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Worldwide Field Development News Nov 3 – Nov 9, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 new projects and updated 14 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.

Asia – SouthEast

Maleo MOPU Recevies TLC

Nov 8, 2012 – SOV Windermere (subsea operations vessel) has been contracted to provide offshore support services in the Maleo field in East Java’s Madura offshore PSC. Hall Marine, the vessel’s owner, indicated the operation is centered around the Windermere’s integral 15-man saturation diving facility. The crew of the vessel will be engaged in facility inspections as well as repair and maintenance operations. Maleo is produced via a six-wellhead platform and a jackup converted to a Mobile Offshore Production Unit.

Thailand Partners Provide Concession Update

Nov 6, 2012 – Thailand’s Department of Mineral Fuels, Ministry of Energy has formally approved the transfer of 50% participating interest in the G2/48 concession from Pearl Oil to Rayong Offshore Exploration Ltd. The concession lies in proximity to the Jasmine and Manora oil fields and also contains the Rayong Basin which possesses similar characteristics to nearby basins with known oil accumulations. An exploration drilling program is in the advanced stages of planning with the Anchan-1 and Sainampueng-1 wells scheduled to spud 4Q 2012. These wells will satisfy the 5- and 6-year concession commitments respectively.

Project Details: Sainampueng

Black Sea

Sterling Gets Mixed Results From Ioana

Nov 7, 2012 – TD has been reached in the Ioana-1 well in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea. Gas shows were encountered in the Sterling Resources-operated well from 1,640 feet to the total depth of 6,397 feet. The main objective identified by 2D seismic was encountered as prognosed but was found to be made up of thinly bedded sands within low permeability siltstones. Shallower gas bearing sands were intersected but formation details won’t be known until cased-hole logs are thoroughly reviewed. Sterling indicated that it might seek to acquire 3D seismic data over the area to gain a better understanding of the complex formations encountered while drilling Ioana.

Project Details: Ioana

N. America – Mexico

Pemex Awards Akal Contract to Sea Trucks

Nov 9, 2012 – Pemex awarded an EPCI contract to Sea Trucks for work to be done in the Akal field offshore Mexico. The project calls for the extension of topsides of four platforms including processing equipment with associated piping and fire, gas, electrical and control systems. Field infrastructure will also be upgraded by the addition of subsea pipelines, pig launchers/receivers, spools and risers. No definite timeline has been released but the company says the work will take place in the first half of 2013.

Project Details: Cantarell

Asia – Far East

Roc Continues Success in Beibu Gulf

Nov 6, 2012 – Roc Oil, operator of the WZ6-12 development area in the Beibu Gulf, successfully drilled its second exploration well to a total depth of 8,720 feet. Well WZ6-12-A6 intersected almost 200 feet of net oil pay through multiple hydrocarbon bearing zones in the Weizhou formation and will be completed as a producer. Results of the well have confirmed the extent of the WZ6-12 South field. The third well in the three well exploration program, WZ6-12-A7, is underway and will survey the Sliver and Liushagang prospects to the north of the field.

Project Details: Beibu Gulf

N. America – US GOM

Technip Wins Cardamom Contract

Nov 9, 2012 – Shell awarded another Gulf of Mexico development contract to Technip for the development of infrastructure for the Cardamom field in Garden Banks block 427. The project consists of a subsea tieback to the Auger TLP at a water depth of 2,720 feet. Under the contract, Technip will provide project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of 8 miles of pipe-in-pipe flowlines with associated line terminations and steel catenary risers. Offshore installation is planned for the second half of 2013. The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.

Project Details: Auger

MidEast – Persian Gulf

South Pars 17 and 18 Nearing Completion

Nov 6, 2012 – Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company successfully built and installed the 2,320-ton production deck for South Pars A17 platform. From engineering to installation, the entire project took just over 4 years to complete. Production will begin in about 3 months when final commissioning is complete. The unit has the capacity to produce 500 million cubic feet of gas per day. Construction of the production deck for the A18 platform is 90% complete. Completion of the two platforms will be a milestone for phases 17 and 18 in the South Pars development.

