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Worldwide Field Development News Aug 17 – Aug 23, 2013

This week the SubseaIQ team added 13 new projects and updated 30 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Europe – North Sea
Statoil Makes Find at Smorbukk North
Aug 22, 2013 – Statoil announced a gas and condensate discovery at its Smorbukk North prospect in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea. Well 6506/9-3 was drilled to a depth of 15,393 feet by the Transocean Leader (mid-water semisub). A 130-foot gas and condensate column was encountered in a down-to situation in the middle Jurassic Garn formation. Additionally, a thin gas and condensate section was proven in the deeper Ile formation. Initial studies indicate recoverable volumes of 25 to 47 MMboe. Smorbukk North is located directly north of the Asgard field and could potentially be developed quickly through a tie-in to existing infrastructure, extending the production life of the Asgard facilities.
Project Details: Asgard
Lundin Comes Up Dry with Biotitt Wildcat
Aug 22, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum’s Biotitt wildcat was drilled to total depth without any sign of hydrocarbons. Well 16/4-7 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to 8,530 feet measured depth and is being plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. Over 300 feet of excellent quality Jurassic and Triassic sandstone was drilled but was found to be water bearing. Biotitt was the first well to be drilled in PL544 which was awarded in 2009. Lundin Petroleum (40%) serves as operator on behalf of partners Bayerngas (30%) and Explora Petroleum (30%).
Project Details: Biotitt
S. America – Brazil
Petrobras Reports Light Oil from Muriu Appraisal
Aug 22, 2013 – Light oil was encountered while drilling an appraisal well in the Sergipe Basin off the coast of Brazil. Well 3-SES-175D was drilled by the Petrobras 10000 (UDW drillship) to appraise the 2012 Muriu discovery in blocks SEAL-M-347 and SEAL-M-424. The well was drilled to a depth of 18,461 feet and discovered almost 80 feet of reservoir with good porosity. Petrobras, 100% owner of the blocks, plans to conduct a formation test to verify the productive characteristics of the reservoir. A Discovery Evaluation Plan has been submitted for approval by Brazil’s Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP).
S. America – Other & Carib.
Noble Energy Ready to Spud Nicaraguan Prospect
Aug 22, 2013 – Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Saratoga (mid-water semisub) is on location and preparing to spud the PS1 exploration well at the Paraiso Sur prospect in the Tyra Concession off Nicaragua. Noble Energy, operator of the concession, has allotted 90 days to drill the well. If successful, a second well will be drilled to determine the commerciality of the discovery. Paraiso Sur is estimated to hold P25 gross unrisked resources of 1,220 MMboe.
Project Details: Paraiso
Asia – SouthEast
Anao Phase 4 Compression Project Complete
Aug 23, 2013 – Work on the Anoa Phase 4 project is complete and production from the field has resumed. Phase 4 was implemented to enhance gas compression capacity to handle the increase of associated gas production and offset the decline of oil production at the field. The extra capacity allows for an additional 200 Bcf of undeveloped reserves being delivered from the field.
Project Details: Anoa
Premier Updates Progress at Pelikan and Naga Fields
Aug 23, 2013 – Progress continues on the Pelikan and Naga gas projects in Natuna Sea Block A offshore Indonesia. Construction of the Pelikan and Naga wellhead platforms (WHP) is almost complete. Load-out and installation of the units will take place in 3Q 2013. Planning of the development drilling program is in the final stages and a suitable rig has been secured. Drilling will commence at the end of the monsoon season in 1Q 2014 from the Pelikan and then Naga. Production startup at both platforms is expected to take place in the second half of 2014.
Project Details: Naga – Pelikan
Santos Acquires Interest in Northwest Natuna PSC
Aug 22, 2013 – Santos announced its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Northwest Natuna Production Sharing Contract (PSC) from operator AWE. The PSC is located off Indonesia and contains the undeveloped Ande Ande Lumut oil field which has been independently assessed to contain gross 2P oil reserves of roughly 100 million barrels. Currently, the proposed development concept consists of the installation of a wellhead platform and a permanently moored FPSO with oil take-off via shuttle tankers. A final investment decision is expected in 2014. Execution of the acquisition requires Indonesian regulatory approval.
Project Details: Ande Ande Lumut
Otto Expects Galoc Gas in November 2013
Aug 22, 2013 – Otto Energy made the decision to call total depth while drilling the 6-H well in the Galoc field off the Philippines. An 853-foot section of high quality reservoir was intersected and a 5 ??” completion liner was run over the interval. The well is being suspended prior to running a completion assembly. Wells 6-H and 5-H are being drilled by the Ocean Patriot (mid-water semisub). The rig will now re-enter the 5-H well to drill through the reservoir section and run the completion. Once drilling and testing operations are complete, the Skandia Hercules construction vessel will be brought in to install the subsea equipment and hook up both wells to the Rubicon Intrepid FPSO. Otto anticipates production start-up in November 2013.
Project Details: Galoc
G11/48 Partners Reach Nong Yao Investment Decision
Aug 22, 2013 – Mubadala Petroleum and its partner KrisEnergy have come to an agreement on the final investment decision for the development of the Nong Yao oil field in the G11/48 contract area in the Gulf of Thailand. The field was discovered in 2009 when the Emerald Driller (350′ ILC) drilled the Nong Yao-1 wildcat. Initial development of the field will involve drilling 23 wells, installation of two wellhead platforms and a floating, storage and offloading (FSO) vessel. The facilities will have the capacity to produce 15,000 bopd along with 30,000 bopd of produced fluids. First oil is anticipated in 1H 2015.
Project Details: Nong Yao
N. America – US GOM
Ardennes Well Fails to Deliver
Aug 22, 2013 – No hydrocarbons were encountered while drilling the Ardennes-1 exploratory well in Green Canyon Block 896. The Cobalt-operated well was drilled by the Ensco 8503 (UDW semisub) to 36,552-feet total depth. Both the Miocene and Inboard Lower Tertiary reservoirs were encountered but neither contained commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. Ardennes-1, which is the deepest well drilled to date in the US Gulf of Mexico, will be plugged and abandoned and the rig will mobilize to Cobalt’s Aegean prospect in Keathley Canyon Block 163. Cobalt owns a 42% working interest in Ardennes with partners ConocoPhillips (30%) and Total (28%).
Project Details: Ardennes
Asia – Far East
Roc Oil Completes Beibu Gulf Drilling Program
Aug 22, 2013 – Roc Oil announced the completion of a 5-well development drilling campaign at the WZ 12-8 field in the Beibu Gulf. Conclusion of the program marks the completion of the final stage of development drilling in Block 22/21. In all, 15 wells were drilled within the block to improve existing production and to tap into additional reserves discovered during the 2012 exploration effort. All 15 wells are expected to be on-stream in 3Q 2013 at a rate of approximately 15,000 bopd. The COSL HYSY 931 (300′ ILC) carried out the drilling program and has now been released.
Project Details: Beibu Gulf
Africa – West
Total Reveals Gabon Deepwater Pre-Salt Discovery
Aug 22, 2013 – Total Gabon, operator of the first deepwater pre-salt well in Gabon, announced the discovery of between 160 and 180 feet of net gas and condensate pay while drilling the Diaman-1B well in the Diaba block. The well was drilled by the Ocean Rig Olympia (UDW drillship) to a depth of 18,323 feet and confirmed the existence of a working petroleum system. Diaman-1B is a sidetrack to the Diaman-1 well which spud in April 2013 and is over 60 miles away from the nearest commercial pre-salt discovery. Total (42.5%) serves as operator of the block with partners Marathon (21.25%), Cobalt (21%) and Gabon Oil (15.25%).
Project Details: Diaman
MidEast – Persian Gulf
Barzan Development Drilling Phase Complete
Aug 22, 2013 – RasGas completed its 30-well development drilling campaign for the $10.3 billion Barzan Gas Project. The drilling program required the use of three jackups that combined for a total of 4,740 working days. Technologies such as Pressurized Mud Cap Drilling were utilized to safely drill the wells in the challenging formation. Completion of the drilling phase clears the way for installation of subsea pipelines to carry gas to the Barzan onshore facilities that are 50% complete.
Project Details: Barzan
Australia
Woodside Proposes FLNG for Browse
Aug 22, 2013 – Woodside recommended floating LNG (FLNG) technology to the Browse joint venture partners as the best option for the Browse LNG Development off Western Australia. In April 2013, the decision to not proceed with onshore development was determined after the concept did not meet commercial requirements for a positive final investment decision. If approved, the joint venture will rely on Shell’s FLNG knowledge and Woodside’s offshore development expertise. The project comprises the development of the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields with combined contingent gas volumes of 15.9 Tcf and 436 million barrels of condensate.
Project Details: Browse LNG
MEO Announces the Presence of Ramble On
Aug 22, 2013 – MEO Australia, the 100% participant in permits AC/P50 and 51, completed its initial assessment of the permit area. Prospects were identified using reprocessed data from the 2012 Zeppelin 3D seismic survey and the older Onnia 3D survey. A likely drilling candidate is the Ramble On prospect in the southern portion of the block. MEO estimates the prospect to contain unrisked prospective resources of 56 MMstb (mean, recoverable). A successful well could significantly upgrade several other prospects within the area including Stairway and Kashmir. Ramble On is located in AC/P51 in close proximity to the Montara and Talbot fields. AC/P51 is currently in its 5th permit year. The 6th permit year begins in April 21, 2014 and requires the drilling of one exploration well.
Project Details: Ramble On

