Worldwide Field Development News Oct 18 – Oct 24, 2014
|Worldwide Field Development News
Oct 18 – Oct 24, 2014
|This week the SubseaIQ team added 9 new projects and updated 38 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.|
Worldwide Field Development News May 3 – May 9, 2014
|This week the SubseaIQ team added 6 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.|
Worldwide Field Development News Mar 15 – Mar 21, 2014
|This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 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 development news and activities are listed below for your convenience.|
Worldwide Field Development News Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2014
This week the SubseaIQ team added 4 new projects and updated 22 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.
Remedial Operations Complete at Eni’s Guendalina Field
Jan 31, 2014 – Production from the Guendalina field remains down according the 4Q 2013 Operational Update provided by Mediterranean Oil & Gas (MOG). Low manifold pressure necessitated the shut-in of the GUE 3ss well in August 2013. Eni, the field operator, determined that the reservoir was in good condition and that a blockage in the production string was causing the poor performance. Remedial operations were undertaken in December but progress was hampered by poor weather conditions in the Adriatic. Intervention operations were completed Jan. 11, 2014 and the well returned to a low-production rate. The flow rate will improve as the well cleans up. Eni and MOG maintain 80% and 20% stakes respectively.
Project Details: Guendalina
Asia – SouthEast
Roc Oil Submits Bentara Field Development Plan
Jan 31, 2014 – In December 2013, Roc Oil submitted a Field Development Plan (FDP) to Petronas concerning the Bentara field in the Balai Cluster offshore Malaysia. The FDP outlines a two-phase development and approval is being sought for the first phase which involves early production utilizing the existing wells and facilities established during the pre-development phase. The company expects the FDP to be approved during 1Q 2014.
Project Details: Balai Cluster
Salamander Expects Bualuang Restart in February
Jan 31, 2014 – Salamander Energy sees production from the Bualuang field recommencing in early February after it was stopped in November 2013 when bad weather caused the Rubicon Vantage FPSO to drift off location and damage the production riser. Since then, divers have completed a full inspection and replacement riser and spool materials are being moved to location. While progress is being made, poor weather conditions have slowed repair efforts. A development drilling program being carried out by the Atwood Mako (400′ ILC) has not been interrupted by the event and two production wells have been drilled since the shutdown. Salamander’s production forecast for the field remains unchanged and is expected to average between 13,000 and 16,000 boepd.
Project Details: Bualuang
Ocean General Spuds Silver Sillago Prospect off Vietnam
Jan 31, 2014 – Pan Pacific Petroleum was advised by Premier Oil, operator of Block 07/03 offshore Vietnam, that the Ocean General (mid-water semisub) spudded the 07/03-CD-1X wildcat well on Jan. 28, 2014. The well is being drilled in 426 feet of water and is expected to reach the proposed depth of 12,522 feet. The well is designed to test the Miocene clastic reservoirs of the Silver Silago prospect.
Project Details: Ca Duc (Silver Sillago)
KrisEnergy Acquires 60% Interest in Thailand Block G3/48
Jan 31, 2014 – Through an agreement with Mubadala Petroleum, KrisEnergy acquired a 60% operating interest in Block G3/48 in the Gulf of Thailand. The block covers an area of 1,126 square miles with water depths ranging from 65 to 165 feet. Partners in the block include Tap Energy (30%) and Northern Gulf Oil Company (10%). The agreement is subject to the customary regulatory approvals.
Project Details: Pathum
MidEast – Persian Gulf
Technip Wins EPCI Contract for DPE’s Al Jalilah Development
Jan 31, 2014 – Technip was awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE) concerning the Jalilah B field development project. Work scope includes construction and installation of the Jalilah B platform, the addition of 13 new risers on existing platforms and the installation of 68 miles of 6 to 24-inch pipeline. The project will be executed from Technip’s fast-track center in Dubai and is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2014.
Project Details: Al Jalilah
Europe – North Sea
Lundin Reports Poor Drilling Results at Torvastad
Jan 31, 2014 – Lundin Petroleum is in the process of completing a sidetrack well at its Torvastad prospect in license PL501 near the Johan Sverdrup discovery. Well 16/2-20A is being drilled by the Island Innovator (mid-water semisub) to investigate the potential of an up-flank continuous Jurassic reservoir. Oil shows were seen in the main target but reservoir quality was poor. Lundin operates the license and carries 40% stake. Its partners include Statoil (40%) and Maersk Oil Norway (20%).
