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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Jul 20 – Jul 26, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 2 new projects and updated 29 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

Rialto Spuds Gazelle-P4 Development Well

Jul 26, 2012 – Rialto Energy spud the Gazelle-P4 development well using the GSF Monitor (350′ ILC) jackup. Gazelle-P4 is testing the oil potential of the UC-2 and UC-4 oil reservoirs as well as the gas potential of the UC-3, UC-5, LC-1 and LC-2 gas reservoirs discovered by the IVCO-12 and IVCO-21 wells. The Gazelle-P4 well is expected to take approximately 45 days.

Project Details: Gazelle

N. America – US GOM

Murphy to Appraise Diamond in GOM

Jul 25, 2012 – Murphy announced plans to appraise its Diamond discovery at Lloyd Ridge Block 370 in the Gulf of Mexico. Diamond is estimated to contain between 400 billion and 500 billion cubic feet of gas, according to Murphy Chief Executive Claiborne Deming. Depending on the results, Murphy will either keep the rig on site for appraisal drilling or move it to a third prospect, Emerald. Located in Lloyd Ridge Block 317, the Emerald prospect potentially has 150 Bcf of gas in recoverable reserves.

Project Details: Diamond

Newfield Mulling Winter Development Options

Jul 25, 2012 – Deep Gulf Energy reported that the Winter discovery, which was drilled in June 2009, is temporarily abandoned as various development options are under consideration. The discovery is in close proximity to the DGE operated GB 339 Sargent well that is tied-back to the GB 72 fixed platform.

Project Details: Winter

N. America – Canadian Atlantic

Husky Energy to Finalize White Rose Extension Project

Jul 24, 2012 – In May 2012, Husky filed a project description with regulators for the White Rose Extension project. The company expects to make a decision on a preferred development option later in 2012, which will use existing infrastructure at the White Rose field and the existing SeaRose FPSO facilities for processing and storage.

Project Details: White Rose

Sea Rose FPSO to Resume Production in 3Q12

Jul 24, 2012 – The Sea Rose FPSO has been reconnected, reported Husky Energy. Following planned off-station, production is expected to resume in 3Q 2012. An infill production well was drilled at the White Rose field and will be brought online once production resumes. Furthermore, development drilling continued at North Amethyst and a supporting water injection well for the West White Rose pilot project was completed.

Project Details: White Rose

S. America – Brazil

Fluke Engenharia to Fabricate 27 Suction Piles

Jul 25, 2012 – Fluke Engenharia has received a contract from Subsea 7 to fabricate 27 suction piles for use in the Guara-Lula field, which is part of the pre-salt cluster in the Santos basin offshore Brazil. Fluke Engenharia will manufacture the products at its Macae facilities and will deliver them over the course of 2012.

Project Details: Sapinhoa (Guara)

BG Group Signs Contracts for Topside Modules for Lula, Sapinhoa FPSOs

Jul 20, 2012 – BG Group and partners have approved the signature of contracts totaling $4.5 billion for the construction of the first six topside modules and integration packages for eight domestic floating production, storage and offloading units to be used on the Lula (Tupi) and Sapinhoa (Guara) pre-salt projects offshore Brazil.

Project Details: Lula (Tupi)

Asia – Far East

Husky Energy Progresses Liwan Gas Project

Jul 24, 2012 – Husky Energy reported that the Liwan gas project in the South China Sea is advancing as planned with the completion of the shallow water jacket for the project, and the topsides portion of the platform scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2013. The installation of all nine subsea production trees was completed on the wells at the Liwan 3-1 gas field. Six associated upper completions were installed and flow-tested, with production rates as expected. Front-end engineering and design work for the development of the Liuhua 29-1 gas field is underway. Negotiations are continuing on a sales agreement for gas from the Liuhua 34-2 field. The development is on target to realize first production in late 2013/early 2014.

Project Details: Liwan

Asia – SouthEast

Development Drilling Commences at Madura Project

Jul 24, 2012 – Husky Energy stated that drilling has commenced at a planned six-plus well exploration program in the Madura Strait Block offshore Indonesia. A joint development plan for the MDA and MBH fields has been submitted to the government. The award of development contracts for the BD Field, including a leased FPSO, is expected later this year. The Company and its partners are moving to fully delineate and develop the Madura Strait Block with first gas anticipated in 2014.

Cairn India to Explore Sri Lanka Block in 2013

Jul 23, 2012 – Cairn India Limited reported that the potential commercial interest notification has been submitted for two discoveries, the Dorado and Barracuda wells, as per the terms of the Petroleum Resource Agreement. The operator plans to conduct an exploration program in mid-2013, and tendering for the drilling rig and the associated services is in progress.

