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Breaking News: Floatel Superior Tilts. Statoil Evacuates Workers (Norway)

Norwegian energy giant Statoil has evacuated workers from Floatel Superior accommodation rig due to a serious stability incident, the PSA Norway informs.

The operator informed the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway of the incident this morning explaining that an anchor had punctured one of the ballast tanks causing the flotel to tilt approximately 4 degrees.

There were 374 people on board when the incident occurred. The watchdog has set up an emergency response center in order to overview Statoil’s management of the situation.

Floatel Superior is located in the Njord A installation on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea. It is a dynamically-positioned (DP-3) semi-submersible facility with a living quarters module aft and an open work deck forward.  The flotel can accommodate 440 people in single cabins when operating on the Norwegian shelf.

Breaking News: Floatel Superior Tilts. Statoil Evacuates Workers (Norway)| Offshore Energy Today.

Worldwide Field Development News Sep 1 – Sep 7, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 0 new projects and updated 8 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

Valiant Considering Alternative Development Options for Crawford

Sep 6, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum, along with its joint venture partners, is actively pursuing other development solutions for the Crawford discovery in the UK North Sea; the partners concluded the original development plan created by Fairfield is not the best way to proceed. A broad range of development options are under consideration for both surface and subsurface. The timeframe for a fully supported field development plan may extend into 2013.

Project Details: Crawford

Norway’s PSA Approves Geite Permit

Sep 6, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given its consent to Det norske to drill their Geite prospect in PL 497. Well 7/11-13 will be drilled using the Maersk Guardian (350′ ILC). Drilling is estimated to take approximately 80 days, but could take as long as 135 days if a sidetrack is drilled.

Project Details: Geite

Lundin Receives NPD Nod for Johan Sverdrup Sidetrack

Sep 6, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has received approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an appraisal well at the Johan Sverdrup discovery located in production license 501. Well 16/2-13A will be drilled using the Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub).

Project Details: Johan Sverdrup

Ithaca Successfully Completes Hurricane DST

Sep 6, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has completed a successful drill stem test (DST) on the Andrew sandstone interval in the Hurricane appraisal well, achieving a maximum flow rate of approximately 24 MMscf/d with associated condensate of 1,200 bopd. The well is being suspended as a future producer from the Andrew reservoir along with the capability to produce from the Rogaland reservoir. During the 24-hour test period, the Andrew interval achieved an average gross flow rate of approximately 17 MMscf/d with associated condensate of 870 bopd from a half-inch choke. Plans are already underway to assess development options.

Project Details: Stella/Harrier

EMAS AMC Wins Cable Installation Work at Troll

Sep 6, 2012 – EMAS AMC has been awarded a contract by ABB for the installation of subsea power cables at the Troll A Platform located offshore Norway. The work scope includes the installation of one HVAC cable and two circuits of HVDC subsea cable from Troll A to the land station Kollsnes. These new cables will provide power to run two compressor drive systems, which will improve production capacity and extend the platform’s lifespan. The Lewek Connector is scheduled to begin operations during 2Q 2014. EMAS AMC is the subsea construction division of Ezra Holdings and the contract was awarded as part of a large strategic cooperation agreement between the two companies.

Project Details: Troll Area

Asia – SouthEast

South Kecapi Expected to Spud by Year End

Sep 6, 2012 – Salamander Energy is expected to spud its South Kecapi prospect by the end of 2012. The Ocean General (mid-water semisub) has been selected to drill the well. Gross mean unrisked resource potential for South Kecapi is 274 Bcf. Salamander Energy estimates its odds of success are 44 percent.

Partners Select Prospect to Drill on Thailand Block G2/48

Sep 5, 2012 – Pearl Oil along with its JV partner, Rayong Offshore Exploration, has selected the Sainampeung-1 prospect as the optimal location to test the G2/48 concession located in the Gulf of Thailand. Sainampueng-1 will be drilled in 4Q 2012 using the Ensco 85 (300′ ILC). Estimates suggest the mean unrisked prospective resources to be 10 million stock tank barrels (MMstb) with a high side of up to 27 MMstb (P10). Sainampueng-1 has the potential to open a new basin with significant follow-up potential.

