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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Feb 17 – Feb 23, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 14 new projects and updated 47 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.

Northern Petroleum Contracts 3D Surveys for Italy Permits
Feb 20, 2012 – Northern Petroleum announced the completion of a 2D seismic survey in late 2011 and has contracted to acquire two 3D seismic surveys on permits F.R39.NP and F.R40.NP, subject to environmental consents. The area is recognized by Northern to be highly potential for the production of both oil and gas with 2P reserves having been independently attributed to the Giove and Rovesti oil discoveries. This view is perhaps reinforced by the recent on-site activities to place the nearby Aquila oil field back into production using a newly converted Floating Production and Storage Offloading vessels, stated the operator.
Noble Energy Interprets 2D Seismic Data from Rhone Maritime Concession
Feb 17, 2012 – Noble Energy and Melrose Resources are nearing completion of interpreting 2D seismic survey, acquired in early 2010, over the Rhone Maritime concession offshore France. The consortium plans to meet in the coming weeks to review the interpretation and discuss future work plans. The acreage, covering an area of about 3 million acres (12,500 square kilometers) in the Rhone delta in the French Mediterranean, has both Pre-Messinian and Post-Messinian hydrocarbon potential.
Africa – West
APCL Finds Oil at Narina Prospect
Feb 21, 2012 – African Petroleum has made a “transformational” oil discovery at the Narina-1 exploration well in Block LB-09 offshore Liberia. The well was drilled to a total depth of 15,912 feet (4,850 meters), encountering 105 feet (32 meters) of high-quality light oil pay in two separate intervals. The well found 69 feet (21 meters) of pay in good quality Turonian submarine fan system and 36 feet (11 meters) in a deeper Albian sand with secondary potential. At the Turonian level, the well appears to have clipped the edge of a potentially expansive fan system covering an area of 61,776 acres (250 square kilometers). The operator said follow-up appraisal drilling is required to determine field commerciality, but the early indications are extremely positive and, assuming a moderate thickening of the reservoir away from the discovery well, should underpin the pre-drill estimate of 500 MMbbls recoverable.
Project Details: Narina
Africa – Other
Anadarko, Cove Energy Hit Additional Gas Pay in Mozambique
Feb 21, 2012 – Anadarko has encountered additional pay at the Lagosta-3 appraisal well — a further 577 net feet (176 meters) of natural gas pay offshore Mozambique. The well found high-quality gas sands not well imaged by seismic data, thus confirming the gas accumulation to the western limits of WLBC gas complex, into what was an unknown area. Anadarko said that pressure readings have confirmed important reservoir continuity of Lagosta 3 to Lagosta 1 and 2, and to the Windjammer/Camarao wells situated further north. The operator is continuing towards making a final investment decision on the development in 2013. Furthermore, the operator is preceding to drill-stem test the Barquentine-2 well and is preparing to drill the Barquentine-4 appraisal well.
Project Details: Lagosta
Statoil Spies Natural Gas Offshore Tanzania
Feb 17, 2012 – Statoil confirmed that the Zafarai-1 well in Block 2 offshore Tanzania has encountered natural gas in a good-quality reservoir. The operator said it is too early to give any indication of size and commerciality. Drilling operations are ongoing and should take about three months to complete. The well is being drilled by the Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship) to a total depth of 16,900 feet (5,150 meters). Zafarai-1 is the first well drilled in the license, which covers an area of about 1.3 million acres (5,500 square kilometers). The water depth of the site is 8,470 feet (2,582 meters).
Project Details: Zafarai
N. America – US GOM
Apache to Spud Parmer in 2Q12
Feb 22, 2012 – Apache plans to spud the Parmer deepwater prospect, located in the GOM, in 2Q12. The prospect resides in Green Canyon Block 823, which Apache operates with a 50 percent interest.
Stone Energy Announces Plans for Pompano Field
