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BSEE: HWCG Capping Stack Successfully Tested

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Noble Energy, Inc. and the Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG) announced Tuesday the successful completion of a full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment to assess Noble Energy’s ability to respond to a potential subsea blowout in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

BSEE Director James Watson confirmed that the HWCG capping stack deployed for the exercise met the pressurization requirements of the drill scenario, marking successful completion of the exercise.

The unannounced deployment drill, undertaken at the direction of BSEE, began April 30 to test the HWCG capping stack system – a 20-feet tall, 146,000-pound piece of equipment similar to the one that stopped the flow of oil from the Macondo well following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010. During this exercise, the capping stack was deployed in more than 5,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Once on site, the system was lowered to a simulated well head (a pre-set parking pile) on the ocean floor, connected to the well head, and pressurized to 8,400 pounds per square inch.

“Deployment drill exercises like this one are essential to supporting President Obama’s commitment to the safe and responsible development of offshore resources,” said Director Watson. “BSEE continually works to ensure that the oil and natural gas industry is prepared and ready to respond with the most effective equipment and response systems.”

BSEE engineers, inspectors and oil spill response specialists are evaluating the deployment operations and identifying lessons learned as the bureau continues efforts to improve safety and environmental protection across the offshore oil and natural gas industry.

“The quick and effective response to a deepwater well containment incident, demonstrated during the drill, was enabled by collaborative communication and planning between the industry and regulatory agencies with a focus on solutions-based outcomes,” said John Lewis, senior vice president of Noble Energy. “BSEE, the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Offshore Coordinator’s Office and Noble Energy brought unique perspectives together in a Unified Command structure to achieve a shared goal. Through excellent coordination within the Incident Command System structure that included elevating the Source Control Chief to report directly to Unified Command, the dedication of hundreds of people and activation of the HWCG rapid response system, all objectives were met.”

“HWCG’s ability to quickly and effectively respond to a call from Noble Energy and every operator in our consortium is made possible by a combination of the mutual aid agreement committed to by each consortium member and the contracts we have in place for equipment that is staffed and working in the Gulf each day,” said Roger Scheuermann, HWCG Commercial Director. “Mutual aid enables members to draw upon the collective technical expertise, assets and resources of the group in the event of an incident. Utilizing staffed and working vessels, drilling and production equipment helps ensure there is no down time for staffing or testing equipment readiness in a crisis situation.”

In accordance with the plan, all 15 member companies were activated for this incident through the HWCG notification system.

For the safety of personnel and equipment, a Unified Command comprised of BSEE, the US Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office and Noble Energy decided to temporarily hold operations May 2 and 3 due to rough weather over the Gulf of Mexico. The safety of personnel remained a top priority throughout the exercise.

Since the Deepwater Horizon tragedy in 2010, BSEE has worked to implement the most aggressive and comprehensive offshore oil and gas regulatory reforms in the nation’s history. This deepwater containment drill tested one critical component of enhanced drilling safety requirements.

Press Release, May 8, 2013: Source

Worldwide Field Development News Dec 29 – Jan 4, 2013

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 3 new projects and updated 9 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 – Far East

CNOOC Bolsters South China Sea Production

Jan 3, 2013 – Production has started at CNOOC’s 100% owned Liuhua 4-1 field in the South China Sea. Liuhua 4-1 is a subsea development consisting of one production manifold and eight production wells. They are produced through the Nanhai Tiao Zhan FPS and then pumped to the Nanhai Sheng Li FPSO. Peak production is expected to be reached later this year. In addition, the company completed an adjustment project on the Panyu 4-2 and 5-1 oilfields. The objective of the project was to achieve more efficient production from the two fields through shared facilities.

Europe – North Sea

North Sea Energy Provides Badger Update

Jan 3, 2013 – North Sea Energy’s operating committee recently held a meeting to discuss the path forward regarding the Premier Oil-operated Badger prospect in the UK North Sea. Badger is a structural/stratigraphic trap with an objective in lower Cretaceous Coracle and Punt sandstones. Further delineation is required and critical risk elements need to be mitigated before a drilling decision can be made. The company hopes to be in a position to make that decision by the end of 3Q 2013.

