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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Apr 27 – May 3, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 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.

Europe – North Sea
Aker Solutions Sub-Contracted for EPC Gig at Edvard Grieg
May 3, 2012 – Kvaerner will subcontract Aker Solutions to engineer, procure and construct topsides for the Edvard Grieg platform, formerly the Luno field. Aker Solutions will deliver design engineering and procurement services from the company’s offices in Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India, with support from Kvaerner. Fabrication and assembly of the 4 500 tonn process module will be conducted by Aker Solutions’ yard in Egersund. Detail engineering will begin instantly, while fabrication is expected to commence in 2013. First production from the field is expected in late 2015, with a forecast gross peak production of approximately 90,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).
Project Details: Edvard Grieg (Luno, Draupne) Project
Lundin Strikes Again at Johan Sverdrup
May 3, 2012 – Lundin reported that sidetrack 16/2-11A of the appraisal well 16/2-11 has confirmed good quality in Upper and Middle Jurassic reservoir on the Johan Sverdrup field, reported Lundin Petroleum. The well was drilled approximately 2.05 miles (3.3 kilometers) southwest of the discovery well 16/2-6 and 2,493 feet (760 meters) north east of the 16/2-11 appraisal well. The sidetrack well (16/2-11A) encountered a gross reservoir column of approximately 167 feet (51 meters) of which 115 feet (35 meters) was above the oil water contact. The oil water contact was established and in line with other wells in PL501. A comprehensive coring and logging program has been performed which confirmed the good reservoir properties in the appraisal well 16/2-11. The total depth of the sidetrack was 7,759 feet (2,365 meters). The wells will be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Johan Sverdrup
TD Reached at Valiant’s Orchid Prospect
May 3, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum announced that the well on the Orchid prospect has reached a total depth of 9,333 feet. The well encountered a Chalk zone of over 280 feet (85 meters) which exhibited oil shows throughout and higher-than-anticipated porosities. The shallower, secondary Tertiary target sands were not present in the well location. Initial interpretation of the wireline log data by Valiant suggests the well has encountered a 50 foot (15 meter) pay zone above a large Chalk interval with low average oil saturations. The partnership has decided to plug and abandon the well pending further work on the data acquired to determine what further appraisal might be warranted.
Project Details: Orchid
Nexen Drills Dry Hole in Stingray
May 3, 2012 – Nexen has reached total depth of 6,895 feet (2,129 meters) in the Stingray exploration well (15/13b-11) in the North Sea. The well is dry and will be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Stingray
Det norske Drills Duster at Storebjorn
May 2, 2012 – Det norske has hit a water-bearing reservoir section in the Storebjorn prospect in PL 450. The drill bit encountered high pressure zones in the well, and because of this, drilling operations took longer than expected to reach the reservoir section. The well will be plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Storebjorn
PSA Grants Statoil Consent to Drill on Tyrihans
May 2, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted consent to use the facility Transocean Searcher (mid-water semisub) for recompletion of well 6407/1A-4-H on the Tyrihans field in Production License 091. The water depth of the site is 879 to 945 feet (268 to 288 meters). The estimated start up is May 16, 2012 and the activity will last up until March 30, 2013.
Project Details: Tyrihans
GE to Supply Cheviot Subsea Equipment
May 1, 2012 – ATP has contracted GE Oil & Gas to supply subsea production equipment, ancillary systems and related services for the Cheviot field in the North Sea. The supplied equipment, including wellheads, subsea Xmas trees and a subsea control system will be used in conjunction with ATP’s Octabuoy FPS that is currently being constructed. As part of the contract, GE will also provide system engineering and design, procurement and on-site testing services. Product shipments will begin in February 2013 with installation scheduled for later that year. Commercial operations are set to begin in 2014.
Project Details: Cheviot
Bacchus Comes Online
May 1, 2012 – Apache has commenced production from the first development well on the Bacchus field, located in Block 22/06a in the UK sector of the North Sea. Initial production rates over the first five days were approximately 6,000 gross bopd. When the full field development is completed and online, the company will be able to provide reliable long-term sustainable production estimates. Furthermore, the company has commenced development drilling on the second production well on the field and expects for it to come online in 3Q 2012.
Project Details: Forties
MidEast – Persian Gulf
ATP Spuds Shimshon Well
Apr 30, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary ATP East Med B.V. have initiated drilling at the Shimshon well in the Levant Basin offshore Israel using the ENSCO 5006 (DW semisub). The Shimshon well resides in a water depth of 3,622 feet (1,104 meters) with a target depth of 14,764 feet (4,500 meters). After spud, several protective casing strings will be set until the well has penetrated the salt layer, said the operator. A full set of electric logs will be run at total depth to assist in evaluation of target reservoirs. ATP expects to announce results during the third quarter of 2012.
S. America – Other & Carib.
McDermott Wins Brownfield Contract for North Coast Marine Area Project
May 1, 2012 – McDermott International received a brownfield contract to provide two new permanent living quarter modules, including Front End Engineering Design (FEED), design engineering, construction, transportation and installation for BG’s North Coast Marine Area project. The two modules comprise a 640-ton, 60-man quarters module for the Hibiscus platform and a 915-ton, 62-man quarters module for the Poinsettia platform. The Hibiscus module will also accommodate new electrical power generation and distribution, the design of which is being performed by the McDermott engineering office in Houston. The Poinsettia and Hibiscus fields are located in the North Coast Marine Area (“NCMA”) in waters up to 530 feet (162 meters), offshore Trinidad.
Project Details: North Coast Marine Area (NCMA)
BPZ Energy, Pacific Rubiales Form JV
Apr 27, 2012 – BPZ Energy has formed an unincorporated joint venture with Pacific Rubiales to explore and develop Block Z-1 offshore Peru. The agreement calls for Pacific Rubiales to pay $150 million in cash and is subject to a commitment of $185 million for BPZ’s share of capital and exploratory expenditures in Z-1, for their assumption of a 49 percent participating interest in Block Z-1. The block spans 555,000 acres and holds two producing fields, Corvina and Albacora, which averaged 3,880 bopd in the first quarter of 2012. BPZ Energy said it also contains several prospects and leads in water depths ranging from 200 to 1,000 feet. Under the terms of the agreement, BPZ will remain as operator, holding a 51% participating interest, while Pacific Rubiales assumes a 49% participating interest.
Project Details: Corvina
N. America – US GOM
Technip to Deliver Spar for Mad Dog Phase 2
Apr 30, 2012 – Technip has received a FEED contract from BP for the Mad Dog phase two project. The contract covers the design of a spar hull and mooring systems for the development, located near Green Canyon Block 825 in the Gulf of Mexico. This first award comes under the framework of the 10-year spar platform master services agreement signed in 2011. The Mad Dog Phase 2 Spar will be located near the first Mad Dog Spar delivered by Technip for BP in 2004, and installed on Green Canyon 782. Detailed engineering for the new spar is scheduled to start during the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Mad Dog

