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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Australia
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

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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
Australia
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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Top 5 Rigzone Articles of 2011

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ReCap: Worldwide Field Development News Dec 23 – Dec 29, 2011

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 2 new projects and updated 11 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.

Mediterranean
Noble Finds Gas Pay in Cyprus
Dec 28, 2011 – Noble Energy has made a natural gas discovery at the Cyprus Block 12 prospect, offshore the Republic of Cyprus. The Cyprus A-1 well encountered about 310 feet (94 meters) of net natural gas pay in multiple high-quality Miocene sand intervals. The well reached a depth of 19,225 feet (5,860 meters) in a water depth of 5,540 feet (1,689 meters). Results from drilling, formation logs and initial evaluation work indicate an estimated gross resource range of 5 to 8 Tcf, with a gross mean of 7 Tcf. Noble plans to appraise the find. Noble Energy operates the discovery with a 70 percent working interest; while Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration each hold 15 percent.
Project Details: Cyprus (Aphrodite)
Europe – North Sea
Aker Solutions to Supply Subsea Equipment for Svalin Development
Dec 29, 2011 – Statoil awarded Aker Solutions a contract to engineer, procure and construct a subsea production system for the Svalin development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The scope of work includes two subsea trees, one four-slot integrated template structure with process distribution manifold, subsea and topside production control systems, wellhead systems and remote connection systems. Final equipment deliveries are slated for 3Q 2013. Svalin is a fast-track oil field project situated in a water depth of 394 feet (120 meters).
Tendeka Secures Sand Control Frame Agreement for Troll field
Dec 28, 2011 – Statoil has granted Tendeka a major frame agreement for the provision of sand screens and inflow control devices and services for use in the Troll field. The contract is for an initial three-year period with a further two optional extensions, each of two years. Tendeka’s scope of work includes the provision of sand screens with associated inflow control technology and services for deployment in the field. Troll produces 400,000 barrels a day from three platforms northwest of Bergen. Troll, a natural gas and oil field, lies in the northern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Kollsnes, near Bergen. Statoil, holding a 30.59 percent, operates the field; Petoro holds 56 percent; A/S Norske Shell holds 8.1 percent; ConocoPhillips holds 1.62 percent; and Total holds 3.69 percent.
Project Details: Troll Area
EnCore Reaches TD in Tudor Rose
Dec 28, 2011 – EnCore Oil has encountered an oil column in the Tudor Rose well within the targeted Beauly formation and oil water contact at 3,236 feet (986 meters) total vertical depth. The operator gathered wireline samplings and conducted pressure testing of the hydrocarbon-bearing zone. Initial wellsite analysis of the samples suggest a viscosity of 600 to 800 Centipoise, which is likely too viscous to be commercially exploitable. EnCore says further onshore analysis is required before the provisional evaluation can be confirmed. The well will be plugged and abandoned. The Tudor Rose well is located on Block 14/30a in the UK sector of the North Sea. EnCore operates the block with a 40 percent interest; while Nautical Petroleum holds 20 percent; Endeavour holds 20 percent; and EnQuest holds 20 percent.
Project Details: Tudor Rose
Endeavour Acquires UK Producing Assets
Dec 27, 2011 – Endeavour has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire ConocoPhillips’ interest in three producing UK oil fields in the central North Sea for $330 million. Endeavour will increase their current ownership interest in the Alba field, a late Eocene reservoir that has been producing since 1994. Additionally, the company will add ownership interests in the MacCulloch and Nicol fields. Endeavour’s aggregate working interest in the Alba field will be 25.68 percent following the closing of the acquisition. The company anticipates assuming operatorship of the MacCulloch field, subject to final partner agreement.
Project Details: Alba
Antrim Sidetracks Erne Discovery
Dec 27, 2011 – Antrim Energy announced that the Erne discovery well sidetrack, 21/29d-11Z, encountered about 24 feet (7 meters) of net oil pay and 14 feet (4 meters) of net gas pay in a high-quality sandstone reservoir. Initial interpretation is that the well has penetrated a separate accumulation from that in the 21/29d-11 discovery well, but further work is necessary to confirm this, stated the operator. The 21/29d-11Z well will now be suspended for potential future re-entry and use in the development of the Erne discovery. The 21/29d-11Z well was designed to appraise the Erne oil discovery in the Eocene Tay formation, and was drilled up-dip of the discovery location to a total depth of 5,124 feet (1,562 meters). Erne is located in Block 21/29d in the UK sector of the North Sea. Antrim Energy operates Block 21/29d.