Project Details: South Pars

Mediterranean

Cosmos Concession Sees Reserve Estimates Rise

Nov 5, 2012 – New Zealand Oil & Gas announced 2P reserve estimates for the Cosmos Concession, offshore Tunisia, have increased from 6.3 to 8.8 million barrels of recoverable hydrocarbons. The 40% increase is attributed to a resource evaluation completed by InSite Petroleum Consultants Ltd. Two other independent assessments have garnered similar results. A final investment decision from the Cosmos partners is expected in early 2013. Storm Ventures International operates the license with a 40% stake. NZOG and state-owned oil company ETAP hold 40% and 20% stakes respectively.

Project Details: Cosmos South

Europe – North Sea

Europa Eyes Irish Atlantic Margin Prospects

Nov 9, 2012 – Europa Oil and Gas has identified two previously unknown prospects, Mullen and Kiernan, in the South Porcupine Basin in the Irish Atlantic Margin. Both prospects are located in the company’s 100% owned Licensing Options 11/7 and 11/8. First pass seismic data has been reprocessed over Mullen while reprocessing is on-going over Kiernan. Resource estimates at Mullen range from 66 mmbo (P90) to 1092 mmbo (P10). Both prospects are characterized by Early Cretaceous turbidite reservoirs which, although proven in the North Porcupine Basin, are untested in the south. Results from the upcoming ExxonMobile Dunquin well may help to de-risk the area. Europa is currently looking for a joint venture partner to assist with maturing the prospects to drillable status.

Subsea 7 Grabs Subsea Compression Gig

Nov 9, 2012 – Subsea 7 is the winner of a subsea compression contract for the Statoil-operated Gullfaks C production facility. At almost $70 million the contract provides for the engineering, installation and commissioning of a 9.5 mile integrated power umbilical, a protection structure, a subsea compressor station, pipeline spools and tie-ins. Work will begin immediately at Subsea 7’s Stavanger office with offshore operations scheduled to begin in 2015.

Project Details: Greater Gullfaks Area

Proserv Awarded Cygnus Controls Contract

Nov 8, 2012 – GDF SUEZ, through its design contractor AMEC, awarded a $1.9 million contract to Proserv to design, engineer and build wellhead control panels for the Alpha and Bravo platforms at the Cygnus project in the UK North Sea. Proserv will also provide an umbilical termination unit that is integral to the control of the isolation valve fitted to the subsea export pipeline. Six of the ten development wells associated with the platforms will be controlled through the initial panel design. Work is already underway on the project and equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2013 and 2014.

Project Details: Cygnus

Chevron Takes The Helm in West of Shetland Probe

Nov 7, 2012 – Chevron has been given consent by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to drill the West of Sheland Cambo-5 well on behalf of Hess Limited, the operator of block 204/5a. Cambo-5 will be drilled by a drillship in 3,576 feet of water but the vessel chosen for the drilling program has yet to be named. As part of the approval process, the DECC has thoroughly reviewed Chevron’s management systems and emergency response plans and inspected the drillship that is to be used for the well.

Northeastern Johan Sverdrup Reservoir Qualtity Confirmed

Nov 7, 2012 – Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Vanguard (mid-water semisub) drilled another successful well in the Johan Sverdrup discovery area. Well 16/2-14 was drilled almost 4 miles northwest of Johan Sverdrup discovery well 16/2-6. The main objective was to collect data from the stratigraphic sequence above the reservoir to serve as the basis for field development decisions. A 98-foot oil column was encountered in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks that exhibited good reservoir quality. The Hegre and Shetland Groups were encountered but reservoir quality was poor in both. The well was drilled to a total depth of 6,430 feet and will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Project Details: Johan Sverdrup

Premier and Partners Come Up Dry at Spaniards East

Nov 6, 2012 – Exploration well 15/21a-60 in the UK North Sea was drilled to a depth of 10,694 feet and plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. The Premier-operated well was designed to test the easterly extent of the Spaniards discovery and encountered 75 feet of Jurassic sands. However, logging revealed the sands to be water wet. A full analysis of the drilling data is required before a final decision on the commerciality of the Spaniards discovery can be made.

Africa – West

Alen Development Remains On Schedule

Nov 7, 2012 – PA Resources announced work on the Alen field development in Blocks O and I, offshore Equatorial Guinea, is progressing on schedule. The goal remains to achieve first production in the second half of 2013. Fabrication of platform facilities is in advanced stages and installation of flowlines and umbilicals is expected in 4Q 2012. The development will be comprised of a wellhead platform connected by a bridge to a central processing platform. Once on-line, Alen should produce 33,000 barrels of oil per day via three production wells.