Project Details: Torvastad
Parkmead Raises Cash for UK North Sea Ops
Jan 30, 2014 – Through an oversubscribed share placing, Parkmead Group was able to raise $66 million in an effort to bolster some of its activities in the UK North Sea. Parkmead, operator of the Athena field in License P1293, will use a portion of the funds to enhance production from the field. The group plans to carry out a workover of the P4 well. If successful, the operation could increase field production to 9,000 bopd. Locations are also being evaluated for an additional production well that has the potential to add 1,100 bopd to the production stream. Proceeds from the placing will also allow the group to test several prosepcts in its portfolio such as Skerryvore, Possum, Blackadder and Davaar. Well planning is already underway for Skerryvore.
Project Details: Athena
Faroe Finds Oil and Gas at Novus
Jan 30, 2014 – Operator Faroe Petroleum announced an oil and gas discovery at its Novus prospect in license PL645 in the Norwegian Sea. Well 6507/10-2S was drilled by the West Navigator (UDW drillship) to a depth of 9,701 feet. A 39-foot net gas column and 41-foot net oil column were encountered in high quality Garn reservoir. Secondary targets in the Ile and Tilje formations proved to be water wet. Results from pressure and fluid sampling indicate the discovery reservoirs hold between 6 and 15 MMboe. Additionally, the results will be integrated into the existing geologic model of the area to de-risk the remaining prospects and leads in the license.
Project Details: Novus
Asia – Caspian
Oil Production Begins at West Chirag in the Caspian Sea
Jan 31, 2014 – Production activities at the West Chirag platform are underway according to the BP-operated Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC). The platform is part of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. On January 28, 2014 oil began flowing from the J05 development well. Production will increase throughout the year as additional wells are brought on line. As a whole, the ACG fields have produced over 2.3 billion barrels and, with future development, is expected to be a viable project for many decades. The West Chirag platform was installed in 557 feet of water and has a designed processing capacity of 183 thousand bopd. Startup of West Chirag is the final phase of the Chirag Oil Project and is expected to greatly enhance the deliverability of the ACG development.
Project Details: Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli
Gas Shows and LWD Indicators Lead to Grace-1 Logging Program
Jan 31, 2014 – Karoon Gas reports that total depth has been reached at the Grace-1 exploration well in license WA-314-P offshore Western Australia. The well was drilled by the Transocean Legend (mid-water semisub) to a measured depth of 16,630 feet. High gas levels seen while drilling and pressure samples taken from logging while drilling (LWD) equipment Karoon and ConocoPhillips (the operator) to run wireline logs over the zone of interest. Logging and sampling results are expected during the coming weeks.
Project Details: Grace
S. America – Brazil
Shell Trims Interest in Parque das Conchas Development
Jan 31, 2014 – Shell announced its intention to divest 23% of its interest in the Parque das Conchas development to Qatar Petroleum International for approximately $1 billion. Once the agreement is approved by Brazilian regulators, Shell’s operating interest will be reduced to 50%. Parque das Conchas currently produces at a rate of 50,000 boepd since the Ostra and Argonauta B-West fields were brought on-stream in 2009 as part of Phase 1. Phase 2 was completed in October 2013 when oil production commenced at Argonauta O-North. In July 2013, Shell and its partner ONGC (27%) made the final investment decision regarding Phase 3 and will consist of subsea facilities tying the Argonauta O-South and Massa fields to the Espirito Santo FPSO.
Project Details: Parque das Conchas (BC-10)
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
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 Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2013
This week the SubseaIQ team added 6 new projects and updated 26 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.
Europe – North Sea
Lundin Successfully Flows Permian Oil in Barents Sea
Oct 2, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum completed a production test on the Permian carbonate reservoir encountered in the previously announced Gohta discovery. During the test, a maximum flowrate of 4,300 bopd was achieved through a 44/64″ choke with a gas/oil ration of 1,040 standard cubic feet per barrel. Flow properties were stable for over 24 hours with pressure build-up lasting 36 hours. Gohta is the first successful flow test of Permian carbonate reservoirs on the Norwegian shelf. Early estimates of Gohta oil and gas resources indicate the possibility of between 105 and 235 MMboe.
Project Details: Gohta
Dana and Partners Spin the Bit at Pharos
Oct 2, 2013 – Drilling is underway at the Pharos prospect in UK North Sea license P1566. Well 47/5d-6 is being drilled by the Noble Lynda Bossler (250′ ILC) and is targeting an estimated 500 Bcf of natural gas in the Rotliegendes formation. The large prospect covers portions of blocks 47/4d, 47/5d and 47/10c and is thought to contain nearly three times the amount of gas as the 2010 Platypus discovery just over 8 miles away. If successful, it is possible that Pharos and Platypus could be developed as a single project. Partners in the license include Dana Petroleum (35%) as operator, Parkmead (20%), Dyas Exploration (15%), MPX (15%) and Hansa (15%).
