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Australia: Tap Taps into Tallaganda

Australia: Tap Taps into Tallaganda| Offshore Energy Today

Tap Oil Limited (Tap) advises that at 0900 hours (AWST) today the Atwood Eagle semi-submersible drilling rig commenced drilling the Tallaganda-1 exploration well in the WA-351-P permit.

The Tallaganda-1 prospect straddles both the WA-351-P and WA-335-P permits in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The well will target 0.8 to 1.3 Tcf (mean to P10) of gas within WA-351-P (Tap estimate).

The prospect will test the gas potential of sandstones in the prolific Triassic age, Mungaroo Formation, in a well defined horst block as imaged by high quality modern 3D seismic data. This is the primary play type of the North West Shelf.

The well will be drilled as a vertical well in a water depth of 1,141 m and is expected to take 37 days (trouble free) to drill with a projected total depth of 4,250 m. Weekly updates will be provided on Wednesdays during drilling operations.

Tap’s cost for the well will be carried up to a cap of $10 million following Tap’s farmout of 25% of its participating interest in the permit to BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd in 2011.

Tap’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr Troy Hayden, said:

 “We are pleased to have commenced the Tallaganda-1 well which has the potential to deliver a resource multiple times larger than Tap’s current 2P reserves.  Success at Tallaganda-1 will also give greater certainty as to the prospectivity of the Triassic potential on the permit.”

Background

The Operator completed a detailed assessment of the plays, prospects and leads in the permit in 2010 including the 3D seismic acquired in 2008. Further leads and prospects have been defined in the Triassic Mungaroo Formation which Tap has assessed as a 2-3 Tcf combined speculative resource on block.

Additional leads have been identified in WA-351-P in the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous, both of which are productive elsewhere in the Carnarvon Basin. Current indications are that this shallower potential is larger, but higher risk, than the Triassic in this permit. Further work will be done on these objectives.

 WA-351-P Joint Venture Participants

BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd (Operator)

BHP Billiton Petroleum (Northwest Shelf) Pty Ltd 55%

Apache Northwest Pty Ltd 25%

Tap (Shelfal) Pty Ltd 20%

Australia: Tap Taps into Tallaganda| Offshore Energy Today.

Australia: Shore ASCO to Build Darwin Marine Supply Base

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ShoreASCO Consortium, which includes Asco Holdings, Macmahon Contractors and Capella Capital has been awarded a contract to design and construct the world-class Darwin Marine Supply Base, worth approximately $110 million.

Macmahon Contractors will construct the base which will include three marine berths with water, fuel, chemical and drilling mud connections, hard stand and lay down areas, warehousing, waste management facility, storage capacity for drilling muds, chemicals, water and fuel, office space and associated facilities.

Chief Executive Officer of Macmahon, Nick Bowen, said the project was a fantastic opportunity for Macmahon and continues the Company’s delivery of major infrastructure in the Northern Territory. “The supply base will bolster Darwin and the Territory’s reputation as the port of choice for servicing the needs of the offshore industry and is opportunity for Macmahon to establish another piece of major infrastructure, critical to supporting the Territory’s growth,”

The base will be operated by ShoreASCO for up to 20 years. Construction is expected to start in April 2012 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.

Paul Henderson, the current Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Australia has welcomed the signing of the contract, saying the construction would begin in the coming months on the base which would cement Darwin’s position as a major oil and gas hub.

The Minister revealed that Oil & Gas majors have already shown interest in the Marine Supply Base: “Already major players have come on board to take advantage of our world class Marine Supply Base with ConocoPhillips to use if for their existing operations, INPEX confirming they will using  the base during their multi-billion gas development and Shell confirming they will use it to  service their floating LNG plant in the browse basin.”

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Australia: Heerema Wins Subsea Installation Contract for Ichthys Project

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McDermott Australia (McDermott) has awarded Heerema Marine Contractors Australia Pty Ltd (HMC) a contract to transport and install infield flowlines, subsea structures and moorings for the INPEX Ichthys LNG Project.

