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Gulf of Mexico: INPEX Buys Lucius Stake (USA)

INPEX Buys Lucius Stake (USA)| Offshore Energy Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statoil, ExxonMobil Strike Gas Off Tanzania


Statoil and partner ExxonMobil confirmed that the Zafarani-1 well in Block 2 offshore Tanzania has encountered indications of natural gas in a good quality reservoir.

Drilling operations are still on-going and it is too early to give any indication of size and commerciality, Statoil said in a statement.

The well was spudded in early January 2012 and drilling operations are expected to take up to a total of 3 months to complete.

The well is being drilled by the drill ship Ocean Rig Poseidon and is located some 80 kilometers off mainland Tanzania.

It is the first exploration well that has been drilled in the license which covers an area of approximately 5,500 square kilometers. The water depth at the well location is 2,582 meters and the well itself is planned to reach a total depth of 5,150 meters.


Statoil operates the license on Block 2 on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and has a 65% working interest with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania Ltd. holding the remaining 35%.

Statoil has been in Tanzania since 2007 when it was awarded the license for Block 2.

TPDC is pleased about these preliminary results and is eagerly awaiting further information on this operation,” says Yona Killaghane, Managing Director of TPDC.

The final assessment of what has been encountered will be released at a later stage once drilling operations have been completed and the well results fully analyzed, Statoil said.


Recap: Worldwide Field Development Jan 6 – Jan 12, 2012


This week the SubseaIQ team added 13 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.

