Tunisia. The company now plans to drill the Dougga Sud well using
the drillship Globetrotter II and to conduct productivity testing of the
Dougga gas/condensate reservoirs.
Netherlands Sewell and Associates estimates potential resources on
Energean’s two shallow-water blocks offshore Montenegro (4218-30
and 4219-26) at 1. 8 tcf of gas and 114 MMbbl of liquids. Following this
initial analysis Energean plans a 3D seismic survey over the blocks
next year, and further G&G studies.
Total, Edison, and Hellenic Petroleum have signed a lease agree-
ment covering exploration rights to block 2 in the Ionian Sea offshore
southern Greece. Hellenic expected Greece’s government to also
announce a new tender for the offshore areas north and west of Crete.
Eni and Total are reportedly looking to drill an exploratory well in
block 6 offshore southern Cyprus. Their previous joint well last sum-
mer on offshore block 11 is said to have encountered sub-commercial
Both companies, under a consortium with JSC Novatek, have also
applied for blocks 4 and 9 under Lebanon’s first offshore licensing
Saudi Aramco has awarded contracts for incremental developments
offshore Saudi Arabia. For the Safaniyah field, NPCC will supply a
new tie-in platform to serve as an extra hub for future wellhead instal-
lations, and an associated subsea power cable and export pipeline to
the onshore GOSP- 1 complex. McDermott International is building
10 new slipover platforms for the South Safaniya field, designed to
enhance oil production from Safaniyah, and an electrical distribution
platform that will generate power for the slipover platforms’ electric
Jacobs Engineering has an engineering contract for the offshore
Zuluf field. The scope includes water injection and wellhead platforms,
trunklines and flowlines and an onshore complex that will process
600 MMb/d of heavy Arab crude, with additional facilities for gas/
oil separation and gas compression.
ADOC/Cosmo Abu Dhabi Energy Exploration & Production Co.,
owned by Spain’s Cepsa and Japan’s Cosmo Oil, has delivered first oil
from the shallow-water Hail field in the ADOC concession offshore
Abu Dhabi. The 10-well development called for construction of an
artificial island linked via a subsea pipeline to production/export
facilities on Mubarraz Island.
Khazar Exploration and Production Co. and Norway’s Offshore
Resource Group have agreed to jointly study development of the
deepwater Sardar-e Jangal oil and gas field in the southern Caspian
Sea offshore Iran.
ONGC has discovered two new oil and gas accumulations in the
G- 1 PML concession in the KG basin offshore eastern India. Both the
G- 1-15 and GS- 29-8 Sub wells produced hydrocarbons during tests of
intervals in the Godavari Clay (Pliocene) formation.
Reliance Industries has provisionally awarded McDermott Inter-
national an EPCI contract for the KG-D6 subsea project in the KG
basin. This covers subsea flowlines, vent lines, an MEG line, risers,
umbilicals, and other subsea structures linked to six subsea wells
in the R-cluster field in water depths of up to 2,100 m ( 6,890 ft). The
scope could be extended to five to seven further subsea wells for the
Satellite-Cluster gas and oil fields.
KrisEnergy’s Phase 1A program for Apsara, Cambodia’s first offshore oil field development, calls for a single unmanned, 24-slot wellhead platform connected to a moored production barge. The vessel
will be designed to process up to 30,000 b/d, and will also feature gas/
oil/water separation facilities. Produced oil will be exported through
a 1.5-km (0.9-mi) pipeline to a permanently moored FSO. Apsara is
in the block A contract area in the Khmer basin, where water depths
range from 50-80 m (164-262 ft).
SOCO has secured a 70% operated interest in blocks 125 and 126
in the Phu Kanh basin offshore central Vietnam, under a PSC with
SOVICO Holdings and PetroVietnam. The partners are hoping to
prove oil: initial commitments include reprocessing and interpreta-
tion of existing seismic.
Murphy Oil has achieved its second oil discover y this year offshore
Vietnam with the CM-1X well in the Nam Con Son basin. The company
also plans exploratory drilling in the nearby offshore Cuu Long basin.
TechnipFMC has won a subsea EPCI contract from Murphy for
the Phase 1a block H gas development in 1,300 m ( 4,265 ft) water
depth offshore Sabah, Malaysia. This covers umbilicals, risers and
flowlines and transport/installation of subsea hardware.
Repsol has installed its second new platform this year in Malaysian
waters. The facility is designed to raise production from the PM3
block by around 160 MMcf/d. In June the company installed the
Husky Energy aims to initiate construction next year of facilities for
the Liuhua 29-1 deepwater gas field development, serving the Liwan
Gas Project in the South China Sea. Production will head through
existing subsea infrastructure to the onshore Gaolan complex.
CGG Multi-Physics has been acquiring a 60,700-sq km ( 23,436-sq mi)
airborne gravity, gravity-gradiometry and magnetics survey for Seismic
Searcher over nearshore areas along Papua New Guinea’s south coast.
Results of the Roho survey, performed from a BT- 67 twin turbine aircraft, should assist exploration for hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Papua.
INPEX has secured a 100% operated interest in the WA-532-P ex-
ploration permit offshore Western Australia, close to the company’s
Ichthys field development. •
Energean’s blocks offshore Montenegro. (Map courtesy Energean)