Vantage Drilling, a Cayman Islands exempted offshore drilling contractor, reports a net loss of $10.0 million or ($0.03) per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2012 as compared to a net loss of $40.1 million or ($0.14) per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2011.
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Net loss for the full year, 2011 was $54.8 million, excluding approximately $25.2 million of charges for the early retirement of debt as compared to a loss of $19.8 million in the prior year period, excluding approximately $27.8 million of acquisition and refinancing charges. Including the acquisition and refinancing charges, Vantage reported a net loss $80.0 million for the full year 2011 as compared to a net loss of $47.6 million in 2010.
The company reported record revenues of $485 million for full year 2011 compared to $278 million in 2010.
Paul Bragg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to announce record annual revenues and income from operations. Vantage continues to deliver operational excellence. Our jackup fleet had outstanding productive time for the year in excess of 99% and the Platinum Explorer completed its initial year of operations with productive time in excess of 92%. Market conditions are improving, particularly for new, modern rigs like ours.”
Vantage, a Cayman Islands exempted company, is an offshore drilling contractor, with an owned fleet of four Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 ultra-premium jackup drilling rigs and the ultra-deepwater drillship, the Platinum Explorer, as well as an additional ultra-deepwater drillship, the Tungsten Explorer, now under construction. Vantage’s primary business is to contract drilling units, related equipment and work crews primarily on a dayrate basis to drill oil and natural gas wells. Vantage also provides construction supervision services for, and will operate and manage, drilling units owned by others. Through its fleet of seven owned and managed drilling units, Vantage is a provider of offshore contract drilling services globally to major, national and large independent oil and natural gas companies.
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This new discovery, in addition to the Mamba South discovery from October 2011, further increases the potential of the Mamba complex in the Area 4. It is estimated that the total volume of gas in place reaches now about 850 billion cubic meters (30 tcf).
The Mamba North 1 discovery, located in water depths of 1,690 meters, reaches a total depth of 5,330 meters and is located approximately 23 Km north of Mamba South 1 discovery and 45 Km off the Capo Delgado coast. The discovery well encountered a total of 186 meters of gas pay in multiple high-quality Oligocene and Paleocene sands.
During the production test, the first performed at offshore Rovuma, the well produced high quality gas with flow rates, constrained by surface facilities, of about 1 million cubic meters a day and minor volumes of condensates. In a final production completion configuration, estimated gas production per well is expected to reach over 4 million cubic meters a day.
During 2012, Eni plans to drill at least other five wells in nearby structures to assess the upside potential of Mamba Compex.
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released two nationwide resource assessments showing that waves and tidal currents off the nation’s coasts could contribute significantly to the United States’ total annual electricity production, further diversify the nation’s energy portfolio, and provide clean, renewable energy to coastal cities and communities.
These new wave and tidal resource assessments, combined with ongoing analyses of the technologies and other resource assessments, show that water power, including conventional hydropower and wave, tidal, and other water power resources, can potentially provide 15% of our nation’s electricity by 2030. The reports represent the most rigorous analysis undertaken to date to accurately define the magnitude and location of America’s ocean energy resources. The information in these resource assessments can help to further develop the country’s significant ocean energy resources, create new industries and new jobs in America, and secure U.S. leadership in an emerging global market.
The United States uses about 4,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year. DOE estimates that the maximum theoretical electric generation that could be produced from waves and tidal currents is approximately 1,420 TWh per year, approximately one-third of the nation’s total annual electricity usage. Although not all of the resource potential identified in these assessments can realistically be developed, the results still represent major opportunities for new water power development in the United States, highlighting specific opportunities to expand on the 6% of the nation’s electricity already generated from renewable hydropower resources.
The two reports—”Mapping and Assessment of the United States Ocean Wave Energy Resource” and “Assessment of Energy Production Potential from Tidal Streams in the United States”—calculate the maximum kinetic energy available from waves and tides off U.S. coasts that could be used for future energy production, and which represent largely untapped opportunities for renewable energy development in the United States.
The West Coast, including Alaska and Hawaii, has especially high potential for wave energy development, while significant opportunities for wave energy also exist along the East Coast. Additionally, parts of both the West and East Coasts have strong tides that could be tapped to produce energy.
