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Worldwide Field Development News Aug 10 – Aug 16, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 4 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.

N. America – US GOM

Teikoku Oil Acquires Lucius Stake

Aug 15, 2012 – Inpex Corporation announced that through its subsidiary, Teikoku Oil, it has agreed to acquire a 7.2 percent participating interest in the Lucius project which includes portions of Keathley Canyon blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919 in the deepwater of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. After the joint venture agreement is finalized, the Lucius project will continue to be operated by Anadarko with a 27.8% participating interest, with the following companies participating: Plains (23.331%), Exxon Mobil (15%), Apache (11.669%), Petrobras (9.6%), Inpex (7.2 %) and Eni (5.4%). Anadarko and co-ventures made a Final Investment Decision (FID) to develop this project in December 2011, and the first production of crude oil and natural gas is expected to start in the latter half of 2014. Crude oil and natural gas pumped from the Lucius project will be processed with a truss spar floating facility with the capacity to produce in excess of 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcf/d. Processed crude oil and natural gas will then be exported to onshore facilities in Louisiana via a subsea pipeline.

Project Details: Lucius

Newfield to Explore Dalmatian South in GOM

Aug 13, 2012 – Murphy Oil announced plans to drill two to four exploration wells in 2012 and 2013 in DeSoto Canyon Block 134 in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is targeting various Miocene prospects, including the Dalmatian South prospect, which is very similar to their 2010 Dalmatian North discovery. Furthermore, Murphy has received official sanction of a three-well subsea tie-back of the Dalmatian field to the Petronius compliant tower production platform.

Project Details: Dalmatian South

BMT to Supply EFMS for Big Foot TLP

Aug 10, 2012 – Chevron has awarded a contract to BMT Scientific Marine Services to provide an Environmental and Facilities Monitoring System (EFMS) for the Chevron-operated Big Foot tension leg platform (TLP) in the Gulf of Mexico. The EFMS monitors, logs and displays data in real-time on the local environment and facility motions. It archives the data for assessing the TLP’s integrity over time and interfaces with the facility’s other platform control systems. Big Foot is currently under development and is expected to commence production in 2014.

Project Details: Big Foot

Australia

3D Oil to Explore Sea Lion Prospect Offshore Australia

Aug 15, 2012 – 3D Oil Limited announced plans to explore its Sea Lion prospect in permit area VIC/P57 offshore Australia. The prospect has prospective resources of 20.7 million barrels of oil in the same reservoir units as West Seahorse.

Project Details: Sea Lion (3D Oil)

3D Oil Moves Forward with West Seahorse Development

Aug 15, 2012 – 3D Oil has agreed to a $28 million farm-in deal with Hibiscus Petroleum to allow the progression of the West Seahorse development in permit VIC/P57, offshore Victoria. The agreement is subject to approval from Hibiscus’ shareholders and the Foreign Investment Review Board. It also requires a waiver from the Australian Securities Exchange. Under the agreement, Hibiscus will take a 50.1 percent operating stake in VIC/P57. The funding from Hibiscus will be used to kick-start the development of the West Seahorse oil field, which involves the drilling of up to two appraisal wells. In addition, the joint venture is exploring the possibilities of building a mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) and a floating, storage and offtake tanker, which will be moored to a buoy.

Project Details: West Seahorse

NZOG Relinquishes PEP 38259

Aug 10, 2012 – NZOG stated that after an extensive technical review the joint venture partners of PEP 38259 in the Canterbury Basin have agreed that the permit will be relinquished back to the Crown. NZOG holds a 40% stake in PEP 38259 with Beach Petroleum (NZ) Pty Ltd holding 35% and AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 25% respectively.