Worldwide Field Development News Oct 20 – Oct 26, 2012

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 2 new projects and updated 15 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

N. America – US GOM

Noble Anticipates Second Gunflint Appraisal

Oct 26, 2012 – Noble Energy expects the Ensco 8501 (UDW semisub) to be available to drill the second Gunflint appraisal well in early 2013 after it finishes exploratory drilling at the Big Bend prospect in the US Gulf of Mexico. Gunflint, situated in Mississippi Canyon Block 948, was appraised and confirmed commercial earlier in the year and represents the company’s largest Gulf of Mexico discovery to-date. The discovery well intersected several reservoirs netting more than 550 feet of high-quality pay. Gunflint is believed to hold up to 500 Mmboe.

Project Details: Gunflint (Freedom)

Australia

Boreas-1 Tests Well

Oct 24, 2012 – Karoon Gas Australia believes the Boreas discovery in permit WA-315-P could be commercial based on well test results. The company feels that future production wells drilled adjacent to Boreas-1 could flow in excess of 100 MMscf/d. Results from the well will be combined with data gathered from Kronos-1, the Poseidon wells and Poseidon 3D seismic to further characterize the size and structure of the Greater Poseidon Trend. The company’s assessment of contingent resources will be independently assessed upon completion of the drilling program.

Project Details: Poseidon

Europe – North Sea

Lundin Receives Boyla PDO Approval

Oct 26, 2012 – The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy granted approval to Lundin Petroleum for the Plan of Development and Operation of the Boyla field in PL 340 offshore Norway. Estimated gross reserves are roughly 21Mmboe with gross peak production of 19,000 Boepd. Boyla will be developed via a subsea tie-back to the Alvheim FPSO. Technip was awarded the field development contract and will handle construction and installation of the subsea equipment.

Project Details: Alvheim

Partners Strike Oil at Garantiana

Oct 26, 2012 – Well 34/6-2S on the Garantiana prospect offshore Norway has been drilled to a total depth of 13,287 feet by the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub). The well, located in Production License 554, penetrated good quality oil-bearing reservoir rock in the Cook formation. Further analysis is needed for an accurate resource estimate but initial flow rates of 4,000 barrels per day were achieved through a 28/24-inch choke. Pending available contracted rig days, the partners in the Total-operated license may elect to drill a sidetrack well to define the oil-water contact.

Project Details: Garantiana

Shell Takes Hess’ Spot at Beryl

Oct 25, 2012 – Royal Dutch Shell and Hess Corporation have reached an agreement whereby Shell will buy Hess’ stake in the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation Pipeline and the fields that comprise the Beryl Area. Beryl is operated by Apache and is made up of 12 producing fields on the UK continental shelf northeast of Aberdeen. Hess’ net daily production from the area through the first three quarters of 2012 was about 14,000 boepd. Shell plans to extend the production life of its new assets potentially by 20 years. The $525 million deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013, pending regulatory approval.

Wintershall Spuds Asha/Noor Exploration

Oct 25, 2012 – Exploration of the Wintershall-operated Asha/Noor prospect in the Norwegian North Sea has commenced on board the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub). Well 16/1-16 is being drilled in 370 feet of water on the western edge of the Utsira High area and is targeting four reservoirs assumed to be Upper Jurassic sandstones. In addition, the well has the potential to appraise the neighboring Ivar Aasen and Apollo discoveries. If the reservoirs are deemed commercially viable the prospect could be developed via the Grane Field processing facilities.

Project Details: Noor

Nexen Spuds Polecat Appraisal

Oct 24, 2012 – Atlantic Petroleum announced the commencement of appraisal drilling at the Polecat prospect in UK license P1100. Well 20/4a-11 is being drilled in 370 feet of water by the Transocean GSF Arctic III (mid-water semisub) in the vicinity of the Ettrick and Blackbird fields. The well is targeting Upper Jurassic reservoirs and is expected to take 50 days to reach total depth. Nexen and Atlantic Petroleum hold 80% and 20% stakes respectively while Nexen maintains operatorship of the license.

Initial Contender Results Look Promising

Oct 23, 2012 – JV partner Antrim Energy announced positive initial results from the Contender well 211/21-N94 in the UK North Sea. Drilling took place on the TAQA Bratani-operated North Cormorant platform and reached a total depth of 16,903 feet. Preliminary results suggest a net oil pay in excess of 60 feet was encountered in the Tarbert member of the Jurassic Brent sandstones. Ongoing testing has revealed greater than expected porosity and hydrocarbon saturation. If Contender is determined to be commercial, it will be developed from North Cormorant under the name Cormorant East.

Project Details: Falcon

Shell Gets Go-Ahead for UK Fram

Oct 23, 2012 – Shell received consent from the UK government to proceed with the development of the Fram field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The development, one of the largest to be approved in five years, is expected to contribute 35,000 Boepd to the country’s production with a field life of 20 to 30 years. Although Shell is the operator, JV partner Esso Exploration & Production UK is the major equity holder with a 68% interest. Fram was discovered in 1969 and is unrelated to the Norwegian field of the same name. The gas condensate field is located in blocks 29/3a and 29/8c in roughly 300 feet of water.

Project Details: Fram

More Delays for Breagh

Oct 22, 2012 – Sterling Resources announced a delay in production start-up at the Breagh field in the UK North Sea. Late design completion, rework of certain systems and late material deliveries combined to cause construction delays which have pushed the anticipated start-up date to the end of 1Q 2013. Breagh Phase 1 development costs have risen to $825 million which is 1.4 percent above initial estimates. Development drilling at the field has not been hampered by the construction delays. The first three wells will be flow-tested before the end of the year. A fourth well is expected to come on stream once field production is established.

