Crystal Ocean back in service on BMG fields

Oil production from the Basker-Manta-Gummy (BMG) fields off southeast Australia averaged just 1,513 b/d in Q2 2010, according to operator ROC.

Offshore staff

SYDNEY, Australia -- Oil production from the Basker-Manta-Gummy (BMG) fields off southeast Australia averaged just 1,513 b/d in Q2 2010, according to operator ROC.

This represented a 70% dip on output from the previous quarter, but the operator cited mitigating circumstances. Production had to be shut down for around eight weeks to accommodate maintenance and repair work on the Crystal Ocean FPSO.

The vessel entered dry-dock in April for thruster repairs and maintenance, with the program extending into May to allow repairs to be effected also to the disconnectable turret mooring and mooring buoy.

In early June, BMG was back on-line, and output was restored to around 4,700 b/d by the end of the month. Currently, the partners are assessing options to develop associated gas under the BMG Phase-2 Gas project.

Off Western Australia in the Perth basin, ROC says that pre-stack depth migration processing is nearing completion of 150 sq km (58 sq mi) of the Diana 3D seismic survey in the WA-286-P permit. The partners will shortly start interpretation of data over structures close to the Frankland gas discovery.

In WA-31-L in the same permit, 220 km (137 mi) of reprocessed 2D seismic is being interpreted with the Cliff Head field 3D survey to determine near-field exploration potential.

Farther afield, ROC operates the Belo Profond block offshore Madagascar and the Juan de Nova Maritime Profond block in the Mozambique Channel. It expects to start acquisition soon of an 8,000 km (4,971 mi) 2D seismic survey, while at the same time seeking farm-in partners.

On ROC’s Zhao Dong C oilfields development in Bohai Bay offshore China, the 2010 drilling program remains on schedule and within budget, with nine of the planned 24 wells completed and two more currently in progress.

Installation of the gas export pipeline and facilities started recently and gas deliveries should begin this fall, eliminating the need for gas flaring during normal operations.



07/27/2010

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