Project Details: Dorado

Manora Oil Development to Precede

Jul 23, 2012 – The Manora oil development is scheduled to proceed after its joint venture partners reached a final investment decision. The $246 million project will see a single wellhead platform linked to a floating, storage and offtake unit and the drilling of 15 development wells consisting of 10 production and five injection wells. Tap said that several prospects are being finalized based on recently acquired 3D seismic. The project has also secured a rig to dill up to three wells later this year, and drilling is scheduled to start in the second half of this year. First oil from Manora is being targeted for early 2014 with output expected to peak at about 15,000 barrels per day. The Manora oil development consist of two offshore concessions – G1/48 and G3/48 – sited in the northern Gulf of Thailand. The two concessions could contain up to 31 million barrels of recoverable oil resources.

Project Details: Manora

Mediterranean

Noble Energy Completes Flow Test at Pinnacles

Jul 20, 2012 – Noble Energy Mediterranean has reported that the flow tests of Pinnacles-1 have been completed. Gas composition and gas treatment measures were tested and proved to be effective. The operator will now begin the natural gas flow from the reservoir.

Europe – North Sea

Barryroe is a Huge Find for Providence

Jul 25, 2012 – Providence Resources confirms that estimates of the size of its Barryroe find in the Celtic Sea offshore Ireland have been upgraded. The company reported that its oil in place estimates for Barryroe were now 1,043 million barrels of oil on a P50 basis and up to 1,612 million barrels on a P10 basis. On July 6, oil analysts at Liberum Capital speculated that Barryroe could contain around one billion barrels of oil in place and more than 160 million barrels of recoverable oil. After Providence’s announcement, the London-based investment bank upgraded its estimate of recoverable reserves to 200 million barrels. Providence said that after the successful drilling and testing of the Barryroe 48/24-10z well in March, it has now completed a series of comprehensive post-well studies in order to update the in-place volumetric resource estimate for the Barryroe discovery.

Project Details: Barryroe

Centrica Cooper Well Finds Hydrocarbons

Jul 25, 2012 – Faroe Petroleum reported that its Cooper well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea has encountered hydrocarbons. The well made a discovery in the Middle Jurassic Garn formation at a depth of 17,500 feet (5,334 meters). After analyzing preliminary results Faroe, and its partners in the well, are now performing a drill stem test (DST) of the Garn formation to evaluate the likely productivity of the reservoir. The Cooper well (in which Faroe has a 30-percent interest) was drilled using the West Alpha (mid-water semisub) rig. It is located in license PL477 on Block 6506/11 on the Halten Terrace.

Project Details: Cooper

Lundin Further Appraises Johan Sverdrup

Jul 25, 2012 – Lundin spud its fifth appraisal well on the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The 16/2-13 well is situated about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) northeast of the discovery well that was found in 2010. The main objective is to determine the top reservoir, reservoir quality and thickness, as well as oil-water contact in this part of the field. The planned total depth of the well is 7,050 feet (2,148 meters) and drilling operations are being conducted by the Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub). Drilling should take about 45 days.

Project Details: Johan Sverdrup

Statoil Gets Govt Nod to Drill on Valemon

Jul 25, 2012 – Statoil has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to use West Elara (490′ ILC) jackup at the Valemon field. The consent relates to the hook-up of West Elara to the jacket, drilling and installation of 30-inch conductors in the planned first 12 wells and drilling well B-20 for injection of drill cuttings and mud in the Utsira formation. The planned start-up date is July 15, 2012.

Project Details: Valemon

Expro to Provide Well Testing and Data Management Services at Bentley Field

Jul 23, 2012 – Expro has received a contract to provide equipment and services in support of Xcite Energy’s 90-day extended well test in the Bentley field. Expro will provide heavy oil well testing and data management services through drilling and completions company ADTI on the Rowan Norway (400′ ILC) jackup. The Bentley field is estimated to contain 116 million barrels of proven and probable reserves.

Project Details: Bentley

Lundin to Appraise Well in PL 490

Jul 23, 2012 – Lundin has received consent to conduct appraisal drilling on Production License 490. A possible sidetrack (7120/6-3 A) may also be drilled. The Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub) will conduct drilling operations in a water depth of 1,073 feet (327 meters). Drilling activities are estimated to last a total of 133 days, including the possible sidetrack well.

Project Details: Skalle

Talisman Gets OK to Drill on Varg

Jul 23, 2012 – Talisman Energy has received consent to use Rowan Stavanger (400′ ILC) jackup to drill three sidetrack wells on the Varg field. The consent relates to the drilling of three sidetracks in wells 15/12-A-3 B, 15/12-A-12 E and 15/12-A-1 B on the Varg field. Water depth of the site is 285 feet (87 meters) and drilling should take 62 days.

