GLOBAL E&P Jeremy Beckman • London
Husky Energy has contracted the consortium of SNL-Lavalin, Draga-
dos Canada, and Pennecon to build a concrete gravity structure for
the wellhead platform for the West White Rose field, 350 km (217 mi)
offshore Newfoundland. A purpose-built dock in Argentia, southwest
Newfoundland, will assemble the 145-m (476-ft) tall structure, which
will feature 76,000 cu m ( 2.69 MMcf) of concrete and which is due to be
completed in 2021. Husky has also contracted the heavy-transport vessel
Dockwise Vanguard to deliver the barge containing the topsides from
the fabrication yard in Texas, while TechnipFMC will supply and install
the subsea facilities linking the platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO.
BP has produced first gas from Juniper, the company’s first subsea
development offshore Trinidad. The Juniper platform, built at the La
Brea yard, is 80 km ( 49. 7 mi) offshore the island’s southeast coast, in
110 m (361 ft) of water. Incoming gas from the Corallita and Lantana
fields is subsequently exported through a new 10-km ( 6.2-mi) flowline
to the Mahogany B hub. The project should raise BP Trinidad and
Tobago’s production capacity by 590 MMcf/d.
Shell and Petrobras have signed a memorandum of understanding
concerning collaborative work on presalt fields offshore Brazil. Under the five-year agreement, Petrobras will share its experience and
initiatives on various pre- and post-salt projects, while Shell will bring
global deepwater experience, including application of novel technologies. The two parties are already partners in five field developments
in the Santos basin.
Petrobras has made its first commercial presalt oil find in the
Marlim Sul area of the Campos basin. The well on the Poraquê Alto
prospect, drilled 115 km (71.5 mi) offshore Rio de Janeiro state in
1,107 m ( 3,632 ft) of water, encountered various carbonate reservoirs
said to be thick with oil presence. Infrastructure in the area should
Brazil’s Environment Agency Ibama has vetoed Total’s second
application to start deepwater drilling in the Foz do Amazonas basin
offshore northern Brazil. Ibama reportedly cited inadequate informa-
tion on the environmental impact of the project, with potential risks
to other countries in the area in the event of an oil spill.
The ultra-deepwater drillship Saipem 12000 will spud Eni’s first
exploratory well offshore Morocco next spring on the Rabat Deep
offshore permit. According to partner Chariot Oil & Gas, the rig will
drill the large JP- 1 prospect targeting Jurassic carbonate reservoirs
that could hold 768 MMbbl of resources.
BP has commissioned KBR to conduct pre-front-end engineering
and design (FEED) and other services for the Tortue gas field devel-
opment offshore Mauritania and Senegal. This covers design of the
subsea, pre-treatment facility, the associated inshore hub/terminal,
and floating liquid natural gas (FLNG) interfaces. BP and partner
Kosmos Energy expect to take a final investment decision (FID) next
year, with a view to producing first gas in 2021.
Detailed planning has started for a phased development of the
563-MMbbl deepwater SNE oilfield offshore Senegal. The base con-
cept, according to current operator Cairn Energy, involves a stand-
alone FPSO connected in the first phase to 25 wells and targeting
240 MMbbl, mainly in the S500 lower reservoirs, with 40 more wells
added during subsequent phases. The production capacity of the
floater could be up to 125,000 b/d. FEED should get under way next
year followed by an FID for the project later in 2018, at which point
Woodside Energy is due to take over as operator. Cairn anticipates
start-up some time during 2021-23.
Ophir, OneLNG, GEPetrol, and the Ministry of Mines and Hydro-
carbons have selected Gunvor Group as the preferred offtake buyer
for the Fortuna FLNG project offshore Equatorial Guinea. Gunvor has
pledged to take the full 2. 2 MMt/yr ( 2. 42 MMt/yr) contract capacity
of the Gandria FLNG vessel for 10 years. Assuming the partners can
complete project funding, they should be in position to take an FID
Spectrum and Gabon’s Generale des Hydrocarbures (DGH) are
analyzing results from the recently completed first phase of the multi-
client 11,400-sq km ( 4,401-sq mi) 3D Gabon South sur vey. This covered
the offshore Gryphon blocks, in water depths of 28-850 m (92-2,789
ft). Spectrum aims to provide better-quality imaging of this little ex-
plored area, said to be on trend with new discoveries off neighboring
Congo, thereby speeding up preparations for future licensing rounds.
Eni has contracted Saipem to supply and install further umbilicals,
risers and flowlines for the deepwater West Hub development, 130
km (81 mi) west of Soyo in block 15/06 offshore Angola.
Statoil has farmed into two frontier exploration blocks offshore
South Africa. The company has taken a 35% stake in the Transkei
Algoa Exploration Right 12/3/252 from operator ExxonMobil, and
assumed operatorship with a 90% interest in the East Algoa Explora-
tion Right 12/3/257 from OK Energy. Water depths at Transkei Algoa
extend out to 3,000 m ( 9,842 ft), while the combined acreage of the
two blocks is 54,300 sq km ( 20,965 sq mi).
GSP Offshore’s jackup GSP Uranus has started drilling for OMV
in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea, under a five-year frame
agreement. Later this year the rig will break off from the program to
drill in the same sector for Bucharest-based Black Sea Oil and Gas.
Statoil’s exploration acreage offshore South Africa. (Courtesy Statoil)