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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.

Africa – West
Cajun Express Drilling FAN-1 and SNE-1 Top Holes Offshore Senegal
May 8, 2014 – Top hole drilling at the Cairn-operated FAN-1 well offshore Senegal has been completed and the Cajun Express (UDW semisub) has moved to spud the SNE-1 top hole. Once the top hole is complete, the rig will move back to FAN-1 and drill the well total depth. Both wells are located in the Sangomar Offshore license and are being drilled to test the North Fan and Lupalupa prospects respectively. Cairn operates the license with 40% interest. Its partners include ConocoPhillips (35%), FAR (15%) and Petrosen (10%).
Project Details: North Fan
CAMAC Ready to Kick-Off Oyo Development Activities
May 8, 2014 – CAMAC Energy reports the arrival of the Energy Searcher (mid-water drillship) in Nigerian waters. After taking on personnel, equipment and supplies, the rig will sail to the Oyo field in OML 120 to begin a development drilling program starting with the spud of Oyo-8. Upon the completion and tie-in of Oyo-8, the rig will relocate within the field to re-enter and tie-in Oyo-7. Both wells are expected to be producing at a rate of 14,000 bopd by November. Additionally, the company says the rig could drill one or more high-impact exploration wells in OML 120 and OML 121.
Project Details: Oyo
N. America – US GOM
Apache Divests Lucius, Heidelberg and Other GOM Interests
May 8, 2014 – Apache’s U.S. Gulf of Mexico subsidiary elected to sell off its minority interest in the Lucius and Heidelberg developments to a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. for $1.4 billion. The deal also includes 11 primary term deepwater exploration blocks. Apache combined its deepwater and shelf technical teams in an effort to focus on subsalt and exploration opportunities in water less than 1,000 feet deep. Apache is divesting an 11.7% interest in Lucius and a 12.5% interest in Heidelberg. Its interest in the 11 primary term blocks range from 16.67% to 60%. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by June 30. None of Apache’s producing operations are involved in the sale.
Project Details: Lucius
Maersk Developer Spuds Martin in Mississippi Canyon 718
May 8, 2014 – Exploratory drilling is underway at Statoil’s Martin prospect in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Martin is located in 2,916 feet of water in Mississippi Canyon Block 718. Statoil acquired the block for $157.1 million in October 2012 which was the highest bid received during the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222. The company considers Martin to be one of the top components of its global portfolio; it took only 20 months from acquisition of the acreage to advance the prospect to drillable status. Well #1 is expected to take around 150 days to complete and is the first of 4 possible wells that will be drilled in the area. Statoil, the sole participant in the well, contracted the Maersk Developer (UDW semisub) to carry out drilling operations.
Project Details: Martin (GOM)
Kosmos Comes Up Dry with First Well Offshore Morocco
May 8, 2014 – Kosmos Energy failed to find commercial quantities of hydrocarbons at its FA-1 well in the Foum Assaka license offshore Morocco. FA-1 was drilled by the Maersk Discoverer (UDW semisub) to a total depth of 12,656 feet and is being plugged and abandoned. The well was designed to test the salt diapir play concept, which is one of several in the Agadir Basin. Oil and gas shows were seen in drill cuttings and in sidewall cores which suggests a working petroleum system in the area. Additionally, the well provided key information to calibrate seismic data that will further the geologic understanding of the license.
Project Details: FA-1 (Eagle)
Tamar Partners Sign LOI with Union Fenosa Gas
May 8, 2014 – A non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) was recently executed between the Tamar field partners and Union Fenosa Gas SA (UFG) regarding the supply of Tamar gas to UFG’s gas liquefaction facilities in Egypt. Terms of the LOI propose a 15-year contract term and total gross sales totaling roughly 440 MMcfd over the period. The LOI follows recent agreements with Palestine Power Generation Company, Arab Potash and Jordan Bromine Companies. A binding agreement with UFG is expected to be reached within the next 6 months pending Israeli and Egyptian regulatory approvals. Tamar has been estimated to hold 10 Tcf of discovered gas resources.
Project Details: Tamar
AWE Finally Reaches TD at Pateke-4H
