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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Feb 24 – Mar 1, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 11 new projects and updated 50 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 GOM
Technip to Supply Subsea Equipment for Hadrian South Development
Mar 1, 2012 – ExxonMobil awarded Technip a contract for subsea equipment on the Hadrian South natural gas development in the GOM in about 7,500 feet (2,300 meters) of water. The project consists of a subsea tie-back to the planned Anadarko operated spar platform, Lucius. The contract covers project management, procurement and installation of two 7-mile (11-kilometer) long flowlines and associated jumpers; installation of a 9-mile (14-kilometer) umbilical, associated foundation and flying leads; and pre-commissioning. The equipment will be installed in 2013.
Project Details: Hadrian
Rocksource Mulling Trident Development Options
Mar 1, 2012 – Rocksource reported that its Trident discovery in Alaminos Canyon Blocks 903, 904 and 947 in the GOM is currently being evaluated for development options. The operator performed feasibility studies over the 2001 oil discovery, revealing several distinct development alternatives. Trident, holding contingent resources in the amount of 133 MMboe, is situated 7 miles (12 kilometers) from Shell???s Perdido Spar regional hub.
Project Details: Trident
ATP Brings 4th Well Online at Telemark Hub
Feb 27, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas has brought online a well at the Morgus field, situated on Mississippi Canyon Block 942 A-3 (No. 2) well. This marks the fourth well at the Telemark Hub. The oil production rates are gradually being increased as the well goes through the initial stages of production. The early production rate performance has met expectations and the rate of oil production is being increased.
Project Details: Telemark
Europe – North Sea
EnerMech to Install BOP Handling Cranes on Forties Field
Mar 1, 2012 – Apache North Sea awarded EnerMech a contract to supply and install four new Blow Out Prevent handling cranes on the Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta platforms. The project is scheduled for completion in 1Q 2013. The platforms are situated on the Forties field in the UK sector of the North Sea.
Project Details: Forties
Total to Appraise Norvarg in 2013
Mar 1, 2012 – Total reported that preliminary evaluations over the Norvarg discovery in the North Sea have indicated reduced reservoir risk associated with the primary Kobbe formation. Furthermore, intra Snadd and Kobbe formation seismic anomalies in the undrilled segments provide an upside to the current resource estimates: 60 to 315 MMboe. The operator is performing a comprehensive post-drill analysis based on an extensive data acquisition program. The consortium expects to drill an appraisal well in 2013. Drilled by the West Phoenix (UDW semisub) in 2011, the discovery lies in 1,234 feet (376 meters) of water in Production License 535.
Project Details: Norvarg
BG Norge Gets Govt Nod to Use Subsea Facilities at Gaupe
Feb 29, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted BG Norge consent to use subsea facilities and pipelines on the Gaupe field. Production is scheduled to start in March 2012. The Gaupe field is estimated to hold 28 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Project Details: Armada
Technip Grabs Subsea Contracts for Asgard, Gudrun & Valemon Projects
Feb 29, 2012 – Technip has received two subsea contracts under the Diving Frame Contract from Statoil for the Asgard, Gudrun & Valemon projects. The Asgard contract includes deepwater testing of the Pipeline Repair System, remote hot-tap equipment, preparation work and installation of protection structures. Work will be executed in 2012. The Gudrun and Valemon contract includes installation and tie-in of spools and power cable and also a Morgrip midline tie-in, all performed by divers. The work will be executed in 2013 and 2014.
Project Details: Asgard
Ithaca: Vessel Sets Sail for Athena Field
Feb 29, 2012 – The BW Athena FPSO has departed Dubai Dry Docks World to be moored on the Ithaca-operated Athena field in the UK sector of the North Sea. All FPSO production critical equipment was run and fully tested prior to vessel departure thus minimizing the period between arrival in the field and first production of oil, stated the operator. Upon arrival, the BW Athena will be hooked up to the pre-installed production system. Hook-up will mark completion of the development phase and Ithaca anticipates that the production phase will commence in early 2Q 2012. Production is anticipated to reach approximately 22,000 bopd.
Project Details: Athena
Maersk Oil Completes Seismic Reprocessing Campaign over Gita Discovery
Feb 29, 2012 – Late last year, Maersk Oil commenced a seismic reprocessing campaign over the Gita discovery in the Denmark sector of the North Sea. The reprocessing campaign, involving four different surveys, was aimed at pre-stack depth migration to improve depth imaging. The campaign ended but the geologic re-interpretation is on-going. When the updated geologic models are ready, planning of wells will start with the aim to appraise the Gita discovery and unlock further potential in the license by 2013. Gita, discovered in 2009, spans across two licenses in 161 feet (49 meters) of water.