Feb 22, 2012 – Stone Energy announced its three-year plan for the Pompano field in the GOM, which entails several workover/recompletion projects during 2012, followed by a platform drilling program projected for 2013. Additionally, the three-year plan calls for a drilling program utilizing a floating drilling rig to commence in 2014/2015. The deepwater field commenced production in 1996.
Project Details: Pompano
Technip to Install Subsea Equipment for Tubular Bells Development
Feb 20, 2012 – Hess Corporation has awarded Technip a lump sum contract for the development of the Tubular Bells field in the GOM. The contract covers the design, engineering, fabrication and subsea installation of more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) of flowlines, steel catenary risers, pipeline end terminations, piles and structures. Offshore installation is scheduled for completion during the first half of 2013.
Project Details: Tubular Bells
Anadarko Hits Additional Pay in Heidelberg
Feb 17, 2012 – Anadarko Petroleum has successfully appraised the Heidelberg-2 appraisal well, located in Green Canyon Block 903 in the deepwater GOM. Heidelberg-2 encountered about 250 net feet (76 meters) of oil pay in high-quality Miocene sands. The appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 31,030 feet (9,458 meters) in about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) of water, about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) south and 550 feet (168 meters) structurally updip from the Heidelberg discovery well. Log and pressure data from the appraisal and discovery wells indicate excellent quality, continuous and pressure-connected reservoirs with the same high-quality oil. Anadarko plans to immediately sidetrack the well to evaluate the down-dip extent of the field, and plans to initiate pre-FEED activities to prepare for sanctioning a development plan, stated the operator.
Project Details: Heidelberg
Woodside Hits Gas in Ragnar-1
Feb 22, 2012 – Woodside Petroleum has made a discovery in the Ragnar-1 well offshore Australia in permit WA-430-P. The well intersected 623 feet (190 meters) of gross gas.
Europe – North Sea
Lansdowne Pleased with Amergin 3D Results
Feb 23, 2012 – Lansdowne has interpreted 3D seismic data over its Amergin prospect in the North Celtic Sea basin. The data has confirmed the presence of a robust rotated tilted fault block. The primary targets are for oil in the Cretaceous Basal Wealden sands, which are currently being appraised at the Barryroe 48/24-10Z well some 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east, and the Upper Jurassic sands that are oil bearing in the Helvick field, 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the northeast. Prospective resource estimates for Amergin have increased from 62 million barrels of oil to 231 Mmbo reflecting additional prospectivity within the Cretaceous Wealdean sands as well as an upgrade to the estimates for the Basal Wealden (an increase of 79 Mmbo to 104 Mmbo) and Upper Jurassic (up by 10 Mmbo to 47 Mmbo). The Amergin prospect lies in License 5/08, which incorporates Blocks 47/25, 48/21 and 48/22. The blocks cover an area of about 110,950 acres (449 square kilometers). Landsowne Oil & Gas operates the license.
Project Details: Amergin
Nexen Connects Blackbird Umbilical to Aoka Mizu FPSO
Feb 23, 2012 – Nexen has successfully connected the Blackbird field umbilical tieback to the nearby Ettrick field’s Aoka Mizu FPSO in the UK sector of the North Sea. First Subsea conducted a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study to assess the ease of retrofitting an Oceaneering Multiflex power umbilical to the underside of the FPSO Aoka Mizu, without the need of a diver. A Type II bend stiffener connector (BSC) was selected to connect the electrical cable umbilical to a 20-inch-diameter J-tube on the FPSO.
Project Details: Ettrick
Lansdowne Upgrades Midleton Prospective Resources
Feb 23, 2012 – Lansdowne has interpreted 3D seismic data over its Midleton prospect in the North Celtic Sea basin. The data has confirmed that Midleton is a four-way dip closed faulted anticline at the primary Lower Cretacous “A” Greensand level. This sand is the main reservoir in the nearby Kinsale Head gas field and the sole producing reservoir in the nearby Ballycotton gas field. Prospective resource estimates for Midleton have increased from 56 Bcf of gas to 268 Bcf, with new potential seen in the Upper Wealden sands (94 Bcf). The primary Lower Cretaceous “A” sand has also been revised upwards from 56 Bcf to 174 Bcf.
Project Details: Midleton
Technip Bags Compression Contract for Asgard Field
