Category Archives: GEOGRAPHIC

Region: is most commonly found as a term used in terrestrial and astrophysics sciences, notably among the different sub-disciplines of Geography.


Worldwide Field Development News Oct 18 – Oct 24, 2014

Worldwide Field Development News
Oct 18 – Oct 24, 2014
This week the SubseaIQ team added 9 new projects and updated 38 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.

MidEast – Persian Gulf
JODCO Announces First Phase Oil Production at Umm Lulu Field
Oct 21, 2014 – Inpex subsidiary Japan Oil Development Company (JODCO) announced that production had started earlier this month at the Umm Lulu field off Abu Dhabi. Production activities are currently associated with the first phase of development at the field and involves using existing facilities at the adjacent Umm Al-Dalkh field with produced oil flowing to shore-based processing facilities on Zirku Island. Phase II will consist of the installation of several fixed platforms and is expected to allow oil production at a rate of 105,000 bopd. The Umm Lulu joint venture consist of Abu Dhabi Oil Company (60%), BP (14.67%), Total (13.33%) and JODCO (12%).
Project Details: Umm Lulu
IPB Petroleum Preps for Pryderi-1 Probe
Oct 22, 2014 – IPB Petroleum anticipates spudding a wildcat well in the WA-424-P permit in late October or early November. The Stena Clyde (mid-water semisub) has been contracted to drill the well but is currently on location at the Puffin field in permit AC/L6. Pryderi-1 is designed to target a possible 78 million barrels in prospective resources. IPB operates the permit with 75% interest on behalf of its partner CalEnergy (25%).
Project Details: Pryderi
Africa – West
Leopard Wildcat off Gabon Provides Gas Discovery for Shell and CNOOC
Oct 23, 2014 – Shell announced the discovery of oil and gas while drilling the Leopard-1 exploration well in Block BCD10 offshore Gabon. The well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 16,610 feet by the Noble Globetrotter II (UDW semisub) in 6,922 feet of water. A net gas column of 656 was cut through pre-salt reservoir. Shell serves as block operator with 75% and its partner, CNOOC, carries the remaining 25%. The partners are planning to initiate an appraisal drilling program to aid in determining resource volumes.
Project Details: Leopard (Gabon)
Ophir Reports Successful DST at Fortuna Field Appraisal
Oct 22, 2014 – A successful drill stem test (DST) was recently performed at the Fortuna-2 well in Ophir Energy’s Block R offshore Equatorial Guinea. Fortuna-2 was drilled by the Titanium Explorer (UDW drillship) to appraise the 2008 Fortuna discovery. During the DST, a sustained flowrate of 60 MMscf/d was achieved through constrained testing equipment with less than 20 psi of drawdown at the reservoir. Ophir had originally assumed 7 development wells would be needed to exploit the reservoir but the excellent flowrate and minimum drawdown make it likely that less wells will be needed. Fortuna is estimated to contain 1.3 Tcf in recoverable gas resources. Ophir and GEPetrol participate in the block at 80% and 20% interests respectively.
Project Details: Fortuna Complex
N. America – US GOM
Delta House FPU Successfully Installed in MC254
Oct 24, 2014 – Installation of LLOG’s Delta House floating production unit (FPU) has been successfully completed in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The semisubmersible is located in 4,500 feet of water in Mississippi Canyon 254. Based on the Exmar OPTI-11000 hull design, the facility has a peak oil and gas production capacity of 100,000 bopd and 240 MMscf/d. Most of the subsea infrastructure associated with Delta House has been installed and production start up is anticipated in 1H 2015.
Project Details: Delta House
Chevron Hits Oil Pay at Guadalupe Prospect in U.S. GOM
Oct 23, 2014 – Chevron, operator of Keathley Canyon Block 10 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, discovered oil while drilling a deepwater exploration well at its Guadalupe prospect. Specific details were not provided but the discovery in Lower Tertiary Wilcox sands is described as significant. The well was drilled by the Discoverer India (UDW drillship) to a depth of 30,173 feet. Chevron’s partners in the block include BP (42.5%) and Venari Resources (15%). Additional testing and appraisal will be needed to determine the commerciality of the discovery.
Project Details: Guadalupe (KC10)
Europe – North Sea
GDF and BP Team Up for Vorlich and Marconi Discovery in UK North Sea