Det Norske Submits Ivar Aasen POD

Jan 3, 2013 – Det norske, on behalf of the partners in Production License 001B, submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy the Plan for Development and Operation of the Ivar Aasen field. If approved, first oil could be seen in 4Q 2016. Information gained during appraisal drilling indicates that the field contains 150 mmboe and will produce at a steady rate of 23,000 boepd. The development will also include the Hanz and West Cable discoveries. Hanz will be utilized by a subsea installation tied back to a production platform servicing Ivar Aasen and West Cable.

Project Details: Ivar Aasen

BP Brings Skarv Field Online

Jan 3, 2013 – BP announced the start of production systems at the Skarv field on December 31, 2012. Over its life, Skarv is expected to produce over 100 million barrels of oil and condensate and over 1.5 trillion cubic feet of rich gas. Water depth at the location is almost 1,500 feet. Development facilities include a new harsh environment FPSO, five subsea templates and a 50 mile export pipeline. Production rates will gradually increase over the year to an expected maximum daily rate of 165,000 boed.

Project Details: Skarv/Idun

S. America – Other & Carib.

Priodontes Well Spuds Off French Guiana

Jan 3, 2013 – Shell, as operator of the Guyane Maritime Permit (French Guiana), spudded an exploration well at the Priodontes prospect on December 29, 2012. The well is being drilled by the Stena Drillmax ICE (UDW drillship). Well GM-ES-3 is the second well in the current drilling program and is testing a different area of the Cingulata fan system that contains the recent Zaedyus oil discovery. Results of the Priodontes exploration will allow the license partners to gain a better understanding of the area’s geology and overall potential.

S. America – Brazil

PanAtlantic to P&A Jandaia

Jan 4, 2013 – Jandaia reached its targeted depth without encountering any indication of hydrocarbons. PanAtlantic and its partner Panoro Energy have plugged and abandoned the well. Jandaia, which is located in concession BM-S-71, was the third well in Vanco’s three-well program offshore Brazil. Sabia, the first well in the program, encountered volume at the low end of the pre-drill estimate and the second well, Canario, was dry.

Mediterranean

Noble Close to Flipping Switch at Tamar

Jan 3, 2013 – With the Inauguration of the Tamar production platform Noble Energy and the other Tamar interest holders are one step closer to the realization of first gas which is expected in April of this year. Discovery of the deepwater reservoir took place four years ago and development has progressed on schedule and within budget. The platform was installed in 800 feet of water and has the capacity to process 1.2 bcfd from its subsea wells. Once processed, the gas will flow through 93 miles of subsea pipeline to the Ashdod Terminal on Israel’s coast. Tamar is estimated to hold 8.4 tcf of gas reserves and its development will help bring the country to the verge of energy independence.

Project Details: Tamar

N. America – US GOM

FMC Awarded Delta House Contract

Jan 3, 2013 – LLOG Exploration awarded a subsea equipment contract to FMC Technologies relating to the recently approved Delta House development project in the deep waters of Mississippi Canyon in the US Gulf of Mexico. Under the contract FMC will supply nine subsea trees, four subsea manifolds, five multiphase meters with all associated topside control systems and subsea distribution systems. Delivery of the $114 million order will take place this year.

Project Details: Delta House

Pangea, Tamar Partners Share Israeli FLNG Costs

A Cost Sharing Agreement (CSA) has been executed between Levant LNG Marketing, a subsidiary of Pangea LNG B.V., and Tamar Partners. This major milestone demonstrates the continuing progress toward the export of LNG from the Tamar and Dalit fields in the Eastern Mediterranean, 60 miles offshore from Israel.

The Tamar Partnership will participate in the cost of developing the project front end engineering and design (FEED) for a permanently moored offshore floating natural gas liquefaction vessel with onboard storage. Pangea LNG and Tamar Partners anticipate launching FEED by end of 2012 and making a final investment decision by the second half of 2013.