Hess’ Drilling Ops Resume Offshore Australia
Jan 9, 2012 – Hess recommenced drilling operations at the Glencoe-2 appraisal well offshore Australia. The well was suspended in September 2011 when the semisub underwent problems. The well was drilled in 3,678 feet (1,121 meters) of water. Hess wholly owns and operates the WA-390-P permit, in which the discovery lies.
Project Details: Glencoe
Eni Acquires Bathurst 3D Seismic Survey over Blackwood Discovery
Jan 6, 2012 – Eni has completed the Bathurst 3D seismic survey covering the Blackwood East structure, acquiring 189,283 acres (766 square kilometers) of 3D data. This survey was acquired pursuant to a farm-in agreement with Eni to earn a 50 percent interest in the Blackwood gas discovery by acquiring a minimum 123,553 acres (500 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data over the Blackwood area and drilling on exploration well. Eni has up to a year to elect whether to drill the Blackwood-2 well. The Blackwood discovery is located in permit NT/P 38 offshore Australia in 200 feet (61 meters) of water.
Project Details: Blackwood
S. America – Other & Carib.
CGX Energy Commences Drilling Offshore Guyana
Jan 9, 2012 – CGX Energy has spud the Eagle-1 exploratory well offshore Guyana. The Ocean Saratoga (mid-water semisub) is drilling the well in the Corentyne license in about 270 feet (82 meters) of water.
Project Details: Eagle
Asia – SouthEast
PNOC, Nido Target Mid-2012 to Drill Commitment Well in SC 63
Jan 12, 2012 – PNOC Exploration Corporation and its partner, Nido Petroleum, have commenced pre-planning for the sub-phase three commitment well of Service Contract 63. The operator estimates that exploratory drilling on the Aboabo prospect will begin in mid-2012, subject to rig availability. The Service Contract 63 spans 2.6 million acres (10,560 square kilometers) in offshore Southwest Palawan, and includes the Aboabo A-1X gas discovery well.
Otto Planning to Drill Cinco in 2Q12
Jan 10, 2012 – The joint venture consortium of Service Contract 55 has elected to enter the fourth sub-phase of the drilling program, which requires a commitment well drilled prior to August 2012. The operator is planning to drill an offshore deepwater well at the Cinco prospect in 2Q 2012. Otto is working with farm-in partner BHP Billiton, who is carrying Otto’s share of expenditure on the drilling of Cinco well, to determine the 2012 work program. BHP Billiton has contracted Deepwater Expedition (UDW drillship) to drill the well. Otto Energy operates SC55, which is located offshore Palawan Island in the Philippines.
Talisman Sanctions HST/HSD Development
Jan 10, 2012 – Talisman has sanctioned the Hai Su Trang and Hai Su Den (HST/HSD) development within Block 15-2/01 offshore Veitnam. Production is expected to commence in 2013. The operator is planning to tie-back the development to the Hoang Long‘s facilities to the south of the block. The project is operated by Thang Long JOC, consisting of Talisman (60 percent) and PetroVietnam (40 percent).
N. America – US GOM
Aker to Provide Umbilicals for Lucius Development
Jan 12, 2012 – Anadarko granted Aker Solutions a contract for eight steel tube umbilicals for the Lucius field in the GOM. The scope of work includes project management, design, engineering, and manufacturing of two electro/hydraulic dynamic production umbilicals, two gas lift dynamic umbilicals, three electro/hydraulic infield umbilicals and one gas lift infield umbilical, including all associated ancillary equipment required for installation and interface with the existing development. Management, engineering and manufacturing of the umbilicals will be performed at Aker Solutions’ facility in Mobile, Ala. Final deliveries are slated for 3Q 2013. The Lucius field is located on Keathley Canyon Block 874, 875 and 919 in a water depth of about 7,000 feet (2,100 meters).
Project Details: Lucius
Hess Allocates $1.6B for Production Drilling on Shenzi, Llano
Jan 12, 2012 – Hess has allocated production expenditures of nearly US $1.6B for drilling production and water injection wells at Shenzi, and drilling production wells at the Llano field in the deepwater GOM. Situated on Green Canyon 609, Shenzi commenced oil/gas production on March 25, 2009, and currently has 11 production wells online. The Llano field, located on Garden Banks 385 and 386, came online April 29, 2004, via the Auger TLP.
Project Details: Shenzi
Alliance Engineering to Construct Topside, Deck for Tubular Bells FPS
Jan 11, 2012 – Wood Group’s Alliance Engineering received a detailed engineering and design contract of the topside facilities and deck, for Williams Partners’ Gulfstar FPS spar production platform. The platform, for installation in Mississippi Canyon Block 768, will produce oil and gas from the Tubular Bells field. The Gulfstar spar platform will be located in 4,300 feet (1,311 meters) of water and designed to process 60,000 bopd and 200 MMcf/d. The single-lift topsides will have three deck levels and include processing equipment, seawater injection equipment, utilities, an accommodation building with helideck, and pumping and compression equipment to export the treated oil and gas through departing pipelines. The completed deck will weigh approximately 7,000 short tons. Initial production is scheduled to commence in 2014.