Oct 23, 2014 – GDF Suez and BP recently made a new discovery in the UK North Sea while drilling well 30/1f-13A and a sidetrack. The well was drilled to test a structure that spans parts of GDF-operated license P1588 and BP-operated license P363. GDF refers to the discovery as Marconi and BP refers to it as Vorlich. The well was drilled by the Transocean Galaxy II (400′ ILC) under a joint well agreement between the participants of both licenses. Hydrocarbon-bearing Paleocene sands were encountered in license P363 and a sidetrack into license P1588 confirmed the westerly extension of the discovery. Well 30/1f-13A tested at a maximum flowrate of 5,350 boepd.
Project Details: Marconi – Vorlich
Xcite Signs MOU with Baker Hughes for Bentley Field Services
Oct 22, 2014 – Xcite Energy, operator of the Bentley field in UK license P1078, announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Baker Hughes that lays down principles for the provision of services related to the development of the field. Xcite Energy has tasked Baker Hughes with maximizing recovery from the field. Baker Hughes will likely supply drilling and completion services, well engineering, reservoir engineering and electric submersible pumps. Bentley was discovered in 1977 and development started in early in 2012. Xcite is the sole interest holder in the project. Production at the field could be initiated next year with an expected rate of 57,000 bopd.
Project Details: Bentley
Statoil Finds Additional Resources near Grane Field in North Sea
Oct 22, 2014 – Additional oil resources have been proven in the vicinity of the Statoil-operated Grane field in the Norwegian North Sea. Statoil tested the D-structure with well 25/8-18S and exposed an oil column of 82 feet in the Heimdal formation. Data indicates a recoverable volume of 30 to 80 million barrels. The discovery is located just over 4 miles north of the Grane field and is part of Statoil’s strategy of near-field exploration in an effort to extend the life of existing infrastructure. The well was drilled by the Transocean Leader (mid-water semisub) and reached a measured depth of 6,125 feet.
Project Details: Grane
Africa – Other
Chariot Elects Not to Renew Namibian Blocks
Oct 23, 2014 – Chariot Oil & Gas has elected not to apply for a new exploration license concerning its 100%-owned Namibian Blocks 1811A and 1811B that are due to laps Oct. 26. The company has thoroughly analyzed proprietary seismic and well data and has integrated information from third party drilling activity in order to determine the possibility of long range hydrocarbon migration to the Zamba prospect. The efforts have not been able to de-risk the prospect to a level that warrants further investment although Chariot still considers the acreage to be prospective. In May 2012 Chariot drilled an unsuccessful well at the Tapir South prospect. Well 1811/5-1 cut 568 net feet of carbonate and sandstone reservoirs but no hydrocarbon indications were observed.
Project Details: Zamba
Oil Shows Suggest Possible Discovery Offshore Morocco
Oct 21, 2014 – Near the end of July, Genel Energy spud the SM-1 exploration well in the Sidi Moussa block offshore Morocco to test the Nour prospect. San Leon Energy, a junior partner in the block, confirmed in a recent report the well has been drilled to 9,268 feet and that oil was encountered during the drilling process. The partners plan to proceed with well testing to determine possible commercial value of the discovery. SM-1 was drilled by the Noble Paul Romano (DW semisub) in 3,215 feet of water. Block interest holders include operator Genel Energy (60%), state-run ONHYM (25%), San Leon Energy (10%) and Serica Energy (5%).
Project Details: Nour
Asia – SouthEast
McDermott Snags Second Bukit Tua Development Contract
Oct 23, 2014 – McDermott International, Inc. was recently awarded its second contract relating to the Petronas-operated Bukit Tua development in the Ketapang Production Sharing Contract (PSC) offshore East Java, Indonesia. In August, the engineering firm was secured to build the jacket for the BTJT-A wellhead platform that will be installed at the field in November 2014. This week, McDermott was awarded a transportation, installation and pre-commissioning contract regarding the jacket and its topsides along with subsea pipeline tie-in spools. Additionally, McDermott will be responsible for pre-commissioning of the related export and infield pipelines. Offshore work should be completed by the end of 1Q 2015.
Project Details: Bukit Tua

Chevron strikes oil at Guadalupe, Gulf of Mexico

Chevron Corporation today announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The Keathley Canyon Block 10 Well No. 1 encountered significant oil pay in the Lower Tertiary Wilcox Sands. The well is located approximately 180 miles off the Louisiana coast in 3,992 feet of water and was drilled to a depth of 30,173 feet.