Project Details: Erne
BG Discovers Oil in PL 373 S
Dec 27, 2011 – BG Norge has made an oil discovery in the North Sea in Production License 373 S. The wells, 34/3-3 S and 34/3-3 A, proved oil in early Jurassic sandstone. The objective of the well 34/3-3 S was to prove hydrocarbons in the Cook formation of the early Jurassic age in the Jordbaer Vest prospect. Oil was proven in the upper part of the Cook formation with very good reservoir quality. The objective of the 34/3-3 A sidetrack was to delineate the 34/3-3 S discovery by confirming the extent of the reservoir rocks, and also proving oil in the lower part of the Cook formation. The well proved oil both in the upper and lower Cook formation with very good reservoir quality. Extensive data acquisition programs have been carried out in both wells. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between 1.5 and 4 million standard cubic meters of oil equivalents. The licensees will consider developing the discovery with the Knarr development, which was approved in June 2011.
Project Details: Knarr (Jordbaer)
Statoil Considers Skrugard Development in the Barents Sea
Dec 27, 2011 – Statoil and partners are considering developing the Skrugard discovery in the Barents Sea by a floating production unit with additional capacity to process and transport from other prospects in the vicinity. Statoil says a feasibility study has identified a technical and commercial solution for Skugard, resulting in the rapid development of the discovery. The production unit will have separate oil and storage and offloading capability with a production capacity of 95,000 bopd. The field development calls for 14 oil producers and pressure support will be provided via injection wells for water and gas. Skugard is estimated to hold around 250 MMbbl of recoverable oil equivalents, with a considerable upside potential. Statoil plans to drill an exploration well on Havis, a prospect located roughly five kilometers from the Skrugard discovery, but within the same license. After drilling the Havis well, the rig will drill an appraisal well on Skrugard. Skrugard is located in Production License 532, which Statoil operates, holding a 50 percent interest. Partners in the license include Eni Norge (30 percent) and Petoro (20 percent).
Project Details: Skrugard
Australia
BHP Billiton Confirms Rig Slot for Tallaganda-1 Well
Dec 28, 2011 – The WA-351-P joint venture has approved the budget to drill the Tallaganda-1 well in the block. The operator, BHP Billiton, has secured the Atwood Eagle semisub to drill the well and expects to commence well operations at Tallaganda-1 in the first quarter of 2012. The Tallaganda-1 prospect straddles both the WA-351-P and WA-335-P permits and will test the gas potential of sandstones in the prolific Triassic age, Mungaroo formation, in a well defined horst block.
Project Details: Tallaganda
Africa – West
Makouala Marine-1 Fails to Hit Commercial Pay
Dec 28, 2011 – Lundin Petroleum says the Makouala Marine-1 well has encountered limited oil-bearing pay in the targeted Sendji formation reservoirs. The operator will now plug and abandon the well. This well was the second of a two-to-three well campaign in the area. Makouala Marine-1 is located in Block Marine XIV, offshore Congo. Soco International operates the block.
Project Details: Makouala Marine
Asia – SouthEast
Otto Executes Final Farm-in Agreements for SC 55
Dec 28, 2011 – Otto Energy has executed the final farm-in agreements supporting BHP Billiton’s earlier decision to enter into Service Contract 55, offshore Palawan, Philippines. Once the execution is finalized, Otto will receive a final payment relating to back costs associated with SC55 of US $7.3 million, of which $5 million has already been received. Otto will submit the required assignment documents to the Philippine Department of Energy for their approval of the transfer of participating interest to BHP Billiton. Upon completion of the farm-in, Otto’s working interest in SC 55 will reduce to 33.18 percent.
Cairn to Enter Second Phase of Exploration
Dec 27, 2011 – Cairn Lanka Limited has successfully completed the first phase of the exploration campaign in Sri Lanka Block SL-2007-01-001. The exploration program involved the acquisition, processing and interpretation of 433,175 acres (1,753 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data and a three-well deepwater drilling program. The seismic program exceeded the first phase commitment by 20 percent, and the drilling program exceeded the drilling depth commitment by 50 percent. Cairn said this program resulted in two successive gas and condensate discoveries; the CLPL-Dorado-91H/1z well and, the CLPL-Barracuda-1G/1 well. The third well, CLPL-Dorado North 1-82K/1 was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. This drilling program has found an established working petroleum system in the frontier Mannar Basin. Cairn Lanka intends to enter the second phase of exploration.