Project Details: Sainampueng


ConocoPhillips Intersects Primary Objective at Boreas-1

Sep 6, 2012 – Boreas-1 has intersected the primary reservoir objective and the drilling assembly is being pulled so that coring operations can commence. The well intersected a sand interval characterized by a Rate of Penetration increase, sandy drill cuttings and an increase in the mudlog gas readings indicating a potential gas bearing reservoir. Coring operations will be undertaken to allow more extensive analysis of rock properties in potential reservoir intervals. Production testing will be undertaken if hydrocarbon bearing sands are encountered and confirmed by the wireline logging and the pressure and sampling programs.

Project Details: Boreas

Farm-Out Negotiations Open for La Bella

Sep 4, 2012 – WHL Energy announced they have formally commenced the farm-out process on its VIC/P67 oil and gas permit in the offshore Otway Basin off the Victorian coast of Australia. Strong industry interest to participate in the development of the permit has prompted this Australian-based operator to open a data room in Perth, providing potential partners with access to past exploration and study data from previous operators as well as WHL Energy. The farm-out process is expected wrap up by the end of 2012. The VIC/P67 permit is located approximately 124 miles (200 km) West-Southwest of Melbourne and is wholly owned by WHL Energy.

Project Details: La Bella

Norway: Lundin to Drill 12 Wells with Island Innovator Rig


Marine Accurate Well ASA – MARACC has signed a 12 well drilling Contract with Lundin Norway AS for the semi-submersible drilling rig Island Innovator

The contract is expected to provide Island Innovator with minimum of two years of  drilling operations offshore Norway with commencement in the 2nd  quarter of 2013 plus options for 3×4 additional wells.

The value of the initial contract period is expected to be around USD 370 million including mobilization and moving the rig to Norway. Maracc is scheduled to take delivery of its new build semisubmersible drilling and heavy well intervention rig in the 3rd quarter 2012 from the Cosco Shipyard Group in Nantong, China.

The rig will be operated by Odfjell Drilling AS.

Simen Lieungh, CEO of Odfjell Drilling said “The operation of Island Innovator will be an important contribution to Odfjell Drilling’s activity on the Norwegian continental shelf. The contract between the owner Maracc and Lundin Norway AS will mean greater predictability for Odfjell Drilling and our operations in Norway. We will need around 170 employees to operate the rig.

The construction of Island Innovator is being completed at Cosco Shipyard, Qidong in China. Odfjell Drilling has mobilised a follow-up team at the yard that will ensure progress and the quality of the remaining work. The rig will fly the Norwegian flag and will have an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) for mobile installations from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.


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

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: PSA Conducts Audit of Major Accident Risk in Connection with Light Well Intervention


In December 2011 and January 2012, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) and Island Offshore Subsea AS (Island Offshore). The audit was aimed at management of major accident risk and the barrier management system in connection with light well intervention on Island Constructor.

Each year, more than 500 well interventions are carried out on the Norwegian shelf, and this number is expected to grow.

There is a high level of risk associated with work on live wells (major accident potential) and many interfaces (multiple alliance partners).

A survey of well intervention activities carried out during the period 2003 – 2008 concluded that there was a significant need for well interventions on subsea installations. Verification on one of the facilities that carries out light well intervention was implemented to investigate HSE challenges linked with this type of operation.

Island Offshore Management and Island Offshore Subsea have an alliance with FMC and Aker Well Service for operation of the Island Constructor which carries out light well intervention on subsea wells for Statoil.


* Evaluate the companies’ understanding, knowledge and expertise as relates to major accident risk and managing barriers, on the part of both company management and among the employees.

* Evaluate strategies and principles which are to form the basis for design, use and maintenance of barriers so that the barriers’ function will be safeguarded throughout the entire facility lifetime.