Project Details: Pharos
Lundin Continues Johan Sverdrup Appraisal Success
Oct 1, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum’s most recent Johan Sverdrup delineation well encountered an oil column approximately 20 feet thick in excellent quality Upper Jurassic sands in the south western portion of license PL501. Well 16/5-4 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to a depth of 6,808 feet. A pressure gauge was installed down hole to monitor pressure development in the reservoir over a period of 2 to 5 years. The rig will now move to the southeastern flank of Johan Sverdrup to drill the 16/3-7 appraisal well.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
Island Innovator Spuds Torvastad Wildcat
Oct 1, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum announced the start of exploratory drilling with the spud of well 16/2-20S at the Torvastad prospect just north of the Johan Sverdrup discovery in license PL501. The well is designed to test the northern extension and quality of the Jurassic reservoirs found in Johan Sverdrup. The well will be drilled by the Island Innovator (mid-water semisub) to a depth of 6,807 feet. Lundin, the license operator, expects the rig to be on location for 55 days. Equity holder in PL501 include Lundin (40%), Statoil (40%) and Maersk Oil (20%).
Project Details: Torvastad
Asia – SouthEast
Te Giac Trang Well Test Confirms Robust Resource Base
Oct 3, 2013 – SOCO International announced the results of a production test conducted on the TGT-10XST1 well which was recently drilled at the Te Giac Trang field off Vietnam. The well cut through over 800 feet of pay in Oligocene and Miocene reservoirs. Three zones were evaluated during the test which was carried out over one Oligocene and two Miocene sections. Testing achieved a combined average flowrate of 27,600 boepd. The well is one of the most prolific ever drilled off the coast of Vietnam.
Project Details: Te Giac Trang (White Rhinoceros)
Salamander’s Ayutthaya Well P&A’d as Dry Hole
Oct 1, 2013 – Salamander Energy reached total depth at the Ayutthaya well in Block G4/50 in the Gulf of Thailand. The well was drilled to 7,526 feet and encountered excellent quality reservoirs prognosis. Unfortunately, no signs of hydrocarbons were seen while drilling or on wireline logs. The well has been plugged and abandoned.
Africa – Other
BG Group Conducts Successful Pweza DST
Oct 3, 2013 – BG Group’s Pweza discovery appraisal program continues to be successful. The Deepsea Metro I (UDW drillship) drilled the Pweza-3 well to total depth and conducted a 5-day drill stem test (DST) that delivered a maximum flowrate of 57 MMscfd. The results were constrained by testing equipment which shows that Pweza development wells could be capable of flowing at much higher rates. The rig will now relocate to Block 1 to drill the Mzia-3 appraisal.
Project Details: Pweza
Delek Group Reports Successful Production Test at Aphrodite-2
Oct 1, 2013 – Noble Energy, operator of Block 12 in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, carried out a successful production test at the Aphrodite-2 appraisal well. The test was performed onboard the Ensco 5006 (DW semisub) for a duration of 5 days. Delek Group, a junior partner in the well, reported an average flow rate of 32.7 MMscfd with an initial reservoir pressure of 8,961 psi. No appreciable decline in pressure was observed. Well test results were constrained by the testing equipment. Once the well is secured the rig will sail back to Israeli waters to drill the South West Tamar exploration well in the Eran/353 license.
Project Details: Aphrodite
S. America – Brazil
Karoon Planning Kangaroo Appraisal in Santos Basin
Oct 3, 2013 – Karoon Gas Australia continues to progress engineering and geotechnical studies related to its Kangaroo oil discovery off Brazil. Kangaroo and the undrilled Kangaroo West prospect will be the focus of Karoon’s Phase 2 drilling program in the Santos Basin. The Karoon-2 appraisal well is being planned as a priority to confirm the size of the oil column and to confirm the reservoir properties and continuity up-dip from the discovery well. Kangaroo West-1 will be drilled as the second well in Phase 2 due to its potential size which could be in excess of 150 million barrels and proximity to the main field. Additionally, Karoon contracted Worley Parsons and Intecsea to undertake pre-FEED studies for the development. If the Kangaroo work program yields positive results first oil could be seen as early as 2018.