Project Details: Tubular Bells
FMC to Supply Subsea Equipment for Lucius Development
Jan 10, 2012 – Anadarko awarded FMC Technologies a contract to provide subsea systems and life-of-field services for the Lucius project. FMC’s scope of supply includes five subsea production trees and two manifolds, with delivery slated for 4Q12. First oil is slated for 2014. Lucius is located in 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water on Keathley Canyon Block 875. Anadarko operates the field, holding a 50 percent interest; Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production with a 33.33 percent interest and Mariner Energy with 16.67 percent interest.
Project Details: Lucius
Africa – West
Hess to Drill Production Wells on Block G in 2012
Jan 12, 2012 – Hess plans to drill production wells on Block G in Equatorial Guinea in 2012. Block G houses the Okume Complex and the Ceiba field.
Project Details: Ceiba
Rialto to Commence Drilling Program Offshore Cote d’Ivoire
Jan 11, 2012 – Rialto Energy is prepping to commence a drilling program in Block CI-202, containing the Gazelle, Hippo and Bubale discoveries. The company has contracted the Transocean operated GSF Monitor (350′ ILC) jackup to drill a three-well program that will include two appraisal wells and the capability to test five independent structures. It is expected that the drilling program will commence in late February 2012. The Chouette well, which is part of the drilling program, will be the Company’s first exploration test in the CI-202 permit. Chouette has been assessed to have the potential to contain up to 212 million barrels of oil on a P50 base case. The block is located offshore Cote d’Ivoire, where Rialto Energy acts as operator.
Eni Divests Interest in Oyo Field
Jan 11, 2012 – Nigerian OML Agip Exploration, a subsidiary of Eni, has signed a definitive agreement to divest its 40 percent working interest in OML leases 120 and 121 (containing the producing Oyo field) to Allied Energy. The transaction is subject to customary conditions for closing and is expected to conclude during the first quarter of 2012. Once approved, Allied plans to expedite the development of the Oyo field by drilling two additional production wells commencing in 2012. These two wells are expected to significantly increase oil production over current levels. Allied also intends to accelerate exploration activities in the OMLs to fully exploit potential outside of the field, independently estimated at up to two billion barrels of unrisked prospective oil resources. The Oyo field is located on Leases 120 and 121, roughly 43 miles (70 kilometers) off the coast of Nigeria.
Project Details: Oyo
African Petroleum Grabs Block Offshore Cote d’Ivoire
Jan 10, 2012 – African Petroleum has entered into an agreement with the Societe Nationale d’Operations Petrolieres de la Cote d’Ivoire (Petroci) and the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire to acquire one offshore exploration permit covering Block CI-513. The block, situated in the Western Offshore area of Cote d’Ivoire, covers an area of 355,832 acres (1,440 square kilometers). The exploration program will target deepwater Upper Cretaceous submarine fans in the area, believed to have similar high impact potential as discoveries in the Jubilee field (in Ghana) and the Mercury discovery (in Sierra Leone). African Petroleum will operate the block with a 90 percent stake; while PETROCI will hold the remaining 10 percent stake.
Total Enters Mauritanian License
Jan 6, 2012 – Total has signed an exploration license with Mauritanian government to acquire a 90 percent interest in Block C 9, situated in ultra-deep waters. The National oil company, SMH, will hold the remaining 10 percent stake. The block is located about 87 miles (140 kilometers) offshore Western Mauritania, spanning more than 2.4 million acres (10,000 square kilometers), in water depths ranging from 8,202 to 9,843 feet (2,500 to 3,000 meters). The operator is planning a seismic acquisition campaign as the first phase of the exploration program.
African Petroleum Spuds Narina-1 Well
Jan 6, 2012 – African Petroleum has spud the Narina-1 well on Block LB-09 offshore Liberia. Narina-1 will primarily target a Turnonian prospect similar to previous discoveries. The company estimates the prospect has potential recoverable oil resources of 500 MMbbls to 1200 MMbbls for the Turonian reservoir, plus additional potential resources in both shallow and deeper reservoirs. The Maersk Deliverer (UDW semisub) is drilling the well.
Project Details: Narina
Europe – North Sea
Athena FPSO to Leave Dubai in Mid-February
Jan 12, 2012 – Ithaca Energy reported that the BW Athena FPSO is undergoing final conversion work at Dubai Dry Dock World. The vessel is scheduled to begin its transfer from Dubai to the UK in mid-February. The Athena field is slated for production in 1Q12 and flow at a rate of 10,000 boepd. The Athena field lies on Block 14/18b in 440 feet (134 meters) of water.
