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Worldwide Field Development News Oct 19 – Oct 25, 2013

This week the SubseaIQ team added 4 new projects and updated 13 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field development news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Africa – West

Lukoil Strikes Oil Offshore Sierra Leone

Oct 24, 2013 – Lukoil completed drilling the Savannah-1X wildcat in the Sl-5-11 license offshore Sierra Leone. The well was drilled on schedule by the Eirik Raude (UDW semisub) to a depth of 14,519 feet. Several oil-bearing reservoirs were confirmed and oil samples were taken from Turonian sands. Drilling data will be evaluated through the end of the year to advance the company’s geological understanding of the area.

Project Details: Savannah

Asia – Far East

CNOOC Announces Additional Bohai Bay Discoveries

Oct 24, 2013 – CNOOC announced an oil discovery at its Luda 5-2 North field in Bohai Bay. The Luda 5-2N-2 and Luda 5-2N-4 wells were each drilled to a depth of 3,740 feet and encountered gross pay zones of 390 and 280 feet respectively. Luda 5-2N-2 tested oil at a rate 1,040 barrels per day. Additionally, the company announced the successful appraisal of the Kenli 9-5/9-6 oil field. The Kenli 9-5-2D and 9-6-2 wells were drilled in the southern part of Bohai Bay. Kenli 9-6-2 flowed at a rate of 200 barrels per day.

S. America – Brazil

Petrobras-led Consortium to Develop Pre-Salt Libra Field

Oct 24, 2013 – A group of companies comprised of Petrobras, Shell, Total, CNPC and CNOOC won a 35-year production sharing contract to develop the Libra pre-salt oil field in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil. Libra is located in block BM-S-11 in 6,500 feet of water and is estimated to hold as much at 12 billion barrels of oil. Additional appraisal will be needed to determine the best development scenario and to confirm production rates that are currently estimated at 1.4 MMbopd. Petrobras will serve as the operator with a 40 percent stake on behalf of its partners Shell (20 percent), Total (20 percent), CNPC (10 percent) and CNOOC (10 percent).

Europe – North Sea

ENI’s Receives Disappointing Results at Bonna

Oct 24, 2013 – Drilling results at Eni’s Bonna prospect in the Barents Sea proved to be disappointing. Well 7016/2-1 was drilled by the Scarabeo 8 (UDW semisub) to a depth of 13,205 feet. The well was drilled to investigate the possibility of gas in the Eocene and Paleocene reservoirs of the Sotbakken Group. No reservoir-quality rocks were encountered and the well has been declared dry.

Project Details: Bonna

Asia – SouthEast

Songa Mercur Spuds Spuds ENI’s Ca Ngu Well

Oct 24, 2013 – Neon Energy announced the spud of the Ca Ngu-1 exploration well in Block 120 offshore Vietnam. The objective of the well is to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in Pliocene clastic and Miocene carbonate reservoirs. Block operator ENI secured the Songa Mercur (mid-water semisub) to drill the well in 885 feet of water to a target depth of around 4,900 feet. If successful, the well could de-risk the nearby Rua Bien and Ca Lang prospects. Block 120 partners consist of ENI (50%), Neon Energy (25%) and KrisEnergy (25%).

Project Details: Ca Ngu

Galoc-6H Flows at Expected Rate

Oct 24, 2013 – Subsea tree installation, well clean-up and flow testing of the Galoc-6H development well have successfully been completed at the Otto Energy-operated Galoc field. Galoc-6H flowed at a stable rate of 3,800 bopd on a 56/64-inch choke with a flowing tubing pressure of ~570 psi. These results were constrained by the testing equipment onboard the Ocean Patriot (mid-water semisub). Once tied into production facilities, Otto expects normal production from the well to reach 4,000 to 6,000 bopd. The 5H and 6H wells were drilled as part of the Phase II development plan which aims to increase field production to 12,000 bopd. Phase II production is scheduled to begin in November 2013.

Project Details: Galoc

S. America – Other & Carib.

Total to Proceed With Vega Pleyade Development

Oct 25, 2013 – French supermajor Total announced its decision to move forward with the development of the Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field offshore Argentina. The field is located in the Cuenca Marina Austral 1 (CMA-1) concession that Total has operated since 1978. Development consists of installing a new production platform in about 160 feet of water. Three production wells will be drilled from the platform and produced gas will flow through 48 miles of subsea pipeline to a treatment plant at Rio Cullen. In a separate initiative, Total will begin a drilling campaign in 2014 aimed at boosting production from the Carina field and providing additional appraisal in CMA-1. Total owns a 37.5 percent stake in the concession. Its partners include Wintershall (37.5 percent) and Pan American Energy (25 percent).

Project Details: Vega Pleyade

Australia

Eni Establishes Additional Resources at Evans Shoal

Oct 25, 2013 – Drilling operations are complete at the Eni-operated Evans Shoal North-1 appraisal well. The well, located in the Timor Sea, was drilled by the Ensco 104 (400′ ILC) to a depth of almost 13,000 feet. Results indicate that the Evans Shoal North-1 reservoir is in communication with the reservoir encountered while drilling Evans Shoal-2. Eni conducted a production test and achieved a constrained rate of 30 MMscfd. The operator estimates the Evans Shoal field to contain at least 8 Tcf of in place gas resources and remains committed to establishing a fast-track development in the area. Eni’s partners in the field include Shell (32.5 percent), Petronas (25 percent) and Osaka Gas (10 percent).

Project Details: Evans Shoal

ExxonMobil Flips the Switch at Tuna and Turrum

Oct 25, 2013 – ExxonMobil announced the start of production from its Kipper Tuna Turrum (KTT) project in the Bass Strait. Gas is now being produced at the Tuna field and oil is flowing from Turrum to the Marlin B production platform. At $4.3 billion, KTT is the largest domestic oil and gas development on Australia’s eastern seaboard. Production startup from the Kipper field is expected to commence in 2016.

Project Details: Kipper Tuna Turrum (KTT)

Worldwide Field Development News Oct 27 – Nov 2, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 new projects and updated 15 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 Alaska

Shells Alaskan Arcitc Drilling Season Comes to an End

Nov 1, 2012 – Shell’s Alaskan arctic drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas has reached the end of operations date mandated by the government. The company wasn’t able to make as much progress as hoped due to a late start caused by legal, regulatory and equipment issues. The Kulluk (SW semisub) and Noble Discoverer (mid-water drillship) were only able to drill tophole sections at the Sivulliq and Burger-A prospects. Shell plans to resume activities when the sea ice retreats next summer. For the off-season, the Kulluk will be towed to Dutch Harbor and Noble is weighing options for the Noble Discoverer.

Project Details: Burger, SW Shoebill, Cracker Jack

Australia

OMV Announces Milestone at Maari

Nov 1, 2012 – The Maari field, operated by OMV New Zealand, has produced 20 million barrels of oil since startup in 2009. Maari is the largest producing field in the country and is expected to produce for another decade. Production peaked at 40,000 bopd and has slowed to its current rate of 12,000 bopd. OMV plans to drill additional development wells into what it hopes are untapped accumulations in the field. If the additional wells are successful they will help stabilize the natural decline in production.

Project Details: Maari

N. America – US GOM

Dalmatian South Discovery Confirmed

Nov 2, 2012 – Dalmatian South, operated by Murphy Oil and located in De Soto Canyon block 134, has been confirmed as an oil discovery by partner Ecopetrol. The discovery is Ecopetrol’s third in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico since 2011 and the second of 2012. The Noble Jim Day (DW semisub) drilled the initial exploration well and subsequent sidetrack in 6,394 feet of water. Hydrocarbons were confirmed through electric logs and fluid samples. Dalmatian South lies 6-miles to the southeast of the main Dalmatian field. Production startup from Dalmatian is planned for 1Q 2014 through a tieback to the Petronius platform.

Project Details: Dalmatian

Africa – West

GE Lands Lianzi Contract

Nov 1, 2012 – GE Oil & Gas was awarded a $165 million contract to supply subsea production equipment to Chevron‘s offshore Lianzi project located between Angola and the Republic of Congo. The contract covers the supply of seven trees, nine subsea control modules, topside and subsea controls distribution equipment and vertical connection systems. The first tree is scheduled to be completed in 4Q 2013. Lianzi lies at a depth of 2,950 feet and will be developed with a subsea production system tied to the BBLT platform via a 27-mile heated flowline.