* Verify that performance requirements are established and implemented.

* Develop the PSA’s expertise in following up management’s work to reduce major accident risk, and clarify the need to develop a framework and supervision methods.

* Contribute to the PSA developing its own methods that will form the basis for more effective barrier supervision.


The audit activity uncovered three nonconformities and four improvement items as regards Island Offshore.

The nonconformities related to deficient analysis of defined hazard and accident situations, layout of kill and stimulation lines, and deficient basis for and documentation of maintenance.


Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Feb 24 – Mar 1, 2012)


This week the SubseaIQ team added 11 new projects and updated 50 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.

N. America – US GOM
Technip to Supply Subsea Equipment for Hadrian South Development
Mar 1, 2012 – ExxonMobil awarded Technip a contract for subsea equipment on the Hadrian South natural gas development in the GOM in about 7,500 feet (2,300 meters) of water. The project consists of a subsea tie-back to the planned Anadarko operated spar platform, Lucius. The contract covers project management, procurement and installation of two 7-mile (11-kilometer) long flowlines and associated jumpers; installation of a 9-mile (14-kilometer) umbilical, associated foundation and flying leads; and pre-commissioning. The equipment will be installed in 2013.
Project Details: Hadrian
Rocksource Mulling Trident Development Options
Mar 1, 2012 – Rocksource reported that its Trident discovery in Alaminos Canyon Blocks 903, 904 and 947 in the GOM is currently being evaluated for development options. The operator performed feasibility studies over the 2001 oil discovery, revealing several distinct development alternatives. Trident, holding contingent resources in the amount of 133 MMboe, is situated 7 miles (12 kilometers) from Shell???s Perdido Spar regional hub.
Project Details: Trident
ATP Brings 4th Well Online at Telemark Hub
Feb 27, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas has brought online a well at the Morgus field, situated on Mississippi Canyon Block 942 A-3 (No. 2) well. This marks the fourth well at the Telemark Hub. The oil production rates are gradually being increased as the well goes through the initial stages of production. The early production rate performance has met expectations and the rate of oil production is being increased.
Project Details: Telemark
Europe – North Sea
EnerMech to Install BOP Handling Cranes on Forties Field
Mar 1, 2012 – Apache North Sea awarded EnerMech a contract to supply and install four new Blow Out Prevent handling cranes on the Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta platforms. The project is scheduled for completion in 1Q 2013. The platforms are situated on the Forties field in the UK sector of the North Sea.
Project Details: Forties
Total to Appraise Norvarg in 2013
Mar 1, 2012 – Total reported that preliminary evaluations over the Norvarg discovery in the North Sea have indicated reduced reservoir risk associated with the primary Kobbe formation. Furthermore, intra Snadd and Kobbe formation seismic anomalies in the undrilled segments provide an upside to the current resource estimates: 60 to 315 MMboe. The operator is performing a comprehensive post-drill analysis based on an extensive data acquisition program. The consortium expects to drill an appraisal well in 2013. Drilled by the West Phoenix (UDW semisub) in 2011, the discovery lies in 1,234 feet (376 meters) of water in Production License 535.
Project Details: Norvarg
BG Norge Gets Govt Nod to Use Subsea Facilities at Gaupe
Feb 29, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted BG Norge consent to use subsea facilities and pipelines on the Gaupe field. Production is scheduled to start in March 2012. The Gaupe field is estimated to hold 28 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Project Details: Armada
Technip Grabs Subsea Contracts for Asgard, Gudrun & Valemon Projects
Feb 29, 2012 – Technip has received two subsea contracts under the Diving Frame Contract from Statoil for the Asgard, Gudrun & Valemon projects. The Asgard contract includes deepwater testing of the Pipeline Repair System, remote hot-tap equipment, preparation work and installation of protection structures. Work will be executed in 2012. The Gudrun and Valemon contract includes installation and tie-in of spools and power cable and also a Morgrip midline tie-in, all performed by divers. The work will be executed in 2013 and 2014.