The floating liquefaction (FLNG) midstream solution is being developed by Pangea LNG, an LNG development and investment company owned by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), Next Decade International and D&H Solutions AS. Pangea LNG is a floating LNG liquefaction and storage project developer now working on projects around the globe that will connect gas suppliers to the world’s most important LNG demand markets.

The Tamar Partnership includes Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd, Isramco Negev 2 Limited Partnership, Delek Drilling Limited Partnership, Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership, and DorGas Exploration Limited Partnership. These companies are the owners and producers involved in the discovery of significant natural gas resources in the Tamar and Dalit fields where development drilling is underway.

Gerhard Ludvigsen, a founding member of the Pangea LNG board of directors, said “the Tamar project embraces the entire value chain and balances the risk positions for the owners of hydrocarbons, the off takers and the midstream technology provider.

“The Pangea business model offers the opportunity for all stakeholders to take part in the value enhancement from gas production through the FLNG/midstream solution to the final off take of LNG. Pangea LNG opens the potential for national oil companies and owners of small to medium size gas reserves to monetize stranded gas and take part in the value creation in the entire value chain.”

Pangea LNG continues to work on off-take agreements for LNG production from the Tamar project. Pangea LNG has already executed several letters of intent with potential off takers and is in the final stage of negotiations for the long term sales and purchase agreement.

The Tamar framework agreement represents an important step in the development of what will be the first floating LNG liquefaction project in the Mediterranean basin. The Tamar and Dalit fields are located in the Levantine basin in Israeli waters.

“The Eastern Mediterranean gas fields provide a particularly good location for deploying an offshore floating LNG solution,” said Kathleen Eisbrenner, Pangea LNG’s chief executive officer. “The reserves are large, the climate is moderate and the location offers efficient access to significant LNG markets.”

O.K. Shin, Team leader of DSME Corporate Strategy Team, noted that the vessel-mounted liquefaction system being designed will take advantage of the efficiencies of the DSME shipyard construction environment and the best practices the company has developed during many years of LNG and process vessel construction.

Pangea LNG brings together a team that generated the innovations that are at the foundation of the floating LNG sector. DSME, the majority owner of Pangea, is one of the world’s leading shipbuilders and a contractor for major energy companies providing them with offshore platforms, drilling rigs and floating production units. The company builds special purpose vessels and specializes in LNG carriers. It constructed nine of the 11 floating LNG regasification vessels now in service.

Pangea, Tamar Partners Share Israeli FLNG Costs| Offshore Energy Today.

Noble Energy Makes Oil Discovery at Big Bend Prospect in U.S. Gulf

Noble Energy, Inc.  today announced a discovery at the Big Bend exploration prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The well, located in 7,200 feet of water on Mississippi Canyon Block 698, was drilled to a total depth of 15,989 feet. Open-hole logging identified approximately 150 feet of net oil pay in two high-quality Miocene reservoirs.

Charles D. Davidson, Noble Energy’s Chairman and CEO, said, “The discovery at Big Bend is an exciting follow-up to our recent success at Galapagos. The well results appear at least as good as our pre-drill mean resource expectations and de-risked our offset prospect Troubadour. The combination of excellent reservoir properties, fluid characteristics and our high working interest in this project will contribute significant production and cash flow for our business.”

Noble Energy operates with a 54 percent working interest in Big Bend. Other interest owners are W&T Energy VI, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of W&T Offshore Inc.) with 20 percent, Red Willow Offshore, LLC with 15.4 percent and Houston Energy Deepwater Ventures V, LLC with 10.6 percent.

Noble Energy Makes Oil Discovery at Big Bend Prospect in U.S. Gulf| Offshore Energy Today.

 

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

Corpus Christi, TX: Tamar Platform En Route to Israel

Tamar production platform has left the Keiwit Shipyards in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, and is now on the way to its location offshore Israel, according to Globes, the Israeli financial newspaper.

It took 18 months for the 280 m platform to be completed, and the project has been described as “the largest infrastructure project in Israeli history.”