Project Details: BBLT

Rialto Updates Operations in CI-202

Nov 1, 2012 – In a report issued by Rialto Energy, the company announced the completion of the 200+ day Gazelle Field drilling campaign in block CI-202 offshore Cote d’Ivoire. Rialto feels that the field has been adequately appraised and is in the process of reviewing possible development solutions. The company continues to review 3D seismic data covering the entire block. Several new targets have been identified and are being evaluated for inclusion in the 2013 exploration and appraisal drilling program. Vantage Drilling’s Sapphire Driller (375′ ILC) has been contracted for the 2013 program which includes three firm wells with two options. In addition, Rialto intends to commence a farmout process in 4Q 2012 to identify partners to participate in and fund the exploration and appraisal program.

Project Details: Gazelle

Chevron Awards FEED Contract for Lucapa

Nov 1, 2012 – Chevron subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited awarded WorleyParsons and INTECSEA a FEED (front-end engineering and design) contract regarding the Lucapa oil field in Angola’s Block 14. The field is envisioned to be developed via subsea production and injection wells tied back to an FPSO, all in roughly 4,000 feet of water. The Lucapa development is a joint venture between Chevron, Sonangol, ENI, Total and Galp with Chevron serving as operator. The contract value has not been released.

Project Details: Lucapa

Afren Brings Okoro East On-Line

Oct 31, 2012 – Afren PLC announced the start of production from the Okoro East field in the shallow waters of OML 112 offshore Nigeria. Drilled form the existing Okoro wellhead platform, the Okoro-14 development well was drilled with the intention of establishing early production from the East field – discovered in January 2012. The well has been completed and tied into the Okoro FPSO at a stabilized rate of 5,000 bopd. Okoro-14 is the most productive well drilled in the Okoro area to date.

Project Details: Okoro

S. America – Brazil

PanAtlantic Spinds Bit at Jandaia

Nov 2, 2012 – Exploration drilling is underway at the PanAtlantic-operated Jandaia prospect in block BM-S-71 in the southern Santos Basin. Transocean’s Arctic I (mid-water semisub) is drilling the well in 520 feet of water. The rig is expected to be on location for up to 3 months as it drills to an estimated total depth of 20,100 feet. The well is targeting shallow and deep prospects in the Upper Jureia formation and post-salt Guaruja limestone respectively.

Europe – North Sea

Faroe Relinquishes West of Shetlands License

Nov 2, 2012 – Faroe Petroleum announced its intention to relinquish operatorhsip and interest held in West of Shetland license P1161. Since exploration well 206/5a-3 was drilled in the Fulla prospect the company has been working to establish resource potential and an economical joint development solution for Fulla and the nearby Freya prospect. The area is hindered by lack of access to existing infrastructure and research has confirmed relatively poor oil quality and smaller than expected resource size. Based on these factors, the company will terminate operations in the license and concentrate efforts on its existing West of Shetlands portfolio that includes four provisional exploration licenses that were recently awarded.

Project Details: Freya

Garantiana Partners Move Forward With Sidetrack

Oct 31, 2012 – Bridge Energy, 20% partner in PL 554 offshore Norway, confirmed the plan to move forward with a sidetrack of Grantiana well 34/6-2S. Well 34/6-2A will be drilled by the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub) in an effort to prove additional oil volumes in the formation and determine the oil/water contact. Sidetracking operations will take place once the drilling permit has been approved by Norwegian authorities.

Project Details: Garantiana

Glitne Reaches End of Road

Oct 31, 2012 – After outliving its estimated service life by 9 years the partners in the Glitne field have decided that nothing more can be economically produced from the reservoir. To date, the field has produced 55 million barrels of oil which more than doubles the original estimate. Several new wells have been drilled in the field since production first began in 2001. The final well, drilled earlier this year, demonstrated that Glitne is no longer viable. Oil from the field is produced through the Petrojarl FPSO. Teekay, the vessel’s owner, has been given a six month notice of contract termination. A total of seven wells will be plugged and abandoned in order to close the field.

Project Details: Glitne

Asia – Far East

Liwan Gas Project Remains On Track

Nov 2, 2012 – Husky Oil’s Liwan Gas Project in the South China Sea is approximately 75% complete. The central platform jacket has been constructed and anchored to the seabed. Topsides will be completed and ready for installation in the second quarter of 2013. The Mono-ethylene Glycol Recovery Unit, an important module on the central platform, is nearing completion. Roughly half of the two 49 mile subsea pipelines have been laid from the gas field to the central platform. Liwan remains on schedule for startup by early 2014.

Project Details: Liwan

MidEast – Persian Gulf

DNO Might Double Output at West Bukha

Nov 1, 2012 – Norwegian oil and gas company DNO International announced test results of the recently completed West Bukha-4 well offshore the Sultanate of Oman. On a 54/64-inch choke, the well flowed 7,000 barrels of 39 degree API oil and 15 million cubic feet of gas per day through a test separator. Once the new well is on-line, production from the West Bukha field is expected to achieve 15,000 barrels per day which almost doubles the current rate. Boasting a total depth of nearly 19,700 feet, the well has the longest reach of any drilled well in Oman’s waters. West Bukha-4 targeted a previously un-drilled zone and is the second of a three well Block 8 drilling campaign initiated last year.

Project Details: Block 8

Asia – SouthEast

Additional Discovery Announced at Bertam

Nov 1, 2012 – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak released a statement via his personal website indicating a significant discovery of additional oil reserves at the Bertam field in block PM 307. The new discovery raises the field’s recoverable resources to 64 million barrels. A preliminary development plan estimates first oil in 3Q 2014 with a max output of 20,000 barrels per day. Lundin Petroleum operates the block with a 75% stake while Petronas Carigali holds the remaining 25%.

Project Details: Bertam

Natuna Gets New Plumbing

Oct 31, 2012 – Hallin Marine completed a subsea infrastructure, umbilicals, risers and flowlines project at the Natuna gas field offshore Malaysia. Under the $3 million contract Halling was responsible for engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of installed systems as well as the abandonment of some existing infrastructure. Natuna is the largest gas field in southeast Asia with estimated recoverable reserves of approximately 46 trillion cubic feet.

PetroVietnam Secures Funding for Cuu Long Basin Block

Oct 31, 2012 – PetroVietnam secured a 7 year syndicated loan of $140 million from five domestic banks for the development of offshore block 15-2/01 in Vietnam’s oil laden Cuu Long Basin. Talisman Energy operates the block, through the Thang Long JOC, holding 60% interest while PetroVietnam maintains the remaining 40%. The funds will be put towards the development of the Hai Su Trang and Hai Su Den fields located within the block. Talisman indicates the fields will be tied into the existing Te Giac Trang facilities on adjacent block 16-1 with first oil expected near the end of 2013.

Worldwide Field Development News Aug 3 – Aug 9, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 3 new projects and updated 21 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.

Mediterranean

Petroceltic Gears Up for Italy Drilling

Aug 9, 2012 – Petroceltic International is expecting to drill a well in Italy next year, reported Dow Jones Newswires. In 2010, the company planned to drill an appraisal well on the Elsa discovery in the Central Adriatic, but plans were shelved when Italy banned offshore drilling in reaction to the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico. With the ban now lifted, the company is hopeful a well can be drilled in 2013. “When the Italy ban came in, we were within months of spudding an appraisal well on the Elsa field, which is an old oil discovery of somewhere between 30 million and 180 million barrels, made by ENI S.p.A. in 1992. We have a CPR [competent person’s report] that says the most likely oil-in-place is a couple of hundred million barrels,” the Chief Executive Brian O’Cathain said in a statement. Before it starts drilling, however, the company has to reapply for a permit, but Mr. O’Cathain believes that the current government is very favorably disposed towards restarting exploration and production activities.

Project Details: Elsa

Australia

Eni to Appraise Heron

Aug 7, 2012 – Eni Australia has confirmed that it will take over the ENSCO 109 (350′ ILC) jackup on August 15, and after an anticipated four-day tow, the operator expects the rig to arrive at the Heron South-1 location on or around August 19. The operator will then appraise the find, which is part of the work program Eni has agreed to complete in order to earn a 50 percent participating interest in the permit. Eni has 60 days after the well to elect to either drill a second Heron well or withdraw from participation in the Heron area.

Project Details: Heron

New Crux JV to Accelerate Exploration of Offshore Crux Field

Aug 3, 2012 – Nexus Energy has inked an agreement with Shell and Osaka Gas following board approvals Friday to form a new joint venture which will accelerate the exploration and development of the Crux gas and condensate field offshore Western Australia. The final agreement was formally signed and executed. The agreement sees Shell taking its place as the operator of the production license AC/L9 with an 80 percent interest. Nexus and Osaka Gas hold a 17 percent and 3 percent interest respectively. The agreement also provides Nexus with a 12 month put option to sell 2 percent of its equity interest in the JV to Shell for $78.6 million (AUD75 million). Nexus said in a statement that the JV will initially focus on converting the existing AC/L9 offshore production license into a retention lease. This will require a detailed work program, which include technical studies of a range of development options, including a standalone development concept, and exploration drilling of the Auriga prospect targeted for early 2014. The development options currently under consideration for the Crux field include a tie-in to Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel or a standalone FLNG project.

