jacks, to be followed by offshore skidding of the topsides on the platform’s substructure during float-over operations to the field location.
Saipem’s semisub Scarabeo 9 has been drilling Russia’s first ever
deepwater well in the Black Sea, for the Rosneft/Eni partnership.
Prior studies had indicated geological traps could be present in water
depths beyond 6,562 ft ( 2,000 m). The well was targeting oil from
the Maria prospect, with a designed depth of 20,098 ft ( 6,126 m). To
safeguard against environmental incidents, the rig’s subsea capping
system had been fitted with seven BOPs.
The BP-led Azerbaijan International Oil Co. (AIOC) has contracted the
KBR/Socar joint venture to perform front-end engineering design (FEED)
for a new production, drilling and quarters platform for the Azeri Central
East (ACE) development in the Caspian Sea. The JV will also provide
FEED services for associated brownfield tie-ins and subsea facilities.
Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy and KazMunia Gas have granted
Eni a 50% interest in the Isatay block in the Kazakh sector of the Cas-
pian. Eni said the combination of the block’s relatively straightfor ward
geology and potentially significant hydrocarbon resources should
ease development of any commercial discoveries.
BM T and Metocean Services International are deploying an environ-
mental monitoring system and developing metocean criteria to assist
design of the floating storage and regasification unit Alexandroupolis
for Gastrade. This will form part of the Alexandroupolis Independent
Natural Gas System, and will be moored in 132 ft ( 40 m) of water in
the northern Aegean Sea offshore Greece. It will be connected to the
shore via a 15-mi (24-km) subsea pipeline.
Energean has secured five new exploration licenses under the
first Israeli Offshore Bid Round. Blocks 12, 21, 22, 23, and 31 are all
close to the company’s Karish and Tanin gas fields development: any
resultant discoveries could be tied back to the fields’ FPSO.
Schlumberger and TGS-NOPEC have been jointly acquiring 6,214 mi
( 10,000 km) of 2D long-offset broadband seismic in the Egyptian sector
of the Red Sea. They claim to be applying new acquisition and imaging
techniques to improve definition of the region’s complex sub-salt structures. The multi-client campaign is part of an agreement with South Valley
Egyptian Petroleum Holding Co. (GANOPE), under which the duo has
exclusive rights over a 27,027-sq mi (70,000-sq km) offshore open area.
ADNOC has awarded two FEED contracts for an ultra-sour gas
project offshore northwest Abu Dhabi. Bechtel is responsible for
the program related to the Hail and Ghasha fields and TechnipFMC
(UAE) for the Dalma field. The project is designed to satisfy 20% of
the UAE’s gas needs by the late 2020s. In addition, ADNOC planned
to award technology licensor contracts covering gas treatment, sulfur
recovery, NGLs, condensates recovery and hydrogen generation.
Basra Oil Co. (ex-South Oil Co.) has extended Petrofac’s opera-
tions and maintenance service contract for the Iraq Crude Oil Export
Expansion Project by two years, under a deal valued at $160 million.
The facilities, 37 mi ( 60 km) offshore southern Iraq, handle most of
the countr y’s oil exports, and include a central metering and manifold
platform. In addition, Petrofac is responsible for close to 186 mi (300
km) of subsea pipelines and 14 marine vessels.
Pars Oil and Gas Co. should have started gas production from the
Phase 14 development of the South Pars field in the Persian Gulf, with
an estimated cost of $6 billon. The phase 14a platform had earlier
been installed at the offshore location. Development included drilling
of 22 wells and installation of 143 mi (230 km) of subsea pipelines.
Eni and its partners have secured more than $4.675 billion of covered
loans for their Coral South floating LNG project in Area 4 offshore
Mozambique. Keppel Shipyard may have started fabrication for
SOFEC of the turret mooring system of the newbuild vessel. Earlier,
ExxonMobil completed acquisition of a 25% indirect interest in the
Area 4 block from Eni, and will assume responsibility for construction and operation of all future gas liquefaction and related facilities.
Eni has become operator of the NT/RL7 lease in the Bonaparte
basin offshore nor thern Australia, after acquiring a 35% interest in the
Evans Shoal gas field from Shell. The field is 186 mi northwest of the
Dar win LNG plant: Eni estimates its in-place raw gas resources at 8 tcf.
The Cooper Energy-led Casino Henry joint venture has signed a
new gas sales agreement with Origin Energy, to run between March
1 and Dec. 31, 2018. This replaces an existing 12-year agreement
with Energy Australia, due to expire at the end of this month. The
JV produces gas from the Casino, Henry, and Netherby gas fields in
two licenses in the Otway basin offshore Victoria.
Total and Santos have taken up an option to farm into 80% of the
WA-488-P permit offshore Western Australia, formerly 100% owned
by Melbana Energy. The two companies have also agreed to fund a
3D seismic survey over the potentially multi-billion barrel Beehive
prospect, likely to be shot in mid-year, and all subsequent activities
until completion of the first exploratory well on the permit.
Woodside has contracted Wood to perform engineering and rig
modification services for the Julimar Phase 2 project off Western Aus-
tralia. The program includes a concept definition study for the subsea
flowline and umbilical system linked to the Julimar and Brunello fields. •
The Casino Henry gas fields in the Otway basin. (Map courtesy Cooper Energy)