Project Details: Breagh

Mediterranean

Sara Disappoints

Oct 23, 2012 – GeoGlobal Resources received disappointing results from the Sara-1 well offshore Israel. Approximately 321 feet of high quality reservoir sands were encountered but proved to be wet without commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. Logging runs provided evidence that gas had once migrated through the system. The Noble Homer Ferrington (DW semisub) drilled the well to a total vertical depth of 12,887 feet and is in the process of plugging and abandoning the well before being released. Data collected during the operation will be used to refine the geologic model of the area and to further evaluate other possible targets within the license.

Leviathan Licensees Seeking Additional Partner

Oct 23, 2012 – The partners in the Leviathan gas field offshore Israel are taking bids to add an international partner to the group to help distribute field development costs. Being offered is up to a 30% stake in the field. Sources indicate Australia’s Woodside Petroleum and Russia’s Gazprom are likely finalists in the bidding round. Leviathan holds an estimated 17 trillion cubic feet of gas and is expected to be brought into production in 2017. The bidding round is due to end in the coming month.

Project Details: Leviathan

Samuel Resource Report Released

Oct 22, 2012 – NSAI released an independent resource report covering the Adira Energy-owned Samuel License offshore Israel. The report indicates P50 estimates of 65.8 MMbbl of oil and 65.8 Bcf of gas in four structures within the license. “The initial well will target the Cretaceous section which is estimated to contain almost 38 million barrels of prospective oil equivalent,” CEO Jeffrey Walter said. Samuel comprises an area of 223 square miles in waters up to 330 feet deep.

Project Details: Samuel

Asia – SouthEast

New Bualuang Facility Ready for Installation

Oct 25, 2012 – Salamander Energy’s Bualuang Bravo Platform construction project is on track to finish on time and within budget. The platform’s jacket has been fabricated and is en route to the Bualuang field where it will be positioned. Topside installation will begin shortly thereafter. Thai Nippon Steel was awarded the construction contract for the 16-slot platform in 1Q 2011. Through the Bravo platform, Salamander plans to double the amount of horizontal production wells currently in use and feels that production will increase from the current level of 11,500 bopd to 15,000 bopd in 2013. The Atwood Mako (400′ ILC) is scheduled to begin development drilling from the platform at the end of November.

Project Details: Bualuang

ROC Announces Successful Balai Cluster Appraisal

Oct 24, 2012 – Appraisal drilling activities at the Bentara-2 well in the Balai Cluster SFRSC have come to a stop upon reaching a total vertical depth of 9,038 feet. BC Petroleum was incorporated to manage the Balai Cluster Small Field Risk Service Contract and is comprised of ROC (48%), Dialog Group (32%) and Petronas (20%). Early results indicated and estimated net hydrocarbon pay in excess of 328 feet across a total interval of 2,132 feet. The well will now be cased and completed in preparation for well testing. Appraisal drilling is the first phase in pre-development of the license and is scheduled to take 18 months to execute. If pre-development is completed successfully the partners in BC Petroleum will submit a field development plan and work towards bringing the Balai Cluster into production.

S. America – Brazil

Statoil Wins at Peregrino South

Oct 24, 2012 – Statoil, together with partner Sinochem, has completed drilling an appraisal well at the Peregrino South prospect offshore Brazil. Well 3-STAT-8-RJS intersected approximately 278 feet of high-quality oil-saturated sandstone reservoir in the Carapebus formation. Goals of the operation were to validate previous volume estimates and establish an optimal development plan. The joint venture will use the positive results from the appraisal to guide the Peregrino Phase II development.

Project Details: Peregrino

Worldwide Field Development News Sep 8 – Sep 14, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 3 new projects and updated 17 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Asia – SouthEast

Torquing the Bit for Gurame Appraisal

Sep 13, 2012 – The Gurame SE-1X well is expected to spud towards the end of September, according to MEO Australia. Success of the appraisal well could lead to early development of the Gurame oil and gas field situated offshore northern Sumatra in the Seruway PSC. The well was identified via 3D seismic as the lowest risk drill-ready candidate with the highest potential for commercial development. Drilling will be undertaken by the Hercules 208 (200′ MLC). Two attractive targets in the well, the Baong and Belumai reservoirs, are expected to be naturally fractured and gas bearing. These attributes should improve the possibility of achieving commercial flow rates. MOE maintains a 100% interest in Seruway.

Project Details: Gurame

Lundin Announces Third Gas Discovery

Sep 12, 2012 – The Berangan-1 well has proved to be Lundin Petroleum‘s third gas discovery in block SB303 offshore Malaysia. The well was drilled in 229 feet of water to a total depth of 5,607 feet by the West Courageous (350’ ILC). Data acquired from the well indicates a 541 foot gross continuous gas column in mid-Miocene sands. While Berangan-1 is the third gas discovery in SB303, it is the fourth in the contract area. Each of the 4 gas discovery lies within a 6 mile radius.

Project Details: Berangan

Phase II Approved for Galoc

Sep 11, 2012 – Otto Energy has approved the Final Investment Decision for Phase II of the Galoc field. Total project cost will be $188 million. Based on its working interest in the project, Otto will be funding 33 percent of the cost, or $62 million. The scope of work for Phase II includes drilling two subsea wells, tying back the wells to the existing FPSO and installing a second production riser and control umbilical. Both wells are expected to commence production during the second half of 2013. The two new Phase II wells will increase field production rates to 12,000 bopd from the current rate of 5,600 bopd.

Project Details: Galoc

Europe – North Sea

BP Sells Stake in Draugen

Sep 13, 2012 – BP has announced it reached an agreement to sell its 18.36% stake in Draugen Field in the Norwegian Sea to Norske Shell for $240 million. The deal, subject to regulatory approval, should be completed by the end of the year. BP’s net production from the Shell-operated Draugen field averages 6,000 barrels per day. Since 2010, BP has entered into agreements to sell assets valued at $33 billion. In an effort to focus more on growth opportunities and its core business strengths BP expects to divest $38 billion in assets between 2010 and 2013.

Project Details: Draugen

Providence Resources Confirms Plans for Dunquin Prospect

Sep 13, 2012 – Providence Resources has been informed by ExxonMobil that a letter of intent has been signed for the use of Ocean Rig’s Eirik Raude (UDW semisub). The rig will be used to drill the Dunquin prospect located in Frontier Exploration Licence 3/04 offshore Ireland. Program duration is expected to take up to 6 months and will commence in the first quarter of 2013, pending corporate and co-venture contract approvals. Partners in the exploration license include operator ExxonMobile (27.5%), Eni (27.5%), Repsol (25%), Providence Resources (16%) and Sosina Exploration (4%).

Project Details: Dunquin Project

Exploration Well Spuds at Geite

Sep 12, 2012 – JV partner Bridge Energy has announced the start of operations at exploration well 7/11-13 on the Norwegian continental shelf. The well is targeting the Triassic reservoir Geite prospect which is located 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of the Ula field. The Maersk Guardian (350′ ILC) is drilling the well and is expected to be on location for a minimum of 80 days.

Project Details: Geite

N. America – US Alaska

Shell Starts Drilling in Chukchi Sea

Sep 12, 2012 – Shell’s much anticipated Chukchi Sea drilling campaign is underway marking the first attempt in 20 years to explore offshore U.S. Arctic petroleum resources. Currently, the Noble Discoverer (mid-water drillship) is being used to drill the mud line cellar and top-hole sections of the first well. This is expected to take two weeks, after which the Discoverer will either continue drilling the Burger prospect or will move to another location to drill the top-hole section. Part of that decision will rest on whether or not the company is able to obtain a permit to drill past the surface sections into the oil bearing portion of the well. Shell has plans to drill three wells in the Chukchi Sea and two wells in the Beaufort Sea if the weather cooperates.