Project Details: Prelude

N. America – US GOM

Apache Concludes Drilling on Parmer Prospect

Aug 9, 2012 – Apache has completed drilling operations on the Parmer prospect in Green Canyon Block 823 in the Gulf of Mexico. The well has been logged, and pressure readings and fluid samples have been taken in several Miocene objective sands. Thus far, data indicates approximately 240 feet (73 meters) of net condensate-rich gas pay in two gas sands are full to base, as well as 40 feet (12 meters) of net oil pay in two sands. Both have encountered oil on water. The partners plan to analyze the data and develop a forward plan.

Project Details: Parmer

W&T Completes Development Wells at Matterhorn

Aug 8, 2012 – W&T Offshore reported that the A-4 ST at the Matterhorn field began producing approximately 3,190 boepd net in mid-June and the A-13 at Mahogany began producing approximately 1,640 boepd net in late May. During the second quarter, the company commenced drilling the A-5 ST well at Mahogany, and is now currently completing the well. W&T expects to bring the A-5 ST online later this week with projected initial production rates of approximately 925 boepd net to the company. Following the A-5 ST well at Mahogany, the company expects to drill the A-9 ST development well to further develop the P sand south of the A-5 ST during the third quarter. Following the A-9 ST well, W&T anticipates moving to another development drill well for a possible spud date in the fourth quarter followed by completion in early 2013.

Project Details: Matterhorn

McDermott Awarded Spar Hull Installation Contract for Tubular Bells

Aug 6, 2012 – McDermott International announced that one of its subsidiaries received a contract by Williams Partners for transportation and installation services for a spar hull in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will transport and install the Gulfstar FPS GS-1 spar hull and moorings. The spar platform will be moored on the Tubular Bells development, situated about 150 miles (241 kilometers) offshore, on Mississippi Canyon Block 683 and 726 in a water depth of 4,200 feet (1,280 meters). McDermott’s DB50 vessel will install the moorings before transporting the classic-design spar hull to the installation site where it will be upended and ballasted before installing a temporary work deck. The offshore campaign is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2013.

Project Details: Tubular Bells

Europe – East

Statoil Divests Shtokman Interest

Aug 9, 2012 – Statoil reported that it has divested its 24 percent stake in the consortium developing the Shtokman gas field after the agreement lapsed, but the company remains interested in the project. The initial agreement, in which Russia’s OAO Gazprom held a controlling 51 percent stake and France’s Total SA 25 percent in the consortium, expired at the end of June with the three companies failing to agree on technical and financial plans to develop the massive gas field.

Project Details: Shtokman

Africa – West

Harvest Natural Lines Up Rig for Tortue Prospect Offshore Gabon

Aug 9, 2012 – Panoro Energy announced that operator Harvest Natural Resources has secured the use of a semisub to drill the Tortue prospect in the Dussafu Marin Permit offshore Gabon. The drilling unit, the Scarabeo 3 (mid-water semisub), is expected to commence drilling operations in 4Q 2012. The Tortue Marin well will be located about 31 miles (50 kilometers) offshore Gabon and 9 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of the 2011 Ruche discovery in 380 feet (116 meters) water depth. The well targets pre-salt Gamba and mid-Dentale reservoirs and a secondary post-salt Madiela reservoir. When combining these reservoirs the Tortue prospect has, according to the operator, consolidated mean prospective resources of 28 MMbbls with 56 percent geological chance of success.

Project Details: Tortue

Murphy to Drill Azurite Sidetrack Well

Aug 8, 2012 – PA Resources reported that following a full evaluation of remedial options to replace or reinstate the earlier communicated failed production well at the Azurite field in the Republic of Congo, the joint venture has agreed to drill a sidetrack. Preparatory activities have commenced and drilling operations are expected to start in early 4Q 2012 and take several months to complete. The Azurite field commenced production in August 2009.

Project Details: Azurite

S. America – Other & Carib.

CX-15 Platform En Route to Corvina Field

Aug 7, 2012 – BPZ Energy announced that the world’s first buoyant tower drilling and production platform is en route to the Corvina field for installation offshore Peru. The CX-15 platform was safely completed and successfully delivered to BPZ Energy at Wison Offshore & Marine’s China-fabrication facility in 11 months from contract signature. Wison’s scope included the engineering, procurement and construction of the facility’s 2,500 ton buoyant tower hull and 1,500 ton topsides facility. The buoyant tower hull for the facility was designed and engineered through a joint venture between Wison affiliate, Horton Wison Deepwater, and GMC Limited and consists of four, ring-stiffened connected cylindrical tubes with one central suction pile. Each cell measures 26 feet (8 meters) in diameter and 197 feet (60 meters) long, with a total hull length, including suction pile, of 230 feet (70 meters). When installed, the buoyant tower will support the three-level topsides facility designed by Audubon Engineering and GMC Limited and equipped to produce 12,200 barrels per day of oil, 12.8 million standard cubic feet per day of gas and inject 3,500 barrels per day of water. Additionally, the facility will be capable of supporting a drilling rig with 24 well slots. The CX-15 drilling program, which is the second platform installation at the Corvina field, will target 23 million barrels of proved undeveloped reserves (PUD).

Project Details: Corvina

S. America – Brazil

Petrobras Discovers Oil at Pecem Prospect

Aug 8, 2012 – Petrobras has verified the presence of oil in the Ceara Basin during drilling operations of the 1-BRSA-1080-CES (1-CES-158) well. The well, commonly known as Pecem, is located in a water depth of 6,985 feet (2,129 meters). The well’s current depth is 14,469 feet (4,410 meters) and drilling will continue to a total depth of 18,045 feet (5,500 meters). The consortium will continue the operations until the estimated depth is met.

SBM Offshore Secures Financing to Build Cidade de Ilhabela FPSO

Aug 8, 2012 – SBM Offshore and its JV partners QGOG Constellation and Mitsubishi Corporation have secured a US $1.05 billion to finance the construction of the Cidade de Ilhabela FPSO. The loan will be repaid over a 10-year period starting at first oil, which is expected in September 2014 and benefit from a competitive pricing package arranged on a club deal basis with reputable international commercial banks. The vessel will be moored on the Sapinhoa field in 7,024 feet (2,141 meters) of water.

Project Details: Sapinhoa (Guara)

Asia – SouthEast

Lundin Spuds Berangan Well in Malaysian Campaign

Aug 3, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced the second well in its 2012 Malaysian drilling campaign with the spud of Berangan-1 exploration well in SB 303 Block, offshore Malaysia. The well will target hydrocarbons in mid-Miocene aged sands in a faulted anticline in an undrilled sub-basin 6 miles (10 kilometers) to the southeast of the Tarap gas discovery made by Lundin Petroleum in 2011. The Offshore Courageous (350′ ILC) jackup is drilling a vertical well to a depth of 5,577 feet (1700 meters) in approximately 230 feet (70 meters) water depth.

Project Details: Berangan

Europe – North Sea

AMEC to Perform Detailed Design Contract for Cygnus Project

Aug 7, 2012 – AMEC has received a detailed design contract from GDF Suez for the Cygnus gas field development in the UK sector of the North Sea. The detailed design contract, following the FEED work, starts immediately and is scheduled for completion in 2014. The detailed development concept for the Cygnus field consists of two drilling centers, four platforms and initially 10 development wells; the planned export route is through the ETS (Esmond Transportation System) pipeline system to the Bacton gas terminal in North Norfolk. First gas is expected in late 2015.

Project Details: Cygnus

GDF Suez Sanctions Cygnus Development

Aug 7, 2012 – GDF Suez has officially sanctioned the Cygnus project to develop the sixth largest gas field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The consortium has signed initial contracts, which will kick start the project, and plan to award major contracts soon. Production is expected to start in late 2015. The field is expected to meet demand for nearly one and a half million homes at peak production, accounting for around 5% of the UK’s gas production. GDF stated that the partnership welcomed the recent field allowance for new large shallow water gas fields by the UK Government, which proved the certainty and confidence to proceed with the development.

Project Details: Cygnus

Providence Eyes Dromberg Prospect

Aug 7, 2012 – Providence Resources has issued a technical report on its Dromberg prospect, offshore Ireland, indicating its potential as a hydrocarbon target. Drombeg, which was awarded to Providence and its partner Sosina Exploration as Licensing Option 11/9 in the 2011 Irish Atlantic Margin Licensing Round, is located approximately 140 miles (225 kilometers) off West Cork in 8,200 feet (2,499 meters) of water. The prospect is targeting a Lower Cretaceous zone, demonstrating a significant seismic amplitude anomaly and low seismic impedance as well as a market AVO (amplitude versus offset) response. Providence added that it has also identified an underlying second seismic anomaly that has been modeled to be consistent with hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone.

