WEST PERTH, Australia — Santos and partner Carnarvon Energy are continuing studies on requirements for a subsea tieback of the Pavo Field in the Bedout Basin offshore Western Australia to the FPSO for the Dorado Field development.
The aim is to determine whether modifications might be needed to the floater to accommodate, process and store Pavo’s fluids alongside those from Dorado.
Analysis to date suggests Pavo fluids are similar to Dorado’s and therefore compatible with the processing equipment. One scenario involves introducing the Pavo fluids mid-process directly to the FPSO as opposed to commingling at the Dorado wellhead platform.
Carnarvon also revealed it had applied to the Australian regulator to relinquish the AC/P63 exploration permit in the Ashmore and Cartier Basin offshore northwest Australia.
Another Australian independent, Sydney-based Melbana Energy has secured approval from the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator for a 24-month extension of the Year 1-3 work program commitments for its AC/P70 exploration permit.
Permit Year 1-3 will now end on Feb. 14, 2027, and the permit term on Feb. 14, 2030.