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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Jul 6 – Jul 12, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 new projects and updated 20 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

Noble Decides Not to Appraise Deep Blue

Jul 11, 2012 – Noble Energy reported that appraisal drilling will not occur at its Deep Blue prospect at this time. Although hydrocarbons were found in both the initial exploration well and subsequent sidetrack, the company and its partners have decided not to proceed with additional appraisal activities right now. The Deep Blue well was originally spud late 2009 and sidetrack operations were underway when the moratorium was announced. Noble Energy was required to suspend operations and the rig working at that time was released. After the moratorium was lifted, another rig was certified under new regulatory requirements to finish the sidetrack.

Project Details: Deep Blue

Expro to Provide Subsea Trees for Who Dat Development

Jul 10, 2012 – LLOG granted Expro a contract for the Who Dat development in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will provide subsea test trees for the project on Mississippi Canyon Block 547.

Project Details: Who Dat

ATP Announces Completion of MC 941 A-2 Telemark Well

Jul 9, 2012 – ATP has completed a workover at its Mississippi Canyon Block 941 A-2 well located in the Mirage field at the Telemark Hub. The well was completed with 3-1/2 inch tubing at a measured depth of 17,140 to 17,401 feet (5,224 to 5,304 meters) to add the Miocene B sand completion to the wellbore for field development optimization. Initial test flow rates are at 4,000 barrels equivalent per day (boepd) of which 90 percent is oil. The A-2 well will be tied-back to the facility and is expected to produce at a rate of 4,000 to 5,000 boepd. The MC 941 A-2 well produces through the ATP Titan floating drilling and production platform.

Project Details: Telemark

S. America – Other & Carib.

Premier Farms Into Falkland Licenses

Jul 12, 2012 – Premier Oil has agreed to pay an initial $231 million to farm into Rockhopper Exploration‘s license interests in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Premier Oil will acquire a 60 percent interest in the licenses, with the deal including a provision for Premier to pay an additional $48 million for further exploration within the license areas and an additional $722 million to develop reserves found there (subject to the approval of a field development plan).

Project Details: Sea Lion

Europe – North Sea

Technip Inks Aasta Hansteen Platform Deal

Jul 12, 2012 – Statoil awarded Technip a letter of intent to construct a hull of a spar platform on the Aasta Hansteen field. The platform will be the world’s largest Spar platform and the first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf. Total recoverable reserves for Aasta Hansteen, previously called Luva, are preliminary estimated at about 47 Bcm of gas and .8 Bcm of condensate. The platform, the first spar with storage capacity, will have the capability to store about 25,000 square cubic meters of condensate and export gas via the Norwegian Sea Gas infrastructure. The supplier will also design and prepare specifications for steel rigid risers and a complete mooring system. Part of the work will begin in the middle of August, with completion of deliveries set for mid-December 2015. This letter of intent will contribute to securing the overall progress plan for Aasta Hansteen. The investment decision is expected in late 2012/early 2013, with production start-up at the end of 2016.

Project Details: Aasta Hansteen (Luva)

Bentley Pre-Production Flow Test Performs Well

Jul 12, 2012 – Xcite Energy reported that pre-production flow test on the Bentley field is progressing well with the planned shut-in period and pressure build-up test commencing on July 11 following the initial, successful, clean-up and first oil flow on July 9. This planned shut-in period and pressure build- up test is designed to obtain key information about the Bentley reservoir and the mobility of its fluid for use in interpreting the subsequent flow data and for planning the next step of the Bentley field development.

Project Details: Bentley

Talisman Evacuates Personnel from Yme Platform

Jul 11, 2012 – Talisman Energy has evacuated construction personnel from the Yme oil platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea after structural issues were discovered. The operator removed 140 workers from the Yme platform late Tuesday after finding weaknesses in the platform’s supporting structure. Dow Jones reported that in May the company took a $250 million write down on the project and delayed production for an unspecified amount of time. It also said the standards to which the platform had been built had fallen behind Norwegian standards. Oil production was scheduled to start next year.