Project Details: Dromberg

Total Spuds Garantiana

Aug 7, 2012 – Total has commenced drilling at the Garantiana prospect, exploratory well 34/6-2S, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well is being drilled by the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub), and is targeting stacked Jurassic/Triassic reservoirs. The water depth of the site is 1,247 feet (380 meters).

Project Details: Garantiana

Total: Elgin Cement Plug In Place by Mid-September

Aug 6, 2012 – Total reported that it expects to install a cemet plug, designed to seal a well, at its Elgin North Sea platform. Since the leak was stopped mid-May, Total and its contractors “have now restarted the essential safety and support systems on board the Elgin complex and the adjacent Rowan Viking (430′ ILC) drilling rig,” the company said in a statement.

Project Details: Elgin/Franklin

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Apr 20 – Apr 26, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 8 new projects and updated 29 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.

Australia
MEO Renews WA-360-P Permit
Apr 24, 2012 – Permit WA-360-P was renewed for an additional five years, and MEO’s participating interest officially increased to 62.5 percent. MEO reported that early interpretation of 3D data has confirmed the presence of the Maxwell prospect.
Eni Preps to Drill Heron Well
Apr 24, 2012 – Eni is preparing to drill the new Heron well – Heron South-1 – in permit NT/P68. The ENSCO 109 (350′ ILC) jackup is scheduled to arrive between mid-July and mid-August. Heron is located in NT/P68 permit in the Bonaparte Basin offshore Australia.
Project Details: Heron
Origin Connects Accommodation, Controls Module to Yolla A Platform
Apr 23, 2012 – Origin advises that the Yolla Mid-Life Enhancement project has reached a major milestone with the successful lifting and connection of the new accommodation and controls module to the Yolla A platform in Bass Strait. The operator commented that the installation of the accommodation module and associated controls equipment paves the way for further critical work on the construction program. This will include the lifting into place of the compression and condensate pump modules in coming weeks, followed by commissioning works to complete Stage 1 of the MLE project. The joint venture is targeting to restart production from Yolla in July, with project commissioning and completion during September. Evaluation of the program for Stage 2 of the BassGas MLE project continues. This will include the drilling of the Yolla 5 and Yolla 6 development wells and is currently expected to be undertaken during the summer of 2013/2014.
Project Details: BassGas Project
Origin Spuds Thistle-1 Well Offshore Australia
Apr 20, 2012 – Origin Energy has spud the Thistle-1 exploration well using the Stena Clyde (mid-water semisub). The planned total depth of the well is 8,396 feet (2,559 meters). Thistle is located in permit VIC/P43, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north-northwest of the Geographe gas field.
Project Details: Thistle
S. America – Brazil
OGX Strikes Again in Shallow Waters of Campos Basin
Apr 26, 2012 – OGX has identified the presence of hydrocarbons in carbonate reservoirs in the Albian section of well 1-OGX-79-RJS in Block BM-C-39 in the shallow waters of the Campos Basin. A hydrocarbon column of approximately 492 feet (150 meters) was encountered in carbonate reservoirs of the Albian section with about 210 feet (64 meters) of net pay. The drilling of well OGX-79, known as Itacoatiara, was concluded, reaching a final depth of 6,660 feet (2,030 meters). OGX said that this accumulation, Itacoatiara (OGX-79), expands the Waikiki Complex, and together with the Tubarao Martelo field and Pero and Inga accumulations. Drill stem tests will be conducted to obtain more information on this accumulation. The proximity of Itacoatiara accumulation to the other Waikiki Complex accumulations, a distance of about 2 miles (4 kilometers), facilitates their integration and development, in addition to accelerating the monetization of the discovered resources. The ENSCO 5004 (mid-water semisub) drilled the well in a water depth of 335 feet (102 meters).
Project Details: Itacoatiara
OGX Declares Waikiki Oil Field Commercial
Apr 25, 2012 – OGX has declared the Waikiki oil field commercial, making it the company’s first commercial declaration of an offshore oil discovery. The Waikiki field will be renamed Tubarao Martelo or Hammerhead Shark. The development plan for the oil field is being finalized and will be submitted to ANP soon. OGX estimates the field holds recoverable reserves of 285 million barrels of oil with production expected to start in the second half of 2013.
Project Details: Waikiki
OGX Places Order for Wellhead Platforms
Apr 20, 2012 – OGX has placed an order for the charter and construction of the Wellhead platforms 3 and 4, in addition to the already placed order for platforms 1 and 2 with Techint. WHPs 1 and 2 are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2014 and are expected to be assigned to the Waimea and Waikiki fields offshore Brazil.
Africa – West
Hess Drills Hickory North Offshore Ghana
Apr 26, 2012 – Hess is currently drilling the Hickory North-1 well in the DWT/CTP license offshore Ghana. Results from this well are expected within the end of the second quarter of 2012. Hess operates the 518,921 acre (2,100 square kilometer) license with a 35 percent working interest. The Stena DrillMax (UDW drillship) is drilling the well.
Project Details: Hickory North
Statoil Enters Ghana Deepwater License
Apr 26, 2012 – Statoil has farmed into the Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points license offshore Ghana, which is operated by Hess. Two wells have already been drilled in the DWT/CTP license with a third well, Hickory North-1, underway. Results from this well are expected within the end of second quarter of this year. Hess operates the 518,921 acre (2,100 square kilometer) license with a 90 percent working interest and carries Ghana National Petroleum Corporations (GNPC) costs through the exploration phase. Statoil will assume a 35 percent working interest in the license with Hess retaining a 55 percent working interest and GNPC holding the remaining 10 percent carried interest.
Project Details: Paradise
Afren Encounters Water-Bearing Reservoirs in Nunya
Apr 25, 2012 – Afren has encountered thick and high-quality water-bearing reservoirs in the Nunya-1x exploration well in the Keta block offshore Ghana. The objective of the well was to explore a large four-way dip closed Upper Cretaceous prospect. The well intersected 502 feet (153 meters) of very good quality sandstone reservoirs, however they were interpreted as water bearing. The well was drilled with the Transocean Marianas (DW semisub) to a total depth of 14,928 feet (4,550 meters) in a water depth of 5,535 feet (1,687 meters).
Project Details: Nunya
Europe – North Sea
Noreco Comes Up Dry at Eik
Apr 26, 2012 – Noreco has completed the drilling of wildcat well 7228/1-1 on the Eik prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 5,486 feet (1,672 meters) in a water depth of 1,155 feet (352 meters). It was terminated in the Kobbe formation in Middle Triassic. The well’s primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Jurassic and Triassic reservoir rocks (the Realgrunnen subgroup). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in the Snadd and Kobbe formations of Late and Middle Triassic Age. The well encountered reservoir rocks with reservoir quality as expected in both exploration targets and with weak traces of petroleum in the main target. Data acquisition has been carried out, but all levels are water wet. The well is dry.
Project Details: Eik
EnQuest Increases its Stake in Kraken
Apr 26, 2012 – EnQuest has further increased its interest in the Kraken oil discovery to 60 percent. It is buying 15 percent of the project from venture partner First Oil, paying between $90 million and $144 million. Kraken is currently estimated to contain 167 million barrels of oil, following an independent assessment in March. EnQuest is now the operator and majority stakeholder in the oil field. Nautical has a 25 percent stake in the venture, while First Oil retains 15 percent.
Project Details: Kraken
RWE Successfully Appraises Zidane
Apr 26, 2012 – RWE Dea has found additional gas in the Zidane field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The operator said the gas discovery increases the total value of the license with preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery ranging between 4 and 13 Bcm of recoverable gas. The well encountered gas in a 459 feet (140 meter) column in the Fangst group, and hydrocarbon-bearing rocks in the secondary objectives. The well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 14,875 feet (4,534 meters) below the sea surface and terminated in the Early Jurassic Tilje formation. Water depth of the site is 1,309 feet (399 meters). RWE Dea plans to analyze the well results and move into the next phase of field development.
Project Details: Zidane
Centrica to Drill in PL 477
Apr 25, 2012 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Centrica Resources a drilling permit for wellbore 6506/11-9 to be drilled by the West Alpha (mid-water semisub). The drilling program for wellbore 6506/11-9 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in Production License 477. This is the first well to be drilled in the license. Centrica Resources operates the license with a 40 percent stake; while Faroe holds 30 percent; and Suncor Energy holds 30 percent.
EnQuest to Appraise Kildrummy in 2012
Apr 25, 2012 – The Kildrummy discovery is estimated to contain 40 MMboe of original oil-in-place in excellent reservoir sands. EnQuest, the operator, plans to drill an appraisal well in 2012.
PSA Grants Wintershall Consent to Drill
Apr 25, 2012 – Wintershall has received consent to carry out exploratory drilling of well 33/6-4 with the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub). Well 33/6-4 lies in Production License 370 in the northern part of the North Sea in a water depth of 1,076 feet (328 meters). Drilling operations are set to begin in mid-May and last about 46 days.
EnQuest Mulls Crawford Development Options
Apr 25, 2012 – EnQuest reported that it is evaluating development options for the Crawford field and expects to make a decision during 2012.
Project Details: Crawford
Premier Gets Govt Nod for Solan Development
Apr 25, 2012 – The Department of Energy and Climate Change has approved Premier’s Field Development Plan for the Solan field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Premier-operated Solan field is expected to produce approximately 40 million barrels of oil with an estimated initial production rate of 24,000 bopd commencing in the fourth quarter of 2014. This is a significant project which will entail the drilling of four subsea wells (two producers and two water injectors) tied-back to a processing deck supported by a jacket. It is planned that the facilities will not be permanently manned after one year of operations. Oil will be stored in a subsea tank prior to being offloaded to shuttle tankers. Premier has entered into an agreement with Awilco Drilling for the provision of the WilPhoenix (mid-water semisub) for Solan drilling commencing in the second quarter of 2013. It is expected that the packages for the procurement and fabrication of the topsides and jacket will be awarded shortly to Burntisland Fabricators while the contract for the installation of the jacket, topsides and subsea tank has been awarded to Heerema.
Project Details: Solan
Buzzard Field Remains Shut-In
Apr 24, 2012 – Nexen’s Buzzard oil field remains shut-in after an incident that occurred on Saturday, April 21. The operator said repairs are on-going and production is expected to ramp up soon. A bearing failed Saturday morning on one of the gas compressors on the fourth platform.
Project Details: Buzzard
Islay Comes Online
Apr 24, 2012 – Total has commenced production at its Islay gas field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Lying in a water depth of 395 feet (120 meters), the field has estimated reserves of nearly 17 million barrels of oil equivalent and has already reached its expected production of 15,000 boepd. Islay’s single well is tied-back to the Alwyn North platform via existing subsea infrastructure.
Project Details: Greater Alwyn
RWE Dea Finds Gas near Heidrun Field
Apr 24, 2012 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported that a gas discovery of up to 13 Bcm of recoverable gas has been made near the Heidrun field through well 6507/7-15 S in the Norwegian Sea. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Fangst group. The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Early Cretaceous Age in the Lange formation and Early Jurassic Age in the Tilje formation. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out which will provide valuable information for future production of the gas discoveries in the production license. The West Alpha (MW semisub) performed the drilling operations in a water depth of 1,300 feet (399 meters). The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Heidrun
Agora O&G Increases Tybalt Stake
Apr 24, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum has signed a farm-out agreement with Agora Oil and Gas for the Tybalt appraisal well in the UK sector of the North Sea. Agora will increase its interest in Tybalt to 40 percent in return for a partial cost carry. Valiant will remain as operator with a 60 percent interest.
Project Details: Tybalt
Aker Solutions Wins Svalin Umbilical Contract
Apr 23, 2012 – Subsea 7 awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the design and fabrication of a control umbilical for the Svalin C project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The scope of work includes a four-mile-long (six-kilometer-long) control umbilical, connectors, engineering and project management. In December 2011, Statoil awarded Aker Solutions the contract for engineering, procurement and construction of the subsea production system for the Svalin project. The Svalin umbilical will be delivered in 2Q 2013. Svalin is a fast-track oil field project located in the middle part of the North Sea, about five miles (eight kilometers) southwest of the Grane field and 115 miles (185 kilometers) west of Haugesund. The water depth is approximately 394 feet (120 meters).
Penspen to Provide Detailed Design Services for Stella Development
Apr 23, 2012 – Penspen Group has been contracted to provide Detailed Design services to EPC Offshore Limited in support of Ithaca Energy’s Greater Stella Area development. The contract follows on from Penspen’s recent work for EPC Offshore on the FEED for the GSA Development. Under the terms of agreement, Penspen will provide Detailed Design services for the Phase 1 subsea structures and associated tie-in infrastructure, consisting of the Stella Main Drill Center manifold, northern drill center manifold, export riser base, oil and gas export tee assembles. Ithaca Energy has contracted EPC Offshore to provide project management of the subsea and pipelines elements of the development last year, which the company then contracted Penspen. The project is slated to commence production in 2014.
Project Details: Stella/Harrier
TAQA to Acquire Operatorship of Cladhan
Apr 20, 2012 – TAQA Bratani will acquire a 13.5 percent stake in the North Cladhan area from Sterling Resources for an initial consideration of $47 million including an allocation to tax allowances. The initial consideration will be satisfied in three installments: $22.3 million paid upon completion; $4.3 million paid on achievement of certain milestones expected in 2012; and the balance either as a carry of part of Sterling’s development expenditure in respect of Cladhan or, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions linked to project approval, in whole or in part (at Sterling’s election) in cash up to a maximum payment of $20.4 million. In addition, Sterling could receive a contingent consideration after first production linked to reserves upside up to a maximum additional payment of $10 million if proven plus probable reserves are certified in the range of 30 million barrels to 45 million barrels for 100 percent of the field. TAQA will assume operatorship on or shortly after approval of a final Field Development Plan expected for submission by 3Q 2012. Once this transaction is completed and approved, the new equity positions will be Sterling Resources (26.4 percent), TAQA (40.1 percent) and Wintershall (33.5 percent).
Project Details: Cladhan
S. America – Other & Carib.
Boders & Southern Find Gas in Darwin East
Apr 23, 2012 – Borders & Southern has made a gas discovery in the 61/17-1 well on the Darwin East prospect in the South Falkland Basin. The well, reaching a total depth of 16,000 feet (4,876 meters), encountered good hydrocarbon shows from 15,200 to 15,780 feet (4,633 to 4,810 meters). The main reservoir interval comprises good quality massive sandstone and is found to be 277 feet (84.5 meters) thick with net pay of 222 feet (67.8 meters). Fluid samples from the reservoir have been recovered and will be brought back to the UK for analysis. The operator will complete wireline logging operations, plug and abandon the well, then move the Leiv Eiriksson rig (DW semisub) on to the Stebbing prospect.
Project Details: Darwin East
Rockhopper Boosts Success Rates at Sea Lion
Apr 20, 2012 – Rockhopper Exploration has received a 90 percent chance of success in developing its Sea Lion field off the Falkland Islands, according to a report conducted by Gaffney, Cline & Associates. The report also gave other discoveries adjacent to Sea Lion, including Casper, Casper South and Beverly, a 75 percent chance of successful development. In its report, GCA gave a best estimate of gross contingent resources at Sea Lion and the adjacent discoveries of 385.9 million barrels, with 355.6 million barrels net to Rockhopper. The CPR also reports on a development concept for the Sea Lion field using an FPSO. The principal assumptions of the development concept include first oil occurring in 2016, with a plateau production rate of 70,000 barrels per day for the first three years of full production.
Project Details: Sea Lion
N. America – Canadian Atlantic
Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors to Perform FEED on Hebron Development
Apr 25, 2012 – Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors has been authorized by ExxonMobil Canada Properties to proceed with the Hebron Project gravity based structure (GBS) project in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The authorization follows substantial completion of front-end engineering and design (FEED) services and awards the next phase, which includes detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) related services.
Project Details: Hebron
Black Sea
TPAO Secures Rig for Istranca-1 Well
Apr 26, 2012 – TPAO, the national oil and gas company of Turkey, awarded GSP Jupiter a contract for offshore drilling services. The jackup will drill the Istranca-1 well, plus one optional well, on Block 3920 in the Turkish sector of the Black Sea.
Project Details: Istranca
Asia – Far East
Technip to Install Liwan Pipeline
Apr 23, 2012 – Technip received a pipeline installation contract for the Liwan 3-1 shallow water project in the China Sea. With a total length of 160 miles (260 kilometers), the pipeline will link the Liwan gas platform to China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) Gaolan gas plant. Technip’s scope covers the shallow water portion of the development project. It includes the installation of 100 miles (160 kilometers) of a 30-inch export oil/gas two-phase pipeline from the Liwan gas platform to a water depth of approximately 230 feet (70 meters). The contract is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.
Project Details: Liwan
CNOOC Hits HPHT Gas Discovery in South China Sea
Apr 20, 2012 – CNOOC Limited has made a gas discovery in Dongfang (DF) 13-2 in the high-temperature and high-pressure gas reservoir in Yinggehai, following the successful appraisal of the middle formation of the DF 13-1 gas field in 2010. The new discovery is located in the north of central sag in the Yinggehai Basin of Western South China Sea. The discovery well, DF13-2-1, encountered gas pay zones with total thickness of 115 feet (35 meters) in a water depth of 213 feet (65 meters) and a well depth of 10,394 feet (3,168 meters). During the test period, the well flowed at an average rate of 42.4 MMcf/d.
Project Details: Dongfang
Asia – SouthEast
Santos to Submit Peluang FID in 2012
Apr 25, 2012 – Santos Limited expects to submit a Final Investment Decision on the Peluang field in the Madura Offshore PSC in the second half of 2012 with production commencing in the second half of 2013. The Peluang field, holding about 45 Bcf, will be tied-back to the nearby Maleo field. The company currently produces 110 MMcf/d of natural gas from Maleo.
BG Group Begins Production at Greater Bongkot South
Apr 23, 2012 – BG Group has commenced production from the Greater Bongkot South field in the Gulf of Thailand, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of the city of Songkhola in southern Thailand. The development has new standalone facilities with processing capacity of 350 MMcf/d of gas and 15,000 barrels of condensate per day. BG said that once plateau production is achieved, Greater Bongkot South will deliver around 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Production is expected to reach plateau in the second quarter of 2012. Gas from the project is exported via a new-build spur line while condensate is exported to a floating, storage and offloading vessel at Bongkot North.