Project Details: Aseng

S. America – Other & Carib.

Mapale-1 Yields Gas Offshore Columbia

Nov 8, 2012 – Equion Energia and its partners announced the discovery of gas in the Mapale-1 exploration well in block RC-5 offshore Columbia. The well was spud in August using the West Mischief (350′ ILC). Gas shows during drilling confirmed the presence of a hydrocarbon system and fluid tests and logging results confirmed the presence of dry natural gas. The company will now begin the technical evaluation process in order to determine the potential of the discovery. A second well was scheduled to be drilled but was postponed until after the harsh weather season, which lasts from November through April, passed. Equion serves as operator with 40.56% interest followed by Ecopetrol with 32% and Petrobras with the remaining 27.44%.

McDermott Wins Siakap North – Petai Subsea Contract in Malaysia

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McDermott International, Inc. announced that its Malaysian affiliate Berlian McDermott Sdn. Bhd. was recently awarded a significant subsea contract for executing a deepwater engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, installation and commissioning project offshore Malaysia. The value of this contract is included in McDermott’s first quarter 2012 backlog.

The award is for the subsea infrastructure of the Siakap North – Petai (“SNP”) Development Project operated by Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. (“Murphy”), comprising rigid flowlines, flexible risers, an umbilical and subsea hardware and controls. The SNP field is located nearby the existing Kikeh field, northwest of Labuan Island, Malaysia, in waters 3,900 – 4,900 feet deep.

“Our subsea engineering expertise, fabrication track record at our Batam Island facility, state-of-the-art subsea construction vessels and understanding of the Malaysian market, contributed to this successful award,” said Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “We look forward to delivering the facilities for this important field development for Malaysia.”

The SNP field architecture consists of two rigid, insulated, pipe-in-pipe production flowlines, one rigid water injection flowline and one main umbilical system connecting eight new manifolds and subsea distribution units to existing riser slots on the Kikeh FPSO. The development calls for five water injection and eight production wells, drilled from the manifolds at each of the four drill center locations.

Detailed engineering and procurement for the project are underway, and fabrication of PLETs, jumpers and other installation aids is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2012. Following the infrastructure installation, McDermott will undertake a comprehensive System Integration Test of the subsea units and provide commissioning assistance. The project scope is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2013.

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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Mar 30 – Apr 5, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 8 new projects and updated 45 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.