Project Details: Gita
Huntington on Track to Come Online in 2H 2012
Feb 29, 2012 – Noreco, a partner in the Huntington field, reported that drilling of the development wells continued on the field through 4Q 2011 with the jackup ENSCO 100 (350’ILC) according to plan. The second production well was successfully completed and tested in December, and one of the two planned water injection wells was also drilled during the quarter. The Huntington field will be produced via the floating production and storage unit Sevan Voyageur, which is currently being upgraded for the Huntington assignment at the Nymo shipyard in Norway. The consortium anticipates oil production during the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Huntington
Dong Gets OK to Use Subsea Facility on Oselvar
Feb 29, 2012 – Dong E&P Norge received consent to use a subsea facility and pipeline on the Oselvar field. Production is scheduled to start in March 2012. The Gaupe field is estimated to hold 28 million barrels of oil equivalent. Production is slated to commence on April 1, 2012. Located on the Norwegian continental shelf, the Oselvar field is close to the UK border and is situated on Production License 274 in 72 meters (236 feet) of water.
Project Details: Oselvar
Dong, Noreco Downgrade Nini East 2P Reserves
Feb 29, 2012 – In 2011, Dong Energy drilled a new injector well on the Nini East field, securing good pressure support and sweep. However, an updated geological model of the field has resulted in a minor reduction of 2P reserves resulting in the amount of 10.7 MMboe gross. The Nini East field has produced to the Siri Center since February 2010.
Project Details: Siri Area
Premier Spuds Bluebell
Feb 28, 2012 – Premier Oil has commenced exploratory drilling on the Bluebell prospect, located on Blocks 15/24c and 15/25f in the UK sector of the North Sea. The operator is using the Sedco 704 (mid-water semisub) to drill the well. The well is expected to take approximately 30 days to drill.
Project Details: Bluebell
Statoil to Upgrade Drilling Equipment on Snorre A Platform
Feb 28, 2012 – Statoil has awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the upgrade of drilling facilities on the Snorre A platform. “Well drilling and maintenance represent the most important activities we can undertake in order to recover more oil and gas from our fields. By upgrading the drilling facilities on Snorre A we reckon we can recover 67 million additional barrels of oil from the Snorre field,” said Bente Aleksandersen, head of Operations South in Development and Production Norway in Statoil. Work will start in March 2012 and be completed in 2015. The Snorre A upgrade will help extend the field???s lifetime until 2040.
Project Details: Greater Snorre Area
Dong, Bayerngas Give OK for Hejre Development
Feb 28, 2012 – DONG Energy and Bayerngas have announced development plans for the Hejre field in the Danish sector of the North Sea. The total investment in the development of the field is 2.1 billion (DKK 12.1 billion). Dong Energy estimates the total reserves of the field at about 170 million barrels of oil equivalents and expects first oil and gas inlate 2015. The development will compromise a production platform, drilling of production wells and new pipelines that will be tied into existing North Sea pipelines. Production will transport to mainland Denmark. Hejre, discovered in 2001, is located in license 1/06.
Project Details: Hejre
Technip to Construct Hejre Production Platform
Feb 28, 2012 – Technip and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering have received a contract for the Hejre project in the Danish sector of the North Sea. The contract covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, hook-up, and commissioning assistance for a fixed wellhead and process platform and associated facilities. The platform includes 11,500-ton topsides supported by a 6,500-ton jacket, and is designed to process high pressure and high temperature hydrocarbons fluids. The platform, which also comprises living quarters to accommodate 70 people and a flare, will be capable of producing up to 76 MMcf/d and 35,000 bopd. The jacket and wellhead unit will be delivered in 2014, the topsides and living quarter in 2015. The field will commence production in 2015.
Project Details: Hejre
Providence Resources Hits High-Quality Light Oil in Barryroe
Feb 27, 2012 – Providence Resources has confirmed the presence of high-quality light oil within a potential extensive sandstone system at its Barryroe appraisal well in the North Celtic Sea, offshore Ireland. The operator drilled appraisal well 48/24-10z to total depth of 7,550 feet (2,301 meters), encountering a primary basal sandstone reservoir interval within the pre-drill depth prognosis. The firm said that reservoir development within this sand package is “better than expected” with “very good” correlation of the overall sand packages with the nearby 48/24-3 well. Indications of hydrocarbons were seen while drilling and the subsequent results from wire-line logging have confirmed the presence of 41 feet of net pay (averaging 15 percent porosity and 87 percent hydrocarbon saturation). Pressure data over this interval have revealed the presence of both oil and gas-bearing zones, with the oil gradient being consistent to that of light 40-degree API crude oil, said Providence. The operator will now perform a well-flow test, which should take 10 days to complete.
Project Details: Barryroe
Western Australian Premier Formally Opens Devil Creek Domestic Gas Project
Feb 28, 2012 – Apache Energy said that Premier of Western Australia and Minister for State Development, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA has officially opened the Devil Creek gas plant. The development includes the Reindeer gas field, wellhead platform and raw gas pipeline, the Devil Creek gas plant and the Devil Creek sales gas export pipeline that ties into the Dampier to Bunbury Natural gas pipeline. The Devil Creek gas plant is a two-train facility designed to safely process 200 MMcf/d (220 Terajoules of gas per day) and 1,000 barrels per day of condensate. Also participating in the opening was the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, the Hon. Jeffrey Bleich, and the U.S. Consul General to Western Australia, Ms Aleisha Woodward. The Devil Creek Gas Plant is the state’s third domestic natural gas processing hub and the first new domestic gas plant built in Western Australia for over 15 years.