Project Details: Yme

Ithaca Spins Bit at Hurricane Appraisal

Jul 10, 2012 – Ithaca Energy has commenced exploratory drilling on the Hurricane appraisal well in Block 29/10b, which lies within the Greater Stella area in the UK sector of the North Sea. The well is being drilled by the WilHunter (mid-water semisub). Drilling should take between 75 to 85 days to complete, including the performance of a drill stem test. The Hurricane discovery well, 29/10-4z, was drilled by Shell in 1995. The well encountered 41 degrees API light oil in Eocene Rogaland sands in the western lobe of the structure. The appraisal well will be drilled to the base of the Tertiary section in the eastern lobe of the mapped structure and is designed to satisfy three primary objectives: to confirm the nature and volume of recoverable hydrocarbons; calibrate the hydrocarbon contact with seismic amplitude; and verify the distribution, quality and connectivity of the reservoir. Upon successful completion of the appraisal well objectives, the wellbore will be suspended for future re-entry and completion as a production well.

Project Details: Stella/Harrier

WGP Completes LoFS on Valhall

Jul 10, 2012 – WGP has completed the 15th Life of Field Seismic (LoFS) survey over the Valhall field in the North Sea for BP. The company acquired the full data set of 2,552 kilometers in six weeks, which included time for mobilization and demobilization. This data will help enhance the life of the Valhall field, stated the company.

Project Details: Valhall

Barryroe Discovery Could be Larger than Anticipated

Jul 9, 2012 – Providence Resources might be sitting on more than one billion barrels of oil in place at its Barryroe discovery, according to a research report issued by oil analysts at London-based Liberum Capital. The research note stated that Liberum estimates Barryroe could contain around one billion barrels of oil in place and more than 160 million barrels of recoverable oil based on technical disclosures concerning the Barryroe well made by Providence. These figures are around three times what investors in Providence are expecting from Barryroe, according to Liberum.

Project Details: Barryroe

Xcite Energy Signs Loan Deal for Bentley Phase 2 Development

Jul 9, 2012 – Xcite Energy has signed a five-year, $155 million loan agreement with a group of lending institutions, secured against oil reserves, which will provide funding for Phase 1B development of its Bentley heavy oil field. The loan facility is subject to certain conditions and the achievement of targets in the Bentley Phase 1A development work program, including the drilling of a well and a flow test.

Project Details: Bentley

PSA Audits Statoil’s Compliance During Module Construction for Gudrun

Jul 6, 2012 – The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil’s compliance with regulatory requirements during engineering and construction of the wellhead and process modules for the Gudrun facility. The audits were conducted in Asker from May 8-9, 2012 and on the construction site in Thailand from May 14-16, 2012 and focused on electrical systems, instrumentation and technical safety disciplines.
The objective of the audit was to ensure Statoil’s compliance with requirements to establish and implement technical and operational barriers. Special emphasis was placed on how Statoil and its partner Aibel, promotes the understanding of interactions between operator, development project, suppliers and operations preparations. Two nonconformities were identified in relation to the system for electrical power supply and for establishment of barrier performance requirements. Improvements were suggested for flame detection and the command structure in the emergency shutdown system.

Project Details: Sleipner Area

BP Receives Go Ahead for Use of Safe Scandinavia on Valhall

Jul 6, 2012 – BP Norge AS (BP) received approval from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Safe Scandinavia facility as a flotel on the Valhall field from July 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. Aker Verdal’s Safe Scandinavia was built in 1984 and has been contracted for the Valhall field numerous times with the last contract expiring in March 2012. The 583-bed facility received the PSA’s Acknowledgement of Compliance in April 2007.