McDermott Australia has been appointed the main contractor for the subsea umbilical, riser, flowline (SURF) project by INPEX. McDermott will work with HMC on the complex offshore installation campaign. HMC will carry out the transportation and installation of a portion of the offshore scope, utilizing the heavy lift, J-Lay and Reel-Lay capability of Heerema’s new-build vessel Aegir.

Scope of work

HMC’s scope of work includes the transportation and installation of flowlines, production flowlines, integrated pipeline structures, large subsea structures, a subsea riser support structure, and moorings for future FPSO and CPF facilities.

All pipeline production welding, both onshore and offshore, will be carried out by HMC’s subsidiary Pipeline Technique Ltd.

Aegir’s cutting-edge technology

The project logistics are of an unprecedented scale in HMC’s subsea track record. It involves lowering over 100,000 tonnes of project materials to the seabed in water depths up to 275 meters.

HMC’s Executive Vice President Commercial & Technology Steve Preston says: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us, not only because of the enormous scope of the project, but also because we will be able to demonstrate the groundbreaking capabilities of our new vessel Aegir. We will be able to use its heavy lift, J-Lay and Reel-Lay capabilities all in one project.”

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Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX (76%, the Operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889-kilometer subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

About Heerema Marine Contractors

Heerema Marine Contractors is a world-leading marine contractor for the oil and gas industry. HMC transports, installs, and removes all types of offshore facilities and operates three of the four largest crane vessels in the world. HMC is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Heerema Group.

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Ichthys: The Largest Subsea Gig for McDermott (Australia)

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McDermott International, Inc. announced today that its Australian subsidiary has received and signed a letter of award for the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field Development subsea umbilical, riser, flowline (“SURF”) project by INPEX. The contract value is in the order of magnitude of US$2 billion and is the largest subsea contract McDermott has been awarded to date.

This project includes engineering, procurement, construction, installation (“EPCI”) and pre-commissioning of production flowline systems, a MEG injection system, plus start-up condensate transfer and fuel gas transfer flowline systems, control systems as well as other associated SURF elements in water depths up to 275 meters. McDermott will also install mooring systems for the Floating Production, Storage and Offtake vessel and Central Processing Facility as well as installation engineering for future flowlines, risers and umbilicals.

McDermott has already begun engineering and procurement work and is expected to start fabrication of more than 16,000 tonnes of subsea equipment, including a subsea Riser Support Structure and installation aids, at its Batam Island, Indonesia fabrication facility beginning in 2013. The complex offshore installation campaign will see McDermott undertake the installation of subsea hardware, moorings, risers, umbilicals and flowlines utilizing its specialty subsea vessels Emerald Sea and North Ocean 102. McDermott is working with Heerema Marine Contractors (“Heerema”) for transportation and installation of a portion of the offshore scope, utilizing the heavy lift, J-Lay and Reel-Lay capability of Heerema’s new-build vessel Aegir.

Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, McDermott said, “McDermott has a long track record working on EPCI projects offshore Australia. This major SURF award firmly endorses McDermott’s core EPCI competencies and our competitive subsea construction vessels, combined with Heerema’s installation strength and the team’s alignment with INPEX. This is a large scale and complex development, and we are firmly behind promoting the success of this LNG project.”

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX (76%, the Operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889-kilometer subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

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Australia: Technip Wins Wheatstone Platform Design Contract from DSME

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Technip Oceania (TPO), a Technip Group ) operating centre in Perth, Australia, has been awarded a contract, worth approximately AUD110 million (€90 million), by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the detailed design of Chevron’s Wheatstone offshore gas processing platform, located 200 kilometers off Western Australia’s coast.

The upstream (offshore) part of the project is comprised of the development of gas fields in the WA-17-R and WA-253-P petroleum titles located on the Northwest Shelf offshore Western Australia at water depths of 70 to 200 meters. Subsea gas-gathering systems will transport production to the processing platform where the gas and condensate will be treated. It will then be exported to the onshore gas plant located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometers west of Onslow, on the Pilbara coast of mainland Western Australia.