Mediterranean
Cooper Energy Preps Hammamet Appraisal
Apr 4, 2012 – Cooper Energy is preparing to drill the Hammamet West-3 well in the Bargou permit offshore Tunisia. The company has awarded a contract for well management services to AGR Petroleum, which includes planning and executing drilling operations and post well activity. Drilling of the Hammamet West-3 well is targeted to commence in 4Q 2012. Hammamet was discovered in 1967 and appraised in 1990.
Project Details: Hammamet West
Adira Energy to Explore Yitzhak, Gabriella Licenses
Apr 3, 2012 – Adira Energy is moving forward with plans to spud two exploration wells in late 2012 hoping to investigate Jurassic-aged fractured carbonates in the Syrian Arc structural trend, off the coast of Israel. The company said it is in the process of securing a rig to drill back-to-back wells in the Yitzhak and Gabriella licenses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Adira partnership will initially drill its first well within the Gabriella license to appraise a reservoir discovered by Isramco’s Yam-Yafo wildcat nearly two decades ago. The well tapped the Zohar formation, and flow rates at the time were about 800 bopd. The Gabriella prospect will be drilled in 394 feet (120 meters) of water to a target depth of about 16,076 feet (4,900 meters).
S. America – Brazil
Saipem Scores Gas Pipeline Gig for Lula Development
Mar 30, 2012 – Petrobras awarded Saipem a new E&C offshore contract in Brazil for the Lula development. The EPCI contract is for the gas export trunkline Rota Cabiunas, situated in the Santos Basin pre-salt region, approximately 186 miles (300 kilometers) off the coast of the State of Sao Paulo. The development comprises the engineering and procurement of subsea equipment, and the installation of a 236-mile-long (380-kilometer-long) pipeline with a 24-inch diameter, in a maximum water depth of 7,218 feet (2,200 meters). The pipeline will connect the central gathering manifold in the Lula field, in the Santos Basin, to the onshore Processing Plant of Cabiunas, located in the Macae district, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Work is slated for completion in 2Q2014.
Project Details: Lula (Tupi)
S. America – Other & Carib.
Desire Acquires 3D Data over Sea Lion Complex
Apr 3, 2012 – Desire Petroleum reported that a joint 3D seismic program with Rockhopper Exploration, using the Polarcus Nadia, was completed in May 2011. Overall, an additional 349,901 acres (1,416 square kilometers) of data was acquired within Desire’s licenses and adjacent open areas. The new seismic data is being integrated with reprocessing of the 2004 3D survey to provide a contiguous, merged volume over PL003, PL004 and most of PL005. The final processed 3D merge volume was delivered in early February 2012 and Desire says this will be the basis for a re-assessment of their prospect inventory. Results are expected later this year.
Project Details: Sea Lion
Shell to Appraise Zaedyus
Apr 3, 2012 – Northpet announced that the Zaedyus consortium plans to commence drilling in mid-2012 on the Guyane permit, to follow-up on the Zaedyus oil discovery in late 2011. Appraisal drilling is planned to delineate the discovery. Shell, who took over as operator of the license, has contracted the Stena DrillMax ICE (UDW drillship) to commence operations mid-year subject to government consent.
Project Details: Zaedyus
Europe – North Sea
Valiant Secures Rig Slot for Handcross Well
Apr 5, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum has entered into a contract to secure a firm rig slot on the Stena Carron (UDW drillship) to drill the Handcross prospect located in UK Block 204/18b. Drilling is expected to commence within the first quarter of 2013. The Handcross prospect is a large stratigraphic trap, similar to the nearby Foinaven and Schiehallion fields, which benefits from a number of geophysical anomalies interpreted to reflect the presence of hydrocarbons in Paleocene sands.
Project Details: Handcross
Eni Brings Marulk Online
Apr 5, 2012 – Eni has commenced production from the Marulk field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Marulk is Eni’s first operating field in Norway and is part of the PL 122 license held by Eni (20 percent) with Statoil (50 percent) and Dong (30 percent). Marulk is a gas and condensate field with estimated reserves of 74.7 million barrels of oil equivalent and produces 20,000 boepd.
Project Details: The Greater Norne Area
Caledonia Redevelopment Project Makes Headway
Apr 4, 2012 – The Caledonia field redevelopment project is progressing and sanctioning is expected in late 2012. First oil is targeted for 2012 with gas slated for 2014.
East, West Rochelle to Come Online by Year-End
Apr 4, 2012 – A processing tariff was agreed with the Scott owners and initial Rochelle modifications were made to the Scott topside facility during 2011. The development program has made good progress towards first gas from Rochelle in November 2012. The subsea fabrication work is on schedule and drilling rigs have been contracted to drill this summer.
Project Details: Rochelle
BG Dives Deep into Bream Development
Apr 3, 2012 – BG Group announced plans to conduct development drilling at its Bream oil field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Development plans call for seven wells. Drilling will commence in 4Q13 and last for about 13 months. The field was discovered in 1972.
Project Details: Bream
Cairn Energy Buys Agora Oil & Gas
Apr 3, 2012 – Cairn Energy has agreed to buy Norwegian oil firm Agora Oil & Gas as part of a strategy to balance its portfolio of assets. Cairn will pay $450 million for Agora, which holds several assets in the UK and Norwegian North Sea. Agora holds a 15 percent stake in the Catcher P1430 license in the Central North Sea and a 20 percent interest in the Tybalt P1632 license in the Northern North Sea, along with nine other licenses.
Project Details: Catcher
DONG Reviewing Ipswich Data