Project Details: Valhall

Asia – SouthEast

Lundin Begins Malaysian Drilling Campaign

Jul 10, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced its 2012 Malaysian drilling campaign with the spud of the Tiga Papan 5 well in the SB307 & SB308 Blocks offshore Sabah, East Malaysia. The well will target mid-Miocene aged sands of the Tiga Papan unit previously tested (in 1982) with the original discovery well that flowed at a cumulative rate of 5,631 bopd. A vertical well will test the un-appraised fault block to the east of the original Tiga Papan 1 discovery well. In the event of a discovery, the well will be sidetracked into the same fault block as the original discovery well to test the down dip extension of the pay zones previously encountered. The well will be drilled with the Offshore Courageous (350′ ILC) in a water depth of approximately 164 feet (50 meters) to a depth of 5,482 feet (1,671 meters). The well is the first of the five-well program planned in 2012 by Lundin Malaysia BV.

PTTEP: Oil Production at TGT to Hit 55,000 BPD

Jul 9, 2012 – PTTEP reported that oil production from the offshore Vietnam 16-1 project will hit 55,000 bopd by the fourth quarter of this year due to the successful installation of a second wellhead platform. Oil production at the Te Giac Trang (TGT) field, where the newly installed wellhead is sited, is currently at 41,000 bpd. The TGT field is located off the southern coast of Vietnam, 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Vung Tau province. The project consists of a floating, production, storage, and offloading unit, two wellhead platforms and a subsea pipeline system. The development came online in August 2011.

Project Details: Te Giac Trang (White Rhinoceros)

N. America – US Alaska

BP Shelves Liberty Oil Project Offshore Alaska

Jul 11, 2012 – BP is shelving its Liberty project in Alaska after deciding that the current development plan is not up to the stricter standards the company has enforced, reported Dow Jones. The oil project was anticipated to produce about 40,000 bopd. The company stated it is working with regulators to discuss potential ways to move the project forward.

Project Details: Liberty

Africa – West

Exxon Starts Production from Clochas Mavacola Oil Project

Jul 9, 2012 – ExxonMobil has commenced production at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 1 project offshore Angola, and is expected to produce 100,000 bopd from two large deepwater fields, Mavacola and Clochas. The initial phase of the Kizomba Satellites project ties 18 new wells to production facilities already in use tapping other oil fields in the Block 15 area.

Project Details: Kizomba, Block 15

S. America – Brazil

Total Acquires Xerelete Field

Jul 10, 2012 – Total became operator of the offshore Xerelete concession, located around 155 miles (250 kilometers) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The oil field, discovered in 2001, contains relatively heavy oil. A pre-salt prospect has also been identified below the Xerelete structure, which lies around 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the recently announced Pao de Acucar discovery. Total plans to start drilling activities in 2013. Total and Petrobras each hold a 41.2% interest in the concession, while BP holds the remaining 17.6 %.

Vanco Spuds Sabia

Jul 9, 2012 – Vanco has spud the Sabia well in the BM-S-72 block in the southern Santos Basin offshore Brazil. The well is being drilled by the GSF Arctic I (mid-water semisub). The Sabia well is located offshore approximately 143 miles (230 kilometers) south of the city of Santos in a water depth of approximately 656 feet (200 meters). The well will be vertically drilled with a target depth of 14,718 feet (4,486 meters). The primary reservoir target for this well is post-salt sandstones of the Itajai-Acu formation, expected to be encountered at around 12,139 feet (3,700 meters) below mean sea level. The prospect is also targeting secondary sandstone in the Ilha Bela member of the Jureia formation. Drilling operations should take about two to three months, and after finishing this well the rig will drill the Canario prospect (BM-S-63) and the Jandaia prospect (BM-S-71).

Project Details: Sabia

Mediterranean

Noble Energy to Flow Test Pinnacles Reservoir

Jul 10, 2012 – Noble Energy has completed an extensive test of the Pinnacles 1 well and its production facilities. The operator will now flow test the Pinnacles reservoir, during which the gas composition and gas treatment measures will be tested. Flow tests are expected to begin in the near future and last for several days.

