Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Jul 6 – Jul 12, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 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.

N. America – US GOM

Noble Decides Not to Appraise Deep Blue

Jul 11, 2012 – Noble Energy reported that appraisal drilling will not occur at its Deep Blue prospect at this time. Although hydrocarbons were found in both the initial exploration well and subsequent sidetrack, the company and its partners have decided not to proceed with additional appraisal activities right now. The Deep Blue well was originally spud late 2009 and sidetrack operations were underway when the moratorium was announced. Noble Energy was required to suspend operations and the rig working at that time was released. After the moratorium was lifted, another rig was certified under new regulatory requirements to finish the sidetrack.

Project Details: Deep Blue

Expro to Provide Subsea Trees for Who Dat Development

Jul 10, 2012 – LLOG granted Expro a contract for the Who Dat development in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will provide subsea test trees for the project on Mississippi Canyon Block 547.

Project Details: Who Dat

ATP Announces Completion of MC 941 A-2 Telemark Well

Jul 9, 2012 – ATP has completed a workover at its Mississippi Canyon Block 941 A-2 well located in the Mirage field at the Telemark Hub. The well was completed with 3-1/2 inch tubing at a measured depth of 17,140 to 17,401 feet (5,224 to 5,304 meters) to add the Miocene B sand completion to the wellbore for field development optimization. Initial test flow rates are at 4,000 barrels equivalent per day (boepd) of which 90 percent is oil. The A-2 well will be tied-back to the facility and is expected to produce at a rate of 4,000 to 5,000 boepd. The MC 941 A-2 well produces through the ATP Titan floating drilling and production platform.

Project Details: Telemark

S. America – Other & Carib.

Premier Farms Into Falkland Licenses

Jul 12, 2012 – Premier Oil has agreed to pay an initial $231 million to farm into Rockhopper Exploration‘s license interests in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Premier Oil will acquire a 60 percent interest in the licenses, with the deal including a provision for Premier to pay an additional $48 million for further exploration within the license areas and an additional $722 million to develop reserves found there (subject to the approval of a field development plan).

Project Details: Sea Lion

Europe – North Sea

Technip Inks Aasta Hansteen Platform Deal

Jul 12, 2012 – Statoil awarded Technip a letter of intent to construct a hull of a spar platform on the Aasta Hansteen field. The platform will be the world’s largest Spar platform and the first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf. Total recoverable reserves for Aasta Hansteen, previously called Luva, are preliminary estimated at about 47 Bcm of gas and .8 Bcm of condensate. The platform, the first spar with storage capacity, will have the capability to store about 25,000 square cubic meters of condensate and export gas via the Norwegian Sea Gas infrastructure. The supplier will also design and prepare specifications for steel rigid risers and a complete mooring system. Part of the work will begin in the middle of August, with completion of deliveries set for mid-December 2015. This letter of intent will contribute to securing the overall progress plan for Aasta Hansteen. The investment decision is expected in late 2012/early 2013, with production start-up at the end of 2016.

Project Details: Aasta Hansteen (Luva)

Bentley Pre-Production Flow Test Performs Well

Jul 12, 2012 – Xcite Energy reported that pre-production flow test on the Bentley field is progressing well with the planned shut-in period and pressure build-up test commencing on July 11 following the initial, successful, clean-up and first oil flow on July 9. This planned shut-in period and pressure build- up test is designed to obtain key information about the Bentley reservoir and the mobility of its fluid for use in interpreting the subsequent flow data and for planning the next step of the Bentley field development.

Project Details: Bentley

Talisman Evacuates Personnel from Yme Platform

Jul 11, 2012 – Talisman Energy has evacuated construction personnel from the Yme oil platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea after structural issues were discovered. The operator removed 140 workers from the Yme platform late Tuesday after finding weaknesses in the platform’s supporting structure. Dow Jones reported that in May the company took a $250 million write down on the project and delayed production for an unspecified amount of time. It also said the standards to which the platform had been built had fallen behind Norwegian standards. Oil production was scheduled to start next year.

Project Details: Yme

Ithaca Spins Bit at Hurricane Appraisal

Jul 10, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has commenced exploratory drilling on the Hurricane appraisal well in Block 29/10b, which lies within the Greater Stella area in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well is being drilled by the WilHunter (mid-water semisub). Drilling should take between 75 to 85 days to complete, including the performance of a drill stem test. The Hurricane discovery well, 29/10-4z, was drilled by Shell in 1995. The well encountered 41 degrees API light oil in Eocene Rogaland sands in the western lobe of the structure. The appraisal well will be drilled to the base of the Tertiary section in the eastern lobe of the mapped structure and is designed to satisfy three primary objectives: to confirm the nature and volume of recoverable hydrocarbons; calibrate the hydrocarbon contact with seismic amplitude; and verify the distribution, quality and connectivity of the reservoir. Upon successful completion of the appraisal well objectives, the wellbore will be suspended for future re-entry and completion as a production well.