USA: Anadarko Completes Heidelberg Sidetrack Appraisal Well

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced the Heidelberg sidetrack appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico successfully confirmed an extension of up to 1,500 acres.

“The Heidelberg sidetrack appraisal well was successfully drilled and defined the down-dip limits of the Heidelberg field,” said Chuck Meloy, Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Operations. “This well extends the oil/water contact down structure by approximately 700 feet, and continues to validate the field’s estimated resource range, while providing support for the option of a stand-alone development. Anadarko and Heidelberg’s co-owners have initiated pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) work to evaluate development solutions with the objective of advancing commercialization of this emerging mega project.”

The Heidelberg sidetrack appraisal well in Green Canyon block 903 is located approximately 1.3 miles from the Heidelberg discovery well. The well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 30,440 feet in water depths of approximately 5,260 feet.

Anadarko operates Green Canyon block 903 with a 44.25-percent working interest. Co-owners in the block include Apache Deepwater LLC, a subsidiary of Apache Corporation (12.5 percent), Eni (12.5 percent), Statoil (12 percent), ExxonMobil (9.375 percent) and Cobalt International Energy, L.P. (9.375 percent).

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Happy Dragon Ships 8 Manifolds to Goliat Field Offshore Norway

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Aker Solutions has successfully completed the manufacturing and subsequent load-out of eight subsea manifolds and six riser bases for Eni Norge’s Goliat project in the Barents Sea.

On Tuesday 27 March the load-out commenced. This weekend, the heavy lift vessel Happy Dragon will sail away with her giant load.

”This is probably the largest single subsea delivery we have made from Egersund. I’m proud of my colleagues, and satisfied on behalf of our customer Eni Norge AS, that we are delivering this on schedule and on budget,” says Svein Oskar Nuland, head of Aker Solutions’ yard in Egersund, Norway.

“Our project team at Fornebu and here in Egersund has worked tirelessly to complete this important milestone”.

The delivery of the subsea manifolds and riser bases is the yard’s second hardware load-out for the Goliat subsea project. The first, consisting of eight subsea templates, was also delivered on schedule when it sailed out of Egersund at the end of March last year.

Aker Solutions’ Goliat contract, signed in September 2009, comprises of engineering, procurement and construction of a complete subsea production system. Subsea hardware deliveries include eight overtrawlable four-slot subsea templates with manifolds, wellheads system, 24 subsea trees, subsea and topside controls systems, 20 kilometres of steel tube umbilicals, work-over equipment and a tie-in and connection system.