Noble Energy, operator of the Tamar field, did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The Tamar platform will be located in approximately 800 feet of water and will be able to process 1.2 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day. The Tamar field is estimated to contain 8.4 trillion cubic feet of gas and will be produced through several subsea wells connected to the platform by 150 km long flow lines. The single-lift topsides facility has four deck levels and weighs nearly 10,000 tons.

Globes further reports that the platform is expected to reach its destination during the fourth quarter this year. First production is scheduled for March 2013.

Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36 percent working interest. Other owners are Isramco Negev 2 with 28.75 percent, Delek Drilling with 15.625 percent, Avner Oil Exploration with 15.625 percent, and Dor Gas Exploration with the remaining four percent.

Tamar Platform En Route to Israel| Offshore Energy Today.

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Jul 6 – Jul 12, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 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.

N. America – US GOM

Noble Decides Not to Appraise Deep Blue

Jul 11, 2012 – Noble Energy reported that appraisal drilling will not occur at its Deep Blue prospect at this time. Although hydrocarbons were found in both the initial exploration well and subsequent sidetrack, the company and its partners have decided not to proceed with additional appraisal activities right now. The Deep Blue well was originally spud late 2009 and sidetrack operations were underway when the moratorium was announced. Noble Energy was required to suspend operations and the rig working at that time was released. After the moratorium was lifted, another rig was certified under new regulatory requirements to finish the sidetrack.

Project Details: Deep Blue

Expro to Provide Subsea Trees for Who Dat Development

Jul 10, 2012 – LLOG granted Expro a contract for the Who Dat development in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will provide subsea test trees for the project on Mississippi Canyon Block 547.

Project Details: Who Dat

ATP Announces Completion of MC 941 A-2 Telemark Well

Jul 9, 2012 – ATP has completed a workover at its Mississippi Canyon Block 941 A-2 well located in the Mirage field at the Telemark Hub. The well was completed with 3-1/2 inch tubing at a measured depth of 17,140 to 17,401 feet (5,224 to 5,304 meters) to add the Miocene B sand completion to the wellbore for field development optimization. Initial test flow rates are at 4,000 barrels equivalent per day (boepd) of which 90 percent is oil. The A-2 well will be tied-back to the facility and is expected to produce at a rate of 4,000 to 5,000 boepd. The MC 941 A-2 well produces through the ATP Titan floating drilling and production platform.

Project Details: Telemark

S. America – Other & Carib.

Premier Farms Into Falkland Licenses

Jul 12, 2012 – Premier Oil has agreed to pay an initial $231 million to farm into Rockhopper Exploration‘s license interests in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Premier Oil will acquire a 60 percent interest in the licenses, with the deal including a provision for Premier to pay an additional $48 million for further exploration within the license areas and an additional $722 million to develop reserves found there (subject to the approval of a field development plan).

Project Details: Sea Lion

Europe – North Sea

Technip Inks Aasta Hansteen Platform Deal

Jul 12, 2012 – Statoil awarded Technip a letter of intent to construct a hull of a spar platform on the Aasta Hansteen field. The platform will be the world’s largest Spar platform and the first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf. Total recoverable reserves for Aasta Hansteen, previously called Luva, are preliminary estimated at about 47 Bcm of gas and .8 Bcm of condensate. The platform, the first spar with storage capacity, will have the capability to store about 25,000 square cubic meters of condensate and export gas via the Norwegian Sea Gas infrastructure. The supplier will also design and prepare specifications for steel rigid risers and a complete mooring system. Part of the work will begin in the middle of August, with completion of deliveries set for mid-December 2015. This letter of intent will contribute to securing the overall progress plan for Aasta Hansteen. The investment decision is expected in late 2012/early 2013, with production start-up at the end of 2016.

Project Details: Aasta Hansteen (Luva)

Bentley Pre-Production Flow Test Performs Well

Jul 12, 2012 – Xcite Energy reported that pre-production flow test on the Bentley field is progressing well with the planned shut-in period and pressure build-up test commencing on July 11 following the initial, successful, clean-up and first oil flow on July 9. This planned shut-in period and pressure build- up test is designed to obtain key information about the Bentley reservoir and the mobility of its fluid for use in interpreting the subsequent flow data and for planning the next step of the Bentley field development.