Project Details: Reindeer-Devil Creek Project
Apache Awards Development Contract for Coniston Project
Feb 28, 2012 – Apache Energy awarded EMAS AMC a contract to perform subsea transport and installation work for the Coniston field development in Northwest Australia. The scope of work for the project includes the transportation and installation of pipeline end manifolds, manifold, umbilicals and flexible flowlines in addition to spool fabrication and recovery of two existing flowlines in about 1,247 feet (380 meters) of water. EMAS AMC will execute the project management, engineering, transportation and subsea installation work for the project. Engineering and planning activities will commence immediately with the offshore installation operations scheduled to commence around the first quarter of 2013.
Project Details: The Greater Van Gogh Area
Apache Awards GE O&G Julimar Gig
Feb 24, 2012 – GE Oil & Gas received a contract to supply subsea equipment for the Julimar development in Western Australia. The project will supply raw gas from the Julimar and Brunello gas fields to the Chevron-operated Wheatstone project in Western Australia. The company is responsible for project management, engineering and procurement of the subsea equipment for the development. The GE equipment for the Julimar project includes subsea manifolds, well systems and fully integrated subsea and topside control systems. Shipments will begin in June 2013 with installation starting in the fourth quarter of that year.
Project Details: Wheatstone
Africa – West
Kosmos Acquires Sabre O&G Shares in Jubilee Field, Deepwater Tano License
Feb 28, 2012 – Kosmos Energy has exercised a right under the existing Joint Operating Agreement to acquire a participating interest of Sabre Oil & Gas Holdings Limited in the Deepwater Tano Block offshore Ghana. The purchase price is estimated to be approximately $365 million, with up to an additional $45 million contingent upon achieving certain performance milestones. Following closing of the acquisition, Kosmos’ interest in the Deepwater Tano Block will increase from 18 percent to 22.05 percent. Kosmos’ interest in the Jubilee field will increase from 24.1 percent to 25.8 percent.
Project Details: Jubilee
Total Brings Usan Online
Feb 24, 2012 – Total has commenced production at the Usan field offshore Nigeria. The Usan development comprises a spread moored FPSO designed to process 180,000 barrels per day and with a crude storage capacity of 2 million barrels. Its size of 1,050 feet (320 meters) long and 200 feet (61 meters) wide makes it one of the largest vessels of this type in the world. Development involves 42 wells that are connected to the FPSO by a 43 miles (70 kilometers) long subsea network.
Project Details: Usan
S. America – Brazil
Technip to Provide Pipelines for Guara, Lula Development
Feb 27, 2012 – Petrobras awarded Technip a lump sum contract for the Guara and Lula Nordeste pre-salt field development in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil. The contract covers the manufacture of 15 miles (24 kilometers) of 6-inch-diameter gas injection flexible lines; top risers; intermediate and bottom risers; and flowlines. The gas injection lines will be used to re-inject produced gas into the reservoir to respect new Brazilian environmental regulation. The pipelines will be manufactured at Technip’s flexible pipe plants and delivered in two batches, the first one in 2012 and the second in the first quarter of 2013.
Repsol Sinopec Makes High Impact Discovery Offshore Brazil
Feb 27, 2012 – Repsol Sinopec has made a high-impact discovery in the Pao de Acucar prospect offshore Brazil. The Pao de Acucar well encountered two pre-salt accumulations comprising a hydrocarbon column of 1,575 feet (480 meters) with a total pay of about 1,150 feet (350 meters). A flow test performed in a partial section of the pay zone flowed 5,000 barrels per day of light oil and 28.5 MMcf/d of gas. According to the operator, this was a choked Drill Stem Test (DST) with very limited drawdown. The well is located some 122 miles (195 kilometers) offshore Rio de Janeiro in 9,190 feet (2,800) meters of water. Repsol Sinopec operates the block in which the discovery lies, BM-C-33, with a 35 percent stake. Partners in the block include Statoil (35 percent) and Petrobras (30 percent).
Project Details: Pao de Acucar
Africa – Other
Statoil, ExxonMobil Applaud Zafarani Find
Feb 24, 2012 – Statoil and ExxonMobil have confirmed they made a large gas discovery in the Zafarani prospect offshore Tanzania in Block 2. Earlier this month, the company reported that Zafarani-1 had encountered gas shows in a good-quality reservoir. Statoil spudded the well in early January 2012 with the Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship). Logging results reveal that the discovery is high-impact, so far proving that the well holds up to 5 Tcf of gas-in-place. Zafarani-1 has encountered 393 feet (120 meters) of excellent quality reservoir with high porosity and high permeability, commented the operator. The gas-water contact has not been established and drilling operations will continue until total depth is reached. Zafarani is the first exploration well that has been drilled in the license, covering an area of approximately 2,120 square miles (5,500 square kilometers). The water depth at the well location is 8,470 feet (2,582 meters) and the well itself will be drilled to reach an expected total depth of around 16,730 feet (5,100 meters).
Project Details: Zafarani



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