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Worldwide Field Development News Jul 6 – Jul 12, 2013

This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 new projects and updated 23 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Asia – SouthEast

Premier Close to Commissioning Anoa Phase 4

Jul 12, 2013 – Premiere Oil announced that on June 21 a planned 4-week shutdown of the Anoa field gas processing facility commenced to allow the completion of the Phase 4 compression project. The project was implemented to add additional gas processing capacity to handle the decline of oil production and the increase of associated gas production. First gas is expected near the end of July with final commissioning to be complete by September. Phase 4 will allow the commercialization of roughly 200 Bcf of undeveloped proven reserves. The Anoa field is located off Indonesia in Natuna Sea Block A. Premier (28.667%) operates the field on behalf of its partners KUFPEC (33.33%), Hess (23%) and Petronas (15%).

Project Details: Anoa

KrisEnergy Hits Gas Pay with Tayum-1

Jul 12, 2013 – KrisEnergy, operator of the Kutai PSC offshore Indonesia, announced the completion of drilling operations at the Tayum-1 exploration well. Shelf Drilling’s Randolph Yost (300′ ILC) drilled the well directionally to a measured depth of 11,095 feet (8,410 feet total vertical depth). Almost 50 feet of net gas pay was encountered over multiple sandstone intervals. The well has been plugged and abandoned as a gas discovery.

Project Details: Tayum

Nido Petroleum Secures SC54A Extension

Jul 11, 2013 – Nido Petorleum secured a 12-month extension from the Philippines Department of Energy relating to Sub-Phase 6 for Service Contract (SC) 54A. Sub-Phase 6 now has an effective end date of Aug 4, 2014 and Sub-Phase 7 will commence Aug 5, 2014 and last for 12 months. The extension allows Nido and its partners additional time to complete engineering and development studies prior to making the decision on whether or not to enter Sub-Phase 7. Lawaan is the leading drillable prospect in SC54A with oil-in-place estimates of 34.7 million barrels.

Project Details: Lawaan

Africa – West

Starfish Comes up Dry off Ghana

Jul 11, 2013 – Ophir Energy’s Starfish-1 well has been drilled to 14,370-feet total depth (TD) by the Stena DrillMax (UDW drillship) in the Accra PSC offshore Ghana. A wireline logging program was carried out in the well that confirmed over 750 feet of gross water-bearing sandstone in the primary target. The secondary target was determined to be comprised of poorly developed sands that were also water-bearing. Evaluation of the logging data will continue in an effort to help the PSC partners decide by the Sept. 23-deadline on whether or not to proceed with the Phase 2 work program.

Project Details: Starfish

Pieces Falling in Place for Welwitschia Probe

Jul 11, 2013 – The partners in Namibian license PEL0010 selected the new-build Rowan Renaissance (UDW drillship) to drill the Welwitschia-1 exploration well. Rig delivery is expected to take place in December 2013, at which point the drillship will sail directly to Namibia to spud the well in mid-February 2014. Detailed well planning is underway and a site has been selected that will allow the well to test the primary and secondary targets in Maastrichtian and Aptian-Albian reservoirs. Procurement of long-lead items is underway with deliveries to begin by the end of the year. License partners include Repsol (44%) as operator, Tower Resources (30%) and Arcadia (26%).

Project Details: Welwitschia

Europe – North Sea

Blackford Dolphin Locked to Drill Aragon

Jul 12, 2013 – Bridge Energy, a partner in UK license P1763, announced the Blackford Dolphin (DW semisub) has been contracted by operator-MPX North Sea to test the Aragon prospect with an estimated spud date in 1Q 2014. Aragon is located near the Beryl field and the well will be target sands in the Upper Jurassic Heather formation. Drilling the exploration well will fulfill a work commitment that needs to be completed before 1Q 2015.

Project Details: Aragon

Premier and KUFPEC Increase Bream Interests

Jul 12, 2013 – Premier Oil and KUFPEC Norway AS have entered into an agreement to acquire BG Group’s entire 40% interest in license PL407 on the Norwegian continental shelf. If approved by regulatory authorities, the revised license ownership will consist of Premier (50%) as operator, KUFPEC (30%) and Tullow (20%). PL407 contains the Bream discovery which has been estimated to contain around 50 MMboe. Development of the field is expected to be sanctioned at some point in 2014.

