ficer, effective Jan. 1, 2014 (OGJ Online, July 9, 2013). Abbott
will become a member of the company’s executive committee.
Abbott currently serves as executive vice-president, manufacturing, responsible for 30 oil refineries and petrochemicals
plants worldwide. He joined Shell in 1981, and has held a variety of management positions in refining, chemicals, and upstream heavy oil, working in the UK, Singapore, Thailand, the
Netherlands, Canada, and the US.
EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT QUICK TAKES
ConocoPhillips drills sidetrack to Proteus discovery
A joint venture of ConocoPhillips and Karoon Gas Australia Ltd.
has confirmed the gas-condensate discovery made last month
with the Proteus prospect in the Browse basin offshore Western
Australia with a strong test in the Proteus-1 sidetrack well.
Flow rates measured up to 7. 3 MMcfd of gas with conden-sate-gas ratios of 19-22 bbl/MMcf. This is the highest ratio recorded in the group’s Poseidon project area (OGJ Online, May
19, 2009). Carbon dioxide levels were about 12%.
Karoon has estimated that production wells would be capable of flowing at rates exceeding 100 MMcfd. The reservoir is
in the Plover and Montara formations of Jurassic age.
Proteus-1 is in permit WA-398-P, 17 km east of discoveries
at Kronos-1 and 10 km southeast of Boreas-1. It is the third well
drilled in the Greater Poseidon region. The field is in a tilted
fault block 14 km south-southeast of the Poseidon discovery.
ConocoPhillips is using the Transocean Legend semisubmersible rig for the entire drilling campaign, which involves a
minimum of six wells to define the size and quality of the accumulations within the company’s permits WA-314-P, WA-315-P,
and WA-398-P. Drilling will continue into 2014.
Testing starts on second Tawke horizontal well
Extensive testing has started on a second horizontal well that
was drilled in Tawke field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, said
DNO International ASA, Oslo.
The exploration well, Tawke- 23, has encountered continuous oil shows within a 930-m horizontal section in Tawke
field’s main Cretaceous reservoir. The test program, expected
to last up to 3 weeks, will focus on ten fracture zones with production potential, DNO said.
The company’s first horizontal well in the field, Tawke- 20,
tested 8,000 b/d from each of ten producing intervals in the
Cretaceous reservoir and is currently on stream at an average
rate of 25,000 b/d (OGJ Online, July 22, 2013).
Also drilling in Kurdistan are two Tawke horizontal wells,
Tawke- 21 and Tawke- 22, and the highly deviated Benenan- 4
well in the Erbil license to appraise the reserves found in Ben-enan field by the Benenan- 3 well (OGJ Online, Nov. 7, 2012).
DNO to develop Summail gas field in Kurdistan
DNO International ASA will deliver gas starting in January
2014 from Summail field to a Dohuk power plant, the first com-
mercial domestic gas sales deal in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government
calls for initial deliveries of about 100 MMcfd on a take-or-pay
basis for the duration of the Dohuk production-sharing con-
tract or until deliveries reach 1 tcf. Price will range between $3/
Mcf and $4/Mcf over the life of the contract.
The gas will help displace diesel used to generate electricity
in a 500-Mw power plant in Dohuk city 40 km from the field.
The next step in Summail’s fast-track development is reentry
and completion of the Summail-1 discovery well and the instal-
lation of a 24-in. pipeline to transport gas to what is slated to
become the regional gas gathering and distribution network. A
second well, Summail- 2, is to spud in this year’s fourth quarter,
and Summail- 3 is set for 2014.
Following Summail field development, the company will
shift its focus to appraise the oil potential of the Dohuk license.
DNO International has a 40% interest in and operates the
Dohuk license. Genel Energy PLC has 40% and the KRG 20%.
Development of Summail field will help lower costs and
grow and diversify DNO International’s production and revenue base, said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, DNO International’s
Flow test confirms Po Valley gas discovery
The Gradizza-1 gas discovery well on the La Prospera permit in
Italy’s Po basin has flowed gas at rates of 175-250 Mcfd, which
one participant said affirms the viability of a number of analogous
drillable prospects on the adjacent Ponte del Diavolo permit.
Operator Po Valley Energy Ltd. flowed the gas from perforations at 2,808-22 ft in a formation of Quaternary age. Initial
flowing tubing pressures averaged more than 220 psi.
The well had a drilling break in the target Pleistocene-age
sand interval, and after coring and logging, operations confirmed the presence of a gas-bearing reservoir exceeding 33 ft.
Initial shut-in pressure is 1,110 psi on 27⁄8-in. tubing, indicating
original pressures, said BRS Resources Ltd., Dallas. The well
has not yielded water but is still cleaning up.
BRS is participating in the well through its membership interest in AleAnna Resources LLC. Under a farmout between
PVE and AleAnna, AleAnna may earn a 10% interest in the
Gradizza prospect and La Prospera permit.
Lukoil starts exploratory drilling off Sierra Leone
OAO Lukoil has started exploratory drilling offshore Sierra Le-
one on the West African shelf. The Savannah well’s target depth
on Block SL- 5-11 exceeds 4,700 m. The 52,500-ton Eirik Raude
semisubmersible drilling rig is drilling in 2,000 m of water.
Lukoil said 2D and 3D seismic data were acquired on 1,500
sq km, which led to identification of several prospects.
The current exploration period will expire Dec. 31. Obligations
for the next exploration period will depend on drilling results.
Lukoil has 49% of the block; Nigeria’s Oranto has 30% and