Project Details: Athena
Chevron Spuds P2-10 in Dutch North Sea
Jan 11, 2012 – Chevron has spud the P2-10 well in the Dutch North Sea. The well is targeting an existing gas discovery on the P2 block aiming to evaluate commercial hydrocarbon flow rates within the Rotliegendes sandstone reservoir.
Technip to Supply Subsea Equipment for Golden Eagle Development
Jan 11, 2012 – Nexen awarded Technip a lump sum contract for the Golden Eagle development located in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract covers the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of two export, one production, one mechanically lined water injection and one gas lift flowlines; one main umbilical and two subsea isolation valve umbilicals; subsea equipments; trenching and backfilling of all flowlines and umbilicals; tie-ins, protection, pre-commissioning and commissioning support. The project is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2014. The development plan for Golden Eagle includes a combined production, utilities and an accommodation platform linked to a separate wellhead platform. Golden Eagle is located on Block 20/1N in 374 feet (114 meters).
Project Details: Golden Eagle
BP, Odfjell Drilling Secure Contract for Quad 204 Project
Jan 11, 2012 – BP awarded Odfjell Drilling a pre-contract award for the provision of a new build, semisubmersible drilling unit for use in the West of Shetland area. The contract value is about US $1.2 billion, excluding options, and represents the largest contract in Odfjell Drilling’s 40 year history. The unit will be used in the development of the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, which lie within Quadrants 204 and 205 of the UKCS about 81 miles (130 kilometers) west of Shetland and 22 miles (35 kilometers) east of the Faroe-UK median line. The full contract will have a fixed duration of seven years and is slated to start in 4Q 2014. BP operates the project.
Project Details: Schiehallion (Quad 204)
Yme Slated for Production in 2012
Jan 11, 2012 – SBM Offshore says that productivity of work being performed on the MOPUstor platform for the Yme field has been impacted due to poor weather conditions in the North Sea. The operator and SBM Offshore are currently evaluating the related schedule and cost impacts of the development. Yme will be developed by 12 production wells and injection wells, of which five will be subsea completions. The wells will connect to a production platform for processing. Production from the field is expected to commence in 2012 and reach a peak production rate of 40,000 bopd. Yme is situated in Production License 316, which Talisman Energy operates, holding a 70 percent interest; Revus Energy holds 20 percent; and Pertra ASA holds 10 percent.
Project Details: Yme
Lundin to Spud Albert Prospect Soon
Jan 10, 2012 – Lundin plans to spud the Albert prospect, located in PL 519, in the 1Q of 2012. The operator will use the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to perform drilling operations. The well is targeting a major fault bound north of the Tampen Spur hydrocarbon province. Lundin operates the license with a 40 percent interest; while Spring Energy holds 20 percent; Noreco holds 20 percent; and Bayerngas holds 20 percent.
Valiant Obtains Interest in Timon Prospect
Jan 10, 2012 – Valiant has farmed into Blocks 211/11b and 211/16b in the UK sector of the North Sea acquiring a 10 percent stake from Agora Oil & Gas. The blocks contain the Timon prospect, an Upper Jurassic stratigraphic trap. The consortium plans to spud the prospect in 1Q 2012 using the WilHunter (mid-water semisub). Valiant estimates prospective resources to total 30 mmboe.
Wintershall Gets Govt Nod to Drill in North Sea
Jan 10, 2012 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Wintershall a drilling permit for well 6407/1-5 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Appraisal well 6407/1-5 will be drilled using the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub). The appraisal well lies in Production License 475 BS/CS, where Wintershall is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 percent. The other licensees are Petoro AS (30 percent) and Centrica (20 percent).
Centrica Plugs, Abandons Butch Southwest
Jan 10, 2012 – Centrica has ended drilling of a sidetrack well on the Butch South West exploration prospect in Production License 405 B. After successfully drilling the Butch discovery and first sidetrack appraisal well, the partnership decided to drill a second sidetrack well from the same surface location. The objective of the well was to target additional oil volumes in an exploration prospect located to the south of Butch within a new segment containing the same reservoir. However, problems were encountered while drilling the section above the main reservoir. The partnership plans to drill a new well located closer to the prospect. The well was plugged and abandoned. The partnership includes Centrica (operator, 40 percent), Faroe (15 percent), Suncor Energy (30 percent) and Spring Energy (15 percent).