Project Details: Kangaroo
Asia – South
Santos Pulls the Plug on Production at Sangu
Oct 2, 2013 – Production at the Sangu gas field has come to an end after several years of steady decline in production rates. Sangu is the only gas field off the coast of Bangladesh. Santos, the operator, made the decision to shutdown the operation as it was only able to produce 2.4 MMcfd which is far below the 15 MMcfd needed to make the project economically viable. As part of the Production Sharing Contract Santos will hand over control of the platform, subsea pipeline and onshore processing plant to state-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, or Petrobangla.
Project Details: Sangu
S. America – Other & Carib.
Total Transfers Block 2(c) Interest to NGC Trinidad & Tobago
Oct 3, 2013 – Total announced the receipt of regulatory approval for a transaction that will see the company transfer its 30% working interest in Block 2(c) to The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago (NGC) for $437 million. Block 2(c) contains the producing Angostura, Aripo, Canteen and Kairi fields that make up the Greater Angostura Area. NGC’s share of production from the fields will amount to approximately 15,000 beod. Total’s divestment of these assets is in line with the company’s strategy of freeing up capital to focus on areas that possess higher growth potential.
Project Details: Greater Angostura
BPZ Updates Development Drilling Program Off Peru
Oct 1, 2013 – Development drilling is underway at the Albacora field in Block Z-1 off the coast of Peru. BPZ Energy announced the spud of the A-18D well from the Albacora platform. It is expected to take twelve weeks to reach the proposed total depth of 12,000 feet. Development drilling at the Corvina field commenced in July with the CX15-1D well. Results from the well are expected in October. BPZ, the field operator, and its partner Pacific Rubiales plan to drill at least 2 wells at Albacora and 3 well at Corvina as part of the development program.
Project Details: Albacora
Worldwide Field Development News Aug 17 – Aug 23, 2013
|This week the SubseaIQ team added 13 new projects and updated 30 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.|
Worldwide Field Development News Jul 6 – Jul 12, 2013
This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 new projects and updated 23 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
Premier Close to Commissioning Anoa Phase 4
Jul 12, 2013 – Premiere Oil announced that on June 21 a planned 4-week shutdown of the Anoa field gas processing facility commenced to allow the completion of the Phase 4 compression project. The project was implemented to add additional gas processing capacity to handle the decline of oil production and the increase of associated gas production. First gas is expected near the end of July with final commissioning to be complete by September. Phase 4 will allow the commercialization of roughly 200 Bcf of undeveloped proven reserves. The Anoa field is located off Indonesia in Natuna Sea Block A. Premier (28.667%) operates the field on behalf of its partners KUFPEC (33.33%), Hess (23%) and Petronas (15%).
Project Details: Anoa
KrisEnergy Hits Gas Pay with Tayum-1
Jul 12, 2013 – KrisEnergy, operator of the Kutai PSC offshore Indonesia, announced the completion of drilling operations at the Tayum-1 exploration well. Shelf Drilling’s Randolph Yost (300′ ILC) drilled the well directionally to a measured depth of 11,095 feet (8,410 feet total vertical depth). Almost 50 feet of net gas pay was encountered over multiple sandstone intervals. The well has been plugged and abandoned as a gas discovery.
Project Details: Tayum
Nido Petroleum Secures SC54A Extension
Jul 11, 2013 – Nido Petorleum secured a 12-month extension from the Philippines Department of Energy relating to Sub-Phase 6 for Service Contract (SC) 54A. Sub-Phase 6 now has an effective end date of Aug 4, 2014 and Sub-Phase 7 will commence Aug 5, 2014 and last for 12 months. The extension allows Nido and its partners additional time to complete engineering and development studies prior to making the decision on whether or not to enter Sub-Phase 7. Lawaan is the leading drillable prospect in SC54A with oil-in-place estimates of 34.7 million barrels.
Project Details: Lawaan
Africa – West
Starfish Comes up Dry off Ghana
Jul 11, 2013 – Ophir Energy’s Starfish-1 well has been drilled to 14,370-feet total depth (TD) by the Stena DrillMax (UDW drillship) in the Accra PSC offshore Ghana. A wireline logging program was carried out in the well that confirmed over 750 feet of gross water-bearing sandstone in the primary target. The secondary target was determined to be comprised of poorly developed sands that were also water-bearing. Evaluation of the logging data will continue in an effort to help the PSC partners decide by the Sept. 23-deadline on whether or not to proceed with the Phase 2 work program.
Project Details: Starfish
Pieces Falling in Place for Welwitschia Probe
Jul 11, 2013 – The partners in Namibian license PEL0010 selected the new-build Rowan Renaissance (UDW drillship) to drill the Welwitschia-1 exploration well. Rig delivery is expected to take place in December 2013, at which point the drillship will sail directly to Namibia to spud the well in mid-February 2014. Detailed well planning is underway and a site has been selected that will allow the well to test the primary and secondary targets in Maastrichtian and Aptian-Albian reservoirs. Procurement of long-lead items is underway with deliveries to begin by the end of the year. License partners include Repsol (44%) as operator, Tower Resources (30%) and Arcadia (26%).