May 8, 2014 – After several setbacks that necessitated two sidetracks, drilling operations at the AWE-operated Pateke-4H development well have come to an end. Target depth of the well was 17,654 feet but that was eventually revised to 15,656 feet. The decision to adjust the TD was made due to the 2,457-foot horizontal leg being drilled through a very high quality reservoir and to ensure a stable well bore necessary for completion and production. A 6 5/8″ slotted production liner has been installed and preparations are being made to run the completion. Pateke-4H is expected to begin production in 1Q 2015 following the installation of subsea infrastructure and tie-back to the Tui FPSO. Completion operations are expected to take about 10 days after which the Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub) will relocate within the license to drill the Oi prospect.
Project Details: Tui Area Development Project
Asia – SouthEast
Norshore Wins Top Hole Drilling Contract for Shell’s Malikai Development
May 9, 2014 – Norshore, owner of the new Norshore Atlantic multipurpose drilling vessel, was awarded a contract by Shell’s Malaysian subsidiary to provide top hole drilling services at the Malikai field in Block G offshore Malaysia. The vessel was primarily designed for riser-less operations, making it well suited to drill top hole sections for developments such as Malikai. The contract will commence in April 2014 and should keep the vessel working through the end of the year. Shell and its partners discovered the field in 2004 and made the decision to proceed with development in early 2013. The development concept envisions 17 subsea wells tied back to the Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP). The Malikai joint venture includes Shell (35%), ConocoPhillips (35%) and Petronas (30%). Startup of the $775 million project is scheduled for late 2015.
Project Details: Malikai
KrisEnergy Improves Position in the Gulf of Thailand with G6/48 Acquisition
May 9, 2014 – Thai regulatory approval was recently granted for a March 2013 farm-out agreement between KrisEnergy and Mubadala Petroleum concerning the G6/48 block in the Gulf of Thailand. KrisEnergy now serves as the block operator with a 30% stake and its partners include Mubadala (30%) and Northern Gulf Petroleum (40%). Although it has been very active in the Gulf of Thailand, G6/48 will be the company’s first operated asset in the region. Contained within the block in the 2009 Rossukon oil discovery, an extensive 3D seismic survey was carried out over Rossukon in August 2013 and an appraisal drilling program is planned for later this year in an effort to delineate the discovery.
Project Details: Rossukon
Nido Reports Naga 5 Mobilizing to Baragatan
May 8, 2014 – The newly constructed UMW Naga 5 (400′ ILC) left the Keppel FELS yard at Singapore and is mobilizing to the Philippines to drill an exploratory well in Service Contract 63 (SC63). The well, expected to spud mid-May, will test the Baragatan prospect for the possibility of 676 million barrels in estimated gross unrisked resources.
Project Details: Baragatan
Otto Secures 14 Month Extension to SC55 Work Program
May 8, 2014 – Otto Energy received approval from the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) for a 14-month extension to the work program regarding Service Contract 55 (SC55). The extension was granted after a lengthy delay in the approval process by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for the SC55 Strategic Environmental Plan and the sudden departure of BHP Billiton from the license. Otto is well into a farm-out process to seek a participant in the Hawkeye-1 exploration well and is hopeful that the process will be completed shortly after the June 2014 deadline.
Project Details: Hawkeye
Europe – North Sea
Drivis Discovery Caps Off Mediocre Johan Castberg Drilling Campaign
May 8, 2014 – Statoil recently announced an oil and gas discovery at its Drivis prospect in Norwegian License PL532. Well 7220/7-3S was drilled by the West Hercules (UDW semisub) to a depth of 6,879 feet. A 223-foot gas column was encountered followed by a 282-foot oil column in the Sto and Nordmela formations. Recoverable volumes are estimated to range between 44 and 63 MMboe. Drivis was the last of a 5-well campaign aimed at proving additional resources around the Johan Castberg discovery. Of the 5 wells drilled, only 2 resulted in discoveries. License participants include Statoil (50%), Eni (30%) and Petoro (20%).
Project Details: Drivis
Lundin Proves Additional Oil Pay at Geitungen
May 8, 2014 – Lundin Petroleum recently finished drilling two appraisal wells at its 2012 Geitungen discovery in Norwegian license PL265. Wells 16/2-19 and 16/2-19A were drilled by the Ocean Vanguard (mid-water semisub) in 380 feet of water. Data indicates 20 feet of oil pay was encountered in good quality lower Jurassic and upper Triassic sands in well bore 16/2-19. Well 16/2-19A, drilled as a sidetrack to the southwest, yielded 33 feet of low to medium quality oil-filled upper Jurassic reservoir above 10 feet of excellent quality upper Jurassic sands that are likely part of the Draupne formation. The license is operated by Statoil (40%) on behalf of its partners Petoro (30%), Det norske (20%) and Lundin Petroleum (10%).
Project Details: Geitungen