Delek Updates Tanin’s Contingent Resources

Jul 10, 2012 – Delek Group has reported details on the Tanin reservoir, specifically, 81 percent of the high estimate of Tanin’s contingent resources is within the Alon A licenses, and that the rest is within the Alon B and Amit licenses. The low and best estimates are wholly within the Alon A license, stated Netherland Sewell & Associates. NSAI contingent estimates for Tanin are as follows: low estimate of 160 billion cubic feet (Bcf); best estimate of 592 Bcf, and a high estimate of 1,035 Bcf. The prospective estimates are: low estimate of 359 Bcf; best estimate of 471 Bcf, and a high estimate of 607 Bcf. The best estimate for Tanin’s proven and contingent reserves makes it the third largest natural gas discovery after Delek and Noble Energy’s Tamar and Leviathan discoveries of 9.7 trillion cubic feet and 17 trillion cubic feet, respectively.

Project Details: Tanin

Australia

Total Increases Ichthys Stake

Jul 12, 2012 – Total has increased its stake in the Ichthys LNG project to 30 percent through the acquisition of a further 6 percent interest from its partner INPEX. Total commented that the acquisition will not have an impact on any of the LNG offtake agreements that have been arranged.

Project Details: Ichthys

Technip Wins $61M Subsea Contract for Balnaves Field Development

Jul 10, 2012 – Apache Energy awarded Technip a subsea installation contract worth around $61 million for the Balnaves oil field development. The project is situated in a water depth of about 442 feet (135 meters). The contract covers the project management, design, engineering and installation of 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) of flexible flowlines and risers and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) of umbilicals. It also includes the transportation and installation of the subsea equipment including the manifolds, spools, flying leads, jumpers and a mooring system and riser column. First production from the $438-million development is scheduled in 2014, with gross peak production of approximately 30,000 barrels of oil per day and estimated gross recoverable resource of 17 million barrels of oil and 30 billion cubic feet of gas.

Project Details: Balnaves

Argentina warns Falklands’ oil companies of May 2 deadline when legal actions begin

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The ‘Ocean Guardian’ oil rig which spent almost two years drilling in Falklands’ waters

 

Argentina once again warned oil companies considered by the Government to be “illegally operating” in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, and reiterated it will press charges against them unless they justify their actions before next Wednesday, May 2.

Thursday, April 26th 2012 – 01:33 UTC

In a recent statement released to the press, the ministry said that on last April 17th, all oil companies currently performing exploration tasks in the ‘Malvinas basin’ were notified “of their clandestine actions and their consequences” by the Argentine embassy in the United Kingdom.

The companies notified were Argos Resources, Rockhopper Exploration, Borders and Southern PLC, Falkland Oil & Gas Ltd and Desire Petroleum PLC.

The Argentine government has set a May 2 deadline for companies to justify their activities.

“If case of failure to offer a response and once the legal deadline expires, we will issue the corresponding sanctions to every company according to a resolution by the Argentine Energy Secretariat, which considers these activities to be clandestine. The Government will also proceed to press criminal and civil charges,” the ministry warned.

The Foreign Affairs release states that by doing this they “reaffirm Argentina’s decision to defend the nation’s sovereign rights by any peaceful means possible – both legal and diplomatic- as well as the country’s natural resources, which belong to the Argentine people.”