“The discovery further demonstrates Chevron’s exploration capabilities,” said George Kirkland, vice chairman and executive vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation. “Guadalupe builds on our already strong position in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a core focus area where we expect significant production growth over the next two years.”

“The Guadalupe discovery adds momentum to our growing business in North America,” said Jay Johnson, senior vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation. “Our deepwater exploration and appraisal program continues to unlock important resources in the Gulf of Mexico.”

“The company expects additional Gulf of Mexico production from the Tubular Bells and Jack/St. Malo projects by the end of the year.”

“Chevron subsidiaries are among the top producers and leaseholders in the Gulf of Mexico, averaging net daily production of 143,000 barrels of crude oil, 347 million cubic feet of natural gas, and 15,000 barrels of natural gas liquids during 2013,” said Jeff Shellebarger, president, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. “The company expects additional Gulf of Mexico production from the Tubular Bells and Jack/St. Malo projects by the end of the year.”

Chevron subsidiary Chevron U.S.A., Inc. began drilling the Guadalupe well in June 2014. More tests are being conducted on the discovery well and additional appraisal wells will be needed to determine the extent of the resource.

The Guadalupe well was drilled by Transocean’s Discoverer India deepwater drillship (photo).

Chevron U.S.A., Inc., with a 42.5 percent working interest in the prospect, is the operator of the Guadalupe discovery well. Guadalupe co-owners are BP Exploration & Production, Inc. (42.5 percent) and Venari Resources LLC (15 percent).


Gulf of Mexico :: EMAS AMC Bags $300 Mln Subsea Gig from Noble Energy

Ezra Holdings Limited’s Subsea Services division, EMAS AMC, has finalised three contracts with Noble Energy valued collectively at over US$300 million.

The scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation of subsea tie-backs for the Big Bend, Dantzler and Gunflint field developments in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The project management, engineering and procurement are already well underway from EMAS AMC’s Houston office with fabrication of the 16 subsea structures, and stalking and spooling of over 160 miles (258 km) of line pipe, in progress at the recently upgraded EMAS Marine Spool Base facility in Ingleside, Texas.

Offshore execution is scheduled for 2015, utilizing five EMAS AMC offshore construction vessels including the new build, ultra-high tension, deepwater reel lay and heavy lift vessel, the Lewek Constellation.

Following the successful completion of the Tamar project, I am particularly grateful for the continued trust and confidence that the Noble Energy team has shown in our people and our capabilities. It is a testament of our ability in delivering operational excellence and results,” said Mr Lionel Lee, Ezra’s Group CEO and Managing Director.

“With our flagship vessel Lewek Constellation, we are helming the future of the subsea industry, and with her in operation, we will continue to drive our growth as a premier global subsea tie-back contractor.”


Russia Discovers Massive Arctic Oil Field Which May Be Larger Than Gulf Of Mexico

In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia’s coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico. The announcement was made by Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive officer, who spent two days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was unveiled today.

Well, one person who may have been as happy as Putin is the CEO of Exxon Mobil, since the well was discovered with the help of America’s biggest energy company (and second largest by market cap after AAPL). Then again, maybe not: as Bloomberg explains the well was drilled before the Oct. 10 deadline Exxon was granted by the U.S. government under sanctions barring American companies from working in Russia’s Arctic offshore. Rosneft and Exxon won’t be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and development of the area on hold despite the find announced today.”

Which means instead of generating billions in E&P revenue, XOM could end up with, well, nothing. And that would be quite a shock to the US company because the unveiled Arctic field may hold about 1 billion barrels of oil and similar geology nearby means the surrounding area may hold more than the U.S. part of the Gulf or Mexico, he said.

For a sense of how big the spoils are we go to another piece by Bloomberg, which tells us that “Universitetskaya, the geological structure being drilled, is the size of the city of Moscow and large enough to contain more than 9 billion barrels, a trove worth more than $900 billion at today’s prices.

The only way to reach the prospect is a four-day voyage from Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic circle. Everything will have to shipped in — workers, supplies, equipment — for a few months of drilling, then evacuated before winter renders the sea icebound. Even in the short Arctic summer, a flotilla is needed to keep drifting ice from the rig.