Gulf of Mexico: Anadarko’s Lucius Spar En Route

Last Friday, Technip and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation held the Lucius Spar sail away ceremony.

The christening ceremony took place in Technip’s yard in Pori, Finland. Thierry Pilenko, Technip’s Chairman and CEO, as well as Anadarko’s Senior Vice President for International and Deepwater Operations, Doug Lawler, and Anadadarko’s Vice President for Worldwide Projects, Don Vaderman, were  present to celebrate the event. The 23,000-ton Spar will be on its way to the US Gulf of Mexico in coming weeks.

Upon arrival on the location the spar will be moored at the Lucius project in approximately 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water depth in the US Gulf of Mexico, with first oil being scheduled in 2014.

The Lucius truss spar floating production facility will have a nameplate capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil per day and 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

This Spar is the fifteenth delivered by Technip. The Lucius production unit will be jointly owned by Anadarko (35%), Plains E&P (23.3%) ExxonMobil (15%) Apache (11.7%), Petrobras (9.6%) and Eni (5.4%).

Technip has already delivered 6 Spars to Anadarko: Neptune, Nansen, Boomvang, Gunnison, Red Hawk and Constitution.

Anadarko’s Lucius Spar En Route to Gulf of Mexico| Offshore Energy Today.

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


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

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.

McDermott Bags Offshore Installation Gig in U.S. GOM

McDermott International, Inc. announced today that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a contract by the Discovery system for offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The value of this contract is included in McDermott’s second quarter 2012 backlog.

Williams Partners L.P.owns 60 percent of the Discovery system and operates it. DCP Midstream Partners, LP owns the other 40 percent of the Discovery system.

The project is to deliver new junction facilities for Discovery’s Keathley Canyon Connector™ pipeline system with a 3,300-ton, four-leg platform in 350 feet of water. The unmanned platform will provide pipeline junction facilities for incoming deepwater pipelines from the Hadrian South and Lucius fields and for outgoing shallow-water pipelines to shore.

Fabrication is expected to commence this summer at McDermott’s Morgan City facility in Louisiana. Offshore installation is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2013, and is intended to be ready for operational start-up before the end of the year.

McDermott’s deepwater combination heavy lift and pipelay vessel DB50 is expected to perform the installation. The DB50 has recently undergone extensive enhancement to its power and propulsion systems, and has a new deepwater lowering system.


Technip Wins Lucius Field Contract from Anadarko


Technip reported Thursday that it has been awarded a lump sum contract by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the development of the Lucius field, located in the Keathley Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of approximately 7,000 feet (2,130 meters).

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.
  • flooding and hydro-testing of the flowline system.

Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas, will perform the overall project management.

This contract constitutes a significant milestone in Technip’s recent acquisition of Global Industries as it will utilize a number of Global Industries key assets along with the Deep Blue, one of Technip’s deepwater pipelay vessels, during the offshore installation phases in 2013 and 2014.


Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Mar 9 – Mar 15, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 9 new projects and updated 27 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.

S. America – Other & Carib.
Bayfields Hits Oil Offshore Trinidad & Tobago
Mar 13, 2012 – Bayfield Energy has suspended a well as an oil and gas discovery in the Galeota License at the EG8 field offshore Trinidad and Tobago. The well reached a total depth of 8,133 feet (2,479 meters). EG8 was deviated from its surface location towards the southwest area in order to target the crestal area of mapped horizons in the prospective EG2/EG5 Central fault block. The well encountered 10 hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone reservoir zones between 1,364 feet (416 meters) and 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) below mean sea level. Preliminary analysis indicates that the vertical thickness of net hydrocarbon-bearing sands total 421 feet (128 meters) of which 352 feet (107 meters) is gas and 69 feet (21 meters) is oil. A comprehensive program of logging and sampling was conducted, samples of oil were collected and a mini drill stem test was performed during the analysis. The data confirms light oil and a good quality reservoir with production potential of over 1,000 bopd. Samples of gas and gas condensate were also collected in other reservoirs. Bayfield is currently integrating the new well data into the 3D seismic mapping to study the impact on contingent and prospective resources. Bayfield believes that EG8 has demonstrated development potential of 32 MMbbls of oil and 69 Bcf of gas in the EG2/EG5/EG8 Central and East fault blocks. The jackup Rowan Gorilla III (450′ ILC), which is currently suspending the well, will move to the EG7 location to drill the second well in the company’s exploration and appraisal drilling program in the Galeota license.
Project Details: EG8
Africa – West
BP Enters Serica-Operated License Offshore Namibia
Mar 15, 2012 – BP will farm-in to Serica Energy’s License 0047, offshore Namibia, subject to the consent of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Namibia, in the exploration of License 0047 offshore Namibia by farming-in to Serica???s interest. The license, comprising Blocks 2512A, 2513A, 2513B and 2612A (part), was recently awarded to Serica Energy Namibia B.V. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Serica) and covers an area of approximately 4.2 million acres (17,400 square kilometers) in the deep water central Luderitz Basin. Serica currently has an 85 percent interest in the blocks. Its partners are the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia Limited (10 percent) and Indigenous Energy Limited (5 percent). Under the agreement, BP will pay Serica a sum covering Serica’s past costs and earn a 30 percent interest in the license by meeting the full cost of an extensive 3D seismic survey. As a result of the farm-out, Serica’s interest in the license following completion of the seismic survey will be 55 percent. Serica has also signed a contract with Polarcus Seismic Limited to acquire up to 1 million acres (4,150 square kilometers) of 3D seismic across the license.
Rialto Energy Spuds Gazelle Well
Mar 13, 2012 – Rialto Energy has spud the Gazelle-P3 production well on the CI-202 Block offshore Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa. The operator is using the jackup GSF Monitor (350′ ILC) for the drilling operations. The well has a planned total depth of about 11,155 feet (3,400 meters) and is expected to take around 60 to 70 days to drill and test. The well is the first of a three-well drilling program on CI-202. It is expected to take six months to complete including testing. The Gazelle-P3 well, which will be drilled from the Gazelle subsea template, will be drilled as a deviated hole targeting already tested sands over the Upper Cenomanian reservoirs. It will be deepened to test a combined structural/stratigraphic trap in the Lower Cenomanian section. The well is situated on the northern flank of the Gazelle structure.
Project Details: Gazelle
N. America – US GOM
First Subsea to Supply Mooring Line Connectors for Lucius Spar
Mar 15, 2012 – First Subsea received a contract from Technip to supply the mooring line connectors for a new spar platform moored in 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) of water in the Lucius field, located at the Keathley Canyon Block 875 in the Gulf of Mexico. The Lucius spar will be moored by nine Ballgrab ball and taper mooring connectors attached to polyester mooring lines. The field is currently under development with first production slated for 2014.
