Worldwide Field Development News Aug 17 – Aug 23, 2013

This week the SubseaIQ team added 13 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 develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Europe – North Sea
Statoil Makes Find at Smorbukk North
Aug 22, 2013 – Statoil announced a gas and condensate discovery at its Smorbukk North prospect in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea. Well 6506/9-3 was drilled to a depth of 15,393 feet by the Transocean Leader (mid-water semisub). A 130-foot gas and condensate column was encountered in a down-to situation in the middle Jurassic Garn formation. Additionally, a thin gas and condensate section was proven in the deeper Ile formation. Initial studies indicate recoverable volumes of 25 to 47 MMboe. Smorbukk North is located directly north of the Asgard field and could potentially be developed quickly through a tie-in to existing infrastructure, extending the production life of the Asgard facilities.
Project Details: Asgard
Lundin Comes Up Dry with Biotitt Wildcat
Aug 22, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum’s Biotitt wildcat was drilled to total depth without any sign of hydrocarbons. Well 16/4-7 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to 8,530 feet measured depth and is being plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. Over 300 feet of excellent quality Jurassic and Triassic sandstone was drilled but was found to be water bearing. Biotitt was the first well to be drilled in PL544 which was awarded in 2009. Lundin Petroleum (40%) serves as operator on behalf of partners Bayerngas (30%) and Explora Petroleum (30%).
Project Details: Biotitt
S. America – Brazil
Petrobras Reports Light Oil from Muriu Appraisal
Aug 22, 2013 – Light oil was encountered while drilling an appraisal well in the Sergipe Basin off the coast of Brazil. Well 3-SES-175D was drilled by the Petrobras 10000 (UDW drillship) to appraise the 2012 Muriu discovery in blocks SEAL-M-347 and SEAL-M-424. The well was drilled to a depth of 18,461 feet and discovered almost 80 feet of reservoir with good porosity. Petrobras, 100% owner of the blocks, plans to conduct a formation test to verify the productive characteristics of the reservoir. A Discovery Evaluation Plan has been submitted for approval by Brazil’s Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP).
S. America – Other & Carib.
Noble Energy Ready to Spud Nicaraguan Prospect
Aug 22, 2013 – Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Saratoga (mid-water semisub) is on location and preparing to spud the PS1 exploration well at the Paraiso Sur prospect in the Tyra Concession off Nicaragua. Noble Energy, operator of the concession, has allotted 90 days to drill the well. If successful, a second well will be drilled to determine the commerciality of the discovery. Paraiso Sur is estimated to hold P25 gross unrisked resources of 1,220 MMboe.
Project Details: Paraiso
Asia – SouthEast
Anao Phase 4 Compression Project Complete
Aug 23, 2013 – Work on the Anoa Phase 4 project is complete and production from the field has resumed. Phase 4 was implemented to enhance gas compression capacity to handle the increase of associated gas production and offset the decline of oil production at the field. The extra capacity allows for an additional 200 Bcf of undeveloped reserves being delivered from the field.
Project Details: Anoa
Premier Updates Progress at Pelikan and Naga Fields
Aug 23, 2013 – Progress continues on the Pelikan and Naga gas projects in Natuna Sea Block A offshore Indonesia. Construction of the Pelikan and Naga wellhead platforms (WHP) is almost complete. Load-out and installation of the units will take place in 3Q 2013. Planning of the development drilling program is in the final stages and a suitable rig has been secured. Drilling will commence at the end of the monsoon season in 1Q 2014 from the Pelikan and then Naga. Production startup at both platforms is expected to take place in the second half of 2014.
Project Details: Naga – Pelikan
Santos Acquires Interest in Northwest Natuna PSC
Aug 22, 2013 – Santos announced its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Northwest Natuna Production Sharing Contract (PSC) from operator AWE. The PSC is located off Indonesia and contains the undeveloped Ande Ande Lumut oil field which has been independently assessed to contain gross 2P oil reserves of roughly 100 million barrels. Currently, the proposed development concept consists of the installation of a wellhead platform and a permanently moored FPSO with oil take-off via shuttle tankers. A final investment decision is expected in 2014. Execution of the acquisition requires Indonesian regulatory approval.
Project Details: Ande Ande Lumut
Otto Expects Galoc Gas in November 2013
Aug 22, 2013 – Otto Energy made the decision to call total depth while drilling the 6-H well in the Galoc field off the Philippines. An 853-foot section of high quality reservoir was intersected and a 5 ??” completion liner was run over the interval. The well is being suspended prior to running a completion assembly. Wells 6-H and 5-H are being drilled by the Ocean Patriot (mid-water semisub). The rig will now re-enter the 5-H well to drill through the reservoir section and run the completion. Once drilling and testing operations are complete, the Skandia Hercules construction vessel will be brought in to install the subsea equipment and hook up both wells to the Rubicon Intrepid FPSO. Otto anticipates production start-up in November 2013.