Apr 3, 2012 – Noreco reported that the Oselvar license consortium, which houses the Ipswich discovery, is currently reprocessing seismic data acquired from the license. This will improve the understanding of the size of the discovery and map a possible upside potential. Given a positive outcome of this study, plans will be made for further drilling. Ipswich was discovered in August 2008 when exploration well 1/3-11 and sidetrack 1/3-11 T2 on the Ipswich-prospect proved oil in rocks of Paleocene age.
Project Details: Ipswich
Lundin Looking to Appraise South East Tor Discovery
Apr 3, 2012 – Lundin plans to further appraise the South East Tor discovery in license PL006C in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Further appraisal drilling is required to delineate the reservoir and to better define the reserve base for a development plan. South East Tor was discovered in 1972 and appraised in 1988.
Project Details: South East Tor
Lundin Brings Gaupe Field Online
Apr 2, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced production at the Gaupe field located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Gaupe has estimated gross recoverable reserves of approximately 31 MMboe and is expected to produce about 6 Mboepd. The field is a cross-border subsea tie-back to the Armada platform, located in the UK sector of the North Sea, and will contribute to the doubling of production to 70,000 boepd in late 2015.
Project Details: Armada
Xcite Moves Forward with Bentley Development
Apr 2, 2012 – Xcite Energy reported that following the spudding of the Bentley 9/3b-7 well on March 18, 2012 by the jackup Rowan Norway (400′ ILC) good progress has been made in drilling the 36-inch hole. The 26-inch hole has been directionally drilled and the 20-inch surface casing has been set and cemented satisfactorily. Bently is under development with first oil slated for later this year.
Project Details: Bentley
Subsea 7 to Furnish Umbilicals, Flowlines for Cheviot Development
Apr 2, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas awarded Subsea 7 a SURF contract for the Cheviot field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Cheviot field development will use a moored floating process facility which will import oil and gas from four satellite drill centers allowing oil to be exported via shuttle tankers and gas to be exported to a third party host facility. The contract scope includes the transportation and installation of flexible flowlines and risers, control umbilicals, a 2.6-mile-long (4.2-kilometer-long) 14-inch flexible oil export pipeline and a 30 mile-long (48 kilometer-long) 10-inch rigid gas pipeline, together with the fabrication and installation of associated subsea structures. The contract scope also includes post installation, trenching of the subsea lines, tie-in of the lines to the Octabuoy and drilling centers, testing and pre-commissioning activities for the entire field facilities. Offshore operations are slated to begin in 2014.
Project Details: Cheviot
Shell Grants EPCI Contract for Draugen Field
Apr 2, 2012 – Shell and Ocean Installer have signed a Letter of Intent for the development of the Draugen field. The contract covers the EPCI services for further development of the subsea infrastructure at the Draugen field, in the context of Shell drilling four infill wells for the purpose of increasing the ultimate recovery factor and accelerating oil production at the field. Ocean Installer will be responsible for all phases of the operation, from planning and engineering to installation and establishment of connections. This includes: procurement and installation of approximately 11.5 miles (18.5 kilometers) oil production and gas lift flexible flowlines and jumpers including pull-in to the Draugen platform, installation of approximately 13-mile-long (21-kilometer-long) umbilicals including pull-in to the Draugen platform; procurement and installation of a T-manifold and protection covers; supply of rock dump; and detailed engineering. The project is expected to start-up immediately and is planned for completion in 2014.
Project Details: Draugen
Noreco Spuds Eik Prospect
Mar 30, 2012 – Noreco has commenced drilling at exploration well 7228/1-4 on the Eik prospect in the Barents Sea. The well is being drilled by the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub). The partners in the license PL396 are Noreco (operator, 50 percent), Front Exploration (30 percent) and Petoro (20 percent).
Project Details: Eik
Total Mobilizing Rigs for Elgin Relief Well
Mar 30, 2012 – Total is mobilizing two rigs to drill a relief well in an attempt to halt a gas leak from the Elgin platform in the North Sea, according to the U.K Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The firm is also seeking a second solution of pumping heavy mud into the well, DECC added. “We believe the hydrocarbons are coming from a rock formation above the reservoir at a depth of 4,000 meters (13,120 feet),” a spokesperson for the firm told Rigzone. The Elgin/Franklin project has been shut-in since Monday, March 26.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
Aker Sails Goliat Subsea Manifolds to Field Location
Mar 30, 2012 – Aker Solutions has completed the manufacturing and load-out of eight subsea manifolds and six riser bases for Eni’s Goliat project in the Barents Sea. The load-out commenced on March 27, 2012. Aker Solutions’ Goliat contract, signed in September 2009, consisted 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, 12 miles (20 kilometers) of steel tube umbilicals, work-over equipment and a tie-in and connection system. Goliat, the first oil field to be developed in the arctic waters of the Barents Sea, is scheduled to commence production in 2013. The field has a life expectancy of 15 years.
Project Details: Goliat
BP Augments Aker’s Maintenance, Modification Contract on Valhall
Mar 30, 2012 – BP will extend the maintenance and modification contract with Aker Solutions, exercising an option in the existing agreement for the Ula, Valhall, Skarv, Hod and Tambar fields. Work under the extended contract will last until April 2014. The original maintenance and modification contract was signed in 2005. Scope of work under the contract includes maintenance support services and brownfield modification projects covering engineering, procurement, fabrication and offshore installation. Maintenance and modification work will help to increase oil recovery rate and extend the life of BP’s fields.