Project Details: Asgard
Ithaca: Vessel Sets Sail for Athena Field
Feb 29, 2012 – The BW Athena FPSO has departed Dubai Dry Docks World to be moored on the Ithaca-operated Athena field in the UK sector of the North Sea. All FPSO production critical equipment was run and fully tested prior to vessel departure thus minimizing the period between arrival in the field and first production of oil, stated the operator. Upon arrival, the BW Athena will be hooked up to the pre-installed production system. Hook-up will mark completion of the development phase and Ithaca anticipates that the production phase will commence in early 2Q 2012. Production is anticipated to reach approximately 22,000 bopd.
Project Details: Athena
Maersk Oil Completes Seismic Reprocessing Campaign over Gita Discovery
Feb 29, 2012 – Late last year, Maersk Oil commenced a seismic reprocessing campaign over the Gita discovery in the Denmark sector of the North Sea. The reprocessing campaign, involving four different surveys, was aimed at pre-stack depth migration to improve depth imaging. The campaign ended but the geologic re-interpretation is on-going. When the updated geologic models are ready, planning of wells will start with the aim to appraise the Gita discovery and unlock further potential in the license by 2013. Gita, discovered in 2009, spans across two licenses in 161 feet (49 meters) of water.
Project Details: Gita
Huntington on Track to Come Online in 2H 2012
Feb 29, 2012 – Noreco, a partner in the Huntington field, reported that drilling of the development wells continued on the field through 4Q 2011 with the jackup ENSCO 100 (350’ILC) according to plan. The second production well was successfully completed and tested in December, and one of the two planned water injection wells was also drilled during the quarter. The Huntington field will be produced via the floating production and storage unit Sevan Voyageur, which is currently being upgraded for the Huntington assignment at the Nymo shipyard in Norway. The consortium anticipates oil production during the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Huntington
Dong Gets OK to Use Subsea Facility on Oselvar
Feb 29, 2012 – Dong E&P Norge received consent to use a subsea facility and pipeline on the Oselvar field. Production is scheduled to start in March 2012. The Gaupe field is estimated to hold 28 million barrels of oil equivalent. Production is slated to commence on April 1, 2012. Located on the Norwegian continental shelf, the Oselvar field is close to the UK border and is situated on Production License 274 in 72 meters (236 feet) of water.
Project Details: Oselvar
Dong, Noreco Downgrade Nini East 2P Reserves
Feb 29, 2012 – In 2011, Dong Energy drilled a new injector well on the Nini East field, securing good pressure support and sweep. However, an updated geological model of the field has resulted in a minor reduction of 2P reserves resulting in the amount of 10.7 MMboe gross. The Nini East field has produced to the Siri Center since February 2010.
Project Details: Siri Area
Premier Spuds Bluebell
Feb 28, 2012 – Premier Oil has commenced exploratory drilling on the Bluebell prospect, located on Blocks 15/24c and 15/25f in the UK sector of the North Sea. The operator is using the Sedco 704 (mid-water semisub) to drill the well. The well is expected to take approximately 30 days to drill.
Project Details: Bluebell
Statoil to Upgrade Drilling Equipment on Snorre A Platform
Feb 28, 2012 – Statoil has awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the upgrade of drilling facilities on the Snorre A platform. “Well drilling and maintenance represent the most important activities we can undertake in order to recover more oil and gas from our fields. By upgrading the drilling facilities on Snorre A we reckon we can recover 67 million additional barrels of oil from the Snorre field,” said Bente Aleksandersen, head of Operations South in Development and Production Norway in Statoil. Work will start in March 2012 and be completed in 2015. The Snorre A upgrade will help extend the field???s lifetime until 2040.
Project Details: Greater Snorre Area
Dong, Bayerngas Give OK for Hejre Development