Feb 22, 2012 – Technip has received a contract to oversee the marine operations of the world’s first seabed gas compression facility on the Asgard field, which is expected to increase recovery from Mikkel and Midgard by roughly NOK 278 MMbbl of oil equivalents. The contract for marine operations is one of several major contracts awarded in connection with the decision to adopt new technology in order to increase recovery and maintain production on the Asgard field. Asgard seabed gas compression will start up in 2015.
Project Details: Asgard
Statoil to Use Statfjord B Platform Beyond Design Lifetime
Feb 21, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway granted Statoil consent to use the Statfjord B platform beyond its design lifetime. The company has applied for a 20-year lifetime extension from Aug. 31, 2011.
Project Details: Statfjord Area
Xcite Upgrades Bentley Field’s Oil Reserves
Feb 20, 2012 – Xcite Energy has upgraded its oil reserves at the Bentley field, located in the UK sector of the North Sea. TRACS International Consultancy, an independent reserves auditor, estimated that oil reserves of the type 1P, 2P and 3P for the core area of Bentley are approximately 99 million, 116 million and 140 million barrels of oil, respectively. The operator plans to begin developing the field this year, after completing “significant work” in the latter half of 2011 to prepare for the Bentley Phase 1A work program in 2012. The field development plan for Bentley, comprising of Phase 1B and Phase 2, was submitted for approval to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the final quarter of 2011.
Project Details: Bentley
North Sea Islay Production To Start In March
Feb 20, 2012 – Total expects to start gas production at the Islay field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea next month, reported Dow Jones Newswires. Islay will connect to the Alwyn facility and is expected to produce at a production rate of 2.5 MMcm/d plus associated condensates.
Project Details: Greater Alwyn
Jette Ready and Awaiting Development
Feb 17, 2012 – Det norske received approval to proceed with the development of Jette, which contains 14 million barrels of oil equivalents, based on a 30 percent recovery rate. Daily production during the first year will constitute approximately 14,000 barrels. The estimated development costs of Jette amount to approximately 2.5 billion NOK. Production is scheduled to commence during Q1 2013. The field will be developed and operated by Det norske with day-to-day operations overseen by ExxonMobil. Det norske???s partner in the Jette development is Petoro.
Project Details: Jette (Jetta)
Black Sea
ExxonMobil, OMV Potentially Find Large Gas Pay in Black Sea
Feb 22, 2012 – ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania and OMV Petrom SA have made a potentially “significant” gas discovery in the Black Sea, offshore Romania. The Domino-1 exploration well encountered 232 feet (70.7 meters) of net gas pay, resulting in a preliminary estimate for the accumulation ranging from 1.5 to 3 Tcf or 42 to 84 Bcm. Drilling operations started at year-end 2011 and the total depth of the well is expected to be more than 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) below sea level. The consortium is planning new 3D seismic acquisition during 2012 with the results from the seismic study and evaluation of drilling to determine the next needed steps.
Project Details: Domino
Melrose Plans to Conduct 2D, 3D Survey Offshore Romania this Summer
Feb 17, 2012 – Melrose Resources received tenders from 12 contractors for the acquisition of 559 miles (900 kilometers) of 2D seismic data and 321,237 acres (1,300 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data on the Muridava and Est Cobalcescu blocks, situated offshore Romania. The contract is expected to be negotiated and awarded by the end of March with a view to acquire the survey over the summer months. Melrose acquired the blocks in March 2011.
Melrose Resources Processing, Interpreting 3D Seismic Data at Galata Block
Feb 17, 2012 – Melrose Resources is processing and interpreting new 3D seismic data acquired over the Galata block offshore Bulgaria, which is expected to be completed by the end of April 2012. The data will be used to update the prospect and lead inventory and to help formulate future drilling plans for the central area of the concession. The Galata Block houses the Galata and Kaliakra fields in the Black Sea.
Project Details: Galata Area


Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Feb 10 – Feb 16, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 15 new projects and updated 33 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.

MEO Acquires Zeppelin 3D Data
Feb 13, 2012 – MEO Australia Limited has completed acquisition of the Zeppelin 3D seismic survey in AC/P 50 and AC/P 51 in the Ashmore Cartier region of the Timor Sea. A total of 125,530 acres (508 square kilometers) of full fold data was recorded. MEO said the Zeppelin 3D survey will underpin the technical assessment of the company’s exploration concepts and determine whether these will translate into prospects for consideration as future drilling candidates.
KBR to Commence FEED Work on Ichthys
Feb 10, 2012 – KBR and its joint venture with JGC Corporation and Chiyoda Corporation, the JKC JV, have signed a formal contract for engineering, procurement and construction activities on the Ichthys LNG Project in northern Australia. Work is slated to start immediately. Gas from the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin, approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) offshore of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via a 552-mile (889-kilometer) subsea pipeline. The Ichthys Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
Project Details: Ichthys
Europe – North Sea
Bridge Energy Develops Vulcan East, Looks to 2014 to Commence Production
Feb 16, 2012 – Bridge Energy reported that with Victoria Phase II development is scheduled to come online in 2013, the base case for delivery of the Vulcan East field will be in 2014. The Vulcan East gas field is located on Block 49/21 in the UK sector of the North Sea, and is wholly owned and operated by Bridge Energy.
DECC Approves Bridge Energy’s Victoria Phase 2
Feb 16, 2012 – Bridge Energy has received approval from United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Changes (DECC) for the development of the Victoria Phase 2 project in the fourth quarter. The company said preparations for the development of phase two continues, with the team focusing on the time critical technical and commercial agreements with ConocoPhillips for the transportation and processing of the gas. Bridge Energy has received an offer from ConocoPhillips for the transportation and processing of Victoria Phase II gas via the Viking facilities, LOGGS facilities and Theddlethorpe terminal. The offer provides for production startup in 2012. Bridge Energy says that the FEED stage of the Victoria Phase II development has commenced and the company is currently reviewing rig availability for 2012 and 2013. All other development activities are on schedule to meet a first gas date set in 1H 2013, subject to rig availability.
RWE Dea Spuds Clipper South Development Well
Feb 16, 2012 – RWE Dea has commenced development drilling at Clipper South in the UK sector of the North Sea. The development well, 48/19a-C1, is targeting a tight Permian-age Rotliegend reservoir at a depth of some 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) and is the first of up to five extended horizontal wells with multiple hydraulically induced fractures in each well. Clipper South contains roughly 500 Bcf of gas-in-place and will be developed using the latest well technology, stated the operator. First gas from the development is slated for this summer.
Project Details: Clipper South
Bridge Energy, TAQA Team Up for Contender Prospect
Feb 16, 2012 – Bridge Energy is planning to spud the Contender prospect in March 2012. The well will target the Jurassic Brent series of sandstones at a projected drilling depth of 16,900 feet (5,151 meters), less than one mile (two kilometers) east of the Cormorant North field. Drilling will be funded by TAQA. If successful, TAQA will receive 60 percent interest in the southern area of the block and 35 percent interest in the northern part. Contender is located in UKCS License P201 on Block 211/22a.
Project Details: Contender
Total to Drill Garantiana in 3Q12
Feb 16, 2012 – Total is planning a spud date in 3Q 2012 to drill the Garantiana prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The prospect straddles Blocks 34/6 and 34/9 and lies in a water depth of 1,247 feet (380 meters).
Project Details: Garantiana
Aker to Deliver Subsea Equipment for Troll Field
Feb 16, 2012 – Statoil awarded Aker Solutions a contract to deliver six subsea trees and a tool package for Troll in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The scope of work includes six subsea trees, with a possible option for nine further subsea trees, including control systems. Under this contract, Aker Solutions will deliver equipment to the oil section of Troll. The Troll field, containing 40 percent of the total gas reserves on the Norwegian continental shelf, is the world’s biggest subsea development with regards to the number of subsea wells. Equipment deliveries are slated for 2012 until 2015.
Project Details: Troll Area
Det norske Gets Nod to Explore PL 460
Feb 15, 2012 – Det norske has received consent to carry out exploration drilling in the North Sea using the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub). The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 25/1-12 in Production License 460. The water depth of the site is 335 feet (102 meters). Drilling is slated for 2Q 2012 and will take about 40 days.