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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Mar 23 – Mar 29, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 2 new projects and updated 35 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field development news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Asia – Caspian
Kashagan Looking to Year-End to Come Online
Mar 26, 2012 – The Kashagan field is continuing to be developed in several phases with the first phase targeting first production by year-end 2012. Kashagan is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Atyrau, and is the first large-scale offshore petroleum development in Kazakhstan.
Project Details: Kashagan Project
Australia
Roc Oil Offloads Interest in Taranaki Basin
Mar 23, 2012 – Roc Oil has withdrawn its interest from offshore exploration block PEP 52181, located in the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. The company said it has been working to farm-down its 50 percent interest in the block to provide a more balanced equity position prior to entering into a commitment to drill an exploration well on the Kaheru prospect. “The decision to withdraw from the permit was based on the need for ROC to carefully balance expenditure and risk profiles over the coming years, as the Company enters into an intensive period of activity, especially at the Beibu Gulf project, offshore China, and the Balai Cluster Risk Service Contract, offshore Malaysia,” commented Roc’s CEO, Alan Linn in a statement.
Project Details: Kaheru
Africa – Other
BG Group Makes Fourth Gas Discovery in Tanzania
Mar 26, 2012 – BG Group hits gas pay again, offshore Tanzania, making this the fourth discovery in the area. Preliminary evaluation of well results indicate gross recoverable resources are in the range of 2.5 to 4.4 Tcf of gas. The discovery was made in Jodari-1, which is situated in a water depth of 3,770 feet (1,150 meters). The well is part of the current three-to-four well exploration program, which also includes the acquisition of 965 square miles (2,500 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data in Block 1. BG Group will now target the Mzia-1 location in Block 1, about 14 miles (23 kilometers) to the north of Jodari-1.
Project Details: Jodari
Eni Scores Again in Area 4 Offshore Mozambique
Mar 26, 2012 – Eni has made a “giant” natural gas discovery in Area 4 offshore Mozamique at the Mamba North East 1 exploration prospect. The operator said that the results of this well are of special importance since they increase the resource base of Area 4 by at least 10 Tcf of which 8 Tcf of these contained in reservoirs exclusively located in Area 4. This new discovery further improves the potential of the Mamba complex in Area 4 offshore Mozambique, now estimated to hold at least 40 Tcf of gas-in-place. Mamba North East 1 encountered a total of 787 feet (240 meters) of gas pay in multiple high-quality Oligocene and Eocene sands. It proved reservoir continuity and pressure communication with Mamba South 1 and Mamba North 1 wells. During 2012, Eni plans to drill at least another four wells in nearby structures to fully assess the upside potential of the Mamba Complex.
Project Details: Mamba South/North
S. America – Other & Carib.
Total to Appraise Zaedyus Discovery in 2012
Mar 26, 2012 – Total plans to conduct an extensive drilling campaign, in the Guyane Maritime License offshore French Guiana, and a further 3D seismic survey in 2012. The license contains the Zaedyus discovery in a water depth of 6,719 feet (2,048 meters).
Project Details: Zaedyus
Europe – East
Gazprom Conducting Engineering Studies on Shtokman
Mar 26, 2012 – Total announced that engineering studies are underway for the portion of the Shtokman project that will allow the transport of gas by pipeline through the Gazprom network (offshore development, gas pipeline and onshore gas and condensates processing facilities on the Teriberka site) and for the LNG part of the project. This will allow the export of 7.5 Mt/y of LNG from a new harbor located in Teriberka, representing approximately half of the gas produced by the first development phase. Estimated to hold 3.8 Tcm of natural gas and 37 million tons of gas condensate, Shtokman is situated in the central region of the Russian sector of the Barents Sea, about 372 miles (599 kilometers) north of the Kola Peninsula in water depths measuring 1,050 to 1,115 feet (320
Project Details: Shtokman
Europe – North Sea
Operations at North Sea Tartan Platform to Restart Soon
Mar 29, 2012 – Bridge Energy reported that the Tartan and Duart field operator, Talisman, is working to restart operations on the Tartan platform and projects production to restart at the end of March. The extended shutdown on Tartan has enabled completion of a comprehensive work scope which should increase the near term uptime of the facility, said Bridge. The increased host uptime and a period of flush production following the long shut down is expected to partly offset the delayed production volumes.
Technip to Supply Umbilicals for Cheviot Development
Mar 29, 2012 – Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Duco received a contract by Bluewater Industries for the Cheviot field development. The contract covers engineering, project management and fabrication of four static steel tube umbilicals, four dynamic thermoplastic umbilicals, and a thermoplastic subsea intervention valve umbilical. The total length is 7.5 miles (12 kilometers). The umbilicals will control four drill centers from a floating semisubmersible production facility. The project is scheduled for delivery in 2014.
Project Details: Cheviot
Total Believes Gas Coming from Rocks above Elgin Reservoir
Mar 29, 2012 – Total may have confirmed the source of the gas leak at its Elgin platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The firm insists that the still-alight flare on the platform does not pose any immediate risk. After reports early Thursday morning that Total had a “good idea” of the source of the gas leak on its Elgin platform, a spokesperson for the firm told Rigzone: “We believe the hydrocarbons are coming from a rock formation above the reservoir at a depth of 4,000 meters [13,120 feet].” On Wednesday evening, Total released a press statement explaining the situation regarding the flare on the Elgin platform. “The flare is an integral part of the platform’s safety system. In an emergency, it is used to safely evacuate all the gas from the platform. During the incident, it performed this task perfectly, allowing everyone to evacuate safely,” said Total. “The flare is still lit because when the platform is shut down and de-pressurised in an emergency, it cannot be fully purged as done in a controlled shutdown. This is perfectly normal. Some liquids do remain in the system and these liquids are now evaporating. As these liquids evaporate, the flow of hydrocarbons to the flare will exhaust itself and the flare should burn out.”
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
Sevan Marine to Perform Study of Skrugard/Havis Development
Mar 29, 2012 – Statoil has awarded Sevan Marine a study of the potential application of a Sevan FPSO for the company???s Skrugard/Havis development in the Barents Sea. The study will be performed from April 2012 to May 2013 and will be focused on further development of the Sevan FPSO as basis for future preferred concept.
Project Details: Skrugard
NPD Gives Faroe Approval to Drill Clapton Prospect
Mar 27, 2012 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Faroe Petroleum a drilling permit for wellbore 2/8-18. The well will be drilled from the Maersk Guardian (350??? ILC) jackup in Production License 440 S. Well 2/8-18 S is the first exploration well to be drilled in the production license.
Project Details: Clapton
Aker to Deliver Subsea Connection System for Draugen Project
Mar 27, 2012 – Aker Solutions received a contract from Shell to deliver subsea connection systems for the Draugen field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The scope of work includes the delivery of complete tie-in connection systems for production flowlines and umbilicals for the expansion of the Draugen field. Management, engineering and procurement of the connection systems will be performed at Aker Solutions’ head office in Fornebu, Norway. Equipment deliveries will be made from 2012 to 2013.
Project Details: Draugen
Fogelberg Sits Idle as Consortium Mulls Development Options
Mar 27, 2012 – Faroe Petroleum reported that the Fogelberg consortium is mulling development plans for the discovery. The discovery is close to the Asgard production and transportation system but it???s currently at maximum levels and the timing of the Fogelberg project therefore remains uncertain. Oil industry groups have several ongoing initiatives to de-bottleneck the gas export system and bring forward new developments in the area. Discovered in 2010, Fogelberg is estimated to contain approximately 3 to 15 MMcm of recoverable oil equivalent.
Project Details: Fogelberg
Glenlivet Discovery Moving Towards Field Development Plan Submission
Mar 27, 2012 – The partners in the Glenlivet discovery are working to mature the project towards concept selection and Field Development plan submission. The field could become a significant part of the new planned UK west of Shetland gas gathering system, which is being installed by Total as part of the Laggan and Tormore gas field development. Glenlivet is situated approximately 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the proposed Laggan and Tormore gas export pipeline to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands. Glenlivet was discovered in 2009 when the well encountered gas pay in the Paleocene sandstone.
Project Details: Glenlivet
Det norske to Commence Development Drilling on Jette Field
Mar 27, 2012 – Det norske received consent to use the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub) to drill the Jette field. A plan for development and operation for Jette was approved in February 2012. Det norske will develop the field with a seabed facility tied into the Jotun field. Jette???s planned production start is during the first quarter of 2013. The water depth of the site is 417 feet (127 meters). Drilling is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2012 and last about 155 days.
Project Details: Jette (Jetta)
Statoil, Det norske Pen Pre-Unit Agreement for Johan Sverdrup Development
Mar 27, 2012 – Statoil and partners have signed a pre-unit agreement regarding the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. According to the agreement, the owners of production licenses 265 and 501 will cooperate in the planning of the Johan Sverdrup field towards an investment decision and submission of the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO). Statoil has been appointed as the working operator. The work will form the basis for developing and establishing the best field solution for Johan Sverdrup. An agreement for the development and operational phase will be signed between the licensees ahead of the submission of the PDO to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
Apache Lines Up Rig to Drill Tryfan Prospect
Mar 27, 2012 – Apache has signed a letter of intent for the Borgsten Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to drill the Tryfan prospect. Tryfan is an Eocene channelized sand play in the UK Northern North Sea which benefits from a strong seismic amplitude response. Tryfan has gross prospective resources estimated internally by Valiant to be 24 MMboe.
Project Details: Tryfan
Valiant Spuds Tybalt Appraisal Well
Mar 27, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum has commenced drilling on the Tybalt appraisal well in the UK sector of the North Sea. The work program, which includes a well and a contingent test, is designed to prove commercially exploitable volumes via a nearby infrastructure which includes the Magnus fields and the Dons Area complex. Tybalt is an Upper Jurassic discovery originally made by Valiant in 2010 with gross resources estimated at Valiant to be 7 MMbbls. The well is being drilled by the Borgsten Dolphin (mid-water semisub) rig and is expected to take 35-40 days to complete.
Project Details: Tybalt
Ithaca Increases Stake in Carna Discovery