Project Details: Bentley

Talisman Evacuates Personnel from Yme Platform

Jul 11, 2012 – Talisman Energy has evacuated construction personnel from the Yme oil platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea after structural issues were discovered. The operator removed 140 workers from the Yme platform late Tuesday after finding weaknesses in the platform’s supporting structure. Dow Jones reported that in May the company took a $250 million write down on the project and delayed production for an unspecified amount of time. It also said the standards to which the platform had been built had fallen behind Norwegian standards. Oil production was scheduled to start next year.

Project Details: Yme

Ithaca Spins Bit at Hurricane Appraisal

Jul 10, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has commenced exploratory drilling on the Hurricane appraisal well in Block 29/10b, which lies within the Greater Stella area in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well is being drilled by the WilHunter (mid-water semisub). Drilling should take between 75 to 85 days to complete, including the performance of a drill stem test. The Hurricane discovery well, 29/10-4z, was drilled by Shell in 1995. The well encountered 41 degrees API light oil in Eocene Rogaland sands in the western lobe of the structure. The appraisal well will be drilled to the base of the Tertiary section in the eastern lobe of the mapped structure and is designed to satisfy three primary objectives: to confirm the nature and volume of recoverable hydrocarbons; calibrate the hydrocarbon contact with seismic amplitude; and verify the distribution, quality and connectivity of the reservoir. Upon successful completion of the appraisal well objectives, the wellbore will be suspended for future re-entry and completion as a production well.

Project Details: Stella/Harrier

WGP Completes LoFS on Valhall

Jul 10, 2012 – WGP has completed the 15th Life of Field Seismic (LoFS) survey over the Valhall field in the North Sea for BP. The company acquired the full data set of 2,552 kilometers in six weeks, which included time for mobilization and demobilization. This data will help enhance the life of the Valhall field, stated the company.

Project Details: Valhall

Barryroe Discovery Could be Larger than Anticipated

Jul 9, 2012 – Providence Resources might be sitting on more than one billion barrels of oil in place at its Barryroe discovery, according to a research report issued by oil analysts at London-based Liberum Capital. The research note stated that Liberum estimates Barryroe could contain around one billion barrels of oil in place and more than 160 million barrels of recoverable oil based on technical disclosures concerning the Barryroe well made by Providence. These figures are around three times what investors in Providence are expecting from Barryroe, according to Liberum.

Project Details: Barryroe

Xcite Energy Signs Loan Deal for Bentley Phase 2 Development

Jul 9, 2012 – Xcite Energy has signed a five-year, $155 million loan agreement with a group of lending institutions, secured against oil reserves, which will provide funding for Phase 1B development of its Bentley heavy oil field. The loan facility is subject to certain conditions and the achievement of targets in the Bentley Phase 1A development work program, including the drilling of a well and a flow test.

Project Details: Bentley

PSA Audits Statoil’s Compliance During Module Construction for Gudrun

Jul 6, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil’s compliance with regulatory requirements during engineering and construction of the wellhead and process modules for the Gudrun facility. The audits were conducted in Asker from May 8-9, 2012 and on the construction site in Thailand from May 14-16, 2012 and focused on electrical systems, instrumentation and technical safety disciplines.
The objective of the audit was to ensure Statoil’s compliance with requirements to establish and implement technical and operational barriers. Special emphasis was placed on how Statoil and its partner Aibel, promotes the understanding of interactions between operator, development project, suppliers and operations preparations. Two nonconformities were identified in relation to the system for electrical power supply and for establishment of barrier performance requirements. Improvements were suggested for flame detection and the command structure in the emergency shutdown system.

Project Details: Sleipner Area

BP Receives Go Ahead for Use of Safe Scandinavia on Valhall

Jul 6, 2012 – BP Norge AS (BP) received approval from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Safe Scandinavia facility as a flotel on the Valhall field from July 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. Aker Verdal’s Safe Scandinavia was built in 1984 and has been contracted for the Valhall field numerous times with the last contract expiring in March 2012. The 583-bed facility received the PSA’s Acknowledgement of Compliance in April 2007.