Kvaerner Wins Jacket EPSC Gig at Hild Field
Feb 14, 2012 – Total has awarded Kvaerner an EPSC-contract for the delivery of a steel jacket to be located at the Hild field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The contract includes engineering, procurement, supply, construction, load-out and sea-fastening of the jacket and associated piles. The jacket is slated for delivery in 2014.
Project Details: Hild
Hurricane Mulling Lancaster Development Plans
Feb 14, 2012 – Hurricane Resources believes that its Lancaster development, west of the Shetland Islands, contains 200 MMbbl of recoverable oil. This estimate is based on a thorough evaluation of the original Lancaster pilot well, drilled in 2009 and its subsequent sidetrack drilled in 2010. The company said that prior to the proposed 2012 drilling operations, Hurricane has commissioned a site survey and is now planning for future Lancaster appraisal and development wells. These wells are targeted at improving the company’s understanding of the structure’s upside and confirming delivery rates from a basement horizontal well. Hurricane is also working with EPC Offshore on several development scenarios for the discovery. The consortium is leaning towards a development plan including several subsea wells connecting to an FPSO with oil exported to the mainland by a shuttle tanker.
Project Details: Lancaster
Hurricane Targeting 2014 to Drill Lincoln Prospect
Feb 14, 2012 – Hurricane reported that a third basement prospect on License P1368, Lincoln, has been defined to the southwest of Lancaster, in the UK sector of the North Sea. The prospect shares many geological characteristics with Lancaster, including proven oil on structure and a well defined basement fault system. Technical work undertaken during the latter half of 2010 and the first half of 2011 resulted in a prospective well location being identified, and subsequently a site survey has been acquired. Prospective P50 recoverable resources are estimated at 150 MMbbl. Well planning for a Lincoln exploration well is ongoing with the objective of drilling in 2014.
Project Details: Lincoln
Hurricane Exploration Acquires Site Survey Over Typhoon
Feb 14, 2012 – Hurricane Exploration acquired a site survey over the Typhoon prospect during the summer of 2011 and is now working on well plans with the objective of drilling in 2012, subject to rig availability. Prospective resources could be in the range 149 MMbbl to 1.266 Bbbl.
Project Details: Typhoon
Providence Resources Confirms Plans for Dunquin Prospect
Feb 13, 2012 – Providence Resources has confirmed the forward program for Frontier Exploration License (FEL) 3/04, which contains the Dunquin exploration prospect. The consortium approved the 2012 budget, including the provision of well design activities and procurement of long-lead items as part of the ramp up to the drilling of an exploration well on the Dunquin prospect next year. Providence plans to spud the exploration well in the second quarter of 2013. The FEL 3/04 license covers five blocks in the South Porcupine Basin, 124 miles (200 kilometers) off the southwest coast of Ireland, where the water depth is more than 4,921 feet (1,500 meters).
Project Details: Dunquin Project
Det norske Comes Up Dry at Kalvklumpen Prospect
Feb 13, 2012 – Det norske announced that exploratory well 25/6-4 S on the Kalvklumpen prospect in Production License 414 has come up dry. The primary objective of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in Paleocene and Jurassic sandstone. Det norske said the well struck good quality reservoir rocks but the formation was water-bearing. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Kalvklumpen
Wintershall Receives Consent to Explore PL 418
Feb 10, 2012 – Wintershall Norge has received consent to carry out exploratory drilling in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea using the Songa Delta (mid-water semisub). The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 35/9-7 which belongs to production license 418, at which Wintershall acts as operator. Water depth of the site is 1,237 feet (377 meters). Drilling operations should last about 48 to 60 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Lundin Gets Govt Nod to Drill Albert Prospect
Feb 10, 2012 – Lundin Norway has received consent to carry out exploratory drilling in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea with the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub). The consent permits Lundin to act as operator at exploratory well 6201/11-3, which is part of production License 519. Water depth of the site is 1,257 feet (383 meters). Drilling operations should take roughly 53 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Project Details: Albert
Black Sea
Petrom Eyes Hydrocarbons in Romanian Black Sea
Feb 10, 2012 – Petrom announced that natural gas was encountered at Domino-1, the first deepwater exploration well in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea. The operator said it is too early in the data evaluation and exploration process to determine whether it is commercial or not. Drilling operations commenced at year-end 2011 and are ongoing. The total depth of the well should be more than 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) below sea level. Drilling operations are being carried out by the Deepwater Champion (DW drillship).