Project Details: Butch
Valiant Gets Thumbs Up to Develop Causeway
Jan 10, 2012 – The Department of Energy and Climate Change has approved Valiant’s Causeway Field Development Plan. The Borgsten Dolphin (mid-water semisub) is booked to complete the existing production and water injection wells on the field with first oil targeted for the second half of 2012. Development plans call for the drilling of a new production well and a water injection well in the East and Far East fault panels. A production well will be completed with dual electrical submersible pumps. Hydrocarbons will be sent to and processed at the Cormorant North platform operated by TAQA Bratani Limited before being exported to the Sullom Voe terminal. Causeway is located on Blocks 211/22a and 211/23d in a water depth of 350 feet (107 meters) in the UK sector of the North Sea. Valiant operates the field.
Project Details: Causeway
Sterling Resources to Spud Cladhan South in 1Q12
Jan 10, 2012 – Sterling Resources issued a letter of intent to use the Sedco 704 (mid-water semisub) to drill the Cladhan South prospect in the first half of 2012. Cladhan South is an upper Jurassic channelized sand play immediately to the south of the existing Cladhan discovery. The Cladhan field is located on Blocks 210/29a and 210/30a in a water depth of 1,634 feet (498 meters). Serving as operator of the field is Sterling Resources, holding a 39.9% interest; EnCore holds 16.6%; Wintershall holds 33.5%; and Dyas holds the remaining 10%.
Project Details: Cladhan
Det norske Spuds Kalvklumpen Prospect
Jan 10, 2012 – Det norske has commenced drilling exploratory well, 25/6-4 S in license PL 414 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The target for the well is the Kalvklumpen prospect, and drilling is being conducted by the Songa Delta (mid-water semisub). The partners in the license include Det norske (operator, 40 percent), Noreco (20 percent), Faroe Petroleum (20 percent) and Bayerngas (20 percent).
Project Details: Kalvklumpen
Drilling Ops to Bloom at Orchid Prospect
Jan 10, 2012 – Valiant plans to spud the Orchid prospect in the middle of the first quarter of 2012. The operator will use the Sedco 711 (mid-water semisub) to drill the well. Orchid is a dual target, four-way dip closure at Tertiary and Chalk level located in Block 29/1c in the UK sector of the North Sea. Valiant estimates gross prospective resources for the entire prospect to be 30 MMboe.
Project Details: Orchid
Statoil Makes Significant Discovery in Barents Sea
Jan 9, 2012 – Statoil has made a substantial oil discovery at the Havis prospect in Production License 532 in the Barents Sea. Well 7220/7-1, drilled by the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub), proved a 157-foot (48-meter) gas column and a 420-foot (128-meter) oil column. The operator estimates that the volumes in Havis are between 200 to 300 bbl of recoverable oil equivalents. The well reached a vertical depth of 7,218 feet (2,200 meters) in a water depth of 1,198 feet (365 meters). Statoil serves as the operator of PL 532 with a 50 percent stake; while Eni holds 30 percent and Petoro holds 20 percent.
Project Details: Havis
First Oil Acquires Stake in Kraken Discovery
Jan 9, 2012 – EnQuest has agreed with Canamens Limited to acquire two of its companies, whose assets include a 20 percent stake in the Kraken oil discovery. EnQuest will pay an initial consideration of US $45 million dollars in cash and a further $45 million in cash, contingent upon approval of the Kraken field development plan by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Through this transaction, EnQuest will acquire a 20 percent interest in Blocks 9/2b and 9/2c, including the Kraken discovery. Kraken is estimated to hold gross contingent resources of 160 MMboe for Block 9/2b and 9/2c. EnQuest also acquired further potential exploration upside in Blocks 3/22a and 3/29 and in Blocks 9/6a and 9/7b. Kraken is a large heavy oil accumulation in the UK North Sea, located in the East Shetland basin, to the west of the North Viking Graben. It is being progressed to the development stage. Kraken FDP approval is anticipated in H2 2012. The operator of Kraken, Nautical, has a 50 percent interest, with the remaining 30 percent interest held by First Oil.
Project Details: Kraken
NPD Grants Statoil Drilling Permit for Well 30/6-28 S
Jan 9, 2012 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate granted Statoil a drilling permit for well 30/6-28 S in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The drilling permit for well 30/6-28 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in Production License 053. The area in this license consists of parts of Block 30/6 on the Oseberg field, between Oseberg A and Oseberg C. The Oseberg Center is located on Blocks 30/6 and 30/9 in the northern part of the North Sea at a water depth of 328 feet (100 meters). Statoil serves as the operator of the Oseberg Center and holds a 49.30 percent interest.
Project Details: Oseberg Center

