a survey acquisition of the Ekofisk field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, as part of the multi-year Life-of-Field seismic program for which it was awarded both the seismic data acquisition and processing. Mobilization is set to begin early June 2012, and the shooting period will last about one month. Production commenced from the Ekofisk field in 1971, and Eldfisk came on stream in 1979. ConocoPhillips operates the license, PL 018, with a 35.11% interest; Total holds 39.90%; Eni holds 12.39%; Statoil holds 7.60%; and Petoro holds 5%.
Project Details: Ekofisk Center
Africa – Other
Statoil Hits Pay in Tanzania
Jun 14, 2012 – Statoil reported that logging results from its Lavani well, offshore Tanzania, has confirmed a new high-impact discovery. The company said that preliminary estimates suggest a resource of three trillion cubic feet of gas-in-place. The Lavani well encountered 312 feet (95 meters) of “excellent quality” reservoir sandstone with high porosity and high permeability. The Lavani well, drilled in 7,875 feet (2,400 meters) of water depth is being drilling by Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship).
Project Details: Lavani
Anadarko Strikes Again in Rovuma Basin
Jun 11, 2012 – Anadarko has made another significant natural gas discovery offshore Mozambique in the Rovuma Basin. The Atum discovery well encountered more than 300 feet (92 meters) of natural gas pay in two high-quality Oligocene fan systems. According to preliminary data, the latest discovery is connected to the recent Golfinho discovery located approximately 10 miles (16.5 kilometers) northwest in Offshore Area 1. “We estimate this new complex, which is located entirely within the Offshore Area 1 block, holds 10 to 30-plus trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of incremental recoverable natural gas resources,” said Bob Daniels, Anadarko???s senior vice president of worldwide exploration. The Atum well was drilled by Dolphin Drilling rig Belford Dolphin (UDW drillship) to a total depth of approximately 12,665 feet (3,860 meters) in approximately 3,285 feet (1,000 meters) of water.
Project Details: Atum
S. America – Brazil
BW Offshore Signs Operation Contract with Statoil
Jun 12, 2012 – BW Offshore has signed a five-year contract with Statoil for the operation of the Peregrino FPSO, with options for an additional 15 years. The unit is operating at the Peregrino oil field offshore Brazil and BW Offshore will take over operations after a transition period of six months. The Peregrino field is located 53 miles (85 kilometers) off the Rio de Janeiro coast in a water depth of 394 feet (120 meters). Statoil operates the field holding a 60% interest; Sinochem holds the remaining 40%.
Project Details: Peregrino
Petrobras Finds Light Oil in Southern Portion of Sapinhoa
Jun 11, 2012 – Petrobras has found light crude oil at well, 1-BRSA-1045-SPS located in the southern portion of Sapinhoa field at a water depth of 7,222 feet (2,202 meters). The company’s cable tests confirmed that the discovery is of around 27 degree API. Under a ‘Rights Transfer Agreement’, the company is entitled to produce 319 million barrels of crude equivalent in the area. Petrobras is currently trying to drill the well to a depth of 16,590 feet (5,058 meters) to determine the lower limit of the reservoir. After drilling is completed, the company plans to conduct a formation test to determine the productivity of the oil reservoir.
Project Details: Sapinhoa (Guara)

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