Mar 26, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has agreed to take over operatorship and increase its working interest in the Carna discovery, located in the UK sector of the North Sea. The transaction with Centrica North Sea Gas Limited increases the company’s working interest in the Carna discovery to a material level from 16 to 32 percent. Carna straddles Blocks 43/21b and 43/22c in a water depth of 177 feet (54 meters). The discovery was made in early 2009 when a gas column in excess of 1490 feet TVD (true vertical depth) and net pay of 127 feet TVD was encountered in well 43/21b- 5Z. The well tested gas at a gross stabilized rate of 8.8 Mmcf/d on a 48/64th choke from a vertical well penetrating the Carboniferous. The Company has agreed to a work program with all of the Joint Venture partners to accelerate development studies of the Carna discovery and, if appropriate to submit a field development plan for approval to the Department of Energy and Climate Change before the end of 2012.
Project Details: Carna
Total Closes Elgin/Franklin Production
Mar 26, 2012 – Total has shut down oil and gas production at its Elgin/Franklin platform in the North Sea following an ongoing gas leak. The firm confirmed that all 238 personnel on the platform have been accounted for and that an aerial surveillance flight has been scheduled to inspect a sheen reported in the vicinity of the platform. Production started from Elgin in March 2001, and Franklin began producing in August 2001. Peak production for hub facility is 280,000 boepd, or 175,000 bpd of condensate and 547.4 MMcf/d (15.5 MMcm/d) of gas.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
Lundin Completes, Tests Johan Sverdrup Appraisal Well
Mar 26, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum announced that the Johan Sverdup appraisal well 16/2-11 encountered a 177-foot (54-meter) gross oil column in Upper and Middle Jurassic sandstone reservoir in an oil-down-to situation. A comprehensive logging and coring program was successfully completed as well as a production test in the previously untested Middle Jurassic reservoir. The data from this first well in the 2012 PL501 appraisal program confirmed good reservoir properties. This is in line with the earlier Johan Sverdup wells where the Upper Jurassic reservoir was of excellent quality with a high net to gross ratio. A full scale production test (DST) in the Middle Jurassic reservoir to investigate its flow properties resulted in flow rates, in excess of 2,700 bopd through a restricted 40/64 choke, with good reservoir properties indicating a lateral continuous reservoir. Lundin will now sidetrack the well towards the east to investigate the lateral thickness and property variations of the Jurassic reservoir as well as establish an oil water contact to investigate the possibility of a deeper oil-water-contact in this area.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
BP Spuds North Uist
Mar 26, 2012 – BP has commenced exploratory drilling on the North Uist prospect in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well has several reservoir objectives, the most significant of which is North Uist at the Upper Jurassic level. The well will also test the edge of the Cardhu prospect where sandstones of Paleocene age may be present. The Stena Carron (DW drillship) is drilling the well in 4,236 feet (1,291 meters) of water.
Project Details: North Uist
Statoil Gets Govt Nod to Drill Top Holes on Stjerne Field
Mar 26, 2012 – Statoil received consent to drill top holes in development well 30/9-22 on the Stjerne, formerly Katla, field. The plan for development and operation of Stjerne was approved by the Storting in September 2011. Stjerne was later included in the Oseberg Sor field and will be subsea tied-back to the Oseberg Sor platform. The consent applies to drilling of four top holes on the following wells: 30/9-M-11 H, 30/9-M-12 H, 30/9-M-13 H and 30.9-M-14 H. The water depth of the site is about 338 meters (103 meters).
Project Details: Oseberg Center
Technip Receives Subsea Contract for Quad 204 Project
Mar 26, 2012 – Technip received a contract from BP to develop the subsea infrastructure for the Quad 204 project in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Quad 204 project involves replacing the existing Schiehallion production facility with a new purpose built FPSO and installing extensive new subsea infrastructure. This major redevelopment will enable the potential recovery of an additional 450 million barrels of resource and extend production through 2035. The awarded contract includes the removal of the existing Schiehallion FPSO and mooring system; recovery of all existing flexible risers and dynamic umbilical systems; positioning and installing a new FPSO and associated mooring system and anchor piles; supply and installation of 21 dynamic flexible risers; installation of four static and dynamic umbilicals; coating, welding and installation of 13 steel pipelines, totaling 31 miles (50 kilometers); supply and install numerous flexible jumpers; installation of various manifolds, jumpers and infrastructure associated with the field development. Offshore work is slated to begin in 2013.
Project Details: Schiehallion (Quad 204)
Barryroe Proves to be More than a One-Hit Wonder
Mar 23, 2012 – Providence Resources has further flow tested the Barryroe discovery offshore southern Ireland. After an additional 17-foot thick net gas-bearing section was perforated to test the potential of the upper part of the sandstone section, highly productive flow rates of 7 MMcf/d and 1,350 bopd were measured. Providence added that a preliminary modeling of the pressure data indicates that a co-mingled flow rate of 17 MMcf/d and 3,350 bopd at a flowing well-head pressure of around 500 pounds per square inch is achievable. Well suspension operations are now complete and the GSF Arctic III (mid-water semisub) rig will now be demobilized to the UK.
Project Details: Barryroe
Statoil Hits Oil Pay Near Oseberg
Mar 23, 2012 – Statoil has made a small oil discovery in PL053 production license in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The consortium is in the process of concluding drilling operations in exploratory well 30/6-28S. The well, drilled by the COSLPioneer (mid-water semisub), proved an oil column of around 40 feet (12 meters) in the Statfjord formation. The estimated volume of the discovery is in the range of 12 to 18 MMbbl of recoverable oil equivalents. Statoil said the find is located beneath the Oseberg field and is a good candidate to be connected to the Oseberg production facilities. The oil discovery lies in the Crimp prospect, which was the secondary target for exploration well 30/6-28S. The primary target was the Crux prospect that Statoil earlier defined as a high-impact gas opportunity. With the Crux prospect Statoil tested a hypothesis for the existence of a separate gas-filled structure underlying the Oseberg field. However, the Crux prospect did not contain hydrocarbons.
Project Details: Oseberg Center
S. America – Brazil
Waimea, Waikiki to be Declared Commercial in 2012
Mar 23, 2012 – Dow Jones Newswires reported that OGX plans to declare the Waimea and Waikiki offshore oil fields commercial in 2012. The Waimea field, which came online in January, will be commercially declared in the second quarter; and Waikiki will also receive a similar declaration some time this year. The operator plans to submit a development plan for Waimea to Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, in the second quarter. Upon approval, additional wells will be connected to the OSX-1 FPSO. Waimea is currently producing about 12,500 bopd from a single production well, with output expected to reach 40,000 to 50,000 bopd by the end of 2012. Increased output is set to come from two additional production wells that will be connected this year, with engineering studies underway to gauge the feasibility of adding a fourth production well. Furthermore, OGX plans to bring Waikiki online in 2013. The operator stated two FPSOs, OSX-2 and OSX-3, are about 30 percent complete and construction is continuing at a Singapore shipyard.
N. America – US GOM
McMoRan Updates Flow Testing Ops at Davy Jones Well
Mar 29, 2012 – McMoRan is continuing to flow test the Davy Jones No. 1 well on Block 230 at South Marsh Island. As previously reported, McMoRan saw positive pressure response from the Wilcox “D” sand which was perforated on March 24, 2012. On March 26, 2012, the operator attempted to perforate the Wilcox “C” sand. As the perforating gun was being removed from the hole, the well began to flow. When the gun was brought to the surface, it was determined that the gun did not fire in the Wilcox “C” sand from what appears to be a simple disconnection of the detonator cord. The company plans to use a new perforating gun to complete the testing of the Wilcox “C” sand. Currently, the test is ongoing from only the Wilcox “D” sand, which resulted in the flare shown in the exhibit attached. The flow from the “D” sand is being affected by considerable debris in the 5-inch liner, from what McMoRan believes to be residual drilling fluid from drilling of the well. Results of a clean flow test, as opposed to the current test hampered by debris, will be announced as further progress is achieved and flow rates are measurable. McMoRan will provide updates as completion operations progress.
Project Details: Davy Jones
Africa – West
Total Acquires 3D Data Offshore Cote d’Ivoire
Mar 26, 2012 – Total has commenced exploration work on its CI-100 license offshore Cote d’Ivoire. The company acquired 247,105 acres (1,000 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data at the end of 2011, which completed the 3D coverage of the entire block. Initial exploratory drilling is planned for the end of 2011. Spanning more than 494,211 acres (2,000 square kilometers), the CI-100 block is located about 62 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Abidjan in water depths ranging from 4,921 to 10,171 feet (1,500 to 3,100 meters).
Total Moves Forward with CLOV Development
Mar 26, 2012 – Total reported that the CLOV development is progressing as planned with start-up slated for 2014. The CLOV project is located on Block 17 offshore Angola. Total’s Angolan subsidiary, Total E&P Angola, is the operator of Angolan Block 17 with a 40 percent interest. Partners in the license include Statoil with a 23.33 percent interest, Esso Exploration Angola with a 20 percent interest and BP Exploration Angola with a 16.67 percent interest.
Project Details: CLOV
Total to Further Develop Moho-Bilondo Project
Mar 26, 2012 – Total reported that the drilling of two appraisal wells, Bilondo Marine 2 and 3, drilled at year-end 2010 in the southern portion of the Moho Bilondo field confirmed an additional growth potential as an extension of existing facilities. Studies are underway for the development of these additional reserves. The development of these resources in the northern portion of the field, the potential of which was bolstered by appraisal and exploration wells drilled in 2008 and 2009, is also being examined (Moho North project). The field is currently producing nearly 90,000 bopd from 13 subsea wells tied into a floating production unit. The oil is exported to the onshore Djeno terminal. Total operates the license, holding a 53.5 percent interest; Chevron holds 31.5 percent; and Societe Nationale des Petroles du Congo holds 15 percent.
Project Details: Moho-Bilondo
African Petroleum Contracts Rig for Two-Well Program
Mar 23, 2012 – African Petroleum reported that the Narina-1 well reached a total depth of 15,912 feet (4,850 meters) in a water depth of 3,750 feet (1,143 meters). The well encountered a total of 105 feet (32 meters) net oil pay in two different reservoirs including a Turonian submarine fan and an Albian zone. The prospective size of the Turonian reservoir is 61,776 acres (250 square kilometers) based on 3D seismic interpretation but will need to be confirmed through an upcoming appraisal drilling campaign. The operator has secured the Eirik Raude (UDW semisub) for a two-well program with the option for a third well. Drilling is expected to commence in the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Narina