Project Details: Bream

Lundin Adds to Johan Sverdrup Reserves

Jul 12, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum announced the successful completion of its latest Johan Sverdrup appraisal well. Well 16/3-6 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to a depth of 6,643. A 37-foot oil column was discovered in good quality Upper Jurassic sandstone. The rig will now mobilize to license PL544 to drill well 16/4-7 on Lundin’s Biotitt prospect.

Project Details: Johan Sverdrup

Cairn Farm-In Approved by Ireland’s DCENR

Jul 12, 2013 – Cairn Energy’s 38% farm-in as operator of Frontier Exploration Licenses (FEL 2/04) and 4/08 has been approved by Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). License FEL 2/04 contains the Burren and Spanish Point discoveries and FEL 4/08 holds the Cama oil prospect. Cairn has contracted the Blackford Dolphin (DW semisub) to drill an appraisal well at Spanish Point in 2Q 2014. In addition to the two FELs, Cairn also secured operatorship of a licensing option in the Porcupine Basin covering 1,062 square miles.

Project Details: Spanish Point

NPD Issues Drilling Permit for Iskrystall Wildcat

Jul 11, 2013 – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) granted Statoil a permit to drill an exploration well at its Iskrystall prospect in license PL608. Well 7219/8-2 will be drilled by the West Hercules (UDW semisub) in 1,128 feet of water. The well will test a similar early-middle Jurassic play that was proven by the Skrugard and Havis discoveries but is thought to lie at a much greater depth at Iskrystall.

Project Details: Iskrystall

Ocean Vanguard Spuds Cliffhanger North

Jul 11, 2013 – Lundin Petroleum announced the spud of well 16/2-18S in Norwegian license PL265. The well is being drilled by the Ocean Vanguard (mid-water semisub) to test the presence of quality Jurassic reservoir and the quality of fractured and weathered basement rock. Additionally, the well will serve to delineate the northeast extension of the Johan Sverdrup discovery. The rig is expected to be on location for 40 days while drilling to the proposed total depth of 6,463 feet.

Project Details: Johan Sverdrup

Australia

Gas Discovery Confirmed at Bianchi-1

Jul 11, 2013 – A wireline logging program being carried out in Apache’s Bianchi-1 well off Western Australia was interrupted to conduct unspecified repairs to the Ocean America (DW semisub). Enough data was acquired prior to the shut-down, confirming a gas discovery in the upper sands of an interval that LWD data indicated to be gas-bearing. The Bianchi joint venture has agreed to drill an additional 100 feet to a total depth (TD) of 17,789 feet. Upon reaching TD, the wireline program will recommence to complete the evaluation of the well.

Project Details: Bianchi

Pryderi Partners Granted Permit Extension

Jul 11, 2013 – IPB Petroleum and CalEnergy were granted a 12-month suspension and extension to years 2 and 3 regarding the work program for permit WA-424-P off Western Australia. A tight rig market prompted the joint venture partners to seek the extension in order to have more time to source a suitable rig to drill an exploration well on the Pryderi prospect. The extra time also allows for the submission of needed revisions to the Pryderi Environmental Plan and Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Submission of the revisions is expected to take place mid-July 2013. Assuming the revisions are accepted and all regulatory approvals are granted, IPB expects to be ready to spud Pyderi-1 in 4Q 2013.

Project Details: Pryderi

Worldwide Field Development News Dec 8 – Dec 14, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 new projects and updated 15 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Africa – West

Ophir Subsidiary to Participate in Starfish

Dec 13, 2012 – A subsidiary of Ophir Energy has assumed operatorship of the Offshore Accra Contract Area through a farmout agreement with Tap Oil. Under the agreement, the Accra Contractor Group consists of: Ophir Energy (20%), Afex Oil (20%), Vitol Upstream (30%), Rialto Energy (12.5%), Tap Oil (17.5%). The farmout and transfer of operatorship have been approved by Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Energy. Contract terms dictate that an exploration well must be drilled before September 23, 2013 and the Group has identified the Starfish prospect as the target of that well. Starfish is a deepwater prospect that is structurally similar to the Jubilee field. It is estimated to hold P50 reserves on the order of 431 Mmbbls.