Project Details: Burger, SW Shoebill, Cracker Jack

Africa – Other

Apache’s Kenyan Well Hits Gas

Sep 11, 2012 – Africa-focused Tullow Oil reported Monday that the Mbawa-1 exploration well, currently being drilled by Apache Corporation offshore Kenya, has encountered gas in its shallowest objective. Mbawa-1, located in the L8 license, has so far been drilled to a depth of 8,375 feet and it has encountered approximately 170 feet of net gas pay in porous Cretaceous sandstones. The Deepsea Metro I (UDW Drillship) is now drilling the well to a total depth of 10,745 feet. Apache is the operator of Block L8 with a 50-percent interest. Tullow holds a 15-percent interest.

Project Details: Mbawa

Black Sea

Beach Gains 30% of Est Cobalcescu

Sep 12, 2012 – Melrose Resources has agreed to farm-out 30% of its equity in the Est Cobalcescu exploration concession in the Black Sea to Beach Petroleum. Once the transaction is completed, Melrose will retain operatorship of the concession. Terms dictate that Beach will pay its proportionate share of past costs and cover Melrose’s share of the recently completed seismic survey.

Africa – West

Partners Reprocessing Seismic Data for Aje

Sep 13, 2012 – The joint venture partners for Aje, led by YFP, are reprocessing seismic data related to the Aje discovery with a focus on the Cenomanian reservoir. The joint venture is mulling the potential for early oil development as the technical review could lead to an increase in Cenomanian oil volumes. An appraisal well may be drilled in 2013 targeting the reservoir.

Project Details: Aje

N. America – US GOM

Petrobras Turns on the Taps at Chinook

Sep 13, 2012 – Petrobras has started production at its Chinook field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Chinook #4 well was drilled and completed in Lower Tertiary reservoirs. Production from Chinook is processed by the BW Pioneer – the first FPSO to operate in U.S. waters.

Project Details: The Greater Chinook Area

Plains Buys Shell’s Stake in Holstein

Sep 12, 2012 – It has been announced that Plains Exploration & Production has agreed to buy Shell’s 50% working interest in the Holstein Field for approximately $560 million. The transaction is effective October 2012 and should close by the end of the year. Holstein, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, began producing in December 2004 and is facilitated by a spar platform anchored in 4,400 feet of water. Average net production at the field is 7,400 boepd. The remaining 50% interest in the field is held by BP.

Project Details: Holstein

S. America – Brazil

Canario Spud Expected in Next Few Weeks

Sep 13, 2012 – Vanco is preparing to move the GSF Arctic I (mid-water semisub) to drill its Canario prospect on BM-S-63. This is the second well in their three-well program offshore Brazil. Drilling is expected to commence in approximately two weeks.

Project Details: Canario

Sabia Likely to Disappoint

Sep 13, 2012 – Vanco Energy’s Sabia well reached a depth of 13,779 feet when a decision was made to stop drilling short of the proposed depth of 14,717 feet. Based on current well data, the discovered volumes are at the low end of the pre-drill range estimate. While the well encountered an active petroleum system, the commerciality of the discovery cannot be firmly made at this time. The information obtained from the well is likely to have a positive impact on the next two prospects to be drilled – Canario and Jandaia.

Project Details: Sabia

First Production at Baleia Azul

Sep 12, 2012 – Petrobras has announced the start of oil production at the Baleia Azul presalt field in the offshore Camps Basin. First oil from the field is being pumped aboard the Cidade de Anchieta FPSO. The Cidade de Anchieta is one of two new production systems that Petrobras will put into operation in 2012. Initial production at Baleia Azul is a good sign for Petrobras whose oil production has taken a hit this year due to maintenance and unexpected shutdowns. The company has also announced plans to bring Bauna and Piracaba fields online in October. Petrobras holds a 100% stake in the fields.

Project Details: Espadarte

Worldwide Field Development News Sep 1 – Sep 7, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 new projects and updated 8 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Europe – North Sea

Valiant Considering Alternative Development Options for Crawford

Sep 6, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum, along with its joint venture partners, is actively pursuing other development solutions for the Crawford discovery in the UK North Sea; the partners concluded the original development plan created by Fairfield is not the best way to proceed. A broad range of development options are under consideration for both surface and subsurface. The timeframe for a fully supported field development plan may extend into 2013.

Project Details: Crawford

Norway’s PSA Approves Geite Permit

Sep 6, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given its consent to Det norske to drill their Geite prospect in PL 497. Well 7/11-13 will be drilled using the Maersk Guardian (350′ ILC). Drilling is estimated to take approximately 80 days, but could take as long as 135 days if a sidetrack is drilled.

Project Details: Geite

Lundin Receives NPD Nod for Johan Sverdrup Sidetrack

Sep 6, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has received approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an appraisal well at the Johan Sverdrup discovery located in production license 501. Well 16/2-13A will be drilled using the Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub).

Project Details: Johan Sverdrup

Ithaca Successfully Completes Hurricane DST

Sep 6, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has completed a successful drill stem test (DST) on the Andrew sandstone interval in the Hurricane appraisal well, achieving a maximum flow rate of approximately 24 MMscf/d with associated condensate of 1,200 bopd. The well is being suspended as a future producer from the Andrew reservoir along with the capability to produce from the Rogaland reservoir. During the 24-hour test period, the Andrew interval achieved an average gross flow rate of approximately 17 MMscf/d with associated condensate of 870 bopd from a half-inch choke. Plans are already underway to assess development options.

Project Details: Stella/Harrier

EMAS AMC Wins Cable Installation Work at Troll

Sep 6, 2012 – EMAS AMC has been awarded a contract by ABB for the installation of subsea power cables at the Troll A Platform located offshore Norway. The work scope includes the installation of one HVAC cable and two circuits of HVDC subsea cable from Troll A to the land station Kollsnes. These new cables will provide power to run two compressor drive systems, which will improve production capacity and extend the platform’s lifespan. The Lewek Connector is scheduled to begin operations during 2Q 2014. EMAS AMC is the subsea construction division of Ezra Holdings and the contract was awarded as part of a large strategic cooperation agreement between the two companies.

Project Details: Troll Area

Asia – SouthEast

South Kecapi Expected to Spud by Year End

Sep 6, 2012 – Salamander Energy is expected to spud its South Kecapi prospect by the end of 2012. The Ocean General (mid-water semisub) has been selected to drill the well. Gross mean unrisked resource potential for South Kecapi is 274 Bcf. Salamander Energy estimates its odds of success are 44 percent.

Partners Select Prospect to Drill on Thailand Block G2/48

Sep 5, 2012 – Pearl Oil along with its JV partner, Rayong Offshore Exploration, has selected the Sainampeung-1 prospect as the optimal location to test the G2/48 concession located in the Gulf of Thailand. Sainampueng-1 will be drilled in 4Q 2012 using the Ensco 85 (300′ ILC). Estimates suggest the mean unrisked prospective resources to be 10 million stock tank barrels (MMstb) with a high side of up to 27 MMstb (P10). Sainampueng-1 has the potential to open a new basin with significant follow-up potential.