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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Mar 30 – Apr 5, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 8 new projects and updated 45 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field development news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Mediterranean
Cooper Energy Preps Hammamet Appraisal
Apr 4, 2012 – Cooper Energy is preparing to drill the Hammamet West-3 well in the Bargou permit offshore Tunisia. The company has awarded a contract for well management services to AGR Petroleum, which includes planning and executing drilling operations and post well activity. Drilling of the Hammamet West-3 well is targeted to commence in 4Q 2012. Hammamet was discovered in 1967 and appraised in 1990.
Project Details: Hammamet West
Adira Energy to Explore Yitzhak, Gabriella Licenses
Apr 3, 2012 – Adira Energy is moving forward with plans to spud two exploration wells in late 2012 hoping to investigate Jurassic-aged fractured carbonates in the Syrian Arc structural trend, off the coast of Israel. The company said it is in the process of securing a rig to drill back-to-back wells in the Yitzhak and Gabriella licenses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Adira partnership will initially drill its first well within the Gabriella license to appraise a reservoir discovered by Isramco’s Yam-Yafo wildcat nearly two decades ago. The well tapped the Zohar formation, and flow rates at the time were about 800 bopd. The Gabriella prospect will be drilled in 394 feet (120 meters) of water to a target depth of about 16,076 feet (4,900 meters).
S. America – Brazil
Saipem Scores Gas Pipeline Gig for Lula Development
Mar 30, 2012 – Petrobras awarded Saipem a new E&C offshore contract in Brazil for the Lula development. The EPCI contract is for the gas export trunkline Rota Cabiunas, situated in the Santos Basin pre-salt region, approximately 186 miles (300 kilometers) off the coast of the State of Sao Paulo. The development comprises the engineering and procurement of subsea equipment, and the installation of a 236-mile-long (380-kilometer-long) pipeline with a 24-inch diameter, in a maximum water depth of 7,218 feet (2,200 meters). The pipeline will connect the central gathering manifold in the Lula field, in the Santos Basin, to the onshore Processing Plant of Cabiunas, located in the Macae district, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Work is slated for completion in 2Q2014.
Project Details: Lula (Tupi)
S. America – Other & Carib.
Desire Acquires 3D Data over Sea Lion Complex
Apr 3, 2012 – Desire Petroleum reported that a joint 3D seismic program with Rockhopper Exploration, using the Polarcus Nadia, was completed in May 2011. Overall, an additional 349,901 acres (1,416 square kilometers) of data was acquired within Desire’s licenses and adjacent open areas. The new seismic data is being integrated with reprocessing of the 2004 3D survey to provide a contiguous, merged volume over PL003, PL004 and most of PL005. The final processed 3D merge volume was delivered in early February 2012 and Desire says this will be the basis for a re-assessment of their prospect inventory. Results are expected later this year.
Project Details: Sea Lion
Shell to Appraise Zaedyus
Apr 3, 2012 – Northpet announced that the Zaedyus consortium plans to commence drilling in mid-2012 on the Guyane permit, to follow-up on the Zaedyus oil discovery in late 2011. Appraisal drilling is planned to delineate the discovery. Shell, who took over as operator of the license, has contracted the Stena DrillMax ICE (UDW drillship) to commence operations mid-year subject to government consent.
Project Details: Zaedyus
Europe – North Sea
Valiant Secures Rig Slot for Handcross Well
Apr 5, 2012 – Valiant Petroleum has entered into a contract to secure a firm rig slot on the Stena Carron (UDW drillship) to drill the Handcross prospect located in UK Block 204/18b. Drilling is expected to commence within the first quarter of 2013. The Handcross prospect is a large stratigraphic trap, similar to the nearby Foinaven and Schiehallion fields, which benefits from a number of geophysical anomalies interpreted to reflect the presence of hydrocarbons in Paleocene sands.
Project Details: Handcross
Eni Brings Marulk Online
Apr 5, 2012 – Eni has commenced production from the Marulk field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Marulk is Eni’s first operating field in Norway and is part of the PL 122 license held by Eni (20 percent) with Statoil (50 percent) and Dong (30 percent). Marulk is a gas and condensate field with estimated reserves of 74.7 million barrels of oil equivalent and produces 20,000 boepd.
Project Details: The Greater Norne Area