Hess Hits Pay in Pecan-1

Dec 12, 2012 – A notice of discovery was filed with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation on behalf of Hess Corporation for the Pecan-1 exploration well. Drilled in the Deepwater Tano / Cape Three Points license, a total depth of 15,420 feet was reached and 245 net feet of oil pay was discovered in two separate intervals. An extensive logging program was carried out and the well was sidetracked to obtain additional reservoir cores. Drilling was carried out by the Stena DrillMAX (UDW drillship) in 8,245 feet of water. The rig is now in the process of suspending the well before sailing to the Cob prospect 15 miles away.

Jubilee Phase 1A Production Underway

Dec 12, 2012 – Production has commenced from Jubilee Phase 1A offshore Ghana. The first production well is onstream and has helped bring total field production to over 90,000 bopd. Phase 1A consists of five production wells, three injection wells and general expansion of the existing subsea infrastructure and should take 18 months to complete. A second Phase 1A well is expected to be brought into production before the end of the year but the Sedco Energy (DW semisub) must first perform remedial work on some of the Phase 1 wells.

Project Details: Jubilee

Asia – SouthEast

Pathum-1 Exploration Spuds Off Thailand

Dec 13, 2012 – Tap Oil announced the spud of its Pathum-1 exploration well in the G3/48 concession offshore Thailand. The well is being drilled by the Ensco 85 (300′ ILC) to a proposed total depth of 8,667 feet. Pathum is thought to hold perspective resources in the range of 5 million barrels. Barring any issues, the well should reach TD in a maximum of 11 days.

MEO Abandons Gurame Sidetrack

Dec 13, 2012 – Difficulties have plagued MEO Australia at its 100% owned Gurame prospect in the Seruway PSC off Northern Sumatra. After loosing over 100 feet of BHA in the Gurame SE-1X appraisal, the decision was made to plug back and sidetrack the well. More progress was made in Gurame SE-1XST but significant mud losses caused MEO to plug back into the liner at 9,599 feet. A 187 foot section of the Baong sands was perforated at 8,858 feet MDRT. No flow was observed and attempts to stimulate the well with nitrogen were made with no effect. The Ensco 85 (200′ ILC) will plug and abandon the well and will be released soon after.

Project Details: Gurame

Keppel Kicks-Off Malampaya Phase 3

Dec 12, 2012 – A steel cutting ceremony held at Keppel Subic Shipyard marked the start of construction of a Depletion Compression Platform (DCP) to be deployed at the Malampaya gas field near Palawan Island in the Philippines. Installation of the DCP represents Phase 3 of the Malampaya Gas-to-Power project which is led by the Philippine Department of Energy. Once complete the DCP will be stationed next to the existing Malampaya production platform. Supporting the project are Shell, as operator, and joint venture partners Chevron and Philippine National Oil Company. Keppel is responsible for building the base and topsides as well as a bridge connecting the new facility to the production platform. The DCP is expected to be installed by 2015.

Project Details: Malampaya

Coastal Tests Fracking at Bua Ban South

Dec 12, 2012 – Coastal Energy recently tested a three stage pilot hydraulic fracturing program in the Bua Ban South A-1 well. The fracked zones flowed back oil at a combined rate of 800 Bopd under natural conditions during well cleanup. Plans call for the well to be re-completed with an electric submersible pump for long term production testing. Next, the company will focus its efforts on the Bua Ban South A-3 sidetrack well in an effort to improve recovery rates. If successful, Coastal will continue the fracking program in order to unlock the full potential of the Songkhla Basin which is characterized by sands with lower porosity and permeability.

Project Details: Songkhla

Europe – North Sea

Breagh Production Test Update

Dec 14, 2012 – Production testing has been completed on three initial development wells at the Breagh field in the UK North Sea. Results from the tests are in-line with reservoir stimulation models run by development partners RWE Dea and Sterling Resources. Once normalized to reflect expected the sales level of wellhead pressure, the current three well capacity is estimated at 88 Mmscfd. The newly drilled A3 well is the most prolific producer with a flow rate of 58 Mmscfd under initial production conditions. Performance of the development wells is being monitored so that future production can be optimized. Five wells are expected to be available by early May 2013 with an estimated total production capacity of 150 Mmscfd.