Feb 28, 2012 – DONG Energy and Bayerngas have announced development plans for the Hejre field in the Danish sector of the North Sea. The total investment in the development of the field is 2.1 billion (DKK 12.1 billion). Dong Energy estimates the total reserves of the field at about 170 million barrels of oil equivalents and expects first oil and gas inlate 2015. The development will compromise a production platform, drilling of production wells and new pipelines that will be tied into existing North Sea pipelines. Production will transport to mainland Denmark. Hejre, discovered in 2001, is located in license 1/06.
Project Details: Hejre
Technip to Construct Hejre Production Platform
Feb 28, 2012 – Technip and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering have received a contract for the Hejre project in the Danish sector of the North Sea. The contract covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, hook-up, and commissioning assistance for a fixed wellhead and process platform and associated facilities. The platform includes 11,500-ton topsides supported by a 6,500-ton jacket, and is designed to process high pressure and high temperature hydrocarbons fluids. The platform, which also comprises living quarters to accommodate 70 people and a flare, will be capable of producing up to 76 MMcf/d and 35,000 bopd. The jacket and wellhead unit will be delivered in 2014, the topsides and living quarter in 2015. The field will commence production in 2015.
Project Details: Hejre
Providence Resources Hits High-Quality Light Oil in Barryroe
Feb 27, 2012 – Providence Resources has confirmed the presence of high-quality light oil within a potential extensive sandstone system at its Barryroe appraisal well in the North Celtic Sea, offshore Ireland. The operator drilled appraisal well 48/24-10z to total depth of 7,550 feet (2,301 meters), encountering a primary basal sandstone reservoir interval within the pre-drill depth prognosis. The firm said that reservoir development within this sand package is “better than expected” with “very good” correlation of the overall sand packages with the nearby 48/24-3 well. Indications of hydrocarbons were seen while drilling and the subsequent results from wire-line logging have confirmed the presence of 41 feet of net pay (averaging 15 percent porosity and 87 percent hydrocarbon saturation). Pressure data over this interval have revealed the presence of both oil and gas-bearing zones, with the oil gradient being consistent to that of light 40-degree API crude oil, said Providence. The operator will now perform a well-flow test, which should take 10 days to complete.
Project Details: Barryroe
Western Australian Premier Formally Opens Devil Creek Domestic Gas Project
Feb 28, 2012 – Apache Energy said that Premier of Western Australia and Minister for State Development, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA has officially opened the Devil Creek gas plant. The development includes the Reindeer gas field, wellhead platform and raw gas pipeline, the Devil Creek gas plant and the Devil Creek sales gas export pipeline that ties into the Dampier to Bunbury Natural gas pipeline. The Devil Creek gas plant is a two-train facility designed to safely process 200 MMcf/d (220 Terajoules of gas per day) and 1,000 barrels per day of condensate. Also participating in the opening was the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, the Hon. Jeffrey Bleich, and the U.S. Consul General to Western Australia, Ms Aleisha Woodward. The Devil Creek Gas Plant is the state’s third domestic natural gas processing hub and the first new domestic gas plant built in Western Australia for over 15 years.
Project Details: Reindeer-Devil Creek Project
Apache Awards Development Contract for Coniston Project
Feb 28, 2012 – Apache Energy awarded EMAS AMC a contract to perform subsea transport and installation work for the Coniston field development in Northwest Australia. The scope of work for the project includes the transportation and installation of pipeline end manifolds, manifold, umbilicals and flexible flowlines in addition to spool fabrication and recovery of two existing flowlines in about 1,247 feet (380 meters) of water. EMAS AMC will execute the project management, engineering, transportation and subsea installation work for the project. Engineering and planning activities will commence immediately with the offshore installation operations scheduled to commence around the first quarter of 2013.
Project Details: The Greater Van Gogh Area
Apache Awards GE O&G Julimar Gig