Worldwide Field Development News Dec 30 – Jan 5, 2012


This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 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.

Africa – Other
BG Group, Ophir Commence Drilling Program Offshore Tanzania
Jan 3, 2012 – BG Group has commenced exploratory drilling in Block 1 offshore Tanzania using the Deepsea Metro-1 (UDW drillship). The first three wells in the program will be Jodari-1, Mzia-1 and Papa-1. The operator will drill the Mzia-1 top hole section first, as part of a batch drilling program, then the rig will move to drill Jodari-1 in its entirety, before returning to Mzia-1 to complete the bottom portion of the well. Ophir spudded the Mzia-1 well in 4,921 feet (1,500 meters) of water on Jan. 1, 2012, which should take seven to 10 days. The operator will then spud the Jodari-1 well in a water depth of 3,789 feet (1,155 meters) and drill to total depth of 15,092 feet (4,600 meters) in 40 days. The Jodari prospect contains multiple stacked targets in both the Tertiary and Cretaceous sections with the former having seismic flat spot and amplitude fit to structure. Jodari is modeled to contain mean resources of 2.2 Tcf in the stacked targets. BG Group operates the blocks with a 60 percent stake; while Ophir holds the remaining interest.
N. America – US GOM
McMoRan Drills Ahead in Blackbeard East Well
Jan 5, 2012 – McMoRan has reached a true vertical depth of 33,400 feet (10,180 meters) in the Blackbeard East by-pass well, and logging operations for the section below 30,800 feet (9,388 meters) are under way. Wireline logs indicated that Blackbeard East encountered hydrocarbon bearing sands in the Oligocene with good porosity below 30,000 feet (9,144 meters). The well previously encountered 178 net feet (54 meters) of hydrocarbons in the Miocene sands above 25,000 feet (7,620 meters). Pressure and temperature data below the salt weld between 19,500 feet (5,944 meters) and 24,600 feet (7,498 meters) at Blackbeard East indicate that a completion at these depths could utilize conventional equipment and technologies. The Blackbeard East exploration well lies in 80 feet (24 meters) of water on South Timbalier Block 144. McMoRan operates the block, holding a 38.5% interest; PXP holds 31.5%; EXXI holds 18.0%; W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. holds 10%; and a private investor holds 1.6%.
Project Details: Blackbeard East
McMoRan Completes Activities at Davy Jones Discovery
Jan 5, 2012 – McMoRan is moving forward with completion activities of the Davy Jones No. 1 discovery well at South Marsh Island Block 230 in the GOM. Installation of the central processing facility for the Davy Jones No. 1 well and sales pipelines were completed. The operator plans to proceed with the completion and flow testing of the well once the wellbore is cleared. Once a flow test is completed, McMoRan expects first production from the well to be established. As previously reported, McMoRan has drilled two wells on the field. The operator expects to complete and flow test both wells in 2012. Davy Jones is located on South Marsh Island Block 234 in 20 feet (6 meters) of water. McMoran operates the block, holding a 32.7% interest; PXP holds 27.7%; EXXI holds 15.8%; Nippon Oil holds 12%; W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. holds 8.8%; and a private investor holds the remaining 3% interest.
Project Details: Davy Jones
Africa – West
Shell Resumes Bonga Production
Jan 5, 2012 – Shell has restarted production at its Bonga oil field offshore Nigeria, after an oil leak was detected. The facility was closed after a leak during a tanker loading operation on Dec. 20, leading to a serious oil spill, announced Dow Jones newswires. Shell says it completed the clean-up from the spill and resumed output on Jan. 1 at the 200,000 bopd oil field. The Bonga field is located 75 miles (120 kilometers) offshore Nigeria in Oil Prospecting License 212. SNEPCo (55%) under a Production Sharing Contract with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) operates Bonga.
Project Details: Bonga
Maersk Hits Oil Pay in Pre-Salt Well in Angola