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Offshore Lists Top 5 Offshore Field Development Projects

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by  David Paganie

Selecting the winners of this year’s Five Star Award – the Top 5 offshore Field Development Projects – was no easy task. The geographic distribution of candidates stretched from the Americas to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Technological innovation was widespread as well. After careful consideration, a consensus has been reached.

In no particular order, Offshore magazine’s Top 5 Offshore Field Development Projects of 2011 are:

Nord Stream

With the completion of Line 1, developers of the (EURO)7.4-billion ($10-billion) Nord Stream project have realized the ambitious goal of moving Russian gas to European markets directly through the Baltic Sea. First announced in 2001, the project calls for the construction of two parallel 759-mi, 48-in. pipelines that will move natural gas from Vyborg, Russia, to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany. The Nord Stream consortium includes Gazprom, Wintershall, E.ON Ruhrgas, Gasunie, and GDF SUEZ.

Bruce Beaubouef, managing editor, gives the full details in his report “Nord Stream completes world’s longest subsea pipeline.”

Pazflor

The Pazflor field offshore Angola boasts a number of firsts. Foremost among them is that it is the first-ever project to deploy a development plan based on gas/liquid separation at the mudline spanning several reservoirs. This technological innovation is what will make it possible to produce the heavy, viscous oil contained in three of the four reservoirs in this gigantic development in the Angolan deep offshore. Pazflor, operated by French oil company Total, lies 93 miles (150 kilometers) off Luanda in water depths ranging from 1,968 – 3,937 feet (600 to 1,200 meters) and has estimated proved and probable reserves of 590 MMbbl.

The project is described in detail by Eldon Ball, senior editor, technology & economics, in his report “Pazflor development relies on subsea separation system handling four reservoirs.”

Karan

Saudi Aramco’s $8-billion Karan gas field project offshore Saudi Arabia is the first-ever non-associated gas development in the country. Currently, five wells are flowing 120 MMcf/d on the way to a design capacity of 1.8 bcf/d by 2013. The field produces gas via a 68-miles (110 kilometers) long subsea pipeline to the onshore Khursaniyah process facility. Plans call for approximately 20 total wells spread over four production platforms that tie in to a main platform with associated electrical power, communications, and remote monitoring and controls.

The project report by Gene Kliewer, technology editor, subsea & seismic, is provided in full detail in “Karan marks first-ever non-associated gas project offshore Saudi Arabia.”

Peregrino

The achievement of first oil from the Statoil-operated Peregrino heavy oil field in Brazil in April marked a major milestone for the operator. It is the first field to be brought onstream by the company in Brazil and its largest operated field outside of Norway. And by bringing Peregrino’s 14°API crude to the surface, Statoil provided convincing testimony of its heavy oil expertise.

See the full report by Nick Terdre, contributing editor, in “Peregrino producing heavy oil for Statoil offshore Brazil.”

Who Dat

Discovered in December 2007, the LLOG Exploration-operated Who Dat field lies in an average water depth of 3,200 ft (975 m) in Mississippi Canyon blocks 503, 504, and 547, in the Gulf of Mexico. Three wells – two in MC 503 and one in MC 547 – have been completed, with 10 more infill wells to be drilled and completed in the coming months using the semisubmersible rig Noble Amos Runner. Notable achievements for the field development include the first use of the OPTI-EX design; the first use of an FPU built “on spec;” and the first use of a privately owned FPU.

Jessica Tippee, assistant editor, gives a detailed report in “Who Dat initiates production in GoM in post-Macondo era.”