Project Details: Stella/Harrier

WGP Completes LoFS on Valhall

Jul 10, 2012 – WGP has completed the 15th Life of Field Seismic (LoFS) survey over the Valhall field in the North Sea for BP. The company acquired the full data set of 2,552 kilometers in six weeks, which included time for mobilization and demobilization. This data will help enhance the life of the Valhall field, stated the company.

Project Details: Valhall

Barryroe Discovery Could be Larger than Anticipated

Jul 9, 2012 – Providence Resources might be sitting on more than one billion barrels of oil in place at its Barryroe discovery, according to a research report issued by oil analysts at London-based Liberum Capital. The research note stated that Liberum estimates Barryroe could contain around one billion barrels of oil in place and more than 160 million barrels of recoverable oil based on technical disclosures concerning the Barryroe well made by Providence. These figures are around three times what investors in Providence are expecting from Barryroe, according to Liberum.

Project Details: Barryroe

Xcite Energy Signs Loan Deal for Bentley Phase 2 Development

Jul 9, 2012 – Xcite Energy has signed a five-year, $155 million loan agreement with a group of lending institutions, secured against oil reserves, which will provide funding for Phase 1B development of its Bentley heavy oil field. The loan facility is subject to certain conditions and the achievement of targets in the Bentley Phase 1A development work program, including the drilling of a well and a flow test.

Project Details: Bentley

PSA Audits Statoil’s Compliance During Module Construction for Gudrun

Jul 6, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil’s compliance with regulatory requirements during engineering and construction of the wellhead and process modules for the Gudrun facility. The audits were conducted in Asker from May 8-9, 2012 and on the construction site in Thailand from May 14-16, 2012 and focused on electrical systems, instrumentation and technical safety disciplines.
The objective of the audit was to ensure Statoil’s compliance with requirements to establish and implement technical and operational barriers. Special emphasis was placed on how Statoil and its partner Aibel, promotes the understanding of interactions between operator, development project, suppliers and operations preparations. Two nonconformities were identified in relation to the system for electrical power supply and for establishment of barrier performance requirements. Improvements were suggested for flame detection and the command structure in the emergency shutdown system.

Project Details: Sleipner Area

BP Receives Go Ahead for Use of Safe Scandinavia on Valhall

Jul 6, 2012 – BP Norge AS (BP) received approval from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Safe Scandinavia facility as a flotel on the Valhall field from July 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. Aker Verdal’s Safe Scandinavia was built in 1984 and has been contracted for the Valhall field numerous times with the last contract expiring in March 2012. The 583-bed facility received the PSA’s Acknowledgement of Compliance in April 2007.

Project Details: Valhall

Asia – SouthEast

Lundin Begins Malaysian Drilling Campaign

Jul 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced its 2012 Malaysian drilling campaign with the spud of the Tiga Papan 5 well in the SB307 & SB308 Blocks offshore Sabah, East Malaysia. The well will target mid-Miocene aged sands of the Tiga Papan unit previously tested (in 1982) with the original discovery well that flowed at a cumulative rate of 5,631 bopd. A vertical well will test the un-appraised fault block to the east of the original Tiga Papan 1 discovery well. In the event of a discovery, the well will be sidetracked into the same fault block as the original discovery well to test the down dip extension of the pay zones previously encountered. The well will be drilled with the Offshore Courageous (350′ ILC) in a water depth of approximately 164 feet (50 meters) to a depth of 5,482 feet (1,671 meters). The well is the first of the five-well program planned in 2012 by Lundin Malaysia BV.

PTTEP: Oil Production at TGT to Hit 55,000 BPD

Jul 9, 2012 – PTTEP reported that oil production from the offshore Vietnam 16-1 project will hit 55,000 bopd by the fourth quarter of this year due to the successful installation of a second wellhead platform. Oil production at the Te Giac Trang (TGT) field, where the newly installed wellhead is sited, is currently at 41,000 bpd. The TGT field is located off the southern coast of Vietnam, 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Vung Tau province. The project consists of a floating, production, storage, and offloading unit, two wellhead platforms and a subsea pipeline system. The development came online in August 2011.