Project Details: Varg

Petrofac Wins Extended North Sea Contract

Jul 20, 2012 – Petrofac has been awarded a three-year contract to supply engineering and construction services to Apache North Sea. Petrofac will supply onshore engineering as well as onshore and offshore construction to all of Apache North Sea’s assets, including the Beryl Alpha and Bravo platforms in the northern North Sea. The contract represents an extension to, and continuation of, the firm’s current service contract to service Apache’s offshore platforms in the Forties field, 110 miles (177 kilometers) east of Aberdeen.

Providence Approves 2012 Budget for Spanish Point Discovery

Jul 20, 2012 – Providence Resources and partners have approved the 2012 budget for the Spanish Point discovery, as the companies prepare for the 2013 drilling campaign. The gas condensate discovery is located in a water depth of 1,300 feet (396 meters) in the Main Porcupine Basin 125 miles (201 kilometers) off the west coast of Ireland. The 2012 budget includes the provision for well design activities as part of the ramp up to a 2013 appraisal drilling program on Spanish Point. The plan is to spud the initial appraisal well in the third quarter of 2013 subject to rig availability and government approvals while the partners have agreed to transfer the operatorship of FEL 2/04, along with that of other licenses from Providence to Chrysaor.

Project Details: Spanish Point

Australia

Alcatel-Lucent, Technip to Provide Advanced Communications System

Jul 26, 2012 – Alcatel-Lucent together with the Technip Samsung Consortium (TSC) is set to provide an advanced communications system for Shell???s new Prelude FLNG facility. The system will enhance the safety and efficiency of operations and provide entertainment and communications services for crew members on the facility, 124 miles (200 kilometers) off Western Australia. The communications system will include operations, safety, and entertainment systems such as: trunk and marine radio communications; air communications radar recorder (black box); beacons; local and wide area networks; voice over IP; closed circuit TV; public address alarm systems; distress and safety systems; GPS; weather monitoring; and search and rescue transponders.

Project Details: Prelude

Chevron Finds Additional Gas in Gorgon Area

Jul 23, 2012 – Chevron has made a natural gas discovery in the Greater Gorgon area of the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The Pontus-1 exploration well encountered approximately 97 feet (30 meters) of net gas pay. The well is located in the WA-37-L permit area in the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields, approximately 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of Barrow Island. The well was drilled in 690 feet (210 meters) of water to a total depth of 16,581 feet (5,054 meters). Chevron Australia is the operator of WA-37-L and holds a 47.3% interest in the permit. Exxon Mobil and Shell Development Australia both hold 25%, Osaka Gas holds 1.25%, Tokyo Gas holds 1% and Chubu Electric Power holds approximately 0.42%.

Project Details: Greater Gorgon

GE Oil & Gas Receives Gorgon Contract

Jul 23, 2012 – GE Oil and Gas has been awarded a $600 million service contract to maintain the compressor trains and associated equipment at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project off the northwestern coast of Australia. Under the 22-year agreement, GE will provide Chevron with scheduled maintenance, monitoring and diagnostics of the installed equipment and access to local engineers. GE will also manage inventory and supply initial spare components. GE’s first contract performance manager will start working in Perth in October 2012.

Project Details: Greater Gorgon

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Jun 29 – Jul 5, 2012)

This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 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.

Australia

ShawCor will Provide Services for Ichthys LNG Subsea Equipment

Jun 29, 2012 – ShawCor announced that its pipecoating division, Bredero Shaw, has received a contract to provide pipeline coatings and related products and services for the flowlines and tie-in spools for the Ichthys LNG project. The contract involves coating approximately 148 km of 6-inch to 18-inch diameter pipe that will be protected with three-layer polypropylene anticorrosion coating and Thermotite multi-layer polypropylene insulation. Work will commence during the second quarter of 2013. The company will execute the work at Bredero Shaw’s facilities in Kabil, Indonesia and Kuantan, Malaysia.

Project Details: Ichthys

Technip Wins Prelude Subsea Installation Contract From Shell

Jun 29, 2012 – Shell awarded Technip a subsea installation contract for the Prelude FLNG facility, which is moored in a water depth of 787 feet (240 meters), about 124 miles (200 kilometers) off the northwest coast of Australia. The contract covers the project management, fabrication, transport and installation by reeling of 12 inch flowlines and the fabrication of pipeline end terminals, flowline appurtenances and rigid spools. It also includes the transportation and installation of the subsea equipment including manifolds, umbilical termination assemblies, rigid spooks and flying leads. Shell said it expects the Prelude FLNG project to be ready in 2017. Once operational, the Prelude FLNG facility will produce at least 5.3 million tones per annum (mtpa) of liquids.

Project Details: Prelude

Europe – North Sea

Statoil Awards Subsea Project to FMC

Jul 5, 2012 – FMC has been awarded a contract for subsea production systems (SPS)for the Gullfaks South field, with options to cover Statoil’s subsea tie-back demand in the fast-track portfolio for 2014 and 2015. Estimated contract value is close to $199 million (NOK 1.2 billion), in addition to possible extensions worth $663 million (NOK 4 billion. Equipment to be supplied includes wellheads, x-mas trees, template structures, manifold and control systems.