Congratulations to all of Offshore magazine’s winners for their contribution to the successful application of new and innovative technology. More information on the award-winning projects is available in a special webcast hosted on Offshore magazine’s website.

The projects are selected on the basis of best use of innovation in production method, application of technology, and resolution of challenges, along with safety, environmental protection, and project execution.

Copyright 2011 PennWell Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Worldwide: Field Development Project News

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Dec 9 – Dec 15, 2011

This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 new projects and updated 22 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
Anadarko Spuds Lagosta-2 in Rovuma Area 1
Dec 13, 2011 – Anadarko is currently appraising its Lagosta-2 well with plans to complete it towards late January 2012. The well is located Offshore Area 1 of Mozambique???s Rovuma Basin. The discovery well encountered more than 550 net feet (168 net meters) of natural gas pay in multiple high-quality Oligocene and Eocene sands. The consortium is currently in early-stage discussions with major LNG off-takers in the Asian and European markets to secure long-term commercial contracts for the planned production from the Rovuma Area 1 project. Anadarko operates the area with a 36.5% working interest. Co-owners in the area include Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limited (20%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10%), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma Offshore, Ltd. (8.5%).
Project Details: Lagosta
Africa – West
SBM Offshore, Eni Finalize Xikomba FPSO Lease and Operate Contract
Dec 14, 2011 – Eni and SBM Offshore have executed contracts for the 12-year charter and operation of Xikomba FPSO for Block 15/06. The development plan calls for the relocation of the existing Xikomba FPSO, which has been operated under contract for ExxonMobil since 2003. The vessel will undergo a major upgrade in order to meet new project specific requirements. First production from the FPSO is targeted for 2014.
Project Details: Kizomba, Block 15
N. America – Canadian Atlantic
Husky Conducts Testing on West White Rose
Dec 12, 2011 – Suncor Energy, a partner in the White Rose project, stated that operations are proceeding on the field with a pilot project to provide additional information about the West White Rose field that is part of the White Rose Extension. The operator completed two pilot wells in 3Q 2011, with water injection support expected to come on-stream late in 2011. The subsea development will connect to the SeaRose FPSO, which has a storage capacity of 940,000 barrels of oil. The White Rose field is located about 217 miles (349 kilometers) east of St. John, Newfoundland.
Project Details: White Rose
N. America – US GOM
Anadarko Sanctions Lucius Development in GOM
Dec 15, 2011 – Anadarko has given the green light for the development of the deepwater Lucius development in the GOM. The development plan calls for six producing wells connecting to a truss spar with a production capacity of 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcf/d. The spar is currently being constructed at Technip’s facility in Pori, Finland. Drilling will begin in 2012 with first production slated for 2014.
Project Details: Lucius
Subsea 7 Scores Two GOM Contracts
Dec 12, 2011 – Subsea 7 received two engineering and installation contracts from Shell for the Cardamom and West Boreas projects in the GOM. The company’s scope of work on West Boreas is the installation of a 20,000 feet (6,096 meter) long umbilical, as well as subsea distribution hardware for the field. Installation will occur in water depths of up to 3,146 feet (959 meters) in the Mississippi Canyon block area. For the Cardamom project, the company will install a 30,400 feet (9,266 meters) long umbilical plus subsea distribution hardware for the field in water depths up to 2,999 feet (914 meters) in the Garden Banks block area. Subsea 7 will use the Skandi Neptue construction vessel for both projects. Both oil fields are slated to commence production in 2013.
Project Details: Auger
ATP Succesfully Tests Clipper Well