Project Details: Sainampueng

Australia

ConocoPhillips Intersects Primary Objective at Boreas-1

Sep 6, 2012 – Boreas-1 has intersected the primary reservoir objective and the drilling assembly is being pulled so that coring operations can commence. The well intersected a sand interval characterized by a Rate of Penetration increase, sandy drill cuttings and an increase in the mudlog gas readings indicating a potential gas bearing reservoir. Coring operations will be undertaken to allow more extensive analysis of rock properties in potential reservoir intervals. Production testing will be undertaken if hydrocarbon bearing sands are encountered and confirmed by the wireline logging and the pressure and sampling programs.

Project Details: Boreas

Farm-Out Negotiations Open for La Bella

Sep 4, 2012 – WHL Energy announced they have formally commenced the farm-out process on its VIC/P67 oil and gas permit in the offshore Otway Basin off the Victorian coast of Australia. Strong industry interest to participate in the development of the permit has prompted this Australian-based operator to open a data room in Perth, providing potential partners with access to past exploration and study data from previous operators as well as WHL Energy. The farm-out process is expected wrap up by the end of 2012. The VIC/P67 permit is located approximately 124 miles (200 km) West-Southwest of Melbourne and is wholly owned by WHL Energy.

Project Details: La Bella

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (May 4 – May 10, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 new projects and updated 20 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
Harvest Natural Completes Technical Evaluation over Dassafu Ruche Marin
May 9, 2012 – A technical evaluation of the 2011 Ruche discovery has been completed, reported Panoro Energy. Studies indicate that the discovery has recoverable resources of around 11 MMbbl and is commercially marginal. Further resources will need to be found in order to proceed with a commercial development of the field. The Tortue prospect, about 9 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Ruche, has been selected as the next exploration prospect to drill. The well will target pre-salt Gamba and mid-Dentale reservoirs and a secondary post-salt Madiela reservoir. When combining these reservoirs, the Tortue prospect has consolidated mean prospective resources of 28 MMbbls with 56 percent geological chance of success. When combining a discovery on Tortue with the existing discovery on Ruche, the minimum commercial threshold for Tortue is estimated to be around 10MMbbl resulting in a commercial chance of success of 46 percent. Rig options are currently being reviewed to drill the Tortue prospect.
Project Details: Dussafu Ruche Marin
Aker to Supply Subsea Trees for Dalia Field
May 4, 2012 – Total awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the delivery of seven subsea tree systems to the Dalia field offshore Angola. The scope of work includes seven production trees, seven wellhead systems and seven well jumper systems, and may include some contract options. Management and engineering of the subsea tree systems will be performed at Aker Solutions’ manufacturing center in Tranby, Norway. Procurement, manufacturing and assembly will take place in Port Klang, Malaysia, and Aberdeen, UK. Equipment deliveries will be made in 2013 and 2014.
Project Details: Dalia
Kosmos to P&A Teak-4A Well
May 4, 2012 – Kosmos Energy has completed drilling the Teak-4A appraisal well, located in the West Cape Three Points Block, offshore Ghana. The well, targeting the stratigraphic extension of the Teak discovery area, encountered thin, non-commercial reservoirs and is being plugged and abandoned. Kosmos and partners have begun integrating well results into the Teak field model to determine forward appraisal and development plans. The Atwood Hunter (DW semisub) drilled Teak-4A to a total depth of 9,348 feet (2,850 meters) in a water depth of 1,817 feet (554 meters). Following the completion of operations at the Teak-4A well, the drilling rig will set gauges at the Teak-2A well and perform a drill stem test at the Akasa oil discovery on the West Cape Three Points Block.
Project Details: Teak
Europe – North Sea
Lundin Spuds Albert Prospect
May 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced drilling exploration well 6201/11-3 in PL519 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well will target the Albert prospect. The main objective of the well is to test Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Albert prospect contains unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 177 MMboe. The planned total depth is 10,335 feet (3,150 meters) below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the Bredford Dolphin (mdi-water semisub). Drilling is expected to take approximately 55 days.
Project Details: Albert
Total to Begin Elgin Kill Op in Near Future
May 10, 2012 – Total reported that the West Phoenix (UDW semisub) drilling rig has been positioned about 99 feet (30 meters) away from its North Sea Elgin platform, where a gas leak was discovered in late March. Dependent on weather, the well intervention should start “within a very few days,” according to the operator. Additionally, drilling of the first back-up relief well by the Sedco 714 (mid-water semisub) is still progressing as per plan, added the company.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
Lundin, Partners Finalize Johan Sverdrup Timetable
May 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum and partners have agreed to a development schedule to move forward the Johan Sverdrup discovery. The current timetable for Johan Sverdrup is: concept selection to be selected in 4Q 2013; POD submission in 4Q 2014; and first oil in 4Q 2018. The field is expected to have a production life extending to 2050. Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO, commented, “We are very pleased that the Johan Sverdrup partners have agreed on a development schedule to move forward this very large discovery. This highlights the importance of this project to all stakeholders.”
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
Centrica Spuds Cooper Prospect in North Sea
May 9, 2012 – Centrica Resources has commenced drilling the Cooper prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Drilled by the West Alpha (UDW semisub), the exploration well will target the Cooper prospect located in P L477 in Block 6506/11 on the Halten Terrace between the Smorbukk oil field, immediately to the east, and the Morvin oil field, to the west. Cooper consists of an untested north to south trending fault block. The main reservoir objectives are the prolific Middle Jurassic Garn and Ile formations, which are the main producing reservoirs in the neighboring Smorbukk and Morvin fields.
Project Details: Cooper
CB&I to Provide FEED Services for Aasta Hansteen Project
May 4, 2012 – Statoil awarded CB&I a contract for the provision of front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Aasta Hansteen, formerly Luva, topsides project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The platform will process hydrocarbons from the field in a water depth of 4,265 feet (1,300 meters). The development concept consists of a spar platform tied to subsea templates. Processing on the topsides will consist of conventional gas dehydration and dew-pointing with condensate stabilization through heating and separation, designed for daily production rates of 23 MMcm/d. CB&I???s scope of work consists of the FEED package for the topsides which includes units for processing, utilities, 108-bed living quarters and flare, with a total dry weight of about 21,500 tonnes. FEED is scheduled for delivery by year-end.
Project Details: Aasta Hansteen (Luva)