Project Details: Domino
Asia – South
DDE-A-2 Well Spud in Deen Dayal East
Feb 13, 2012 – Jubilant Energy announced that appraisal well DDE-A-2 was spud on 9 February 2012. DDE-A-2 is being drilled in a water depth of 325 feet by Aban Offshore’s Deep Driller-1 jack-up rig. This is the third appraisal well in the Deen Dayal East (“DDE”) area of the KG-OSN-2001/3 block. The target depth of the well is 17388′ TVD with the objective of appraising the lower Cretaceous Early Rift fill sands that were shown to be hydrocarbon bearing by the KG-16 discovery well. Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited operates the KG block with an 80% interest. The remaining ownership is split between Jubilant Energy and GeoGlobal Resources.
Project Details: Deen Dayal
ONGC Hits Gas Offshore India
Feb 10, 2012 – ONGC has made a shallow water gas discovery offshore India. Exploratory well Alankari No. 1, in NELP Block KG-OSN-2004/1 in the KG shallow offshore Basin, was drilled to a depth of 6,273 feet (1,912 meters). The 6,002 to 6,010 foot (1,829.5 to 1,832 meter) interval in the Godavari clay/Ravva formation of Mio-Pliocene age was formation tested, producing gas at a rate of 144,780 MMcm/d and condensate at 1.6 cu M/d. The gas discovery is located south of Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) from the coast in a water depth of around 69 feet (21 meters).
ONGC Strikes Again Offshore India
Feb 10, 2012 – ONGC said exploratory well GSS04NAA No. 1 in NELP Block GS-OSN-2004/1 in Saurastra offshore, Western offshore basin, reached a depth of 16,033 feet (4,877 meters). The 15,733 to 15,697 foot (4,795.5 to 4,784.5 meter) interval of Mesozoic age was also formation tested, and produced gas at a rate of 1.4 MMcf/d through a 1/4-inch choke. ONGC claims this discovery provides a significant lead to explore other sub-basalt Mesozoics in the area. Exploratory well GSS04NAA No. 1 is located southwest of Dwarka, Gujarat, about 56 miles (90 kilometers) offshore in a water depth of around 328 feet (100 meters).
Dolphin Gas Field Estimate Downsized by 85 Percent
Feb 13, 2012 – Netherland Sewell & Associates have cut the estimated size of the Dolphin natural gas reservoir by 85 percent to approximately 81.3 Bcf of gas from 550 Bcf of gas. The operator has yet to finalize field development plans.
Project Details: Dolphin
Africa – Other
Eni All Smiles Over Mamba North
Feb 15, 2012 – Eni has made a “massive” natural gas discovery at the Mamba North 1 prospect, in Area 4 offshore Mozambique, encountering a mineral potential of 7.5 Tcf of gas-in-place, reported the company. This new discovery, in addition to the Mamba South find made in October 2011, further increases the potential of the Mamba complex in Area 4. It is estimated that the total volume of gas-in-place is 30 Tcf. The well encountered 610 feet (186 meters) of gas-bearing rock. A production test was conducted, producing about 1 MMcm/d of natural gas and minor volumes of condensate during testing, but flow rates were constrained by surface facilities. Eni estimates output per well could reach more than 4 MMcm/d in a final production completion configuration.
Project Details: Mamba South/North
N. America – US GOM
Shell Successfully Appraises Appomattox
Feb 16, 2012 – Shell has successfully appraised the Appomattox discovery in Mississippi Canyon Block 348 in the GOM. The well, located in a water depth of 7,257 feet (2,212 meters), reached a total depth of 25,851 feet (7,879 meters) and encountered about 150 feet (46 meters) of oil pay. The operator will continue to appraise the find in 2012 with an additional well in the southwest fault block and a sidetrack appraisal in the northwest fault block to further delineate the hydrocarbon accumulation. Further Appomattox and Vicksburg appraisals, if warranted, may extend into early 2013, stated Shell.
Project Details: Appomattox
Correction to 2/2/12 Telemark Well Activities
Feb 15, 2012 – We previously reported on February 2, 2012, ATP’s completion of drilling operations at Mississippi Canyon 942 and erroneously referred to it as Thunder Horse instead of Telemark.
Project Details: Telemark
Africa – West
Hyperdynamics Completes Drilling of Sabu-1 Well Offshore Guinea-Conakry
Feb 14, 2012 – Hyperdynamics has completed drilling the Sabu-1 exploration well on its concession offshore Guinea-Conarky. The well reached a depth of 11,844 feet (3,610 meters) in a water depth of 2,329 feet (710 meters). Results of real-time hydrocarbon chromatograph measurements and Schlumberger petrophysical wireline analysis warranted collection of downhole fluid samples. These samples, together with sidewall cores taken, are being sent to Core Lab for analysis, reported the operator. Hyperdynamics will be incorporating the results of the well, along with the interpretation of the newly acquired 3D seismic, in order to plan the subsequent drilling program in consultation with Dana Petroleum and the government of Guinea.
Project Details: Sabu



