The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum
Board (C-NLOPB) has allowed Husky Energy to resume operations
on the SeaRose FPSO, stationed at the White Rose field, 217 mi (350
km) southeast of Newfoundland. This follows an order to shut down
the facility because of an iceberg incident last March, when 84 personnel and around 340,000 bbl of crude were onboard. Husky said
it would comply with C-NLOPB’s directives to put in place new ice
management measures before restoring the vessel to full operation.
ExxonMobil has added a sixth substantial oil discover y to its stock-
pile in the deepwater Stabroek block off Guyana. The Ranger- 1 well,
drilled from the drillship Stena Carron, encountered 230 ft (70 m) of
oil-bearing carbonate reservoir in a water depth of 8,973 ft ( 6,450 m),
also proving a new play concept for the block, ExxonMobil claimed.
The rig was next due to spud a well on the Pacora prospect, 4 mi ( 6. 4
km) from the Payara discovery.
Petrobras has signed a memorandum of understanding with Exx-
onMobil to jointly assess potential business opportunities. This would
involve pooling their expertise across the entire oil and gas value chain,
including exploration and production, both in Brazil and elsewhere.
Petrobras has completed certain conditions of another strategic
alliance signed last March, transferring a 35%
operating stake to Total in the producing Lapa
field in block BM-S-9A in the presalt Santos
basin; and ceding a 22.5% interest in the Iara
area fields in block BM-S-11A, again to Total.
The transaction is valued at around $1.95 billion. Lapa came onstream in late 2016 via the
100,000 b/d FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba,
while the Berbigao-Sururu fields in the Iara area
should start producing later this year through
the 150,000 b/d P-68 FPSO.
Total is also with Petrobras in a consortium
developing the deepwater Libra field, 112 mi
(180 km) from the coast of Rio de Janeiro in the
presalt Santos basin. Here the partners have
committed to the first large-scale development
phase on the northwest part of the block, based
around the newbuild FPSO Mero 1 with 17 wells
producing 150,000 b/d of oil. After this facility comes onstream in 2021,
the partners plan to commission at least three further floaters to boost
output from Libra to around 600,000 b/d.
Statoil is set to triple its Brazilian production after agreeing to acquire
a 25% interest from Petrobras in the Roncador oil and gas field in the
northern Campos basin for an initial payment of $2.35 billion. Roncador,
which has been developed with four production units, has an estimated
1 Bboe-plus still to be extracted, and Statoil will look to apply its experi-
ence with IOR projects offshore Norway to improve recovery further.
Tullow Oil has agreed to terms for six blocks offshore Peru spanning
a total area of 10,811 sq mi ( 28,000 sq km). Following negotiations
with Perupetro, the company is set to take a 100% interest in blocks
Z- 64 to Z-68 and to farm into 35% of Z- 38 from Karoon Gas Australia.
A well could follow next year on the Marina prospect in Z- 38.
Eni has taken a 75% operated stake in Morocco’s Tarfaya Offshore
Shallow exploration permits I-XII. These cover 9,228 sq mi ( 23,900
sq km) in the Atlantic Ocean in water depths from 0-3,281 ft (0-1,000
m). Eni views the acreage as prospective for liquid hydrocarbons.
Total, BP, and Kosmos Energy have farmed into 85% of Tullow Oil’s
interest in block C- 18 offshore Mauritania. As the new operator, Total
has already commissioned a 3,475-sq mi ( 9,000-sq km) 3D seismic
survey, due to be completed in the current quarter.
The deepwater drillship Maersk Venturer should have started a four-
year development drilling contract for Tullow offshore Ghana. The
assignment is to complete drilling on the TEN fields, which had been
suspended pending a ruling on Ghana’s maritime boundary with Côte
d’Ivoire, and to drill the Jubilee full field development wells. Tullow and
its partners may opt to bring in a second rig to speed up the campaign.
ExxonMobil has reportedly discovered oil in the Avestruz prospect
in block EG-06 off Equatorial Guinea. The location is close the com-
pany’s Zafiro field and around 99 mi (160 km) from the capital Malabo.
CIME Ser vices is assisting Tower Resources with preparation of an
environmental and social impact assessment for drilling of multiple
wells on Cameroon’s offshore Thali license. Tower aims to start
drilling later this year.
Spectrum and China Oilfield Ser vices have started the next phase of
a shallow-water 3D multi-client seismic campaign over little-explored
blocks offshore Gabon. The country’s Direc-
tion Generale des Hydrocarbures, which is a
par tner in the survey, aims to make the blocks
available in future shallow-water licensing
rounds. The program includes up to 2,124 sq
mi ( 5,500 sq km) of long-offset broadband data.
Black Sea/Caspian Sea
ALE has loaded out the 3,200-ton topsides for
a new satellite platform for Lukoil’s Y.Korchagin
oilfield in the Russian sector of the Caspian
Sea. The structure was first jacked to a height
of 4. 9 ft ( 1. 5 m) at the yard in Astrakhan with
skid beams then inserted between the topsides
and deck-support frame. It was then loaded onto
a transport barge using strand and break-out
Lukoil’s new Y.Korchagin platform in Astrakhan.
(Photo courtesy ALE)
The Lapa/Iara area fields offshore Brazil. (Map courtesy Total)