South Stream Transport has commissioned Petrofac to develop
a reception terminal near Kiyiköy in Turkey for the TurkStream
pipeline system. Allseas vessels have been working on the deepwater
and shallow-water sections this summer. The system will transport
supplies of gas from Russian onshore fields gas through the Black
Sea to Turkey. The terminal, due to start operations in late-2019, will
receive 31. 5 bcm/yr.
Greece’s government has approved Energean Oil & Gas’ proposals
to develop the 11-MMboe recoverable Kataloko field offshore western
Greece via extended reach wells from an onshore drilling site. State-owned Public Petroleum Corp. discovered the field in the early 1980s.
Energean aims to start drilling in 2019 followed by first oil a year later.
Israel’s Energy Minister has agreed to extend the validity of the
offshore Alon license by 32 months. In return, operator Noble Energy
and partner Delek Group must commit to an environmental survey
over the area and exploratory drilling within a reasonable timeframe.
Petrobel has contracted Baker Hughes, a GE company for a subsea
production system for the deepwater Zohr gas field offshore Egypt.
This will include the first delivery ( 10) of BHGE’s e-EHXT trees,
designed in collaboration with Eni, a partner in Petrobel, as part of
a standardization program based on experience from previous Eni
deepwater field developments elsewhere in Africa.
KBR has won contracts from Occidental and OMV, on behalf of
ADNOC, for two new gas projects offshore Abu Dhabi. One calls for
management of the FEED for the Dalma field development, part of
ADNOC’s gas master plan to increase its production. KBR will also
provide FEED and detailed design of the Hail and Ghasha Islands
project, designed to produce around 1 bcf/d of sour gas. The program
will include construction of at least 11 offshore artificial islands.
Saudi Aramco has re-activated the mothballed Zuluf Gas-Oil Separa-
tion Plant (GOSP- 3). The offshore Zuluf field was discovered in 1965,
but Aramco decided to take the GOSP- 3 facilities offline in 1996 due
to low demand for Arabian medium crude oil at the time. A 48-strong
rehabilitation team worked round-the-clock for months on the offshore
platforms for the plant, which separates gas from produced oil, pump-
ing it to process centers onshore Saudi Arabia for further processing.
Azerbaijan’s government has authorized an amended and re-stated
version of the development and production-sharing agreement (PSA)
for the ACG fields in the Caspian Sea. Assuming ratification by the
country’s parliament, BP will remain operator in partnership with
seven other IOCs, but with state-owned SOCAR more than doubling
its share in the PSA to 25%. The new agreement runs for 32 years
and could entail a further $40 billion of capex investments, including
an additional production platform in the near term.
Lukoil has handed Bumi Armada Caspian LLC further EPCI work
for the V.Filanovsky field development in the Russian sector. T wo of the
contractor’s subsea construction vessels will install 20 km ( 12 mi) of
pipelines and perform post-trenching and backfill works. The $134-mil-
lion program should be completed during the second half of 2018.
Singapore-based KrisEnergy has signed fiscal and technical agree-
ments with Cambodia’s government for Apsara, the country’s first
offshore oilfield development, in block A in the Gulf of Thailand. Initial
plans calls for installation of a 24-slot unmanned wellhead platform
in relatively shallow water, exporting to a moored production barge
with processing capacity of up to 30,000 b/d of fluids, and gas/oil/
water separation facilities. Produced oil will head through a 1.5-km
(0.9-mi) pipeline to a permanently moored offshore storage vessel.
Up to nine more platforms could be added under two later phases.
WesternGeco’s WG Vespucci has conducted a ‘hybrid’ 3D seismic
survey for Roc Oil offshore Sarawak. The vessel acquired around
the data using a triple source array with simultaneous recording
by ocean-bottom nodes and towed streamers – normally, multiple
vessels and crews would have been needed for such a campaign, at
much higher cost.
SK has signed a production-sharing contract with CNOOC for block
17/08 in the Pearl River Mouth basin area of the South China Sea.
The South Korean company will operate the 466-sq km (180-sq mi)
block, in water depths of 100-130 m (329-426 ft), during the explora-
tion phase, with CNOOC taking a majority interest if development
should follow of any discoveries.
Aqualis Offshore has supervised mooring of the FPSO Ichthys
Venturer for INPEX’s Ichthys gas project in 250 m (820 ft) of water
in the Browse basin, 220 km (137 mi) off the north coast of Western
Australia. The 336-m ( 1,102-ft) long, 59-m (193-ft) wide weather vaning
vessel, built in South Korea, will be able to store up to 1. 12 MMbbl
of condensate exported from the Ichthys Explorer semisubmersible
process platform, and is designed to operate in a cyclonic environment for 40 years.
Woodside Energy has brought onstream the Persephone gas
development as the latest phase of the North West Shelf (NWS)
project, 140 km (87 mi) northwest of Karratha, Western Australia.
Two subsea wells in 125 m (410 ft) of water have been tied back via
a 7-km ( 4.3-mi) flowline to the Rankin complex.
Elsewhere in the region, Woodside expected operations to start
soon at the LNG Train 1 of the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG
project, with gas supplied from an offshore platform. The Browse Joint
Venture and NWS partners are evaluating use of NWS infrastructure
to process Browse basin gas resources, Woodside added.
Cooper Energy has committed to the Sole gas project in the
Gippsland basin offshore Victoria, after securing the required finance.
The Sole field, 65 km ( 40. 4 mi) offshore in the VIC/L32 permit, is
under development via a subsea tieback to the shore-based Orbost
Gas Plant. Cooper has negotiated long-term agreements for around
75% of the gas with three Australian buyers. •
The FPSO Ichthys Venturer moored offshore
northwest Australia. (Courtesy INPEX)