Project Details: Welwitschia
Europe – North Sea
Blackford Dolphin Locked to Drill Aragon
Jul 12, 2013 – Bridge Energy, a partner in UK license P1763, announced the Blackford Dolphin (DW semisub) has been contracted by operator-MPX North Sea to test the Aragon prospect with an estimated spud date in 1Q 2014. Aragon is located near the Beryl field and the well will be target sands in the Upper Jurassic Heather formation. Drilling the exploration well will fulfill a work commitment that needs to be completed before 1Q 2015.
Project Details: Aragon
Premier and KUFPEC Increase Bream Interests
Jul 12, 2013 – Premier Oil and KUFPEC Norway AS have entered into an agreement to acquire BG Group’s entire 40% interest in license PL407 on the Norwegian continental shelf. If approved by regulatory authorities, the revised license ownership will consist of Premier (50%) as operator, KUFPEC (30%) and Tullow (20%). PL407 contains the Bream discovery which has been estimated to contain around 50 MMboe. Development of the field is expected to be sanctioned at some point in 2014.
Project Details: Bream
Lundin Adds to Johan Sverdrup Reserves
Jul 12, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum announced the successful completion of its latest Johan Sverdrup appraisal well. Well 16/3-6 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to a depth of 6,643. A 37-foot oil column was discovered in good quality Upper Jurassic sandstone. The rig will now mobilize to license PL544 to drill well 16/4-7 on Lundin’s Biotitt prospect.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
Cairn Farm-In Approved by Ireland’s DCENR
Jul 12, 2013 – Cairn Energy’s 38% farm-in as operator of Frontier Exploration Licenses (FEL 2/04) and 4/08 has been approved by Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). License FEL 2/04 contains the Burren and Spanish Point discoveries and FEL 4/08 holds the Cama oil prospect. Cairn has contracted the Blackford Dolphin (DW semisub) to drill an appraisal well at Spanish Point in 2Q 2014. In addition to the two FELs, Cairn also secured operatorship of a licensing option in the Porcupine Basin covering 1,062 square miles.
Project Details: Spanish Point
NPD Issues Drilling Permit for Iskrystall Wildcat
Jul 11, 2013 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) granted Statoil a permit to drill an exploration well at its Iskrystall prospect in license PL608. Well 7219/8-2 will be drilled by the West Hercules (UDW semisub) in 1,128 feet of water. The well will test a similar early-middle Jurassic play that was proven by the Skrugard and Havis discoveries but is thought to lie at a much greater depth at Iskrystall.
Project Details: Iskrystall
Ocean Vanguard Spuds Cliffhanger North
Jul 11, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum announced the spud of well 16/2-18S in Norwegian license PL265. The well is being drilled by the Ocean Vanguard (mid-water semisub) to test the presence of quality Jurassic reservoir and the quality of fractured and weathered basement rock. Additionally, the well will serve to delineate the northeast extension of the Johan Sverdrup discovery. The rig is expected to be on location for 40 days while drilling to the proposed total depth of 6,463 feet.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
Gas Discovery Confirmed at Bianchi-1
Jul 11, 2013 – A wireline logging program being carried out in Apache’s Bianchi-1 well off Western Australia was interrupted to conduct unspecified repairs to the Ocean America (DW semisub). Enough data was acquired prior to the shut-down, confirming a gas discovery in the upper sands of an interval that LWD data indicated to be gas-bearing. The Bianchi joint venture has agreed to drill an additional 100 feet to a total depth (TD) of 17,789 feet. Upon reaching TD, the wireline program will recommence to complete the evaluation of the well.
Project Details: Bianchi
Pryderi Partners Granted Permit Extension
Jul 11, 2013 – IPB Petroleum and CalEnergy were granted a 12-month suspension and extension to years 2 and 3 regarding the work program for permit WA-424-P off Western Australia. A tight rig market prompted the joint venture partners to seek the extension in order to have more time to source a suitable rig to drill an exploration well on the Pryderi prospect. The extra time also allows for the submission of needed revisions to the Pryderi Environmental Plan and Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Submission of the revisions is expected to take place mid-July 2013. Assuming the revisions are accepted and all regulatory approvals are granted, IPB expects to be ready to spud Pyderi-1 in 4Q 2013.
Project Details: Pryderi