Dec 12, 2011 – ATP has successfully completed and tested the second Clipper well on the field in the deepwater GOM, which flowed at rates of 9,000 Bbls per day and 4.6 MMcf/d. This well, combined with the first Clipper well, brings the total test rates to about 13.7 MBbls of oil per day and 50.2 MMcf/d of natural gas or 22 MBbls equivalent per day. The well logged about 56 feet (17 meters) of net oil pay, confirming reserves previously booked. ATP has hired a pipeline lay barge for the Clipper wells until 3Q 12, and will tie-in both the GC 300 No. 4 and No. 2 wells to the Murphy Oil-operated Front Runner production facility. Clipper No. 4 is located at Green Canyon Block 300, and resides in 3,450 feet (1,052 meters) of water. ATP operates Green Canyon block 300 with a 55 percent working interest.
Project Details: Clipper
Noble to Appraise Gunflint
Dec 12, 2011 – Appraisal operations should commence on the Gunflint discovery in the near future. The operator plans to use the ENSCO 8501 (UDW drillship) to appraise the find to help determine the resource range of the discovery before final development planning and sanctioning of the field occurs. A discovery was made on Gunflint in October 2008. Noble Energy operates the oil discovery, which is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 948 in the GOM.
Project Details: Gunflint (Freedom)
S. America – Other & Carib.
Kosmos Enters Suriname Acreage
Dec 14, 2011 – Kosmos Energy has signed two Production Sharing Contracts with Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V., the national oil company of Suriname, for Blocks 42 and 45 offshore Suriname. The two blocks span nearly three million gross acres, in water depths of between 650 and 8,500 feet (198 and 2,591 meters). Block 42 covers 1.5 million acres and Block 45 extends 1.3 million acres. Drilling has not occurred in either block. In the initial exploration phase under each of the contracts, Kosmos plans to acquire 3D seismic data. First drilling is targeted for 2014. Kosmos will wholly own and operate both blocks, making it the first acreage acquired by the company outside of West Africa.??
CGX Energy Preparing to Drill Eagle-1 in 2012
Dec 13, 2011 – CGX Energy plans to spud its Eagle-1 prospect in the Corentyne Petroleum License in 1Q12. The well has a proposed depth of 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) and will be drilled by the Ocean Saratoga (mid-water semisub).
Rockhopper Hits Again in Falkland Basin
Dec 13, 2011 – Rockhopper Exploration has made its third discovery in the north Falkland Basin. The 14/15-4 well penetrated multiple reservoir targets: Beverley, Casper South, Casper and Sea Lion Main Complex. A recently performed wireline logging and formation test have indicated that all four targets are hydrocarbon-bearing, and no water wet sands were observed in the well. The well also encountered hydrocarbons in the Beverley and Casper South reservoirs. The well penetrated the Beverley prospect near the crest of the structure. The gross reservoir package of 89 feet (27 meters) was approxiametly 33 feet (10 meters) thicker than prognosed, while net gas pay was 85 feet (25.8 meters). However, an analysis of mud logs indicates the gas is likely to be a wet gas. Rockhopper believes that the gas/oil contact observed in Casper at well 14/10-9 and Casper South at well 14/15-4 is likely to exist in Beverley. As a result, the company believes Beverley may be oil-bearing downdip. Furthermore, it was discovered that Casper South has a separate fan lobe, to the south of and apparently in communication with the Casper fan, which the company mapped to extend over an area of greater than 100 square kilometers with significant down-dip oil potential. The well also penetrated the Sea Lion Main Complex, about 7.5 miles (12.1 kilometers) from the 14/10-2 discovery well, 4 miles (6.3 kilometers) to the south of well 14/10-9 and 8.5 miles (13.8 kilometers) from the northern most successful appraisal well 14/10-7. Rockhopper believes the well is close to the southernmost limit of the Sea Lion field and at the outer edge of its former maximum case area. Rockhopper will now complete a short offset sidetrack to obtain core in the Beverley, Casper South and Sea Lion Main Complex formations.??The company earned a 60 percent interest through the drilling of the well, which was previously controlled by Desire Petroleum.
Project Details: Sea Lion
Repsol Commences Exploratory Drilling Offshore Guyana
Dec 12, 2011 – Repsol has spud the Jaguar prospect offshore Guyana using the Atwood Beacon (400 feet ILC). The high-pressure, high-temperature well is located in the Georgetown Block near the border with Suriname. The well has a proposed total depth of 21,325 feet (6,500 meters) with drilling operations expected to last six months. Partners in the Georgetown Block are Repsol (operator, 15 percent); YPF (30 percent); Tullow Oil (30 percent); CGX (25 percent).
Australia