Project Details: Valhall
N. America – US GOM
Technip to Install Lucius Subsea Equipment
Apr 5, 2012 – Technip received a lump sum contract from Anadarko for the development of the Lucius field. The contract covers installation of a flexible flowline; multiple flexible gas lift jumpers; main gas lift and infield umbilicals; subsea distribution units; electrical; fiber optic and hydraulic flying leads; design and fabrication of the flexible flowline end termination; fabrication and installation of rigid jumpers; burial of flowlines; and flooding and hydro-testing of the flowline system. Offshore installation will occur in 2013 and 2014.
Project Details: Lucius
Shell, Nexen Continue Winning Streak at Appomattox
Apr 2, 2012 – Shell has successfully drilled the northeast fault block of the Appomattox structure in the Gulf of Mexico. The company demonstrated contingent recoverable resource in the northeast block of approximately 215 MMboe, with a range of 120 to 370 MMboe of light oil. Future planned appraisal drilling will further refine this range.
Project Details: Appomattox
Asia – SouthEast
Premier Oil Performs Workover Ops on Anoa Field
Apr 4, 2012 – Premier Oil performed workovers on the A7 and A11 wells on the Anoa field, which added a further 30 MMcf/d of gas deliverability. A new oil well (A22) was successfully completed, which added around 1,500 bopd of incremental oil production. A three-well drilling campaign on the field’s West Lobe platform progressed well and included the discovery of new reserves in the deeper Lama reservoir below Anoa. In order to upgrade the compression facilities and to increase production capacity on the producing Anoa field, a major ‘brown-field’ development project has been sanctioned, extending the assumed field plateau and developing some 200 Bcf of gross field reserves. This project, known as Anoa Phase 4, will be completed in 2013.
Premier to Bring Additional Wells Online at Chim Sao
Apr 4, 2012 – Premier Oil reported that by year-end 2011, close to 2 MMboe had been produced from six production wells on the Chim Sao field, which came online in October 2011. An additional three production wells will be available to come on-stream in early 2012 when the four-well water injection system will come online. Furthermore, a well deepened into the Oligocene directly beneath the main field proved an estimated 56 feet (17 meters) of net hydrocarbon-bearing pay, and an additional well to be drilled in early 2012 will accelerate production from a shallow reservoir that has larger reserves than initially estimated. The CS-N2P well, a development production well for the Chim Sao project, intersected the shallow part of a previously undrilled fault terrace to the northwest of the Chim Sao field. The well encountered a 66 feet (20 meter) oil column in an independent closure within good quality Upper Dua sandstones. The plan is to further appraise this new accumulation in 2012 as a near-field tie-back opportunity.
Project Details: Chim Sao
Galoc Field Recommences Production
Apr 2, 2012 – Otto Energy has recommenced production at the Galoc oil field offshore Palawan in the Philippines following a planned shutdown for refurbishment of the FPSO. During the shutdown, the FPSO Rubicon Intrepid underwent planned re-certification, maintenance, inspection and turret installation work. Otto said the upgrade of the FPSO mooring system should increase the reliability and uptime of the FPSO and is a crucial component of infrastructure to enable the Galoc Joint Venture to move ahead with a potential phase II development of the Galoc field.
Project Details: Galoc
Australia
ConocoPhillips Spuds Boreas
Apr 5, 2012 – ConocoPhillips has spud the Boreas-1 well in the Browse Basin offshore Australia. The well is located on a large tilted fault block which is part of the northeast trending structural high of the greater Poseidon structure. The objective of the well is to test the extent, presence and quality of reservoirs within the Boreas-1 fault block. ConocoPhillips is using the Transocean Legend semisub for the entire drilling campaign (consisting of five wells), which is expected to continue through 2013. The principal objective of the exploration program is to better define the size and quality of the hydrocarbon accumulation within the exploration permits which contain the greater Poseidon trend.
Project Details: Boreas
Africa – West
Chariot O&G Spuds Tapir South
Apr 5, 2012 – Chariot O&G has commenced exploratory drilling on well 1811/5-1 at its Tapir South prospect offshore Namibia. Drilling operations are being performed by the Maersk Deliverer (UDW semisub). The prospect has a 25 percent chance of success and a mean un-risked prospective resource potential of 604 million barrels of oil.
Project Details: Tapir South
Rialto Encounters Drilling Problems at Gazelle-P3 Well
Apr 2, 2012 – Rialto Energy reported that while drilling the Gazelle-P3 development well, the drill-pipe became stuck. The drilling contractor, Transocean, is currently trying to rectify the rig equipment that encountered mechanical problems while trying to free the drill-pipe. It is estimated that the repairs to the rig and the subsequent operations to remedy the stuck-pipe situation will take two weeks, after which normal drilling operations will resume.
Project Details: Gazelle
Africa – Other
Anadarko Hits Additional Gas Pay in Rovuma Basin
Apr 4, 2012 – Anadarko made another gas find in the Rovuma Basin offshore Mozambique at its Barquentine-4 appraisal well. The Barquentine-4 well encountered 525 net feet (160 meters) of natural gas pay. This is the company’s ninth successful well in the complex, which is part of the larger Prosperidade complex that is estimated to hold recoverable resources of between 17 and 30 Tcf of gas. Drilling is slated to end in July 2012. The well is situated about 19 miles (31 kilometers) north of the Lagosta discovery well at the southern end of the Windjammer/Lagosta/Barquentine/Camarao gas complex.
Project Details: Barquentine