Project Details: Te Giac Trang (White Rhinoceros)

N. America – US Alaska

BP Shelves Liberty Oil Project Offshore Alaska

Jul 11, 2012 – BP is shelving its Liberty project in Alaska after deciding that the current development plan is not up to the stricter standards the company has enforced, reported Dow Jones. The oil project was anticipated to produce about 40,000 bopd. The company stated it is working with regulators to discuss potential ways to move the project forward.

Project Details: Liberty

Africa – West

Exxon Starts Production from Clochas Mavacola Oil Project

Jul 9, 2012 – ExxonMobil has commenced production at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 1 project offshore Angola, and is expected to produce 100,000 bopd from two large deepwater fields, Mavacola and Clochas. The initial phase of the Kizomba Satellites project ties 18 new wells to production facilities already in use tapping other oil fields in the Block 15 area.

Project Details: Kizomba, Block 15

S. America – Brazil

Total Acquires Xerelete Field

Jul 10, 2012 – Total became operator of the offshore Xerelete concession, located around 155 miles (250 kilometers) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The oil field, discovered in 2001, contains relatively heavy oil. A pre-salt prospect has also been identified below the Xerelete structure, which lies around 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the recently announced Pao de Acucar discovery. Total plans to start drilling activities in 2013. Total and Petrobras each hold a 41.2% interest in the concession, while BP holds the remaining 17.6 %.

Vanco Spuds Sabia

Jul 9, 2012 – Vanco has spud the Sabia well in the BM-S-72 block in the southern Santos Basin offshore Brazil. The well is being drilled by the GSF Arctic I (mid-water semisub). The Sabia well is located offshore approximately 143 miles (230 kilometers) south of the city of Santos in a water depth of approximately 656 feet (200 meters). The well will be vertically drilled with a target depth of 14,718 feet (4,486 meters). The primary reservoir target for this well is post-salt sandstones of the Itajai-Acu formation, expected to be encountered at around 12,139 feet (3,700 meters) below mean sea level. The prospect is also targeting secondary sandstone in the Ilha Bela member of the Jureia formation. Drilling operations should take about two to three months, and after finishing this well the rig will drill the Canario prospect (BM-S-63) and the Jandaia prospect (BM-S-71).

Project Details: Sabia

Mediterranean

Noble Energy to Flow Test Pinnacles Reservoir

Jul 10, 2012 – Noble Energy has completed an extensive test of the Pinnacles 1 well and its production facilities. The operator will now flow test the Pinnacles reservoir, during which the gas composition and gas treatment measures will be tested. Flow tests are expected to begin in the near future and last for several days.

Delek Updates Tanin’s Contingent Resources

Jul 10, 2012 – Delek Group has reported details on the Tanin reservoir, specifically, 81 percent of the high estimate of Tanin’s contingent resources is within the Alon A licenses, and that the rest is within the Alon B and Amit licenses. The low and best estimates are wholly within the Alon A license, stated Netherland Sewell & Associates. NSAI contingent estimates for Tanin are as follows: low estimate of 160 billion cubic feet (Bcf); best estimate of 592 Bcf, and a high estimate of 1,035 Bcf. The prospective estimates are: low estimate of 359 Bcf; best estimate of 471 Bcf, and a high estimate of 607 Bcf. The best estimate for Tanin’s proven and contingent reserves makes it the third largest natural gas discovery after Delek and Noble Energy’s Tamar and Leviathan discoveries of 9.7 trillion cubic feet and 17 trillion cubic feet, respectively.

Project Details: Tanin

Australia

Total Increases Ichthys Stake

Jul 12, 2012 – Total has increased its stake in the Ichthys LNG project to 30 percent through the acquisition of a further 6 percent interest from its partner INPEX. Total commented that the acquisition will not have an impact on any of the LNG offtake agreements that have been arranged.

Project Details: Ichthys

Technip Wins $61M Subsea Contract for Balnaves Field Development

Jul 10, 2012 – Apache Energy awarded Technip a subsea installation contract worth around $61 million for the Balnaves oil field development. The project is situated in a water depth of about 442 feet (135 meters). The contract covers the project management, design, engineering and installation of 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) of flexible flowlines and risers and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) of umbilicals. It also includes the transportation and installation of the subsea equipment including the manifolds, spools, flying leads, jumpers and a mooring system and riser column. First production from the $438-million development is scheduled in 2014, with gross peak production of approximately 30,000 barrels of oil per day and estimated gross recoverable resource of 17 million barrels of oil and 30 billion cubic feet of gas.

Project Details: Balnaves

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