Exclusives

The battle to win the contract to design and build a world-class FLNG unit to be used by Eni and its partners on a mega-gas project offshore Mozambique is coming to the boil.

The Kwame Nkrumah FPSO operates in the Jubilee oil fields offshore Ghana. (Source: Kosmos Energy)

The prospects include Al Khayr, Tortue and Marsouin.

There is vast untapped potential in the country’s 534,000 sq km of sedimentary basins.

The large but long-stalled $12 billion West Nile Delta subsea project in Egypt’s Mediterranean deep waters is to be fully revived.

The country is offering 15 blocks, including 11 offshore.

Deepwater International

Anadarko Petroleum has decided to terminate its charter of the Dolphin Drilling drillship Belford Dolphin in September this year, with the unit currently working for the operator off east Africa’s Mozambique.

Various subsea equipment will be delivered throughout 2015 and 2016.

UK independent Sterling Energy has had the exploration period for two frontier blocks northwest of Madagascar extended.

The contract is for a firm charter period of 15 years with five yearly extension options exercisable by the client. 

Mozambique regulators have added an additional three months to the initial deadline of 20 January for its Fifth Licensing Round due to high interest and requests for more time from exploration companies.

Exploration

Tortue-1 intersected about 10 m (32 ft) of net hydrocarbon pay in the lower Albian section, interpreted to be gas. The discovery area was renamed Ahmeyim. 

The portion of the stake sold was for the Phase 1 development of 5Tcf of gas resources. Approval from Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. is required to close this agreement.

Erin Energy is operator of the A2 and A5 blocks with 100% interest. The A2 and A5 blocks are located about 48 km (30 miles) offshore and on-trend with the recent FAN-1 and SNE-1 oil discoveries offshore Senegal.

Tanzania could lead East Africa LNG exports through Shell’s takeover of BG Group, Bloomberg said. Stakes in three blocks offshore Tanzania, holding one-third of estimated resource, are included in deal.

During a production test, the well—constrained by surface facilities—flowed at a rate of 4,300 bbl/d of oil and 395,000 cm/d of natural gas.

Production

Erin Energy is engaged in drilling and completion operations on the Oyo-7 development well and expects to achieve first oil production from the well in a few weeks, according to the release.

CB&I and Anadarko will plan LNG project with Mozambique’s government, people with knowledge of the private matter told Bloomberg. Anadarko and Eni operate areas 1 and 4 of Rovuma Basin.

South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region may hold as much as 390 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, which the government wants to tap to alleviate energy shortages, Bloomberg said. 

Oyo-8 is located in about 300 m (6,100 ft) of water and is producing into the FPSO vessel Armada Perdana. 

Startup at Cinguvu follows last November’s Sangos Field first oil. West Hub development includes Sangos, Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North and Vandumbu fields in 1,000 m to 1,500 m of water. 

Subsea Engineering

Statoil is planning a slimmed down version of its Snøhvit subsea-to-beach development in the Barents Sea to tap the 620bcm of gas it has discovered off Tanzania.

BP and RWE Dea have finalized agreements for the $12 billion West Nile Delta project, offshore Egypt, which will cover development of 140 Bcm and 55 MMbbls of condensate.

Total's deep export production treatment hub (DEPTH) program focuses on deepwater gas and has a number of elements that include an all-electric production system.

Technology

GE Oil & Gas and Enpro Subsea will jointly market cost-effective fluid intervention and other well intervention services. The nonexclusive partnership is already underway in West Africa. 

Vance Querio replaces Henry Legarre as COO. Querio joined Oryx in 2012 as West Africa regional manager. Previously, he was chairman and managing director for Addax Petroleum’s Nigeria business unit. 

Tullow said the project is more than 55% complete with all 10 of the wells expected to be online at first oil already drilled. 

The subsea systems scope of supply includes 10 large bore gas trees and related subsea equipment. First deliveries are expected in first-quarter 2016.

Anadarko and project partners estimate there is 75 Tcf of exploitable gas offshore Mozambique, Bloomberg said. The Rovuma Basin could hold 120 Tcf technically recoverable reserves, a consultant said.