This award follows on from TPO’s successful completion of the front-end engineering design of the project, a contract awarded by Chevron in 2009. The contract represents a breakthrough for TPO, who are leading the work and performing over 40% locally in Australia. Frans Roozendaal, TPO’s Managing Director, says “the Wheatstone Platform is one of the largest offshore platforms ever built, and I am proud that we have been able to deliver the design for DSME from our Australian operation. We have had to expand locally to perform the work, with over 200 people in Perth working on the project.”

DSME’s Project Manager, KH Lee says “it has been good to be able to use Technip’s Australian office to lead this work. The continuation from FEED, the knowledge of Australian requirements, and the proximity to Chevron gives us a great advantage.”

Technip’s operating centers in Perth, Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2012.

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Australia: DeepOcean Wraps Up Kipper Tuna Turrum Trenching

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CTC Marine Projects, Ltd. (“CTC” or the Company), part of DeepOcean Group Holding AS, has announced the completion of its trenching work for the Kipper Tuna Turrum Project in the KTT Field located 45 kilometres offshore Victoria, Australia.

The work was undertaken on contract for McDermott Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd. The Company performed trenching of the recently installed hydraulic and electrical umbilicals located in 100 metres of water.

Prior to going offshore in late December 2011, CTC pre-assembled the A-Frame and CMR3 remotely operated trenching vehicle in Bell Bay, Tasmania, following its transportation from the UK. The trenching spread, which when transported weighed 112 tonnes over 10 units, was then mobilised onboard the client-operated vessel DSV Emerald Sea.

Following the completion of this project, the spread has been demobilised and is ready to commence further work in the APAC region.

“This project was another well planned and executed trenching job by CTC”, says Pierre Boyde, Commercial and Business Development Director. “We currently have another trenching spread, the world’s premier ROV trencher UT-1 on our Volantis subsea construction vessel working in South Korea, and we expect to remain active in this important APAC region.”

Located off the Victorian coast in Bass Strait, ExxonMobil Australia’s Kipper Tuna Turrum Project is currently one of the largest domestic gas developments on the eastern seaboard.

The $4 billion project will develop cleaner-burning natural gas supplies to help secure Victoria’s energy future, and holds enough energy to power a city of a million people for 35 years. Over 3000 people will be involved in the project,  including engineering, project management, and fabrication and offshore construction teams. The Kipper facility construction is expected to be complete in 2012, while Turrum is expected to be completed in 2013.

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Australia: Saipem Lands Ichthys LNG Work

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Saipem has signed an EPCI contract with INPEX for the Gas Export Pipeline (GEP) on the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia.

Saipem’s scope of work will include the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation of 889 kilometres of a 42-inch-diameter subsea pipeline, in water depths of up to 275 metres, connecting the offshore central processing facility to the onshore processing facility in Darwin.

Offshore activities will be carried out during 2014 by the newly-built Castorone pipelay vessel. The recently upgraded Semac 1 pipelay barge will be employed for the shallow water section.

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX (76%, the Operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin, approximately 200 kilometres offshore of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 kilometres subsea pipeline. The Ichthys Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

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Australia: Exmouth Plateau Brings Joy to Chevron

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Chevron Corp. today announced a natural gas discovery in the Exmouth Plateau area of the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia.

The Satyr-3 well encountered approximately 243 feet (74 meters) of net gas pay. The well is located 113 miles (182 kilometers) north of Exmouth in the WA-374-P permit area, and was drilled in 3,688 feet (1,124 meters) of water to a depth of 13,369 feet (4,075 meters).

George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron Corporation, said, “Satyr-3 represents our thirteenth offshore discovery in Australia since mid-2009. This recent discovery reinforces the quality and value of our Australian exploration lease holdings in the Carnarvon Basin.”

Melody Meyer, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company, said, “The Satyr-3 discovery adds to our Australian resource base, further supporting our long-term plans to position Chevron as one of the world’s leading LNG suppliers.”

Chevron’s Australian subsidiary is the operator of the WA-374-P permit area and holds a 50 percent interest, with Exxon Mobil and Shell each holding 25 percent.

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