Project Details: Valhall

Asia – SouthEast

Lundin Begins Malaysian Drilling Campaign

Jul 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced its 2012 Malaysian drilling campaign with the spud of the Tiga Papan 5 well in the SB307 & SB308 Blocks offshore Sabah, East Malaysia. The well will target mid-Miocene aged sands of the Tiga Papan unit previously tested (in 1982) with the original discovery well that flowed at a cumulative rate of 5,631 bopd. A vertical well will test the un-appraised fault block to the east of the original Tiga Papan 1 discovery well. In the event of a discovery, the well will be sidetracked into the same fault block as the original discovery well to test the down dip extension of the pay zones previously encountered. The well will be drilled with the Offshore Courageous (350′ ILC) in a water depth of approximately 164 feet (50 meters) to a depth of 5,482 feet (1,671 meters). The well is the first of the five-well program planned in 2012 by Lundin Malaysia BV.

PTTEP: Oil Production at TGT to Hit 55,000 BPD

Jul 9, 2012 – PTTEP reported that oil production from the offshore Vietnam 16-1 project will hit 55,000 bopd by the fourth quarter of this year due to the successful installation of a second wellhead platform. Oil production at the Te Giac Trang (TGT) field, where the newly installed wellhead is sited, is currently at 41,000 bpd. The TGT field is located off the southern coast of Vietnam, 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Vung Tau province. The project consists of a floating, production, storage, and offloading unit, two wellhead platforms and a subsea pipeline system. The development came online in August 2011.

Project Details: Te Giac Trang (White Rhinoceros)

N. America – US Alaska

BP Shelves Liberty Oil Project Offshore Alaska

Jul 11, 2012 – BP is shelving its Liberty project in Alaska after deciding that the current development plan is not up to the stricter standards the company has enforced, reported Dow Jones. The oil project was anticipated to produce about 40,000 bopd. The company stated it is working with regulators to discuss potential ways to move the project forward.

Project Details: Liberty

Africa – West

Exxon Starts Production from Clochas Mavacola Oil Project

Jul 9, 2012 – ExxonMobil has commenced production at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 1 project offshore Angola, and is expected to produce 100,000 bopd from two large deepwater fields, Mavacola and Clochas. The initial phase of the Kizomba Satellites project ties 18 new wells to production facilities already in use tapping other oil fields in the Block 15 area.

Project Details: Kizomba, Block 15

S. America – Brazil

Total Acquires Xerelete Field

Jul 10, 2012 – Total became operator of the offshore Xerelete concession, located around 155 miles (250 kilometers) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The oil field, discovered in 2001, contains relatively heavy oil. A pre-salt prospect has also been identified below the Xerelete structure, which lies around 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the recently announced Pao de Acucar discovery. Total plans to start drilling activities in 2013. Total and Petrobras each hold a 41.2% interest in the concession, while BP holds the remaining 17.6 %.

Vanco Spuds Sabia

Jul 9, 2012 – Vanco has spud the Sabia well in the BM-S-72 block in the southern Santos Basin offshore Brazil. The well is being drilled by the GSF Arctic I (mid-water semisub). The Sabia well is located offshore approximately 143 miles (230 kilometers) south of the city of Santos in a water depth of approximately 656 feet (200 meters). The well will be vertically drilled with a target depth of 14,718 feet (4,486 meters). The primary reservoir target for this well is post-salt sandstones of the Itajai-Acu formation, expected to be encountered at around 12,139 feet (3,700 meters) below mean sea level. The prospect is also targeting secondary sandstone in the Ilha Bela member of the Jureia formation. Drilling operations should take about two to three months, and after finishing this well the rig will drill the Canario prospect (BM-S-63) and the Jandaia prospect (BM-S-71).

