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GLOBAL E&P Jeremy Beckman • London
Husky Energy has signed an agreement with the government of
Newfoundland and Labrador concerning the offshore West White
Rose development. Studies are under way for a fxed wellhead platform, with frst oil planned by 2017. Earlier this year Husky discovered more hydrocarbons at Northwest White Rose.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs is
offering six blocks for lease under the country’s 2013 Deepwater
Competitive Bid Round. All are east of producing oil and gas felds,
in water depths ranging from 600-3,500 m ( 1,968-11,483 ft), with diverse hydrocarbon play types. Bids are due by Jan. 31, 2014.
Ecopetrol plans to start exploration drilling next year offshore Colombia’s northwest (Caribbean) coast, said CEO Javier Gutiérrez at
a recent briefng in London. This would be done in partnership with
foreign oil companies, he added.
A consortium led by Petrobras has agreed to pay a $1.4-billion
signature bonus to develop the giant Libra oil feld in the presalt
Santos basin offshore Brazil. The company and its partners CNPC,
CNOOC, Shell, and Total were awarded a 35-year production-sharing contract for the feld, thought to hold 8-12 Bbbl recoverable. Libra is 170 km (105 mi) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in water depths
of around 2,000 m ( 6,500 ft). The minimum work program includes
3D seismic, two wells, and an extended test, to be completed by end-
2017. Libra is thought to have the potential to deliver 1. 4 MMb/d
Elsewhere in the same basin, Petrobras has discovered oil with
a gas cap and associated condensate in the Bracuhy structure in
presalt block BM-S- 24. The well was drilled in 2,251 m ( 7,385 ft) of
water, 26 km ( 16 mi) northeast of the 2008 Jupiter fnd. Petrobras
planned a formation test in the oil-bearing zone.
As head of the BM-S- 9 partnership, the company has contracted
an FPSO from Modec and Schahin Petroleo e Gas to produce oil and
gas from the Carioca area presalt layer. This should be delivered by
June 2016, and will have oil processing capacity of up to 100,000 b/d.
Initial-phase development calls for four producer and four injector
Total and partners Wintershall and Pan American Energy have
committed to a new gas/condensate development offshore Tierra
del Fuego, southern Argentina. The
Vega Pleyade feld is in the producing Cuenca Marine Austral 1 (CMA-
1) concession that Total has operated
since 1978. The company plans to install a wellhead platform with three
horizontal wells in 50 m (164 ft) of
water, with production sent through
a 77-km (48-mi) pipeline to onshore
treatment centers. Total plans further
offshore drilling next year to boost
production from the Carina feld, as
well as further appraisal of CMA- 1.
Kosmos Energy has negotiated farm-out agreements with BP
on three blocks in the Agadir basin offshore Morocco. BP will take
a non-operating interest in the Essaouira Offshore, Foum Assaka
Offshore, and Tarhazoute Offshore blocks. The company also will
fund Kosmos’ share of the cost of one exploration well in each of the
three blocks, subject to a cap. They cover a total area of 25,000 sq
km ( 9,652 sq mi) in water depths of up to 3,000 m ( 9,842 ft).
Additionally, Kosmos signed a petroleum agreement with the
Offce National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines covering the Tarhazoute Offshore block, under a reconnaissance contract since
2011. Tarhazoute is contiguous with Essaouira and Foum Assaka,
and will allow integrated exploration over the little explored salt basin, Kosmos said.
Tullow Oil has awarded Technip two subsea contracts with a total
value of $1.23 billion for the TEN project in Ghana’s Deepwater Tano
concession. Technip’s scope covers engineering, supply, and instal-
lation of fexible fowlines, risers, dynamic umbilicals, and jumpers.
SOCO International is set to take a 60% operating interest from
PAR Resources in the Mer Profond Sud license offshore Republic
of Congo. SOCO will drill an exploration well, possibly in 2014-2015,
testing a different structural setting and play from previous wells on
Cobalt International Energy has two presalt discoveries offshore
Angola. The Mavinga 1 well on block 21 encountered around 100 ft
( 30 m) of net oil pay, while Lontra 1 on block 20 found oil and gas.
Cobalt plans further drilling on Mavinga, which it hopes to tie into
the deepwater Cameia development.
Genel Energy aims to start drilling its frst operated well offshore
Malta early next year, using the Noble Paul Romano. The target is the
tertiary Hagar Qim prospect on the Area 4 license in around 450 m
( 1,476 ft) of water.
Lebanon’s Minister of Energy and Water has extended the dead-
line for submission of bids for the country’s frst offshore licensing
round to Jan. 10, 2014. This follows the cabinet’s delays in issuing
decrees concerning delineation of offshore blocks – fve are on of-
fer, but more could be added. Fifty-two companies pre-qualifed for
the frst round.
Qatar Petroleum has awarded Technip an engineering, procurement, installation, and commissioning contract for
the FMB project, which involves tie-in of
new offshore facilities. Technip will supply a living quarter platform and a utility
platform, with the topsides installed in
both cases via the foatover method.
In the UAE, the governments of Aj-
man and Sharjah have agreed to devel-
op the shared Zora feld around 40 km
( 25 mi) off their two coasts. According
to operator Dana Gas, once negotia-
tions on issues such as gas sales are
concluded, a contract will be awarded
for fabrication and installation of an
offshore unmanned platform.
Total’s Vega Pleyade
offshore southern Argentina.