Chevron Hits Gas Pay in Vos-1
Dec 15, 2011 – Chevron has made a natural gas discovery in the Exmouth Plateau area of the Carnavon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The Vos-1 well encountered about 453 feet (138 meters) of net gas pay. Chevron stated that this is the 12th offshore discovery made in Australia since mid-2009. Vos-1 reached a depth of 12,461 feet (3,798 meters) in a water depth of 4,869 feet (1,484 meters). Chevron operates the WA-439-P permit with a 50 percent interest with Shell holding the remaining interest.
Apache Plugs, Abandons Hannah-1
Dec 13, 2011 – Apache plugged and abandoned its Hannah-1 well after the well came up dry. The primary target was intersected at 3,937 feet (1,200 meters), but significant hydrocarbons were not present in the reservoir. The well reached total depth at 4,488 feet (1,368 meters). The well is located in permit TP/8, about 11 miles (18 kilometers) east of Barrow Island. TP/8 joint ventures consist of Apache (operator, 68.50 percent), Kufpec (19.27 percent) and Tap (12.22 percent).
Project Details: Hannah
Europe – North Sea
BP Delays Skarv Production Date
Dec 15, 2011 – PGNiG, a partner in the Skarv development, says that production from the field will defer from the first quarter 2012 to the second quarter 2012. The consortium has rescheduled the installation work, and says that this will significantly reduce the need of the planned stoppages in production in 2012. Natural gas production for 2012 was revised and forecasted at .211Bcm, instead of the previously reported .240 Bcm. Production of crude oil (including Natural Gas Liquids) in 2012 is estimated at 180 thousand tonnes, instead of the previously reported 250 thousand tones. Located in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, the Skarv/Idun unit consists of two separate fields, situated in water depths of 1,148 to 1,476 feet (350 to 450 meters). The unitized equity of the project, which BP serves as the operator, is BP (24 percent), Statoil (36 percent), E.On Ruhrgas Norge AS (28 percent), and PGNiG Norway AS (12 percent).
Project Details: Skarv/Idun
Providence Encounters Notable Gas Shows in Barryroe
Dec 14, 2011 – Providence Resources announced that well 48/24-10 has encountered notable gas shows in the PSE Seven Heads Limited operated gas reservoir, which overlies the Barryroe oil discovery. The well has reached section total depth of 4,038 feet (1,231 meters) true vertical depth subsea, with the key geological horizons encountered close to the pre-drill depth prognosis. Following casing of this section, the well will be drilled through the underlying primary and secondary Barryroe oil reservoir targets to a TD of 7,464 feet (2,275 meters) TVDSS.??The GSF Artctic III semisub is drilling the well. Barryroe is located in 328 feet (100 meters) of water about 31 miles (50 kilometers) offshore Ireland in Standard Exploration License (SEL) 1/11. Providence operates the license with a 50 percent interest.
Project Details: Barryroe
Valiant Progresses with Causeway Development
Dec 14, 2011 – Project execution for the Causeway development is progressing with all of the long-lead items now ordered with main contracts in place. First oil is anticipated to commence in the second half of 2012. 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.
Project Details: Causeway
Petrofac Finalizes Don Work Program
Dec 14, 2011 – Petrofac and Valiant Petroleum are currently finalizing the Don Area work program for 2012. The scope of work includes a new production well on Don Southwest, a new water injection well on West Don and a sidetrack of an existing West Don production well, which is currently shut-in. Don Southwest is located on UK Block 211/18a roughly 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) away from the UK/Norway median line. The field is 60 percent owned by Petrofac, serving as operator; Valiant owns the remaining 40 percent interest.
Project Details: Don Area
Premier Plans to Commence Drilling on Bluebell
Dec 13, 2011 – Premier plans to spud the Bluebell exploration prospect by year-end. Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited, who entered a farm-in agreement with Premier last year, said a drilling vessel has been contracted. The well has a target depth of 7,550 feet (2,300 meters) to evaluate the Paleocene anomaly. Bluebell is located on UK Blocks 15/24c and 15/25f.
Project Details: Bluebell
Suncor Proposes to Drill Romeo in 3Q12