Project Details: Sabia

Mediterranean

Noble Energy to Flow Test Pinnacles Reservoir

Jul 10, 2012 – Noble Energy has completed an extensive test of the Pinnacles 1 well and its production facilities. The operator will now flow test the Pinnacles reservoir, during which the gas composition and gas treatment measures will be tested. Flow tests are expected to begin in the near future and last for several days.

Delek Updates Tanin’s Contingent Resources

Jul 10, 2012 – Delek Group has reported details on the Tanin reservoir, specifically, 81 percent of the high estimate of Tanin’s contingent resources is within the Alon A licenses, and that the rest is within the Alon B and Amit licenses. The low and best estimates are wholly within the Alon A license, stated Netherland Sewell & Associates. NSAI contingent estimates for Tanin are as follows: low estimate of 160 billion cubic feet (Bcf); best estimate of 592 Bcf, and a high estimate of 1,035 Bcf. The prospective estimates are: low estimate of 359 Bcf; best estimate of 471 Bcf, and a high estimate of 607 Bcf. The best estimate for Tanin’s proven and contingent reserves makes it the third largest natural gas discovery after Delek and Noble Energy’s Tamar and Leviathan discoveries of 9.7 trillion cubic feet and 17 trillion cubic feet, respectively.

Project Details: Tanin

Australia

Total Increases Ichthys Stake

Jul 12, 2012 – Total has increased its stake in the Ichthys LNG project to 30 percent through the acquisition of a further 6 percent interest from its partner INPEX. Total commented that the acquisition will not have an impact on any of the LNG offtake agreements that have been arranged.

Project Details: Ichthys

Technip Wins $61M Subsea Contract for Balnaves Field Development

Jul 10, 2012 – Apache Energy awarded Technip a subsea installation contract worth around $61 million for the Balnaves oil field development. The project is situated in a water depth of about 442 feet (135 meters). The contract covers the project management, design, engineering and installation of 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) of flexible flowlines and risers and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) of umbilicals. It also includes the transportation and installation of the subsea equipment including the manifolds, spools, flying leads, jumpers and a mooring system and riser column. First production from the $438-million development is scheduled in 2014, with gross peak production of approximately 30,000 barrels of oil per day and estimated gross recoverable resource of 17 million barrels of oil and 30 billion cubic feet of gas.

Project Details: Balnaves

USA-GOM: Galapagos Production Rates Above Forecast

Noble Energy, Inc.,independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production, has announced that all three wells at the Galapagos development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico are now producing and at rates above the original forecast. The Company also announced that appraisal of the Deep Blue prospect will not continue at this time.

The Galapagos development includes three deepwater fields. The fields – Isabela, Santiago and Santa Cruz – are being produced using subsea equipment on the floor of the Gulf. A new production flowline loop has been added to carry output to the nearby Na Kika host facility, a BP-operated platform located roughly 140 miles southeast of New Orleans in 6,500 feet of water.

Production in the Galapagos area was initiated from the BP operated Isabela field in early June, followed by the Noble Energy operated fields of Santa Cruz and Santiago. The fields were individually flow tested and production increased over the course of several weeks. The Company’s net production of 13,000 barrels of oil per day and 8 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is about 30 percent greater than previously forecast. With the addition of Galapagos, Noble Energy’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico production has increased to approximately 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with over 80 percent oil.

David L. Stover, Noble Energy’s President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “Galapagos is our second major project to start up in the past eight months and will provide significant production and cash flow growth. We continue to build on our strong track record of execution as this project came on-line less than three years after sanction. Galapagos is one of the first development projects to start up in the Gulf of Mexico after the moratorium, and our permit to drill Santiago was the first such permit received following the moratorium.”

At Deep Blue, although hydrocarbons were found in both the initial exploration well and subsequent sidetrack, the Company and its partners have decided not to proceed with additional appraisal activities at this time. The Deep Blue well was originally spud late 2009 and sidetrack operations were underway when the moratorium was announced. Noble Energy was required to suspend operations, and the rig working at that time was released. After the moratorium was lifted, another rig was certified under new regulatory requirements to finish the sidetrack. The Company expects to record $118 million of exploration expense in the second quarter related to the Deep Blue prospect.

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