Norway: EMAS AMC Wins Fram SURF Deal from Statoil

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EMAS AMC, has been awarded a SURF (Subsea, Umbilical, Risers and Flowlines) contract for marine installation and pipe lay from Statoil valued at approximately US$55 million. The subsea development, Fram H-Nord, is situated in the Troll C/Fram area in the northern part of the North Sea.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this contract from Statoil as it’s a major milestone for EMAS AMC. This demonstrates our abilities as an EPIC SURF player, and our capability for delivering complex projects,” says Svein Haug Regional  Head for EMAS AMC (Europe and Africa).

The Fram H Nord subsea development is the third phase of the development of the Fram Field which is tied back to the Troll C Platform. Fram H-Nord will be developed with one satellite well tied back to the existing infrastructure at Fram Vest A2 template via twin flowlines and a control and service umbilical.

The contract scope includes the engineering, procurement, transport and installation of one 10” flexible production and one 4” gas injection flowline both 5.3 km long as well as all activities necessary for the installation of the following:

  •   Integrated Template Structure & Manifold
  • Subsea Control Umbilical (5.3 km long)
  • Near-by Protection Structures
  • Tie-ins of all lines to the Fram H Nord and Fram Vest A2 manifolds plus pre- commissioning/testing (RFO)
  • Trenching and rock dumping of all line systems
  • In addition the supply and installation of protection covers over tie-in areas at
  • Fram H Nord and Fram Vest A2 templates.

Engineering, procurement and planning activities will commence immediately, and the offshore work is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2013.  Vessels from EMAS AMCs modern construction fleet will be utilized. The contract  will be managed out of EMAS AMC’s Oslo office.

Norway: Technip to Install Subsea Compression System on Asgard

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Technip has been awarded by Statoil a contract, valued above €150million (198.5 million U.S. dollars), for the major Åsgard Subsea Compression project located in the Norwegian Sea, 40 kilometers East of the Åsgard field, at a water depth of 340 meters. The contract covers the installation of the subsea compression system and its connection to the existing subsea infrastructure and the Åsgard platform.

The contract includes fabrication, installation and tie-in of pipeline spools including protection covers and installation of power cables and umbilicals.

It also comprises options for the following works:  engineering, fabrication and supply of a special handling system (SHS) for the installation and retrieval of the subsea compression system modules, initial installation of the subsea compression system modules.

Technip’s operating centers in Oslo and Stavanger, Norway will execute the contract. Offshore construction will take place in 2013 and 2014. The contract also includes options for the IMR(3) stand-by vessel until 2018.

The Åsgard field is situated in the Norwegian Sea, about 200 kilometres off mid-Norway and 50 kilometres south of Heidrun. Åsgard is one of the largest developments on the Norwegian continental shelf, embracing a total of 52 wells drilled through 16 seabed templates.

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Norway: Aker Solutions Delivers Subsea Templates for Skuld Fast-Track Development

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This week, two of the three subsea templates for Statoil’s Skuld fast-track development was shipped out of Aker Solutions’ yard in Egersund, Norway.