Australia: Saipem Lands Ichthys LNG Work

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

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

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

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

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USA: Chevron Selects McDermott for Jack and St. Malo Fabrication and Installation Work

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McDermott International, Inc. , announced today that one of its subsidiary companies was awarded fabrication and installation work from Chevron U.S.A. Inc. to support the development of the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico. The project will be included in McDermott’s first quarter 2011 bookings.

Work will begin in 2013, with the start of fabrication of 21 rigid jumpers at McDermott’s Morgan City fabrication facility in Louisiana. Offshore installation will begin in early 2014 using McDermott’s subsea construction vessel North Ocean 102 (“NO102”) and the DB16.

“We are pleased to be able to support Chevron’s deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico and believe that our combined solution of NO102’s high payload and top tension capacity coupled with our ability to fabricate the high spec jumpers in house provides a unique benefit for this project’s delivery,” said Stephen M. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott.

The NO102 and its crew will transport and install more than 60 miles of umbilicals, including three control and two power umbilicals. The jumpers and remaining subsea controls system components, including more than 80 flying leads, will be installed by the DB16.

Located in up to 7,150 feet of water in the US Gulf of Mexico Walker Ridge lease blocks, the Jack South and St. Malo North and South subsea drill centers tie back to the Jack and St. Malo floating production platform.

More about North Ocean 102

The 427-foot NO102 enables McDermott to offer versatile installation capabilities in the flexible pipe and product market worldwide. The vessel has two cranes and a moon pool to support deepwater subsea construction work and has a fast transit speed. It is currently equipped with a 7,000-ton capacity cable and umbilical and flexible pipe carousel with horizontal lay system. Plans are underway to upgrade the vessel’s capability by installing a high-capacity flexible-lay system for ultra deepwater installation work. The upgrade will include installation of a new 250-ton crane.

North Ocean 105 (NO105), the sister ship to NO102, is currently under construction at a Spanish shipyard. The 427-foot vessel will be outfitted with a high capacity rigid-reeled pipe-lay system with top-tier payload capacity. The system will also accommodate installation of flexible products including submarine cables and umbilicals and flexible pipelines. The anticipated delivery date of the NO105 is 2012.

ABOUT McDERMOTT

McDermott is a leading engineering, procurement, construction and installation (“EPCI”) company focused on executing complex offshore oil and gas projects worldwide. Providing fully integrated EPCI services for upstream field developments, the Company delivers fixed and floating production facilities, pipelines and subsea systems from concept to commissioning. McDermott’s customers include national and major energy companies. Operating in more than 20 countries across the Atlantic, Middle East and Asia Pacific, the Company’s integrated resources include more than 15,000 employees and a diversified fleet of marine vessels, fabrication facilities and engineering offices. McDermott has served the energy industry since 1923.

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