Greenland will reportedly resume offshore licensing next year,
offering concessions in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait off the country’s
BHP and PEMEX have submitted an exploration and appraisal
plan for the deepwater Trion area license to the Mexican authorities.
ExxonMobil and its partners plan to drill an appraisal well next
year on the Turbot oil discovery in the deepwater Stabroek block
Off neighboring Suriname, Statoil’s first well on block 54 has
proven the presence of gas/condensate, according to partner Tullow
Oil, although the find was sub-commercial. The drillship Noble Bob
Douglas has since P&A’d the well, in 1,000 m ( 3,281 ft) water depth.
Peru’s government has awarded Anadarko a seven-year exploration
license covering three deepwater blocks in the Trujillo basin. The
initial program includes reprocessing existing seismic and retrieving
piston cores from the seabed for analysis.
Petrobras has awarded MODEC a 21-year firm charter and opera-
tions contract for an FPSO to serve the Sépia development in 2,200 m
( 7,218 ft) water depth in the presalt Santos basin. MODEC will sup-
ply the vessel, topsides processing and hull/marine systems, while
the company’s subsidiary SOFEC will provide the spread mooring
system. The FPSO will be designed to process 180,000 b/d of oil
and 212 MMcf/d of gas, with a crude storage capacity of 1. 4 MMbbl.
Various major oil companies have secured new blocks in the pre-
salt Santos basin under Brazil’s latest lease rounds. Petrobras and
BP were jointly awarded PSCs for the Alto de Cabo Frio Central and
Peroba blocks. Shell joined Petrobras in the Entorno de Sapinhoá
block in the central part of the basin, adjacent to the Sapinhoá field
development. Shell also bid successfully for Alto de Cabo Frio – West
and another block close to its Gato de Mato field.
Statoil, ExxonMobil, and Petrogal were jointly the high bidders for
Carcará North, while ExxonMobil, in partnership with Murphy Oil
and Brazil’s QGEP, secured the SEAL-M-501 and SEAL-M-503 blocks
in the deepwater Sergipe-Alagoas basin.
BP and Petrobras have signed a letter of intent to jointly pursue
business opportunities in Brazil and elsewhere, including in upstream
and gas transportation sectors. The agreement could extend to tech-
Sierra Leone will stage its 4th Offshore Petroleum Licensing Round during the first half of next year. Getech Group subsidiary ERCL has compiled
data-sets with the country’s Petroleum Directorate for interested parties to
view in Freetown and London, including 2D and 3D seismic and analysis
of all prior wells drilled during 2009-13, four of which led to discoveries.
Ghana’s government has approved Tullow Oil’s Greater Jubilee full
field development plan, which involves measures to extend the life of
the deepwater Jubilee field and drilling wells to tie in production from
the undeveloped Mahogany and Teak accumulations. Tullow expected
to contract a rig for this project and the final wells on its nearby TEN
development. Drilling had been suspended prior to the recent ruling
on a maritime border dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
Eni expects to start gas production next year from its recently
onstream Offshore Cape Three Points block off western Ghana. This,
the company claimed, is the first deepwater non-associated gas development in sub-Saharan Africa in which the gas is dedicated solely to
the domestic market. It could eventually generate 1. 5 MW of power at
new facilities onshore Ghana.
Total’s FPSO Egina is on its way to Lagos for completion of topsides
fabrication and integration. The 330-m ( 1,083-ft) long vessel, with an
oil storage capacity of 2. 3 MMbbl, was built at the Samsung Heavy
Industries yard in Geoje Island, South Korea. It will eventually be
installed at the Egina field location in 1,750 m ( 5,741 ft) of water, 130
km (81 mi) offshore Nigeria, with start-up scheduled for late 2018.
Petrobras, a partner in Egina, has put up for sale its equity interest
in this project, Nigeria’s deepwater Agbami and Akpo oil field developments, and the Preowei discovery. Combined net production from
these fields should reach 75,000 b/d in 2019.
Kosmos Energy and Trident Energy have agreed to buy Hess’ interests
in the producing Ceiba and Okume complex of fields off Equatorial Guinea,
and a stake in three adjacent exploration licenses. Under the $650-million
arrangement, Kosmos’ main role would be to manage exploration and
subsurface studies, while Trident, a new company supported by Warburg
Pincus, would be responsible for production optimization.
Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas has taken the initial steps to drill an explo-
ration well on the Osprey prospect in 500 m ( 1,640 ft) water depth in
the PEL30 ‘Cooper’ block in Namibia’s Walvis basin. The company’s
application for environmental clearance follows interpretation of an
extensive 3D survey by PGS over the acreage.
Total has agreed to farm into 70% of UK independent Impact Oil
& Gas’ interest in the ultra-deepwater block 2913B, adjacent to the
maritime boundary with South Africa; and 77.8% of Impact’s Orange
Basin Deep Technical Co-operation Permit off South Africa’s west
coast. In both concessions the main features under review are oil-
prospective structures at Cretaceous level.
ADX Energy subsidiary Alpine Oil and Gas has received permission to vary work commitments on the Kerkouane license offshore
Carcará North block in the Santos basin. (Map courtesy Statoil)