The two identical templates are being delivered on budget and on time, in line with Statoil’s standardization objectives to reduce cost levels as well as risk and time in execution of the project. The third and final template is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter.

The two templates are destined for the Fossekall field, which together with the Dompap field is the Skuld development. Skuld is located north of the Norne field, approximately 200 kilometres west of Sandessjøen, Norway, in 360 metres water depth.

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Norway: Technip Participates in Statoil’s Vilje and Visund Developments

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Technip was awarded two contracts by the international energy company Statoil, worth a total of around €55 million, for the Vilje South field and Visund North developments located in the North Sea at water depths of 120 and 385 meters respectively.

These contracts cover welding and installation of a 10 kilometer production flowline,  subsea equipment installation and tie-ins, umbilical installation and tie-ins.

Technip’s operating center in Oslo, Norway will execute the contracts. Flowline welding will take place in the Group’s spoolbase in Orkanger, Norway, while installation will be performed with the Apache II, a pipelay vessel from Technip’s fleet, in mid-2013.

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Norway: Aker Solutions to Supply Production Equipment for Brynhild Project

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Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Lundin for the engineering, procurement and construction of a subsea production system for the Brynhild project on the Norwegian continental shelf. The contract value is approximately NOK 700 million (USD 123 Million).

The scope of work includes one template-manifold structure, one riser base, three subsea trees, three wellhead systems, control system, a tie-in system, 38 kilometres of umbilicals, HP riser and rental tooling. The contract contains several options for additional equipment, including other field developments.

The Brynhild field is located north-west of the Ula field and 38 kilometres east of the Pierce field. The water depth is approximately 80 meters. Brynhild will be developed as a fast track subsea tie-back to the Pierce FPSO.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this first subsea production system contract with Lundin. This contract allows us to utilise the total strength of our subsea offering and work closely with this important customer”, says Alan Brunnen, EVP Subsea within Aker Solutions.

Management, engineering and procurement of the subsea production system will be primarily performed at Aker Solutions’ headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Fabrication of the subsea trees will be completed at Aker Solutions’ manufacturing centre in Tranby, Norway and production of the template-manifolds will be carried out at the company’s fabrication yard in Egersund, Norway. The umbilical will be manufactured in Moss, Norway and the control and wellhead systems will be delivered out of Aberdeen, UK. Installation and commissioning will be handled by Aker Solution’s service base in Aagotnes, Norway. Final deliveries will be made in Q2 2013.

The contract has been signed and booked as order intake in Q3 2011. The contract party is Aker Subsea AS.

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Norway: RXT Welcomes Two Members to its Management Team

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Seismic specialist Reservoir Exploration Technology (RXT) announces that it is refocusing its ocean bottom cable (OBC) seismic operations to meet expected demand for its services in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and most of West Africa, and has made two senior management appointments to lead the process.

The company has announced the appointment of Kim Gunn Maver as vice president of sales and marketing, and Fredd Causevic as vice president of business development, both based in the company’s headquarters in Oslo, Norway. The new strategy follows RXT’s successful formation of GeoRXT, a joint venture with the major Brazilian oil and gas services company Georadar.

Under the agreement, in which Georadar has a 55% holding, the joint venture will have exclusive marketing rights in the highly prospective Brazilian offshore, as well as the rest of South America, Angola, and some areas of the Middle East.

Stein Hedemark, RXT’s CEO, said: ‘Now that the joint venture is up and running it makes sense for us to target our resources in those areas where there is already an established market for OBC. It is in this context that we have brought Kim Gunn Maver and Fredd Causevic into the management team. In fact we are seeing increased interest in our seafloor multi- component seismic acquisition technology. The high resolution imaging we provide cannot be matched by towed streamers, and oil companies are realizing this. With OBC seismic imaging our clients can significantly improve understanding of their reservoirs and as a result optimize production from their existing assets.’

Kim Gunn Maver joins RXT from Schlumberger where his positions include vice president of reservoir seismic services. He was managing director of Ødegaard, the Danish seismic reservoir characterization company until it was acquired by Schlumberger in 2006. He holds a PhD in geology and an executive MBA.

Fredd Causevic came to RXT last year as senior sales manager. Previous senior management positions include managing director, Northern Europe for Thorn EMI, and president and CEO at both Otrum and the Impact Europe Group.

He holds degrees in business administration and marketing.

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RXT Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA (RXT) is the only marine geophysical company specializing exclusively in multi-component seismic seafloor acquisition.

The company’s RXT5 crew consisting of the Ocean Europe and Sanco Star vessels recently completed two years’ work for Petrobras and is being committed to GeoRXT. The combined RXT1/4 crew including the Ocean Pearl and Vikland vessels is currently offshore West Africa. Depending on 2012 demand the RXT1/4 may operate in dual or single vessel mode to meet contract commitments expected in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico (both US and Mexico sectors). RXT is listed on the Stock Exchange in Norway and has offices in Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, and Houston.

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