Project Details: Breagh

Seismic Cables to Increase Snorre and Grane Recovery

Dec 13, 2012 – Norwegian oil major Statoil announced Thursday that it plans to use seismic cables on the seabed to help produce 30 million additional barrels of oil from its Snorre and Grane fields. The company has signed contracts worth $160 million with U.S. firm Geospace Technologies to deliver the cables, which will be part of a permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) program. Statoil believes the technology will allow it to better understand the reservoirs because they are stable and able to provide a more accurate picture of the subsurface than cables that are towed on the surface and which are subjected to wind, waves and currents. Statoil plans to lay more than 400 miles of seismic cables. Statoil currently recovers around 50 percent of the oil from its operated fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Project Details: Greater Snorre Area

Wintershall Spuds Rodriguez

Dec 11, 2012 – The Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub) is drilling ahead at Wintershall’s Rodriguez prospect in the Halten Terrace area off Norway’s coast. Well 6407/1-6S is seeking oil in the Middle Jurassic Garn, Ile and Tilje formations. It should take roughly 75 days to reach the planned total depth of 13,254 feet. Rodriguez is located in PL475 near the Tyrihans field and Faroe’s 2010 Maria discovery. Wintershall maintains a 50 percent operating interest in the license with Faroe Petroleum and Centrica sharing 30 and 20 percent interest respectively.

Africa – Other

Ophir Updates Jodari and Mzia Ops

Dec 13, 2012 – A recent three well appraisal drilling program undertaken by BG Group and Ophir Energy on the Jodari field off Tanzania successfully achieved its objectives. The wells proved high quality reservoir across the field and reconfirmed the 3.4 Tcf mean recoverable resource estimate. In addition, the joint venture was able verify that high-angle drilling within Jodari may be a viable option to reduce development costs. Drilling was carried out by the Deepsea Metro I (UDW drillship) which is currently drilling the Mzia-2 appraisal well. Upon completion of the Mzia appraisal, the rig will return to Jodari to perform a drill stem test and then move on to continue exploratory drilling in Block 1.

Project Details: Jodari

Black Sea

Gas Discovery Off Romania

Dec 14, 2012 – Sterling Resources, operator of Block 13 Pelican in the Romanian Black Sea, announced a gas discovery at the Eugenia-1 exploration well. The well was drilled by the GSP Jupiter (300′ ILC) to a measured depth of 7,375 feet. Initial results indicate 72 feet of net gas pay in Late Cretaceous sandstones. Data is still being studied but open-hole logging confirmed the presence of moveable gas. The company is also interested in a 65 foot zone of Eocene limestone which presented gas shows. Attempts to collect pressure data were unsuccessful which is not uncommon in carbonates where matrix porosity is limited. The same Eocene interval turned out to be producible in an adjacent well.

Asia – South

Eni Expands Deepwater Footprint in Pakistan

Dec 13, 2012 – Through an agreement with Pakistani authorities and OGDCL, the state oil company, Eni acquired 25% and operatorship of Indus Block G in the offshore area of the Indus Basin. The block is situated in an under explored deepwater area and covers roughly 2,895 square miles. To start, Eni will initiate a multi-disciplinary study in order to establish a suitable exploration approach. Eni has maintained a presence in Pakistan since 2000 and this acquisition further strengthens its position in the country.

Australia

Kan Tan IV Secured for Offshore Taranaki Exploration

Dec 12, 2012 – OMV, operator of PEP 51906, secured the Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub) for the third quarter of 2013 to drill the Matuku prospect offshore New Zealand. Matuku is estimated to hold 65 million barrels of mean recoverable resources. The company has undertaken several studies to de-risk the prospect. Results of the studies indicate the presence of suitable reservoir rock, and adequate seal and a mature source kitchen. Partners in the license include OMV with a 65%interest, Octanex with a 22.5% interest and NZOG who recently farmed-in for a 12.5% stake.

5th Discovery in a Row for BG Group Offshore Tanzania

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BG Group today announced its fifth consecutive Tanzania gas discovery with the Mzia-1 exploration well located in Block 1, offshore southern Tanzania.

Mzia-1 is BG Group’s first discovery within the deeper Cretaceous section and opens an extensive new play fairway within the Group’s offshore acreage in Blocks 1, 3 and 4, to complement the now proven Tertiary fairway.

Preliminary evaluation of the results indicates 55 metres of natural gas pay in good quality sands. An extensive logging programme has been completed, including the acquisition of pressure data and gas samples.