Earlier this year, DOE announced the availability of its national tidal resource database, which maps the maximum theoretically available energy in the nation’s tidal streams. This database contributed to the “Assessment of Energy Production Potential from Tidal Streams in the United States” report, prepared by Georgia Tech.
The wave energy assessment report, titled “Mapping and Assessment of the United States Ocean Wave Energy Resource,” was prepared by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with support and data validation from researchers at Virginia Tech and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The report describes the methods used to produce geospatial data and to map the average annual and monthly significant wave height, wave energy period, mean direction, and wave power density in the coastal United States. NREL incorporated the data into a new marine and hydrokinetic energy section in their U.S. Renewable Resource atlas.
In addition to the wave and tidal resource assessments released , DOE plans to release additional resource assessments for ocean current, ocean thermal gradients, and new hydropower resources in 2012. To support the development of technologies that can tap into these vast water power resources, DOE’s Water Power Program is undertaking a detailed technical and economic assessment of a wide range of water power technologies in order to more accurately predict the opportunities and costs of developing and deploying these innovative technologies. The Program is currently sponsoring over 40 demonstration projects that will advance the commercial readiness of these systems, provide first-of-a-kind, in-water performance data that will validate cost-of-energy predictions, and identify pathways for large cost reductions.
These resource assessments, techno-economic assessments, and technology demonstration projects are critical elements of DOE’s strategy to capture the very real opportunities associated with water power development, and to further define the path to supplying 15% of the nation’s electricity through water power technologies.
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. DOE’s Water Power Program is paving the way for industry and government to make sound investment and policy decisions about the deployment of renewable water power technologies by quantifying the nation’s theoretically available water power resources.
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced the successful Itaipu-2 pre-salt appraisal well, located in block BM-C-32 in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. The well was drilled to total depth of approximately 16,000 feet (4,877 meters) in 4,660 feet (1,420 meters) of water, and encountered a gross petroleum column of approximately 58 net feet (18 meters) in a pre-salt carbonate reservoir.
“The pre-salt Itaipu-2 well is an aggressive step-out from the Itaipu discovery well, which is located 4 miles (7 kilometers) northwest,” Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration, Bob Daniels said. “The Itaipu-2 well established a fluid contact and appears to have successfully extended the accumulation 120 meters downdip from the discovery. Accordingly, the appraisal well significantly increases the areal extent of the vast Itaipu field, and we believe incorporating the data from both the appraisal well and the original discovery well will increase our previous resource estimates for the field. We are very pleased with these results and look forward to continued activity on the block.”
Anadarko, through a wholly owned subsidiary, holds a 33.3-percent working interest in BM-C-32. BP operates the block with a 40-percent working interest and Maersk Oil holds a 26.7-percent working interest.
Separately, Anadarko also is currently drilling an appraisal of its post-salt Itauna discovery on block BM-C-29, and plans to spud the Wahoo-4 pre-salt appraisal well on block BM-C-30 around the end of the year.
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Escopeta Oil Company LLC, a Houston-based independent, has discovered what it estimates to be 3.5 trillion cubic feet (99 billion cubic metres) of natural gas at a prospect in southern Alaska’s Cook Inlet, a company official said on Saturday.
The estimate is based on results of a single well and represents in-place reserves, not recoverable reserves, said Bruce Webb, a company vice president in Alaska. “Usually the recoverable reserves are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 to 80 percent of gas in place,” he said.
The discovery, at the offshore Kitchen Lights unit, appears to be the biggest in 25 years in Cook Inlet, said Escopeta, which is privately held. The basin is Alaska’s oldest producing oil and gas region, with production dating back to the 1950s, and it supplies natural gas mostly to regional markets in and around Anchorage.
Webb said Escopeta plans further exploration drilling, through at least 2014, and will also test deeper oil-prone levels.
Escopeta’s well was drilled from a jack-up rig that the company shipped to Alaska on a foreign-flagged vessel, in violation of federal maritime law. Escopeta had hoped to win a Jones Act waiver from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security while the rig was in transit, but that did not materialize, Webb said.
For its Jones Act violation, Escopeta faces a $15 million fine assessed last month by the Department of Homeland Security, he said. “We rolled the dice and took the chance. It didn’t work out. So now we’re subject to the penalty,” he said.
The company hopes to convince the department to reduce the fine, he said.
By Yereth Rosen (Reuters)