USA: Successfull Heidelberg Appraisal for Anadarko

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation yesterday reported the successful results of the Heidelberg-2 appraisal well, situated in Green Canyon block 903 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, which encountered approximately 250 net feet of oil pay in high-quality Miocene sands.

The appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 31,030 feet in approximately 5,000 feet of water, about 1.5 miles south and 550 feet structurally updip from the Heidelberg discovery well. Log and pressure data from the appraisal and discovery wells indicate excellent quality, continuous and pressure-connected reservoirs with the same high-quality oil. The initial Heidelberg discovery well was drilled in 2009 and encountered more than 200 net feet of oil pay.

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“We’ve been looking forward to drilling an appraisal to our Heidelberg discovery for some time, and we could not be more pleased with the results,” said Bob Daniels, Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration. “The successful penetration of high-quality, oil-bearing sands confirmed the continuity of the reservoir, and validated our geologic model, and initial resource estimate of more than 200 million barrels of oil. We plan to immediately sidetrack the well to evaluate the down-dip extent of the field, and plan to initiate pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) activities to prepare for sanctioning a development project.”

Anadarko operates the block with a 44.25-percent working interest. Co-owners in the block include Apache Deepwater LLC, a subsidiary of Apache Corporation (12.5-percent working interest), Eni (12.5-percent working interest), Statoil (12-percent working interest), ExxonMobil (9.375-percent working interest) and Cobalt International Energy, L.P. (9.375-percent working interest).

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