Project Details: Galoc
G11/48 Partners Reach Nong Yao Investment Decision
Aug 22, 2013 – Mubadala Petroleum and its partner KrisEnergy have come to an agreement on the final investment decision for the development of the Nong Yao oil field in the G11/48 contract area in the Gulf of Thailand. The field was discovered in 2009 when the Emerald Driller (350′ ILC) drilled the Nong Yao-1 wildcat. Initial development of the field will involve drilling 23 wells, installation of two wellhead platforms and a floating, storage and offloading (FSO) vessel. The facilities will have the capacity to produce 15,000 bopd along with 30,000 bopd of produced fluids. First oil is anticipated in 1H 2015.
Project Details: Nong Yao
N. America – US GOM
Ardennes Well Fails to Deliver
Aug 22, 2013 – No hydrocarbons were encountered while drilling the Ardennes-1 exploratory well in Green Canyon Block 896. The Cobalt-operated well was drilled by the Ensco 8503 (UDW semisub) to 36,552-feet total depth. Both the Miocene and Inboard Lower Tertiary reservoirs were encountered but neither contained commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. Ardennes-1, which is the deepest well drilled to date in the US Gulf of Mexico, will be plugged and abandoned and the rig will mobilize to Cobalt’s Aegean prospect in Keathley Canyon Block 163. Cobalt owns a 42% working interest in Ardennes with partners ConocoPhillips (30%) and Total (28%).
Project Details: Ardennes
Asia – Far East
Roc Oil Completes Beibu Gulf Drilling Program
Aug 22, 2013 – Roc Oil announced the completion of a 5-well development drilling campaign at the WZ 12-8 field in the Beibu Gulf. Conclusion of the program marks the completion of the final stage of development drilling in Block 22/21. In all, 15 wells were drilled within the block to improve existing production and to tap into additional reserves discovered during the 2012 exploration effort. All 15 wells are expected to be on-stream in 3Q 2013 at a rate of approximately 15,000 bopd. The COSL HYSY 931 (300′ ILC) carried out the drilling program and has now been released.
Project Details: Beibu Gulf
Africa – West
Total Reveals Gabon Deepwater Pre-Salt Discovery
Aug 22, 2013 – Total Gabon, operator of the first deepwater pre-salt well in Gabon, announced the discovery of between 160 and 180 feet of net gas and condensate pay while drilling the Diaman-1B well in the Diaba block. The well was drilled by the Ocean Rig Olympia (UDW drillship) to a depth of 18,323 feet and confirmed the existence of a working petroleum system. Diaman-1B is a sidetrack to the Diaman-1 well which spud in April 2013 and is over 60 miles away from the nearest commercial pre-salt discovery. Total (42.5%) serves as operator of the block with partners Marathon (21.25%), Cobalt (21%) and Gabon Oil (15.25%).
Project Details: Diaman
MidEast – Persian Gulf
Barzan Development Drilling Phase Complete
Aug 22, 2013 – RasGas completed its 30-well development drilling campaign for the $10.3 billion Barzan Gas Project. The drilling program required the use of three jackups that combined for a total of 4,740 working days. Technologies such as Pressurized Mud Cap Drilling were utilized to safely drill the wells in the challenging formation. Completion of the drilling phase clears the way for installation of subsea pipelines to carry gas to the Barzan onshore facilities that are 50% complete.
Project Details: Barzan
Australia
Woodside Proposes FLNG for Browse
Aug 22, 2013 – Woodside recommended floating LNG (FLNG) technology to the Browse joint venture partners as the best option for the Browse LNG Development off Western Australia. In April 2013, the decision to not proceed with onshore development was determined after the concept did not meet commercial requirements for a positive final investment decision. If approved, the joint venture will rely on Shell’s FLNG knowledge and Woodside’s offshore development expertise. The project comprises the development of the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields with combined contingent gas volumes of 15.9 Tcf and 436 million barrels of condensate.
Project Details: Browse LNG
MEO Announces the Presence of Ramble On
Aug 22, 2013 – MEO Australia, the 100% participant in permits AC/P50 and 51, completed its initial assessment of the permit area. Prospects were identified using reprocessed data from the 2012 Zeppelin 3D seismic survey and the older Onnia 3D survey. A likely drilling candidate is the Ramble On prospect in the southern portion of the block. MEO estimates the prospect to contain unrisked prospective resources of 56 MMstb (mean, recoverable). A successful well could significantly upgrade several other prospects within the area including Stairway and Kashmir. Ramble On is located in AC/P51 in close proximity to the Montara and Talbot fields. AC/P51 is currently in its 5th permit year. The 6th permit year begins in April 21, 2014 and requires the drilling of one exploration well.
Project Details: Ramble On
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