Significantly, the well has de-risked a number of adjacent Cretaceous prospects, which could form part of a future Mzia hub. These prospects are expected to be tested in a future appraisal programme to be defined following incorporation of data from this new well and 3D seismic.

The new resources proven by Mzia and the potential of adjacent prospects are currently under evaluation. Prior to drilling Mzia-1, BG Group had estimated mean total gross recoverable resources approaching 7 trillion cubic feet of gas from the four previous discoveries drilled in Tanzania.

Mzia-1 is approximately 45 kilometres offshore southern Tanzania in a water depth of 1 639 metres. It is some 23 kilometres from the Jodari-1 discovery and is part of the 2012 three-to-four well exploration programme.

Following the imminent completion of operations at Mzia, the Deepsea Metro-1 will relocate to Block 3 for the drilling of the next exploration prospect, Papa-1.

BG Group as operator has a 60% interest in Blocks 1, 3 and 4 offshore Tanzania, with Ophir Energy plc holding 40%.

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BG Group makes fourth gas discovery in Tanzania

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by  BG Group
Press Release
Monday, March 26, 2012

BG Group announced Monday a fourth Tanzanian gas discovery from the Jodari-1 exploration well located in Block 1 offshore southern Tanzania. Preliminary evaluation of the well results indicates gross recoverable resources are in the range of 2.5 to 4.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.

The partnership of BG Group (60 percent and operator) and Ophir Energy (40 percent) have had exploration successes in all four wells so far drilled in Tanzania, with mean total gross recoverable resources currently estimated to be approaching some 7 tcf of gas.

Jodari-1 is located approximately 24 miles (39 kilometers) offshore southern Tanzania and in a water depth of 3,770 feet (1,150 meters). It is part of the current three-to-four well exploration program, which also includes the acquisition of 965 square miles (2,500 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data in Block 1.

The next target for drilling is the Mzia-1 location in Block 1, some 14 miles (23 kilometers) to the north of Jodari-1. The discoveries announced previously are Chaza-1 in Block 1, and the Chewa-1 and Pweza-1 discoveries in Block 4.

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Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy Approves MOU for LNG Train 2 in Equatorial Guinea

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Ophir Energy plc (Ophir), an Africa-focused upstream oil and gas company, notes the announcement released on 21 April 2011 by the Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy of Equatorial Guinea of the approval and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the commercial structure of the LNG Train 2 Integrated Project in Equatorial Guinea.

The MoU relates to the alignment of the gas producers, the owners of the gas pipeline infrastructure and the owners of  EGLNG Train 1 to develop and implement the LNG Train 2 Project (EGLNG2). Ophir has an established position offshore Equatorial Guinea with an 80% interest as Operator of Block R which covers 1,600km2 and contains the significant gas discoveries Fortuna and Lykos. In 2009 Ophir acquired 1,000km2 3D seismic survey data of the area and has a high impact drilling campaign in place for 2011.

“MALABO, 21 APRIL 2011 SIGNATURE OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING RELATING TO THE INTEGRATED PROJECT OF LNG TRAIN 2

The Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved and signed relating to the commercial structure of the LNG Train 2 Integrated Project in Equatorial Guinea. The MOU was signed by the Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy, SONAGAS GE (the national gas company of Equatorial Guinea), the partners of Blocks O & I (Noble Energy, GEPetrol GE (the national oil company of Equatorial Guinea), Glencore, Atlas Petroleum and Osbourne Resources Ltd.), the partners of Block R (Ophir Energy and GEPetrol GE), the shareholders of 3G Holding Ltd (Union Fenosa Gas and GALP Energia) and the partners of EGLNG Holding Ltd.

(Marathon GE, Mitsui & Co. Ltd and Marubeni Gas Development Co. Ltd).

The signed MOU relates to the alignment of the gas producers, the owners of the gas pipeline infrastructure and the owners of EGLNG Train 1 to develop and implement the LNG Train 2 Project, using the resources necessary to carry out this Project. The planned FID for this project is 2012 with the first LNG in 2016.”

About Ophir

Ophir Energy plc is a UK incorporated holding company with interests in 17 oil and gas exploration projects in eight different African jurisdictions. The Group’s headquarters are located in London (England), with operational offices in Perth (Australia), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Dar es Salaam/Mtwara (Tanzania) and Dakar (Senegal).

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