Project Details: Barque

Africa – West

Subsea 7 to Supply, Install Subsea Components for Lianzi Development

Aug 16, 2012 – Subsea 7 has won a contract to supply and install subsea components for the development of the Lianzi field offshore Congo and Angola. The contract’s technical specifications include a 12-inch wet, insulated production flowline with direct electrical heating that will set a record for the deepest electrically-heated pipe. A part of the contract will be designed and fabricated in Luanda, with additional work carried out roughly 200 miles (322 kilometers) away in Lobito by Subsea 7’s Angolan joint venture. All flowlines will be spooled to the Seven Oceans rigid reel-lay ship at Subsea 7’s Luanda base. The $2 billion development will include a subsea production system and a 27-mile (43-kilometer) electrically heated flowline to transport the oil from the field to the BBLT platform. First oil is expected in 2015.

Project Details: BBLT

Europe – North Sea

EnQuest Working Through Kraken Concept Selection Phase

Aug 16, 2012 – EnQuest reported that during the first half of 2012, the company has been working through the concept selection phase of the Kraken development, with significant technical facilities and subsurface work underway. New 3D seismic survey material has been acquired, with initial interpretation nearing completion. The project remains on track for FDP submission in 1H 2013.

Project Details: Kraken

Ithaca Completes Drilling of Hurricane Well

Aug 15, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has completed the drilling of the Hurricane appraisal well in the Greater Stella area of the Central North Sea and is now proceeding to conduct a drill stem test. The Hurricane well (29/10b-8) was drilled to a total measured depth of 10,779 feet (3,285 meters) to appraise hydrocarbon bearing sands in the eastern lobe of the Hurricane structure closure. Logs indicate that the well has encountered hydrocarbons, which Ithaca said could be liquid-rich gas, in both the Rogaland and Andrew sands. Pressure and fluid sampling has been undertaken across both reservoir and sand intervals, and an initial DST will be conducted over the Andrew sand interval. Ithaca stated that the overall development work program for its Stella and Harrier fields were progressing as planned, with all major operational contracts in place following the Technip contract.

Project Details: Stella/Harrier

Apache Appraises Aviat Gas Discovery

Aug 13, 2012 – Apache is using the Rowan Gorilla VII (450′ ILC) to drill its Aviat appraisal well. This appraisal well is designed to assess whether this shallow gas field can provide fuel to operate the Forties Field to offset diesel import. Drilling is expected to take a little over three months.

Project Details: Aviat

Clipper South Comes Online

Aug 13, 2012 – RWE Dea has delivered first gas from the Clipper South development in the UK sector of the North Sea. The field contains around 13.4 Bcm of gas in place. The first Clipper South well came on stream at initial rates of 1.2 MMcm/d with production expected to peak at 2.8 MMc/d in early 2013. The gas is located in a tight Permian age Rotliegend reservoir which contains about 3.4 Bcm of gas in place. The Clipper South Gas field lies in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) blocks 48/19 and 48/20, 62 miles (100 kilometers) east of the Lincolnshire coast. Gas from the Clipper South platform is transported about 9 miles (15 kilometers) to the Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering System (LOGGS) and then about 62 miles (100 kilometers) to the onshore Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal in Lincolnshire, where the gas enters the UK grid.

Project Details: Clipper South

Heerema to Fabricate, Commission Topsides for Cygnus Development

Aug 13, 2012 – Heerema Fabrication Group has received a frame contract from GDF Suez E&P UK for the fabrication and commissioning of four topsides for the Cygnus gas field development in the UK sector of the North Sea. Fabrication of the Cygnus Alpha Wellhead topsides is due to start in December 2012 with completion scheduled for March 2014. This is to be followed by expected commencement of fabrication in June 2013 of the Cygnus Alpha processing & utilities module, bridges and flare as well as the Cygnus Bravo Wellhead topsides — all scheduled for completion in April 2015. Subsequently in December 2013, the fabrication of the Cygnus Alpha compression module will start, which will also be ready for installation onto the PU topsides in 2015.

Project Details: Cygnus

Eni Spuds Salina Prospect

Aug 13, 2012 – Eni has commenced drilling of well 7220/10-1 in PL 533 at the Salina prospect (formerly Pulk) in the Barents Sea. The main objective of the well is to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in the reservoir.