MPX North Sea Spins Bit at Timon Prospect
May 4, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum announced that the WilHunter (UDW semisub) has arrived on location to drill the Timon prospect, located in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well is anticipated to spud within the next few days and take around 40 days to complete. Timon is an Upper Jurassic channelized sand play similar to the Cladhan and Tybalt discoveries also located in the UK Northern North Sea. Gross best estimate prospective resources are estimated by Valiant to be 30 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Project Details: Timon
N. America – US GOM
Stone Energy Acquires Additional Shares in Pompano
May 10, 2012 – Stone Energy will purchase Anadarko’s working interests in the Pompano field for $67 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Stone Energy will acquire Anadarko’s 25% working interest in the five-block deepwater Pompano field, 22% in Block 29, and 10% in portions of Block 72 of the Mississippi Canyon.
Project Details: Pompano
Nexen P&A Kakuna Well
May 8, 2012 – Nexen failed to encounter commercial hydrocarbons in its Kakuna well and is in the process of plugging and abandoning the well. Kakuna was drilled to a depth of 30,300 feet (9,235 meters) by the ENSCO 8502 (UDW semisub).
Project Details: Kakuna
AMEC to Perform FEED for Mad Dog Phase 2 Development
May 8, 2012 – AMEC received a contract from BP to provide Front End Engineering Design services (FFED) for the topsides facilities for the second phase of the Mad Dog field development. The new facility, expected to be one of the largest floating production systems installed in the GOM, will produce oil and gas from the Phase 2 development area within the existing Mad Dog field.
Project Details: Mad Dog
Apache to Spud Parmer
May 8, 2012 – The deep water Parmer step-out appraisal well is expected to spud late in the second quarter of 2012. The well is expected to drill for approximately three months, followed by a possible sidetrack. Apache operates the prospect.
Project Details: Parmer
S. America – Brazil
Manati’s Production Increases as Wells Come Online
May 9, 2012 – Average gas production at the Manati field was 5.2 MMcm/d in the first quarter of 2012, stated Panoro Energy, a partner in the field. The production figures represent an increase of approximately 12 percent from the fourth quarter 2011 and an increase of approximately 27 percent compared to the first quarter 2011. The year-on-year increase is a result of the wells being back at full production capacity, after repair and maintenance work last year that resulted in lower production capacity. Average production in Q2 2012 has been 6.4 MMcm/d to date with the field currently producing from all six wells. The operator has scheduled a shut-down of the field for two to three weeks, which has now been postponed to November/December 2012, for maintenance of the gas processing plant and replacement of certain topside equipment on the platform. Annual production from the field is expected to average between 5.5 to 6 MMcm/d.
Petrobras will Re-inject Gas from Bauna, Piracaba Fields
May 9, 2012 – Petrobras reported that the nearby Tiro/Sidon discoveries (now renamed Bauna and Piracaba) will re-inject the gas produced from these fields, rather than export gas through a common pipeline with gas from the BS-3 fields. Gas export options for the BS-3 fields are consequently being re-evaluated, including potential volumes from several nearby high-profile exploration wells for which results are expected within the next year. Revised development plans will be filed with the ANP, including a gas export solution and a strategy to evaluate the area B1 zone potential.
Vanco Preps for Drilling Campaign
May 9, 2012 – Vanco reported that the GSF Arctic I (mid-water semisub) is undergoing required inspections and preparations to commence an exploratory drilling campaign offshore Brazil. The campaign includes the drilling of three prospects, Sabia, Canario and Jandaia, with Sabia being the first drilling target. The shipyard operations are on track and the drilling campaign on the three exploration licenses is expected to start in June/July 2012. The three prospects to be drilled in this campaign are estimated to hold around 100 MMBOE of unrisked resources.
Oceaneering to Supply Umbilicals for Lula, Sapinhoa Development
May 8, 2012 – Petrobras awarded Oceaneering a contract to supply nearly 125 miles (200 kilometers) of thermoplastic production control umbilicals for field development projects, Lula and Sapinhoa, offshore Brazil. Product manufacturing is expected to commence in 3Q 2012 and be completed in 3Q 2015.
Project Details: Sapinhoa (Guara)
Asia – SouthEast
Talisman Progresses HST/HSD Development
May 9, 2012 – The Hai Su Trang and Hai Su Den (HST/HSD) development, which was sanctioned in December 2011, is progressing on schedule and on budget, announced Talisman. First production from the project is planned for the second half of 2013.
McDermott to Provide Subsea Infrastructure for Siakap North Development
May 9, 2012 – McDermott has received a subsea contract to execute a deepwater engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, installation and commissioning project offshore Malaysia. The award is for the subsea infrastructure of the Siakap North – Petai (“SNP”) development project operated by Murphy Sabah Oil Co., comprising rigid flowlines, flexible risers, an umbilical and subsea hardware and controls. The SNP field is located nearby the existing Kikeh field, northwest of Labuan Island, Malaysia, in waters measuring 3,900 to 4,900 feet (1,189 to 1,494 meters) deep. The SNP field architecture consists of two rigid, insulated, pipe-in-pipe production flowlines, one rigid water injection flowline and one main umbilical system connecting eight new manifolds and subsea distribution units to existing riser slots on the Kikeh FPSO. The development calls for five water injection and eight production wells, drilled from the manifolds at each of the four drill center locations. The project scope is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2013.
Project Details: Kikeh
Aker to Provide Subsea Production System for the Siakap North Project
May 4, 2012 – Murphy Sabah Oil has awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the delivery of a subsea production system for the Siakap North project. The scope of work includes 13 subsea trees, eight manifolds, well jumpers, engineering for topside controls and life cycle support services. The first hardware delivery is slated for 1Q 2013. The subsea production system will be tied-back to Murphy’s Kikeh FPSO.
Project Details: Kikeh
Mediterranean
Noble Suspends Leviathan Drilling Ops
May 4, 2012 – Noble Energy announced that the Leviathan deep well offshore Israel has reached a depth of approximately 21,400 feet (6,523 meters), the deepest known penetration in the Levant Basin. High well pressure and the mechanical limits of the wellbore design resulted in the suspension of drilling operations before the primary objective was reached. Over the course of deepening the Leviathan No. 1 well, the operator obtained valuable geologic and engineering data about the basin. At approximately 21,000 feet (6,401 meters), the well encountered a zone where natural gas was detected. The composition of the natural gas was heavier than discovered in the shallower intervals and suggests a thermogenic source. At a total depth of 21,400 feet (6,523 meters) higher pressure was encountered indicating the possibility of an overlying seal. The Noble Homer Ferrington (mid-water semisub) is scheduled to remain on location at the No.1 well to conduct a production flow test of the previously discovered natural gas sands at Leviathan
Project Details: Leviathan