Feb 24, 2012 – GE Oil & Gas received a contract to supply subsea equipment for the Julimar development in Western Australia. The project will supply raw gas from the Julimar and Brunello gas fields to the Chevron-operated Wheatstone project in Western Australia. The company is responsible for project management, engineering and procurement of the subsea equipment for the development. The GE equipment for the Julimar project includes subsea manifolds, well systems and fully integrated subsea and topside control systems. Shipments will begin in June 2013 with installation starting in the fourth quarter of that year.
Project Details: Wheatstone
Africa – West
Kosmos Acquires Sabre O&G Shares in Jubilee Field, Deepwater Tano License
Feb 28, 2012 – Kosmos Energy has exercised a right under the existing Joint Operating Agreement to acquire a participating interest of Sabre Oil & Gas Holdings Limited in the Deepwater Tano Block offshore Ghana. The purchase price is estimated to be approximately $365 million, with up to an additional $45 million contingent upon achieving certain performance milestones. Following closing of the acquisition, Kosmos’ interest in the Deepwater Tano Block will increase from 18 percent to 22.05 percent. Kosmos’ interest in the Jubilee field will increase from 24.1 percent to 25.8 percent.
Project Details: Jubilee
Total Brings Usan Online
Feb 24, 2012 – Total has commenced production at the Usan field offshore Nigeria. The Usan development comprises a spread moored FPSO designed to process 180,000 barrels per day and with a crude storage capacity of 2 million barrels. Its size of 1,050 feet (320 meters) long and 200 feet (61 meters) wide makes it one of the largest vessels of this type in the world. Development involves 42 wells that are connected to the FPSO by a 43 miles (70 kilometers) long subsea network.
Project Details: Usan
S. America – Brazil
Technip to Provide Pipelines for Guara, Lula Development
Feb 27, 2012 – Petrobras awarded Technip a lump sum contract for the Guara and Lula Nordeste pre-salt field development in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil. The contract covers the manufacture of 15 miles (24 kilometers) of 6-inch-diameter gas injection flexible lines; top risers; intermediate and bottom risers; and flowlines. The gas injection lines will be used to re-inject produced gas into the reservoir to respect new Brazilian environmental regulation. The pipelines will be manufactured at Technip’s flexible pipe plants and delivered in two batches, the first one in 2012 and the second in the first quarter of 2013.
Repsol Sinopec Makes High Impact Discovery Offshore Brazil
Feb 27, 2012 – Repsol Sinopec has made a high-impact discovery in the Pao de Acucar prospect offshore Brazil. The Pao de Acucar well encountered two pre-salt accumulations comprising a hydrocarbon column of 1,575 feet (480 meters) with a total pay of about 1,150 feet (350 meters). A flow test performed in a partial section of the pay zone flowed 5,000 barrels per day of light oil and 28.5 MMcf/d of gas. According to the operator, this was a choked Drill Stem Test (DST) with very limited drawdown. The well is located some 122 miles (195 kilometers) offshore Rio de Janeiro in 9,190 feet (2,800) meters of water. Repsol Sinopec operates the block in which the discovery lies, BM-C-33, with a 35 percent stake. Partners in the block include Statoil (35 percent) and Petrobras (30 percent).
Project Details: Pao de Acucar
Africa – Other
Statoil, ExxonMobil Applaud Zafarani Find
Feb 24, 2012 – Statoil and ExxonMobil have confirmed they made a large gas discovery in the Zafarani prospect offshore Tanzania in Block 2. Earlier this month, the company reported that Zafarani-1 had encountered gas shows in a good-quality reservoir. Statoil spudded the well in early January 2012 with the Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship). Logging results reveal that the discovery is high-impact, so far proving that the well holds up to 5 Tcf of gas-in-place. Zafarani-1 has encountered 393 feet (120 meters) of excellent quality reservoir with high porosity and high permeability, commented the operator. The gas-water contact has not been established and drilling operations will continue until total depth is reached. Zafarani is the first exploration well that has been drilled in the license, covering an area of approximately 2,120 square miles (5,500 square kilometers). The water depth at the well location is 8,470 feet (2,582 meters) and the well itself will be drilled to reach an expected total depth of around 16,730 feet (5,100 meters).
Project Details: Zafarani



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