Project Details: Lucius
Anadarko Turns on Caesar/Tonga Taps in Deepwater GOM
Mar 12, 2012 – Anadarko commenced production at the Caesar/Tonga joint development in the Green Canyon area of the deepwater GOM on March 7, 2012. Production from Caesar/Tonga, with an estimated resource base of 200 to 400 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), is expected to ramp up to approximately 45,000 boepd from the first three subsea wells. A fourth development well is expected to be drilled and completed later this year, as part of the planned phase I development. The subsea satellite wells are tied-back to the Constitution Spar floating production facility.
Project Details: Constitution
MidEast – Red Sea
BP Commences Production in Gulf of Suez
Mar 13, 2012 – Oil production has commenced from the NS377 field at Beach’s North Shadwan concession with oil flowing via a tie-in to Petrobel’s nearby Ras Ghara oil facility and then by pipeline to the main Petreco Oil Centre at Abu Rudeis. The oil from the NS377 oilfield will be treated at the Ras Ghara plant before being piped to the main Petreco Oil Centre and marine terminal, 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the north. Initial production via the pipeline will be restricted to approximately 1,000 bopd with further production from the NS377 field to be handled via a trucking operation, which is expected to commence in 2Q 2012.
Project Details: NS377
Africa – Other
Anadarko Successfully Completes Well Test at Barquentine
Mar 12, 2012 – Anadarko reported that the Barquentine-2 well flowed gas at an equipment-constrained rate of between 90 and 100 million cubic feet per day. The company said that test data supports potential unconstrained flow rates of up to 200 MMcf/d. The Barquentine-2 well is located in a water depth of approximately 5,400 feet (1,646 meters). The drillstem test was conducted by the Deepwater Millennium (DW drillship), which is set to move to the Barquentine-1 location for a second flow and interference test in the complex.
Project Details: Barquentine
S. America – Brazil
Chevron Suspends Ops at Frade Field
Mar 15, 2012 – Chevron has requested authorization for a temporary suspension of field production operations at the Frade field in the Campos Basin in Brazil. The decision to request the shut-in is a precautionary measure based on the company identifying a small new seep in the field and in the area. The company will conduct a comprehensive technical study and prepare a complementary study to better understand the geological features of the area, working with their partners and seeking necessary approvals from National Petroleum Agency (ANP). The company has filed its request before the appropriate regulatory agencies and anticipates a response in a short timeframe. The Frade field currently produces a total of approximately 60,000 barrels per day.
Project Details: Frade
Petrobras Finds Oil at Nordeste de Tupi
Mar 9, 2012 – Petrobras has successfully drilled a well in an area known as Nordeste de Tupi, located northeast of the Lula field. The well was drilled in 6,991 feet (2,131 meters) of water about 158 miles (255 kilometers) offshore Rio de Janeiro. An oil column of more than 951 feet (290 meters) was identified in carbonate pre-salt reservoirs. Well tests show the reserve contains oil rated at 26 degrees API. The operator is planning to perform a well-formation test to evaluate the well’s productivity after drilling is completed. Petrobras is accelerating development of the pre-salt fields, with plans to invest $255 billion through 2014 to increase crude oil output, reported Dow Jones Newswires.
Europe – North Sea
Wintershall Plans to Appraise Hibonite Discovery
Mar 15, 2012 – Wintershall is planning to drill an exploration well at its Hibonite discovery in the Danish North Sea. Hibonite is located on Block 4/06, which Wintershall operates with a 35 percent stake.
Providence Reports Successful Flow Test at Barryroe