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Apr 27 – May 3, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 new projects and updated 16 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Europe – North Sea
Aker Solutions Sub-Contracted for EPC Gig at Edvard Grieg
May 3, 2012 – Kvaerner will subcontract Aker Solutions to engineer, procure and construct topsides for the Edvard Grieg platform, formerly the Luno field. Aker Solutions will deliver design engineering and procurement services from the company’s offices in Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India, with support from Kvaerner. Fabrication and assembly of the 4 500 tonn process module will be conducted by Aker Solutions’ yard in Egersund. Detail engineering will begin instantly, while fabrication is expected to commence in 2013. First production from the field is expected in late 2015, with a forecast gross peak production of approximately 90,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).
Project Details: Edvard Grieg (Luno, Draupne) Project
Lundin Strikes Again at Johan Sverdrup
May 3, 2012 – Lundin reported that sidetrack 16/2-11A of the appraisal well 16/2-11 has confirmed good quality in Upper and Middle Jurassic reservoir on the Johan Sverdrup field, reported Lundin Petroleum. The well was drilled approximately 2.05 miles (3.3 kilometers) southwest of the discovery well 16/2-6 and 2,493 feet (760 meters) north east of the 16/2-11 appraisal well. The sidetrack well (16/2-11A) encountered a gross reservoir column of approximately 167 feet (51 meters) of which 115 feet (35 meters) was above the oil water contact. The oil water contact was established and in line with other wells in PL501. A comprehensive coring and logging program has been performed which confirmed the good reservoir properties in the appraisal well 16/2-11. The total depth of the sidetrack was 7,759 feet (2,365 meters). The wells will be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
TD Reached at Valiant’s Orchid Prospect
May 3, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum announced that the well on the Orchid prospect has reached a total depth of 9,333 feet. The well encountered a Chalk zone of over 280 feet (85 meters) which exhibited oil shows throughout and higher-than-anticipated porosities. The shallower, secondary Tertiary target sands were not present in the well location. Initial interpretation of the wireline log data by Valiant suggests the well has encountered a 50 foot (15 meter) pay zone above a large Chalk interval with low average oil saturations. The partnership has decided to plug and abandon the well pending further work on the data acquired to determine what further appraisal might be warranted.
Project Details: Orchid
Nexen Drills Dry Hole in Stingray
May 3, 2012 – Nexen has reached total depth of 6,895 feet (2,129 meters) in the Stingray exploration well (15/13b-11) in the North Sea. The well is dry and will be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Stingray
Det norske Drills Duster at Storebjorn
May 2, 2012 – Det norske has hit a water-bearing reservoir section in the Storebjorn prospect in PL 450. The drill bit encountered high pressure zones in the well, and because of this, drilling operations took longer than expected to reach the reservoir section. The well will be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Storebjorn
PSA Grants Statoil Consent to Drill on Tyrihans
May 2, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted consent to use the facility Transocean Searcher (mid-water semisub) for recompletion of well 6407/1A-4-H on the Tyrihans field in Production License 091. The water depth of the site is 879 to 945 feet (268 to 288 meters). The estimated start up is May 16, 2012 and the activity will last up until March 30, 2013.
Project Details: Tyrihans
GE to Supply Cheviot Subsea Equipment
May 1, 2012 – ATP has contracted GE Oil & Gas to supply subsea production equipment, ancillary systems and related services for the Cheviot field in the North Sea. The supplied equipment, including wellheads, subsea Xmas trees and a subsea control system will be used in conjunction with ATP’s Octabuoy FPS that is currently being constructed. As part of the contract, GE will also provide system engineering and design, procurement and on-site testing services. Product shipments will begin in February 2013 with installation scheduled for later that year. Commercial operations are set to begin in 2014.
Project Details: Cheviot
Bacchus Comes Online
May 1, 2012 – Apache has commenced production from the first development well on the Bacchus field, located in Block 22/06a in the UK sector of the North Sea. Initial production rates over the first five days were approximately 6,000 gross bopd. When the full field development is completed and online, the company will be able to provide reliable long-term sustainable production estimates. Furthermore, the company has commenced development drilling on the second production well on the field and expects for it to come online in 3Q 2012.
Project Details: Forties
MidEast – Persian Gulf
ATP Spuds Shimshon Well
Apr 30, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary ATP East Med B.V. have initiated drilling at the Shimshon well in the Levant Basin offshore Israel using the ENSCO 5006 (DW semisub). The Shimshon well resides in a water depth of 3,622 feet (1,104 meters) with a target depth of 14,764 feet (4,500 meters). After spud, several protective casing strings will be set until the well has penetrated the salt layer, said the operator. A full set of electric logs will be run at total depth to assist in evaluation of target reservoirs. ATP expects to announce results during the third quarter of 2012.
S. America – Other & Carib.
McDermott Wins Brownfield Contract for North Coast Marine Area Project
May 1, 2012 – McDermott International received a brownfield contract to provide two new permanent living quarter modules, including Front End Engineering Design (FEED), design engineering, construction, transportation and installation for BG’s North Coast Marine Area project. The two modules comprise a 640-ton, 60-man quarters module for the Hibiscus platform and a 915-ton, 62-man quarters module for the Poinsettia platform. The Hibiscus module will also accommodate new electrical power generation and distribution, the design of which is being performed by the McDermott engineering office in Houston. The Poinsettia and Hibiscus fields are located in the North Coast Marine Area (“NCMA”) in waters up to 530 feet (162 meters), offshore Trinidad.
Project Details: North Coast Marine Area (NCMA)
BPZ Energy, Pacific Rubiales Form JV
Apr 27, 2012 – BPZ Energy has formed an unincorporated joint venture with Pacific Rubiales to explore and develop Block Z-1 offshore Peru. The agreement calls for Pacific Rubiales to pay $150 million in cash and is subject to a commitment of $185 million for BPZ’s share of capital and exploratory expenditures in Z-1, for their assumption of a 49 percent participating interest in Block Z-1. The block spans 555,000 acres and holds two producing fields, Corvina and Albacora, which averaged 3,880 bopd in the first quarter of 2012. BPZ Energy said it also contains several prospects and leads in water depths ranging from 200 to 1,000 feet. Under the terms of the agreement, BPZ will remain as operator, holding a 51% participating interest, while Pacific Rubiales assumes a 49% participating interest.
Project Details: Corvina
N. America – US GOM
Technip to Deliver Spar for Mad Dog Phase 2
Apr 30, 2012 – Technip has received a FEED contract from BP for the Mad Dog phase two project. The contract covers the design of a spar hull and mooring systems for the development, located near Green Canyon Block 825 in the Gulf of Mexico. This first award comes under the framework of the 10-year spar platform master services agreement signed in 2011. The Mad Dog Phase 2 Spar will be located near the first Mad Dog Spar delivered by Technip for BP in 2004, and installed on Green Canyon 782. Detailed engineering for the new spar is scheduled to start during the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Mad Dog