Dec 12, 2011 – Suncor Energy plans to drill a well on the Romeo prospect, a HPHT well, in 3Q12. The Romeo prospect is considered a small, rotated Upper Jurassic fault terrace on the flank of the West Central Graben. The prospect lies in Block 30/11c, which covers an area of 11,738 acres (47.5 square kilometers) and is located in the UK sector of the North Sea. The water depth of the site is 280 feet (85 meters). Suncor Energy operates the block.
Ithaca Updates Ops on Athena Development
Dec 12, 2011 – Ithaca Energy announced that conversion operations on the Athena FPSO is still underway, however, the conversion scope has proved to be more extensive than previously thought. BW Offshore, the party responsible for the conversion, and Dubai Dry Docks have completed a fast-track engineering project to deliver the vessel close to the original schedule. Additional work is being performed to ensure that production is not delayed once the vessel is moored on the field, stated the operator. Once the vessel leaves Dubai, it will sail to the North Sea and hook-up to the pre-installed production buoy. In-field commissioning will be minimized by the comprehensive dockside commissioning being undertaken in Dubai. It is anticipated the vessel will sail from Dubai in early 2012. Furthermore, installation of subsea equipment has progressed well and remains within schedule; and all development wells are ready for production. The Athena field lies on Block 14/18b in 440 feet (134 meters) of water. Ithaca Energy serves as the operator of the field, holding a 22.5% interest; Dyas UK Ltd. holds 47.5%; EWE holds 20%; and Zeus holds the remaining 10% interest.
Project Details: Athena
ConocoPhillips Hits Gas Pay in North Sea
Dec 12, 2011 – ConocoPhillips has discovered gas in wildcat wells 7/11-12 S and 7/11-12 A on the Peking Duck field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southwest of the Ula field. The objective of well 7/11-12 S was to prove petroleum in Triassic reservoir rocks. A 131-foot (40-meter) gross gas column was encountered in Jurassic age reservoir rocks, but the reservoir quality in Triassic rocks was poorer than expected. The objective of the sidetrack, drilled higher in the structure on a separate segment, was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic rocks and in Triassic rocks. The well encountered a 112-foot (34-meter) gross gas column in Jurassic rocks with poorer reservoir quality than expected. ConocoPhillips needs to further evaluate the well results to calculate the size of the discovery. ConocoPhillips is the operator of Production License 301 CS, holding a 22% interest. The other licensees on the field include OMV (30%), Dong (28%), and Talisman (20%).
Project Details: Peking Duck
Mediterranean
NZOG Farms-In to Tunisian Concession
Dec 14, 2011 – New Zealand Oil & Gas signed an agreement to acquire a 40 percent stake in a Tunisian concession containing the Cosmos South oil field. The Cosmos Concession is located in the Gulf of Hammamet, offshore Tunisia. The concession was held by a joint venture consisting of Storm Ventures International (80 percent, operator) and L’Enterprise Tunisienne d’Activites Petrolieres (20 percent). Storm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinook Energy, will reduce its share of the concession to 40 percent under the farm-in agreement. A development plan is being prepared, and if approved through a Final Investment Decision, NZOG will pay the first US $19MM of Storm???s share of the development costs. The development plan is based on three wells, a small platform and an FPSO, with initial production rates targeted at 15 to 20M barrels of oil per day. A decision on the FID is slated for mid-2012, and if approved, first oil production is anticipated for mid-2014. Independently evaluated proved and probable oil reserves of 6.3 MMbbl have been attributed to the Cosmos South Block, with the potential of additional capacity from adjacent lobes. These reserves will be further assessed before the submission of the FID. The discovery was made in 1983, with a smaller adjacent discovery made in 1985. The water depth of the site is 394 feet (120 meters).
S. America – Brazil

OGX Plans to Flow Oil from Campos Basin in 1Q12
Dec 15, 2011 – OGX has pushed the date of first oil back from the OSX-1 FPSO until January. The company expects the FPSO and offloading tanker to leave the port of Rio de Janeiro on Christmas day, and anticipates for production to commence on January 23. Furthermore, preparatory work in the Waimea field was carried out. The Waimea field is located 37 miles (60 kilometers) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in water depths ranging from 394 to 459 feet (120 to 140 meters).
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