Jan 4, 2012 – Maersk Oil and partners have made a discovery in the Azul-1 deepwater exploration well in Block 23 in the Kwanza Basin offshore Angola. Azul-1, drilled in a water depth of 3,028 feet (923 meters), reached a final depth of 17,500 feet (5,334 meters). The condition of the well prevented an assessment of flow capacity by a conventional test, which was performed as a mini-DST. This test enabled the recovery of two good quality oil samples. Maersk says the preliminary interpretation of the data indicate a potential flow capacity greater than 3,000 bopd. The operator will further evaluate the results of the discovery and will proceed with exploratory work in the block. Maersk Oil is the operator of Block 23 with a 50 percent interest. Partners in the block consist of Svenska (30 percent) and Sonangol (20 percent).
Ophir Targets March to Conduct Appraisal Drilling in Block R
Jan 3, 2012 – Ophir Energy expects to secure a rig to commence a three-to-four well drilling program in the extended Block R offshore Equatorial Guinea. The program, which is designed to demonstrate sufficient gas volumes to underpin a planned second LNG train in Equatorial Guinea, will include one or more appraisal wells on Ophir’s Fortuna-1 discovery, plus exploration wells on the Tonel and Silenus prospects. Drilling should commence in late March. Ophir believes that the gas volumes in Block R are likely to range between 2 to 4 Tcf with additional upside potential in as-yet untested play types. Ophir operates the block with an 80 percent stake.
Seismic Program Commences Offshore Gabon
Jan 3, 2012 – Ophir Energy has commenced a 3D seismic program in the Mbeli and Ntsina licenses offshore Gabon. The operator is acquiring 518,921 acres (2,100 square kilometers) of data, which should take 42 days to complete. The survey is specifically designed to mature pre-salt targets for drilling in late 2012. Ophir operates the licenses with a 50 percent interest; while Statoil holds the remaining interest.
Kosmos Plans to Further Appraise Teak in 1Q12
Jan 3, 2012 – Kosmos Energy plans to commence appraisal drilling on the Teak-4 well in first quarter 2012. Teak is located in the West Cape Three Points Block, which Kosmos Energy operates with a 30.875 percent interest. Partners in the license include Anadarko Petroleum (30.875 percent), Tullow Oil (26.396 percent), Sabre Oil & Gas (1.854 percent) and Ghana National Petroleum (10 percent).
Project Details: Teak
S. America – Other & Carib.
BPZ Energy Plans to Install 2nd Platform on Corvina Field in 2H12
Jan 5, 2012 – BPZ Energy expects to install the new CX-15 platform on the Corvina field and begin a development drilling campaign in the second half of 2012. Two wells are scheduled to be completed during 2012 with first oil production expected in the fourth quarter. The Corvina oil and gas field is situated in the offshore Block Z-1 in northwest Peru. BPZ Energy operates the field with a 100% interest in the license.
Project Details: Corvina
Rockhopper Completes Sidetrack
Dec 30, 2011 – Rockhopper Exploration has completed coring and logging operations at well 14/15-4z in the Falkland Basin. The sidetrack well, about 41 feet (12.5 meters) from the main wellbore, reached a total depth of 8,383 feet (2,555 meters) MD. A total of 377 feet (115 meters) of core was cut through the hydrocarbon-bearing Beverley, Casper South, Casper and Sea Lion reservoirs bringing the total amount of core cut during the entire drilling campaign to 1,493 feet (455 meters). Rockhopper says that drilling of the well has completed the commitments required to earn the 60 percent interest and operatorship of license PL004b. The well will now be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Sea Lion
Apache Plans to Appraise Zola in 2012
Jan 3, 2012 – Apache plans to acquire new 3D seismic data over the Zola gas discovery, located in WA-290-P, in June 2012 with processing to follow. Appraisal drilling is set to follow. The field is located in a water depth of 935 feet (285 meters) offshore Western Australia. Apache operates the permit, holding a 30.25% interest.
Project Details: Zola
Europe – North Sea
Aker to Supply Production System for Boyla Development
Jan 5, 2012 – Marathon awarded Aker Solutions a contract to supply a subsea production system for the Boyla (formerly Marihone) development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and delivery of four subsea trees, four over-trawlable subsea structures and control systems. Final deliveries will be made in 1Q 2013. The Boyla field, located in Production License 340 in 394 feet (120 meters) of water, will be subsea tied-back to the Alvheim FPSO. Marathon operates the project with a 65 percent interest; while ConocoPhillips holds 20 percent; and Lundin holds 15 percent.