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Feb 3 – Feb 9, 2012

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 3 new projects and updated 30 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field development news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Europe – North Sea
Providence Encounters Hydrocarbons at Barryroe Appraisal Well
Feb 9, 2012 – Providence Resources announced that the Barryroe appraisal well has encountered hydrocarbon shows in its secondary objective. The original drilling timeline was initially set back by weather and later by rig performance issues which significantly delayed the drilling of the 12.25-inch section. Drilling of this section recommenced on Feb. 2, when the necessary rig repairs and maintenance programs were completed by the rig owner. Hydrocarbon shows were encountered during the drilling of the 12.25-inch section, which contains a number of potential secondary reservoir units. Preliminary real time LWD data demonstrates excellent sandstone package correlation with the nearby 48/24-3 well. The forward program includes a comprehensive wire-line data acquisition program of this drilled 12.25-inch section, utilizing modern ‘state of the art’ down-hole tools, after which the section will be cased. Subsequent operations will include coring of the underlying primary reservoir zone, which is the main focus of this drilling program. Following this, the operator plans to perform drill stem testing of the primary basal sands target in order to ascertain flow rates and productivity. The 48/24-10z Barryroe appraisal well is located in approximately 328 feet (100 meters) of water, around 31 miles (50 kilometers) offshore Ireland in Standard Exploration License (SEL) 1/11 in the North Celtic Sea Basin.
Project Details: Barryroe
North Energy Divests Interest in Fogelberg Gas Discovery
Feb 9, 2012 – North Energy will sell its 12 percent stake in the Fogelberg gas discovery (License 433) for $12.2 million to Centrica Resources. This will increase Centrica’s stake to 40 percent. Production license 433 contains the Fogelberg gas/discovery, which was proven in 2010. A preliminary estimate of the find indicates the discovery is about 3 and 15 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalent. In 2011, the consortium finalized possible development solutions, which are expected to lead to a plan for development and operation within a few years.
Project Details: Fogelberg
Premier, Antrim Abandon East Fyne Well
Feb 7, 2012 – Premier Oil has abandoned the East Fyne appraisal well in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well reached a total depth of 5,020 feet (1,530 meters) and encountered 11 feet (3 meters) of gas-bearing sand within the Upper Tay formation and eight feet (two meters) of oil-bearing sand within the Middle Main Tay formation. Premier said that because the thickness of the oil-bearing sand is at the lower end of the pre-drill estimate, the firms have decided to plug and abandon the well. The Sedco 704 (mid-water semisub) will now be moved to drill the Bluebell prospect on license P1466, UK Block 15/24c, also in the Central North Sea. Furthermore, the operator will use the Borgsten Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to complete existing production and water-injection wells on the Fyne field. First oil is expected during the third quarter of 2012.
Project Details: Fyne
Lundin Spuds Johan Sverdup Appraisal Well
Feb 3, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced appraisal drilling at well 16/2-11 on the Johan Sverdup discovery located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The planned total depth is 7,136 feet (2,175 meters) and the well will be drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub). Drilling operations are estimated to take 40 days. The objective of the well is to determine the thickness and quality of an oil bearing Jurassic sequence at the appraisal well location. The well is located 1.3 miles (2,2 kilometers) south east from the Johan Sverdrup PL265 discovery well 16/2-8.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
N. America – US GOM
Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Services in GOM
Feb 9, 2012 – Discovery Gas Transmission awarded Foster Wheeler a contract to provide design, engineering and technical services for a junction platform, facilities and associated pipelines within the Discovery System at South Timbalier Block 283 in the GOM. The platform, located in about 350 feet of water, will be a four-pile structure with a two-level deck. It will be designed as an unmanned structure with a control system designed to shut down the facility in the event of an upset condition. The new infrastructure will enable the existing Discovery pipeline to operate at a higher pressure, both before and after the connection of the new Keathley Canyon pipeline. Discovery will construct the Keathley Canyon Connector, a 20-inch diameter, 215-mile subsea natural gas gathering pipeline for production from the Keathley Canyon, Walker Ridge and Green Canyon areas in the central deepwater GOM. Discovery has signed long-term agreements with Lucius and Hadrian South owners for natural gas gathering and processing services for production from those fields. The Keathley Canyon Connector will originate in the southeast portion of the Keathley Canyon area and terminate into Discovery’s 30-inch diameter mainline near South Timbalier Block 283.
Project Details: Lucius
Australia
Woodside Prepping to Drill Alaric in 2012
Feb 3, 2012 – Woodside is planning to appraise the Alaric deepwater discovery in 2012. The gas field is located in 6,430 feet (1,960 meters) of water offshore Australia.
Project Details: Alaric
SBM to Supply Turret, Mooring System for Ichthys FLNG
Feb 3, 2012 – INPEX awarded SBM Offshore a contract to engineer, procure, fabricate and supply a turret and mooring system. This system will be integrated by the client into the Ichthys FPSO and installed offshore NW Australia. The contract also includes assistance during the integration of the turret into the FPSO as well as during installation on the field. Installation is slated to commence in mid-2015.
Project Details: Ichthys
NZOG Eying Late 2012 Drill Date for Kakapo Prospect
Feb 3, 2012 – NZOG reported it is investigating possible rig options for drilling the Kakapo oil prospect in late 2012.The prospect is a stacked series of Miocene coastal sands, which are laterally truncated and prognosed to be sealed by deep canyons. Estimates of mean prospective resources are 200+ million barrels. Seismic modeling has upgraded the chance of success through indications of a small gas cap on the main postulated oil column.
Project Details: Kakapo
Kupe to Undergo 2nd Stage of Development
Feb 3, 2012 – The consortium of PML 38146 is conducting further geological and geophysical assessment of potential structures in the permit, with the possibility of drilling additional prospects in conjunction with the scheduled second stage development drilling within the Kupe central field. The Kupe field commenced production in 2009.
Project Details: Kupe
Africa – West
Chariot Moves Forward Offshore Namibia
Feb 9, 2012 – Chariot Oil & Gas has completed an 864,869-acre (3,500-square kilometer) 3D seismic acquisition program across its Central Blocks (2312 A&B and Northern halves of 2412 A&B) offshore Namibia. The survey targeted an area in the northeast section of the license that contains 11 leads with a combined prospective resource potential of 3.972 billion barrels of oil. Processing and interpretation of the data collected has commenced with results slated for the second half of this year.
Total Starts Second Phase of Ofon Development in Nigeria
Feb 7, 2012 – Total has commenced the second phase of the Ofon field development offshore Nigeria. Construction and installation contracts were awarded for Ofon Phase 2, which is scheduled to come on stream in 2014. The Ofon field is located in OML 102, 40 miles (65 kilometers) off the Nigerian shores in a water depth of 130 feet (40 meters). Total said that this phase of development will unlock the field’s undeveloped reserves and increase production to 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from 30,000 barrels, by installing four new platforms: two production platforms, a processing platform and an accommodation platform. Most of the development is dedicated to recovering natural gas, which will be compressed and evacuated to shore. The partners in OML 102 are Total (40 percent, operator) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (60 percent).
Technip to Supply Equipment for Jubilee Phase 1A Development
Feb 7, 2012 – Technip received two contracts by Tullow Ghana for Phase 1A of development on Tullow’s Jubilee project. The awarded contracts cover full project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of a new flexible riser, two rigid flowlines and 11 spools/jumpers, as well as the installation of two manifolds and 3.1 miles (five kilometers) of umbilicals. Offshore installation is scheduled to occur in the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Jubilee
Eni Ghana Spuds Nunya-1X Well Offshore Ghana
Feb 7, 2012 – Eni Ghana has spud the Nunya-1X well, formerly called Cuda-2, using the Transocean Marianas (DW semisub) offshore Ghana. The Nunya prospect is a four-way dip closed structure with a primary reservoir target comprising Upper Cretaceous deep-marine fan sandstones that are analogous to those that have already yielded significant discoveries elsewhere along the West Africa Transform Margin, said Afren.
Project Details: Nunya
Aker to Provide Well Intervention Services for Jubilee Field
Feb 3, 2012 – Aker Solutions has signed an agreement with Tullow for the provision of well intervention services for Tullow’s Jubilee and Tano deepwater fields offshore Ghana. The initial contract period is for three years, with two additional one-year options. Under the agreement, Aker will provide slickline and colied tubing services, which are conducted with the objective of maximizing production of oil and gas.
Project Details: Jubilee
Asia – SouthEast
Inpex Prepping to Commence FEED Work on Abadi Development
Feb 7, 2012 – Inpex Masela is currently preparing to commence Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) work on the Abadi FLNG project in the Masela block in the Arafura Sea, Indonesia. The operator will develop the Abadi gas field in phases with an annual LNG production of 2.5 million tons estimated for the first phase of development.
Project Details: Abadi
Mediterranean
Noble Strikes Gas Offshore Israel
Feb 7, 2012 – Noble Energy has made a natural gas discovery at the Tanin prospect offshore Israel. The discovery well, drilled by the ENSCO 5006 (DW semisub), reached a depth of 18,212 feet (5,551 meters) and encountered about 130 feet (40 meters) of gross natural gas pay in high-quality lower Miocene sands. Gross resources are estimated at .9 and 1.4 Tcf with a gross mean of 1.2 Tcf. Noble said this discovery de-risks other prospects located in the vicinity of Tanin. The Tanin well is located in the Alon A license, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of the Tamar field, in 5,100 feet (1,555 meters) of water.
Project Details: Tanin

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Norway Approves Brynhild Field Development Plan

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Lundin Petroleum​ AB (“Lundin Petroleum”) through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS announces the approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Brynhild field in PL148, located in the Norwegian North Sea. First production from the Brynhild field is expected in late 2013.

The Brynhild field is located adjacent to the Norway-United Kingdom border, some 210 km from the Norwegian mainland. The development of Brynhild will be a three well subsea tie-back to the Pierce FPSO located in the United Kingdom, 38 km south of the field.

The estimated gross reserves are approximately 20 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe) with net peak production of approximately 12,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boepd). The hydrocarbons will be processed at the Pierce FPSO before being offloaded for further transportation.

Lundin Petroleum has a 50 percent working interest in the Brynhild field and is operator. Partners are Talisman with 30 percent and Noreco with 20 percent.

Lundin Petroleum is a Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a well balanced portfolio of world-class assets primarily located in Europe and South East Asia. The Company is listed at the NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm (ticker “LUPE”) and at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) (Ticker “LUP”). Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 187 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).

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