Project Details: Greater Gullfaks Area

King Lear Not a Tragedy for Statoil

Jul 2, 2012 – Drilling results confirm Statoil’s earlier expectations that its King Lear prospect would be a high-impact well. Exploration well 2/4-21 drilled by the Maersk Gallant (350′ ILC) in production licences 146 and 333, has proven a 48-meter gas/condensate column in the main bore 2/4-21 and an additional 70-meter gas/condensate column in the side-track 2/4-21A. Statoil estimates the total volumes in King Lear to be between 70 and 200 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.

Project Details: King Lear

Faroe Drills Duster in Clapton Prospect

Jun 29, 2012 – Faroe Petroleum will plug and abandon the Clapton exploratory well 2/8-18S on Production License 440S in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well found hydrocarbons in chalks of the Shetland Group and also encountered reservoir rocks, but the reservoir properties were poorer than expected. Reaching a vertical depth of 8,593 feet (2,619 meters) by the Maersk Guardian (350??? ILC) jackup, the well is a dry hole.

Project Details: Clapton

N. America – US GOM

Anadarko Enters Capital Carry Deal for Lucius

Jul 2, 2012 – Anadarko Petroleum has signed a definitive agreement with an undisclosed party to enter into a joint-venture capital carry arrangement for Anadarko’s ownership in the Gulf of Mexico Lucius development project. Under the terms of the agreement, Anadarko will be carried for $556 million, which is estimated to represent 100 percent of its expected capital obligation through the anticipated date of first production at Lucius. In exchange, Anadarko will convey a 7.2-percent working interest in the Lucius development and will continue as operator with a 27.8-percent working interest.

Project Details: Lucius

S. America – Other & Carib.

Gas Flaring Permit Extended for Albacora

Jul 3, 2012 – BPZ Energy has announced that an extension to their gas flaring permit has been granted by the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines. The permit will cover flaring operations at the Company’s Albacora field through December 28, 2012. Gas is flared off when sufficient amounts of gas aren’t being reinjected or sold. At this time, the reinjection equipment at Albacore is sitting idle while the environmental permit to allow for reinjection is finalized.

Project Details: Albacora

Asia – Caspian

Total Sumits Notice of Commerciality for Absheron Discovery

Jul 2, 2012 – Total, on behalf of the Socar/Total/GDF Suez partnership, has submitted a notice of commerciality to the Government of Azerbaijan for the Absheron discovery. This step is an important milestone in the frame work of the Agreement on Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for the Absheron offshore block in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea signed in 2009.

Project Details: Absheron

Africa – West

Saipem Signs E&C Contract for Mafumeria Field

Jun 29, 2012 – Saipem has signed a new E&C offshore contract in West Africa for the development of the southern part of the Mafumeira field within Block 0. The contract has been awarded by CABGOC (Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd), wholly owned by Chevron. The Mafumeira Sul EPCI 3 scope of work is for the engineering, procurement and pre-fabrication activities for subsequent offshore modifications and tie-in activities on the existing Mafumeira Norte platform and the future Mafumeira Sul production platforms. Mafumeira Sul EPCI 4 comprises the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of an onshore pipeline portion connecting the field to the oil storage and export facilities in the Malongo Terminal. The marine activities will be carried out in different time frames between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2015.

Project Details: Mafumeira

Allied Energy Preps Drilling Program for Oyo Field

Jun 29, 2012 – Allied Energy reported that it plans to drill a development well on the Oyo field in 4Q 2012. The new well, Oyo No. 7, is being designed to test the prospective resource potential of the deeper Miocene reservoir in the field, but also to increase production in the Pliocene reservoir. With these dual objectives, the No. 7 well is expected to both significantly increase oil production from the currently producing reservoir and de-risk much of the unrisked resource potential in the field.

Project Details: Oyo

Mediterranean

Adira Granted Extension for Samuel License

Jul 3, 2012 – Adira Energy Ltd. announced today that Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has granted an extension of the dates for the execution of a drilling contract and the spudding of the first well on the Samuel offshore license. The contract execution date has been extended from July 1 to October 31, 2012 with a requirement that the first well be spud by April 30, 2013. Adira has indicated that the environmental study for Samuel will be submitted by the July 10 deadline.

Shimshon Delivers for ATP

Jul 2, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas has successfully drilled its Shimshon exploration well in the Levant Basin of offshore Israel encountering more than 62 feet (19 meters) of natural gas pay in the Bet Guvrin sands. The Shimshon well is in a water depth of 3,622 feet and was drilled to a subsea depth of 14,445 feet by the Ensco 5006 semisub.

Project Details: Shimshon

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