Project Details: Salina

Det norske Comes Up Dry in Ulvetanna Prospect

Aug 13, 2012 – Det norske is in the process of completing the drilling of well 3/4-2S on the Ulvetanna prospect. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Cretaceous reservoir rock. The estimated main reservoir, the Tor formation, was encountered in the well, but contained no hydrocarbons. The Ulvetanna prospect is situated in PL 356 in the southern part of the North Sea in 167 feet (51 meters) of water.

Project Details: Ulvetanna

Lundin to Recommence Drilling Operations at Albert in 3Q 2012

Aug 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum reported that the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) is slated to return to the Albert field location (PL 519) in 3Q 2012 to finish drilling operations. The exploratory well was spud and temporarily suspended in June because the semisub needed to be reclassified. The main objective of the well is to test the Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure.

Project Details: Albert

DONG Continues with Oselvar Development

Aug 10, 2012 – DONG Energy is continuing to develop the Oselvar field, in Production License 274, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Production from the field commenced in April, but the production ramp up has been slower than expected, stated Noreco, a partner in the field. The third and final production well was completed and tested in June, and the drilling rig has left the location. The field is currently producing from two wells and the third well is expected to come online during 3Q 2012. Thus far, the field has produced on average of 3,608 boepd.

Project Details: Oselvar

S. America – Venezuela

Perla to Hit 300MMcf/d by 2014

Aug 16, 2012 – Petroleos de Venezuela expects to reach its goal of producing about 300 MMcf/d of natural gas at its Perla field by 4Q 2013. Dow Jones reported that PdVSA had pushed back the estimated start of production at Perla to the first quarter of 2013 from its earlier estimate of the end of this year. It didn’t cite a reason for the delay.

Project Details: Perla

S. America – Brazil

Statoil Selects RDA for Peregrino FEED Work

Aug 16, 2012 – Statoil has selected RDS to perform the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a fixed drilling rig, which will be part of the Peregrino phase II project. Peregrino commenced production in March 2011 and produces about 75,000 bopd.

Project Details: Peregrino

Petrobras Drills Ahead in Carcara to Determine Total Thickness of Oil Reservoir

Aug 15, 2012 – Petrobras is currently testing the Carcara prospect, exploratory well 4-SPS-86B (4-BRSA-971-SPS), on Block BM-S-8 in the ultra-deep waters of the pre-salt area in the Santos Basin. The operator is inside the oil zone at a depth of 20,384 feet (6,213 meters) to determine the total thickness of the oil reservoirs, as well as the presence of deeper pay zones. Oil samples were collected at a depth of 20,115 feet (6,131 meters), which have proven a good 31 degree API oil quality, stated the operator. The well has also proven that the carbonate reservoirs carry outstanding porosity and permeability characteristics. The in-progress drilling has confirmed over 1,312-foot (400-meter) column of oil, featuring mostly continuous and connected reservoirs.

Project Details: Carcara

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Gulf of Mexico: INPEX Buys Lucius Stake (USA)

INPEX Buys Lucius Stake (USA)| Offshore Energy Today

INPEX CORPORATION has through its subsidiary, Teikoku Oil (North America) Co., Ltd., it has agreed to acquire a 7.2% participating interest in the Lucius project which includes portions of Keathley Canyon blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919 in the deepwater of the U.S.Gulf of Mexico, from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), an American independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company.

After the joint venture agreement is finalized, the Lucius project will continue to be operated by Anadarko with a 27.8% participating interest, with the following companies participating:

Plains (23.331%), Exxon Mobil (15%), Apache (11.669%), Petrobras (9.6%), INPEX (7.2 %) and Eni (5.4%).

The Lucius project is located offshore approximately 380km southwest of Port Fourchon, Louisiana with a water depth at approximately 2,160m. Anadarko and co-venturers made a Final Investment Decision (FID) to develop this project in  December 2011, and the first production of crude oil and natural gas is expected to start in the latter half of 2014.

