READING, UK – BG Group’s Egyptian oil and gas production increased to 68,000 boe/d during 4Q 2014, up from the previous two quarters.
This was mainly due to the impact of new wells from theWest Delta Deep Marine Phase 9a development in the Mediterranean Sea, although still 33% down on the total for 4Q 2013.
Eight of the nine Phase 9a wells are now onstream, although the development will only temporarily offset BG’s underlyingEgypt E&P declines.
In the UK North Sea, the company’s Armada, Everest, and Lomond fields were shut in during 4Q for planned asset integrity and maintenance campaigns. The work on the Armada hub was completed in December while the asset integrity program at Lomond is expected to be completed during 1Q.
At Everest, the scope of the work had to be reduced following storm damage to the accommodation support floatel in October. The outstanding duties have now been added to the next Everest campaign, scheduled for this summer.
Production from all three field centers should restart soon following the completion of repairs to a valve on the CATS Riser Tower.
In December, all six riser systems were connected to thePetrojarl Knarr FPSO that will serve the 80-MMboe Knarr field development. Subject to weather conditions, start-up is expected during the current quarter.
As for thecompany’s interests off Brazil, the 150,000-b/d Cidade de Itaguai(FPSO 6) for the Iracema North development arrived in Brazil last month for integration work. The operator expects first oil during 4Q.
Three remaining leased FPSOs, to be deployed at Lula Alto, Lula Central and Lapa in the Santos basin, remain on schedule for first production in 2016.
Work continues at shipyards in China, Japan, and Singapore ahead of integration works which will be performed at the Brasa and BrasFELS shipyards in Rio de Janeiro. The first “replicant” FPSO,P-66, has arrived at BrasFELS and integration works have started.