Mar 15, 2012 – Providence Resources has successfully flowed oil and gas at its Barryroe appraisal well, offshore southern Ireland. A 24-foot (7-meter) thick net pay interval in the oil bearing basal Wealden sandstone section was perforated as the first phase of the well testing program. Stabilized flow rates of 3,514 bopd and 2.9 MMcf/d (4,000 boepd) were achieved through a 68/64-inch choke with a well head pressure of 517 pounds per square inch without the use of an artificial lift. Analysis has confirmed that the oil is light with a gravity of 42-degree API and a wax content of 20 percent. The 48/24-10z Barryroe appraisal well is located in around 320 feet (100 meter) water depth, approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) offshore Ireland at the Standard Exploration License (SEL) 1/11 in the North Celtic Sea Basin.
Project Details: Barryroe
Taqa Bratani to Commence Drilling Program in North Sea
Mar 15, 2012 – Taqa Bratani is gearing up to commence an exploratory drilling program in the North Sea, which includes exploration wells on the Timone, Contender, Cladhan and Darwin prospects. The company has contracted the Transocean John Shaw (mid-water semisub) for the drilling program. Taqa also has platform-based rigs, and after working on Tern its drilling crew is to move to the North Cormorant field.
Project Details: Contender
Aker to Design World’s Largest Spar Platform for Luva Development
Mar 15, 2012 – Aker Solutions has received a FEED contract from Statoil to design the world’s largest spar platform for the Aasta Hansteen (formerly Luva) field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. With a total hull length of 633 feet (193 meters) and a draught of 558 feet (170 meters), the Aasta Hansteen spar platform is a cylinder shaped floating offshore installation. Aasta Hansteen will be the first spar platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), and also the world’s first Spar platform with condensate storage capacity – a so called belly-spar, stated Aker. The FEED study will be completed in the third quarter of 2012. The development concept will include two subsea templates with four wells on each and one satellite template with one well. The field is currently under development with first oil slated for 2014.
Project Details: Luva
Statoil Shuts-in Statfjord C
Mar 15, 2012 – Statoil has shut-in production at the Statfjord C platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea following a gas leak. The leak of the poisonous and flammable gas hydrogen sulfide, H2S, happened in a utility shaft, and was identified as a flange to the wall against a storage cell. Statfjord C is one of several platforms in the greater Statfjord area, and produces about 25,000 boepd.
Project Details: Statfjord Area
Ocean Installer Receives LOI for Bentley Export Oil Pipelines
Mar 13, 2012 – Ocean Installer received a letter of intent from Xcite Resources for the installation of two oil export pipelines from the jackup Rowan Norway (400′ ILC) to a shuttle tanker. Work will commence in April 2012 using the subcontracted vessel from Reef Subsea Power and Umbilical. The operator is beginning step 1A of its planned development program for Bentley. The first phase of development compromises one production well with two laterals, producing across the jackup through a process kit to degas and stabilize the crude, prior to pipeline transfer to a dynamically positioned shuttle tanker.
Project Details: Bentley
Hertel to Construct Additional Living Quarters for Buzzard Platform
Mar 13, 2012 – Hertel’s offshore division received a contract to design, build and modify living quarters on Nexen Petroleum’s Buzzard platform in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract includes engineering, procurement and construction of living quarters for an additional 60 people, which will increase the onboard capacity of the platform to 180. Fabrication began at the end of February 2012. The Buzzard oil and gas field commenced production on Jan. 7, 2007.
Project Details: Buzzard
RWE Dea Acquires 10 Percent Stake in PL 418
Mar 12, 2012 – RWE Dea has entered into an agreement with Wintershall to acquire 10 percent equity in Production License 418 in the North Sea. The first well (35/9-7) in PL 418 will test the hydrocarbon potential of the Skarfjell prospect. Under the new interest holders, Wintershall will hold a 35 percent operating interest. Partners will include Bayerngas (20%), Agora (20%), Edison (15%) and RWE Dea (10%).
NPD Gives Noreco Thumbs Up to Drill Eik Prospect
Mar 9, 2012 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has awarded Noreco a drilling permit for well 7228/1-1 on the Eik prospect in the North Sea. The well will be drilled using the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub) in Production License 396.
Project Details: Eik


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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