Crude oil and natural gas pumped from the Lucius project will be processed with a truss spar floating facility (Spar) with the capacity to produce in excess of 80,000 barrels of oil per day and 450million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Processed crude oil and natural gas will then be exported to the onshore facilities in Louisiana via a subsea pipeline.

INPEX has participated in oil and gas development projects in the shallow waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In February 2011, INPEX also participated in the Walker Ridge 95/96/139/140 Blocks in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The  participation in the Lucius project will enhance INPEX’s experience and expertise of the operation in the deepwater projects and contribute to continuous enhancement of its E&P activities as one of the measures for growth as described in “Medium- to Long-Term Vision of INPEX.”

INPEX will be expanding its exploration, development and production activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

INPEX Buys Lucius Stake (USA)| Offshore Energy Today.

INPEX Orders USD 2 bln FPSO from DSME (South Korea)

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The second largest shipbuilder in the world, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Co, announces that it has received an order to construct a giant Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO).

The order comes from a Japanese oil giant, INPEX and is a part of the company’s Ichthys project, offshore Australia.

Daewoo made the announcement on the Korea Exchange, saying that the estimated worth of the project is $2 billion.

The FPSO will serve for offshore storage and export of condensate from the Ichthys field. The condensate will be transferred from the CPF to the FPSO and, further, it will be exported from the FPSO via a floating loading hose to offtake tankers.

The vessel will also treat and dispose of produced water. It will be located approximately 2 km from the Central Processing Facilitiy and will contain liquid (condensate and water) treatment facilities, living quarters and associated utilities.

South Korea’s shipbuilders have benefited greatly from the INPEX’s Ichthys project. Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd has recently received a $2.71 billion order for the construction of an offshore central processing facility (CPF) for the Ichthys project.

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South Korea’s Samsung Wins USD 1.1 bln Order for Two Drillships

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Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), one of South Korea’s “Big Three” shipbuilding companies says it has received an order for the construction of two drillships.

The order’s estimated value is approximately USD 1.1 billion and it comes from a “large-scale” American corporation. According to the contract details posted on the Korea Exchange (KRX), SHI will make the deliveries no later than August 31, 2014.

This has been a fruitful month for Samsung Heavy Industries. On February 13, the company announced it had received the order from INPEX for the construction of an offshore central processing facility (CPF) for the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.

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Australia: Shore ASCO to Build Darwin Marine Supply Base

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ShoreASCO Consortium, which includes Asco Holdings, Macmahon Contractors and Capella Capital has been awarded a contract to design and construct the world-class Darwin Marine Supply Base, worth approximately $110 million.

Macmahon Contractors will construct the base which will include three marine berths with water, fuel, chemical and drilling mud connections, hard stand and lay down areas, warehousing, waste management facility, storage capacity for drilling muds, chemicals, water and fuel, office space and associated facilities.

Chief Executive Officer of Macmahon, Nick Bowen, said the project was a fantastic opportunity for Macmahon and continues the Company’s delivery of major infrastructure in the Northern Territory. “The supply base will bolster Darwin and the Territory’s reputation as the port of choice for servicing the needs of the offshore industry and is opportunity for Macmahon to establish another piece of major infrastructure, critical to supporting the Territory’s growth,”

The base will be operated by ShoreASCO for up to 20 years. Construction is expected to start in April 2012 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.

Paul Henderson, the current Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Australia has welcomed the signing of the contract, saying the construction would begin in the coming months on the base which would cement Darwin’s position as a major oil and gas hub.

The Minister revealed that Oil & Gas majors have already shown interest in the Marine Supply Base: “Already major players have come on board to take advantage of our world class Marine Supply Base with ConocoPhillips to use if for their existing operations, INPEX confirming they will using  the base during their multi-billion gas development and Shell confirming they will use it to  service their floating LNG plant in the browse basin.”

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