Project Details: Alvheim
Statoil Finds More Oil in Gullfaks Area
Jan 5, 2012 – Statoil found more oil in the Skinfaks South field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The operator confirmed the discovery of light oil in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Brent group) and an 262-foot (80-meter) high column in good-quality reservoir rocks. Drilled to a vertical depth of 12,211 feet (3,722 meters), the well concluded in the Drake formation in Middle Jurassic rocks. The field is located on Block 33/12, directly west of the Gullfaks field in the Tampen area. Serving as operator of the block is Statoil with a 70 percent interest; while Petoro holds the remaining interest.
Project Details: Greater Gullfaks Area
Noreco Divests Interests in PL 435
Dec 30, 2011 – Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) has completed the sale of its interest in license PL 435, containing the gas discovery Zidane-1, to OMV. Noreco is also under certain conditions entitled to an additional consideration if a discovery is made in the upcoming exploration well Zidane-2. The license contains the Zidane-1 gas discovery, which was made in 2010, and is estimated to contain between 5 and 18 Bcm of recoverable gas.
Project Details: Zidane
S. America – Brazil
Petrobras Signs Lease, Operating Contract for Marlim Sul FPSO
Jan 5, 2012 – SBM Offshore has received an extension of 26 months for the lease and operating contract of the Marlim Sul FPSO from Petrobras. The extension begins in April 2012, at the end of the initial lease period, which was eight years. The vessel is capable of processing 100,000 bopd and 2.3 MMcm/d of gas compression. The produced gas is exported through Campos Basin pipelines. The vessel is moored in a water depth of 4,692 feet (1,430 meters), and has five oil producers and four water injectors tied-back to the FPSO.
Project Details: Marlim Sul (South)
Petrobras Finds Light Oil in Golfinho Concession
Jan 3, 2012 – Petrobras has discovered a light oil and natural gas accumulation in the Golfinho Concession (4-BRSA-1001-ESS) offshore Brazil. The discovery was made during the drilling of well 4-GLF-31-ESS, known as Tambuata, in a water depth of 4,987 feet (1,520 meters). Petrobras will continue to drill the well at a depth of 20,013 feet (6,100 meters) in order to test deeper formations. Reservoirs from the Cretaceous Period, Santonian Age were identified and are already producing in the field, at a depth between 14,862 and 15,322 feet (4,530 and 4,670 meters), stated the operator. The reservoirs are in good condition for production.
Petrobras Submits DOC for Guara Development
Jan 3, 2012 – Petrobras has submitted a Declaration of Commerciality with the Brazilian National Agency of Petroluem, Natural Gas and Biofuels for the accumulations of light oil and gas in the Guara area. This declaration marks the start of the production phase for the field. The consortium will rename the field as Sapinhoa. The consortium drilled four wells in the area, including one well designed for reservoir data acquisition. Drill stem tests were performed on three of the wells. In addition, a five-month extended well test was carried out on the discovery well, confirming the excellent productivity of the Guara reservoir. Data gathered from this test will assist in the optimization of the field development plan. Guara is located in Block BM-S-6 about 186 miles (300 kilometers) off the Sao Paulo state coast. Petrobras serves as the operator of the consortium, holding a 45 percent interest; while BG Group holds 30 percent; and Repsol Sinopec Brazil holds 25 percent.
Project Details: Sapinhoa (Guara)
Petrobras Estimates Guara Presalt Area Holds 2.1B BOE
Dec 30, 2011 – Petrobras estimates that the Guara presalt area holds roughly 2.1 Bbbl of oil equivalent in Brazil’s Santos basin. The new field, located in BM-S-9 block, is formed by reservoirs of high-quality oil. Petrobras sent a declaration of viability to Brazil’s national oil regulator, ANP, a year ahead of the deadline it was given. The company plans to submit a development plan to the organization in February.


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