Caledonia Redevelopment Project Makes Headway
Apr 4, 2012 – The Caledonia field redevelopment project is progressing and sanctioning is expected in late 2012. First oil is targeted for 2012 with gas slated for 2014.
East, West Rochelle to Come Online by Year-End
Apr 4, 2012 – A processing tariff was agreed with the Scott owners and initial Rochelle modifications were made to the Scott topside facility during 2011. The development program has made good progress towards first gas from Rochelle in November 2012. The subsea fabrication work is on schedule and drilling rigs have been contracted to drill this summer.
Project Details: Rochelle
BG Dives Deep into Bream Development
Apr 3, 2012 – BG Group announced plans to conduct development drilling at its Bream oil field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Development plans call for seven wells. Drilling will commence in 4Q13 and last for about 13 months. The field was discovered in 1972.
Project Details: Bream
Cairn Energy Buys Agora Oil & Gas
Apr 3, 2012 – Cairn Energy has agreed to buy Norwegian oil firm Agora Oil & Gas as part of a strategy to balance its portfolio of assets. Cairn will pay $450 million for Agora, which holds several assets in the UK and Norwegian North Sea. Agora holds a 15 percent stake in the Catcher P1430 license in the Central North Sea and a 20 percent interest in the Tybalt P1632 license in the Northern North Sea, along with nine other licenses.
Project Details: Catcher
DONG Reviewing Ipswich Data
Apr 3, 2012 – Noreco reported that the Oselvar license consortium, which houses the Ipswich discovery, is currently reprocessing seismic data acquired from the license. This will improve the understanding of the size of the discovery and map a possible upside potential. Given a positive outcome of this study, plans will be made for further drilling. Ipswich was discovered in August 2008 when exploration well 1/3-11 and sidetrack 1/3-11 T2 on the Ipswich-prospect proved oil in rocks of Paleocene age.
Project Details: Ipswich
Lundin Looking to Appraise South East Tor Discovery
Apr 3, 2012 – Lundin plans to further appraise the South East Tor discovery in license PL006C in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Further appraisal drilling is required to delineate the reservoir and to better define the reserve base for a development plan. South East Tor was discovered in 1972 and appraised in 1988.
Project Details: South East Tor
Lundin Brings Gaupe Field Online
Apr 2, 2012 – Lundin Petroleum has commenced production at the Gaupe field located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Gaupe has estimated gross recoverable reserves of approximately 31 MMboe and is expected to produce about 6 Mboepd. The field is a cross-border subsea tie-back to the Armada platform, located in the UK sector of the North Sea, and will contribute to the doubling of production to 70,000 boepd in late 2015.
Project Details: Armada
Xcite Moves Forward with Bentley Development
Apr 2, 2012 – Xcite Energy reported that following the spudding of the Bentley 9/3b-7 well on March 18, 2012 by the jackup Rowan Norway (400′ ILC) good progress has been made in drilling the 36-inch hole. The 26-inch hole has been directionally drilled and the 20-inch surface casing has been set and cemented satisfactorily. Bently is under development with first oil slated for later this year.
Project Details: Bentley
Subsea 7 to Furnish Umbilicals, Flowlines for Cheviot Development
Apr 2, 2012 – ATP Oil & Gas awarded Subsea 7 a SURF contract for the Cheviot field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Cheviot field development will use a moored floating process facility which will import oil and gas from four satellite drill centers allowing oil to be exported via shuttle tankers and gas to be exported to a third party host facility. The contract scope includes the transportation and installation of flexible flowlines and risers, control umbilicals, a 2.6-mile-long (4.2-kilometer-long) 14-inch flexible oil export pipeline and a 30 mile-long (48 kilometer-long) 10-inch rigid gas pipeline, together with the fabrication and installation of associated subsea structures. The contract scope also includes post installation, trenching of the subsea lines, tie-in of the lines to the Octabuoy and drilling centers, testing and pre-commissioning activities for the entire field facilities. Offshore operations are slated to begin in 2014.
Project Details: Cheviot
Shell Grants EPCI Contract for Draugen Field
Apr 2, 2012 – Shell and Ocean Installer have signed a Letter of Intent for the development of the Draugen field. The contract covers the EPCI services for further development of the subsea infrastructure at the Draugen field, in the context of Shell drilling four infill wells for the purpose of increasing the ultimate recovery factor and accelerating oil production at the field. Ocean Installer will be responsible for all phases of the operation, from planning and engineering to installation and establishment of connections. This includes: procurement and installation of approximately 11.5 miles (18.5 kilometers) oil production and gas lift flexible flowlines and jumpers including pull-in to the Draugen platform, installation of approximately 13-mile-long (21-kilometer-long) umbilicals including pull-in to the Draugen platform; procurement and installation of a T-manifold and protection covers; supply of rock dump; and detailed engineering. The project is expected to start-up immediately and is planned for completion in 2014.
Project Details: Draugen
Noreco Spuds Eik Prospect
Mar 30, 2012 – Noreco has commenced drilling at exploration well 7228/1-4 on the Eik prospect in the Barents Sea. The well is being drilled by the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub). The partners in the license PL396 are Noreco (operator, 50 percent), Front Exploration (30 percent) and Petoro (20 percent).
Project Details: Eik
Total Mobilizing Rigs for Elgin Relief Well
Mar 30, 2012 – Total is mobilizing two rigs to drill a relief well in an attempt to halt a gas leak from the Elgin platform in the North Sea, according to the U.K Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The firm is also seeking a second solution of pumping heavy mud into the well, DECC added. “We believe the hydrocarbons are coming from a rock formation above the reservoir at a depth of 4,000 meters (13,120 feet),” a spokesperson for the firm told Rigzone. The Elgin/Franklin project has been shut-in since Monday, March 26.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
Aker Sails Goliat Subsea Manifolds to Field Location
Mar 30, 2012 – Aker Solutions has completed the manufacturing and load-out of eight subsea manifolds and six riser bases for Eni’s Goliat project in the Barents Sea. The load-out commenced on March 27, 2012. Aker Solutions’ Goliat contract, signed in September 2009, consisted of engineering, procurement and construction of a complete subsea production system. Subsea hardware deliveries include eight overtrawlable four-slot subsea templates with manifolds, wellheads system, 24 subsea trees, subsea and topside controls systems, 12 miles (20 kilometers) of steel tube umbilicals, work-over equipment and a tie-in and connection system. Goliat, the first oil field to be developed in the arctic waters of the Barents Sea, is scheduled to commence production in 2013. The field has a life expectancy of 15 years.
Project Details: Goliat
BP Augments Aker’s Maintenance, Modification Contract on Valhall
Mar 30, 2012 – BP will extend the maintenance and modification contract with Aker Solutions, exercising an option in the existing agreement for the Ula, Valhall, Skarv, Hod and Tambar fields. Work under the extended contract will last until April 2014. The original maintenance and modification contract was signed in 2005. Scope of work under the contract includes maintenance support services and brownfield modification projects covering engineering, procurement, fabrication and offshore installation. Maintenance and modification work will help to increase oil recovery rate and extend the life of BP’s fields.
Project Details: Valhall
N. America – US GOM
Technip to Install Lucius Subsea Equipment
Apr 5, 2012 – Technip received a lump sum contract from Anadarko for the development of the Lucius field. The contract covers installation of a flexible flowline; multiple flexible gas lift jumpers; main gas lift and infield umbilicals; subsea distribution units; electrical; fiber optic and hydraulic flying leads; design and fabrication of the flexible flowline end termination; fabrication and installation of rigid jumpers; burial of flowlines; and flooding and hydro-testing of the flowline system. Offshore installation will occur in 2013 and 2014.
Project Details: Lucius
Shell, Nexen Continue Winning Streak at Appomattox
Apr 2, 2012 – Shell has successfully drilled the northeast fault block of the Appomattox structure in the Gulf of Mexico. The company demonstrated contingent recoverable resource in the northeast block of approximately 215 MMboe, with a range of 120 to 370 MMboe of light oil. Future planned appraisal drilling will further refine this range.
Project Details: Appomattox
Asia – SouthEast
Premier Oil Performs Workover Ops on Anoa Field
