GLOBAL E&P Jeremy Beckman • London
Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) is looking
to appoint a joint venture, including two operators, for the 480-MMb-
bl Trion light oil field development in the Perdido Fold Belt, according to Reuters. This would be the country’s first major deepwater
project, with an estimated cost of $11 billion. Successful bidders
from this December auction, which also takes in 10 other deepwater
fields, would partner with PEMEX for the project.
Lakach, Mexico’s first subsea/deepwater development, is making
progress with Dutch contractors Frames and Mokveld delivering two
modular high integrity pressure protection systems – the first certified
HIPPS in the Mexican sector – for the field’s gas collection station.
McDermott International expected to complete fabrication this
month of the 7,500-ton jacket for PEMEX’s Ayatsil C project in the
shallow-water Mexican sector. The DB 50 vessel should install the
structure later this year.
Anadarko plans to resume exploratory drilling later this year on
the Purple Angel block offshore western Colombia. The well will
test objectives similar to those that delivered gas at the company’s
Kronos discovery in 2015.
ExxonMobil spudded the Skipjack exploration last month offshore
Guyana, 25 mi ( 40 km) northwest of the deepwater Liza discovery. Re-
sults from recent appraisal drilling on Liza suggest a recoverable re-
source in the range of 800-1,400 MMboe, according to partner Hess.
Petrobras is poised to sell its 66% operated interest in deepwater block
BM-S- 8 in the Santos basin off Brazil to Statoil. The block includes a large
chunk of the Carcará oil and associated gas field, discovered in 2012,
which is on the same geological trend as the nearby Lula and Libra fields.
Statoil estimates recoverable volumes at 700-1,300 MMboe, with exploration upside where the field extends to open acreage in the north that is
set to be offered next year under a licensing round. The two companies
are also discussing a long-term cooperation in the offshore Campos and
Espirito basins and on gas technology projects in the Santos basin.
Woodside Energy has offered $350 million for ConocoPhillips’
interests offshore Senegal which include a 35% stake in the PSC for
the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore, and Sangomar Deep
Offshore blocks. To date, the Cairn-led consortium has discovered
an estimated 560 MMbbl of oil in the deepwater SNE and FAN structures. Assuming the transaction clears, Woodside could operate any
future development. For ConocoPhillips, the deal accords with its
strategy of exiting deepwater exploration off West Africa.
Tullow Oil has redesigned its Greater Jubilee full field development
plan, taking in undeveloped oil discoveries within tieback range of the
Jubilee FPSO offshore Ghana. The revised scheme entails reduced
capex and provides flexibility on the timing of investments – the com-
pany expects approval from the government in mid-2017.
Sea Trucks has installed the main facilities for Chevron’s Sonam field
development in 7-66 m (23-216 ft) of water in Nigeria’s OML 91 conces-
sion, using the vessels Jascon 25 and Jascon 30. The program included
transporting and installing the Okan PRP jacket and deck and laying a
32-km ( 19.9-mi) pipeline between Okan and the Sonam NWP platform.
Marathon Oil has produced first gas through the new Alba B3
compression platform offshore Equatorial Guinea. The facility should
allow the company to extract around 130 MMboe of reserves and extend the Alba field’s life by up to eight years. Heerema Fabrication
Group managed the construction, with an Equatoguinean company
supplying the platform’s flare and connecting bridge structures.
Ocean Installer has a contract to procure and install a chain mooring spread for a floating storage unit in Marsaxlokk Bay, offshore
Malta. ElectroGas Malta has commissioned the facility to provide
regasified LNG to power electricity generators at the onshore Deli-mara power station.
Eight companies have reportedly bid for three blocks offered un-
der Cyprus’ third licensing round. The bidders included a Capricorn
Oil-led consortium that included Avner Oil and Delek Drilling, both
partners in Noble’s Aphrodite deepwater gas discovery in block 12.
The newly offered block 8 is north of Aphrodite while blocks 6 and
10 are to the west.
Lebanon is considering reviving the country’s first offshore li-
censing round, which has stalled over the past two years for various
reasons. According to Spectrum Geo, which performed geoscience
studies for the round, the government’s next steps could be to ap-
prove two decrees delineating the offshore area into 10 blocks and
ratifying the model exploration and production agreement between
the government and the successful bidders. Twelve majors were
pre-qualified as potential operators when the Lebanese Petroleum
Administration launched the bidding qualification process in 2013.
LUKOIL aimed to start production this month from its V.Filanovsky
field development in the Russian (northern) Caspian. Structures for the
jacket for the second ice-resistant fixed platform departed the Galaktika
shipyard in Astrakhan in August for installation offshore. This platform
will be used for drilling wells during the second phase of development.
SapuraKencana TL Offshore will lay the offshore section of the
Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) that will take gas
from the Shah Deniz field in the Azeri sector of the Caspian to south-
ern Europe. This will involve installing pipelines and fiber-optic ca-
Santos basin discoveries, including Carcará. (Map courtesy Statoil)