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


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
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
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


USA: Cal Dive Wins USD 25 Million Offshore Decommissioning Contract


Cal Dive International, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a Field Abandonment and Decommissioning Contract from an operator in the Gulf of Mexico which includes the abandonment of sixteen wells, seven pipelines, and the removal of eight structures.

The contract is expected to generate total revenue of approximately $25 million and will utilize two of the Company’s key assets. Work on this project will commence in the first quarter of 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2012.

Quinn Hébert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Dive, stated, “We are pleased to announce the award of our first decommissioning program in the Gulf of Mexico for 2012. We expect 2012 to be an active year for salvage work in the Gulf of Mexico as regulators encourage producers to remove idle iron. This project highlights Cal Dive’s ability to provide full service solutions to our clients.”

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Mexico: Cal Dive to Install Subsea Pipeline in Abkatun Offshore Field


Cal Dive International, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Pemex Exploración y Producción for the installation of an 8 inch subsea pipeline located in the Abkatun Field in 47 meters of water. The contract will generate total revenue of approximately $27 million and will utilize two of the Company’s key assets. The offshore construction is expected to commence in April 2012.

Quinn Hébert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Dive, stated, “We are pleased to announce our first contract win in Mexico for 2012. We expect 2012 to be a very active year in Mexico as the capital spending by Pemex is expected to be at a higher level than in recent years.”

Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides an integrated offshore construction solution to its customers, including manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and platform salvage services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, the Middle East, India and the Mediterranean, with a fleet of 29 vessels, including 19 surface and saturation diving support vessels and 10 construction barges.


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