Apr 4, 2012 – Premier Oil performed workovers on the A7 and A11 wells on the Anoa field, which added a further 30 MMcf/d of gas deliverability. A new oil well (A22) was successfully completed, which added around 1,500 bopd of incremental oil production. A three-well drilling campaign on the field’s West Lobe platform progressed well and included the discovery of new reserves in the deeper Lama reservoir below Anoa. In order to upgrade the compression facilities and to increase production capacity on the producing Anoa field, a major ‘brown-field’ development project has been sanctioned, extending the assumed field plateau and developing some 200 Bcf of gross field reserves. This project, known as Anoa Phase 4, will be completed in 2013.
Premier to Bring Additional Wells Online at Chim Sao
Apr 4, 2012 – Premier Oil reported that by year-end 2011, close to 2 MMboe had been produced from six production wells on the Chim Sao field, which came online in October 2011. An additional three production wells will be available to come on-stream in early 2012 when the four-well water injection system will come online. Furthermore, a well deepened into the Oligocene directly beneath the main field proved an estimated 56 feet (17 meters) of net hydrocarbon-bearing pay, and an additional well to be drilled in early 2012 will accelerate production from a shallow reservoir that has larger reserves than initially estimated. The CS-N2P well, a development production well for the Chim Sao project, intersected the shallow part of a previously undrilled fault terrace to the northwest of the Chim Sao field. The well encountered a 66 feet (20 meter) oil column in an independent closure within good quality Upper Dua sandstones. The plan is to further appraise this new accumulation in 2012 as a near-field tie-back opportunity.
Project Details: Chim Sao
Galoc Field Recommences Production
Apr 2, 2012 – Otto Energy has recommenced production at the Galoc oil field offshore Palawan in the Philippines following a planned shutdown for refurbishment of the FPSO. During the shutdown, the FPSO Rubicon Intrepid underwent planned re-certification, maintenance, inspection and turret installation work. Otto said the upgrade of the FPSO mooring system should increase the reliability and uptime of the FPSO and is a crucial component of infrastructure to enable the Galoc Joint Venture to move ahead with a potential phase II development of the Galoc field.
Project Details: Galoc
Australia
ConocoPhillips Spuds Boreas
Apr 5, 2012 – ConocoPhillips has spud the Boreas-1 well in the Browse Basin offshore Australia. The well is located on a large tilted fault block which is part of the northeast trending structural high of the greater Poseidon structure. The objective of the well is to test the extent, presence and quality of reservoirs within the Boreas-1 fault block. ConocoPhillips is using the Transocean Legend semisub for the entire drilling campaign (consisting of five wells), which is expected to continue through 2013. The principal objective of the exploration program is to better define the size and quality of the hydrocarbon accumulation within the exploration permits which contain the greater Poseidon trend.
Project Details: Boreas
Africa – West
Chariot O&G Spuds Tapir South
Apr 5, 2012 – Chariot O&G has commenced exploratory drilling on well 1811/5-1 at its Tapir South prospect offshore Namibia. Drilling operations are being performed by the Maersk Deliverer (UDW semisub). The prospect has a 25 percent chance of success and a mean un-risked prospective resource potential of 604 million barrels of oil.
Project Details: Tapir South
Rialto Encounters Drilling Problems at Gazelle-P3 Well
Apr 2, 2012 – Rialto Energy reported that while drilling the Gazelle-P3 development well, the drill-pipe became stuck. The drilling contractor, Transocean, is currently trying to rectify the rig equipment that encountered mechanical problems while trying to free the drill-pipe. It is estimated that the repairs to the rig and the subsequent operations to remedy the stuck-pipe situation will take two weeks, after which normal drilling operations will resume.
Project Details: Gazelle
Africa – Other
Anadarko Hits Additional Gas Pay in Rovuma Basin
Apr 4, 2012 – Anadarko made another gas find in the Rovuma Basin offshore Mozambique at its Barquentine-4 appraisal well. The Barquentine-4 well encountered 525 net feet (160 meters) of natural gas pay. This is the company’s ninth successful well in the complex, which is part of the larger Prosperidade complex that is estimated to hold recoverable resources of between 17 and 30 Tcf of gas. Drilling is slated to end in July 2012. The well is situated about 19 miles (31 kilometers) north of the Lagosta discovery well at the southern end of the Windjammer/Lagosta/Barquentine/Camarao gas complex.
Project Details: Barquentine
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