Sadly, said bonanza may be non-recourse to Exxon after Obama made it quite clear that all western companies will have to wind down operations in Russia or else feel the wrath of the DOJ against sanctions breakers. Which leaves XOM two options: ignore Obama’s orders (something which many have been doing of late), or throw in the towel on what may be the largest oil discovery in years.

And while the Exxon C-suite contemplates its choices, here is some more on today’s finding from Bloomberg:

“It exceeded our expectations,” Sechin said in an interview. This discovery is of “exceptional significance in showing the presence of hydrocarbons in the Arctic.”

The development of Arctic oil reserves, an undertaking that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and take decades, is one of Putin’s grandest ambitions. As Russia’s existing fields in Siberia run dry, the country needs to develop new reserves as it vies with the U.S. to be the world’s largest oil and gas producer.

Output from the Kara Sea field could begin within five to seven years, Sechin said, adding the field discovered today would be named “Victory.”


The Kara Sea well — the most expensive in Russian history — targeted a subsea structure named Universitetskaya and its success has been seen as pivotal to that strategy. The start of drilling, which reached a depth of more than 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), was marked with a ceremony involving Putin and Sechin.

The importance of Arctic drilling was one reason that offshore oil exploration was included in the most recent round of U.S. sanctions. Exxon and Rosneft have a venture to explore millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean.

But what’s worse for Exxon is that now that the hard work is done, Rosneft may not need its Western partner much longer:

“Once the well is plugged, there will be a lot of work to do in interpreting the results and this is probably something that Rosneft can do,” Julian Lee, an oil strategist at Bloomberg First Word in London, said before today’s announcement. “Both parties are probably hoping that by the time they are ready to start the next well the sanctions will have been lifted.”

And here is why there is nothing Exxon would like more than to put all the western sanctions against Moscow in the rearview mirror: “The stakes are high for Exxon, whose $408 billion market valuation makes it the world’s largest energy producer. Russia represents the second-biggest exploration prospect worldwide. The Irving, Texas-based company holds drilling rights across 11.4 million acres in Russia, only eclipsed by its 15.1 million U.S. acres.”

Proving just how major this finding is, and how it may have tipped the balance of power that much more in Russia’s favor is the emergence of paid experts, desperate to talk down the relevance of the Russian discovery:

More drilling and geological analysis will be needed before a reliable estimate can be tallied for the size of the oil resources in the Universitetskaya area and the Russian Arctic as a whole, said Frances Hudson, a global thematic strategist who helps manage $305 billion at Standard Life Investments Ltd. in Edinburgh. Sanctions forbidding U.S. and European cooperation with Russian entities mean that country’s nascent Arctic exploration will be stillborn because Rosneft and its state-controlled sister companies don’t know how to drill in cold offshore conditions alone, she said.

“Extrapolating from a small data sample is perhaps not going to give you the best information,” Hudson said in a telephone interview. “And because of sanctions, it looks like there’s going to be less exploration rather than more.” In addition, the expense and difficulty of operating in such a remote part of the world, where hazards include icebergs and sub-zero temperatures, mean that the developing discoveries may not be economic at today’s oil prices.

Maybe. Then again perhaps the experts’ time is better suited to estimating just how much longer the US shale miracle has left before the US is once again at the mercy of offshore sellers of crude.

In any event one country is sure to have a big smile on its face: China, since today’s finding simply means that as Russia has to ultimately sell the final product to someone, that someone will almost certainly be the Middle Kingdom, which if the “Holy Gas Grail” deal is any indication, will be done at whatever terms Beijing chooses.


Island Performer getting ready to perform in Gulf of Mexico

A naming ceremony was held for the subsea vessel ‘Island Performer’ in Norway on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The Island Performer, owned by Island Offshore, is getting ready its her work for FTO in the Gulf of Mexico.

The vessel is equipped with a large intervention tower over the main moon pool, a 250-tonne AHC Offshore Crane and two deep-sea work ROVs.

With a length overall of 130m, and width of 25m, the vessel can accommodate 130 people.

The Island Performer is particularly developed to suit the scope in the FTO contract in which Riser-less Light Well Intervention and Inspection, Maintenance, Repair are main tasks.


%d bloggers like this: