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Ghana Expects a Surge in Rig Activity from early 2018

Ghana’s leading E&P operators hope be busier with the drill bit between late 2017 and mid 2018 than they currently are. Rig activity will be at their peak by 1Q 2018.

Activities at three oilfield developments will be responsible for the increase in rig count.

Ghana’s crude oil production averaged 132,000BOPD in Q12017 and has moved higher in 2Q 2017.

Full story here

OES Teamwork Rig Will Drill Opuama 7 Sidetrack

By McJohnTatsi, in Warri

The NPDC/Elcrest joint venture has awarded OES Energy Services Limited the contract to drill a sidetrack well to Opuama-7. The drilling contractor will utilise its OES Teamwork swamp rig for the work.

The side-tracking of the existing Opuama-7 well is expected to contribute an initial production rates of 5,900* barrels of oil per day (“BOPD”) gross, increasing near term overall production from OML 40 to around an expected 17,500 BOPD gross, says Eland Oil and Gas, the UK listed technical partner in the Eland-Starcrest IJV (otherwise known as Elcrest).

OES Teamwork swamp rig is currently undergoing meticulous preparation, which includes mobilising rig personnel, system tests and equipment shake down, to target the commencement of the rig move to Opuama-7 location in July 2017”, the company explains.

The rig will drill a sidetrack to around 2,300metres (7,500feet), expected to take in the region of a month to complete.

Extension Possible
As part of the contract’s terms, the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture has the option to extend the contract for the re-entry of Gbetiokun-1, which it intends to start immediately after Opuama-7 sidetrack.

Ophir Drills the Seventh Duster in Short Order

By Toyin Akinosho, Publisher

With the Ayame-1X exploration well in Cote D’Ivoire’s Block 513 announced as a dry hole, Ophir Energy, the London listed explorer, has concluded the seventh dry hole in Subsaharan Africa in the space of three years.

Of this number, six of those dusters were drilled in one year; 2014.

Ophir had not drilled any new field wildcat well in Africa since it plugged and abandoned the Mkuki-1 well offshore Tanzania in November 2014.

Ophir drilled three dry holes in Gabon and three dry holes in Tanzania in 2014 and then stopped drilling new field wildcats as an operator on the continent altogether.

But as a non- operating partner, Ophir has been involved in successful wildcats in the same time frame, notably with BG as operator, offshore Tanzania.

It has also been lucky in Equatorial Guinea, where it is developing a gas field.
But its record for drilling dry holes in the subcontinent is unparalleled by any other independent.

A fuller story of the company’s long dry season, complete with details of the wells drilled, is published here.

Tembo Appraisal Waits On Farm in Partner

By Sa’ad Bashir, East Africa Correspondent

Wentworth Resources says that the drilling of an appraisal well on the Tembo structure depends on its finding a farm in partner to bear the cost.

The AIM and Oslo listed explorer made a gas discovery, Tembo 1, in cretaceous sands in the 2,500 km2 Tembo Block, onshore Mozambique, in December 2014 and an oil and gas bearing show in a deeper reservoir. Wentworth is hoping to encounter oil in a down dip, thicker section of that deeper reservoir.

With 85% operatorship, it has been hoping to farm down.

“The Company is now working on advancing a farm-out process with a view to securing an industry partner to jointly drill an appraisal well in 2018”, Wentworth says in a release.

Wentworth is working on 1,000 km of existing seismic data is complete, interpretation is being finalized and results from the Tembo-1 discovery well have been fully analyzed. We will update the market as material developments on this asset occur.

Chinese Rig To Drill Ororo-2

Sirius Petroleum will be drilling Ororo-2, a step out from the Ororo-1 well, with the services of COSL Drilling Europe AS, a subsidiary to China Oilfield Services Limited, (COSL) Beijing, China.

The contract is for a multi-well campaign that begins with Ororo-2, before June 2017.

The well management activities for the duration of the contract will be carried out by the Norway headquartered oil service firm ADD Energy, which claims, on its website, that it “was instrumental in working with Sirius to secure the drilling contract with COSL Drilling Pan-Pacific Limited”.

Part of what clinched the contract for ADD Energy was that it agreed “to extend delayed invoice and payment terms to Sirius in line with the Company’s other project partners.

The contract envisages a drilling programme on the Ororo Field and can be expanded to include other potential offshore assets.”

The other contractor or ‘project partner’ on the campaign-as Sirius describes them- is Schlumberger, which will provide Sirius with a comprehensive package of managed and integrated products and services including directional drilling services, logging, completion and production fluids, cementing and pumping services, well intervention and stimulation products and services, well testing services, wellsite communications and data and software solutions.

The main objective is to drill two to three wells that will lead to first oil in Ororo field, one of the 24 marginal fields awarded to 31 Nigerian companies by the Nigerian government in 2003.

Ntorya-2 Scopes Updip of the Discovery Well

The Aminex operated appraisal well Ntorya-2 onshore Tanzania is targeting the same channel complex as the Ntorya 1 discovery, but is being drilled further updip of the reservoir.

The well location, in the Ruvuma Basin,  is a 1,500-metre step-out from Ntorya-1 and is prognosed to drill to an estimated total depth of 2860 metres.

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TOTAL Returns to the “Cape of Storms” in late 2017

By Toyin Akinosho
TOTAL will return to drilling in the ‘Cape Of Storms’ in late 2017, a full year and several months after the original planned date.

The French major halted drilling in Block 11B/12B in South Africa’s offshore Outeniqua Basin in November 2014 because of mechanical problems on the rig, caused by the challenging environment in the Agulhas, with its chaotic combination of currents, waves and winds, which contrasts sharply with the mild metocean conditions of the West African deepwater.

“There’s only a small window in the year that we can drill in this part of the continent”, a ranking TOTAL earth science executive said on the side of the Africa Oil Week in Cape Town, South Africa. “The place is quite turbulent.”

Asked to comment on TOTAL’s programe for its South African operations, Guy Maurice, the company’s senior Vice President E&P Africa responded in the negative: “No, I don’t want to make any declarations today”. It was he (Maurice) who announced a halt to drilling of the Outeniqa well at the same conference in October 2014.

South Africa is not anywhere high on TOTAL’s upstream ranking, at least for 2017. Mr. Maurice’s conference presentation included activity in Angola, Nigeria, even Cote d’Ivoire. He gave a date for Final Investment Decision on its planned field development in Uganda, but South Africa was clearly missing.

Aminex Moves Caroil-2 to Ntorya-2

Prospect significant for extending the Ruvuma play onshore

London listed Aminex has moved a drilling rig towards the Ntorya-2 appraisal well in the Ruvuma basin PSA located largely onshore in southern Tanzania.
The Caroil 2 drilling rig is likely to spud the much anticipated well before the end of October 2016.
The contract, executed with Caroil, the French driller, is for one firm well with an option for a second well.
Aminex has a 75% working interest and is the operator of this well, which is positioned approximately 1500m southwest of the Ntorya-1 discovery well, which flow tested at 20 MMscf/d with 139Barrels associated condensate in April 2012.
The appraisal, coming four and half years after the discovery, a period in which Tullow Oil exited the asset, is indicative of the challenges of resource volume.
But Ntorya is significant for one thing: it has successfully extended onshore the Ruvuma Basin fairway which has been proven in deepwater Tanzania and Mozambique as containing over 130 Trillion cubic feet of gas.


Kenyan Herdsmen Want To Be Nigerians

By Sully Manupe, East Africa correspondent

Simba experience similar to Tullow’s ‘Nigerian moment’ in Turkana Region
Canadian minnow Simba Energy has experienced, in Kenya, what some Nigerian farmers have gone through in their own country. It’s the disruption of operations by cattle herdsmen claiming land access.

Herdsmen cut cables at the Seismic survey site protesting against the ongoing activity by Simba Energy on onshore Block 2A in Wajir County. They vandalised part of the working equipment.
James Jenkins, Simba’s country manager, said his company had suffered huge losses as a result of the standoff between them and members of the pastoralist community.

By saying that some individuals had misled locals to oppose the ongoing works, Jenkins has inadvertently recalled what this magazine described as Tullow Oil’s Nigerian Moment in Kenya in late 2013.

A year and half after the British explorer made a  commercial discovery in the Turkana region, a Kenyan Member of Parliament (MP) led a protest, against Tullow’s operations in the Turkana county, north of the country, during which a security fence was broken and property was destroyed.

Weeks after that incident of November 2013, Tullow signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the local authority, the community, as well as the central government, on community interface.

It so happens in Simba’s case, the Canadian independent already had an MoU with the community, though a local committee claimed the company had failed to honour the MoU with the community to start development projects.

“The company has floated all our engagements,” Mr Abdinur Abdi Abdullahi, the committee’s secretary, was quoted to have said. To which Jenkins responded: “As a company, we are here to do our work, we will abide to all the rules given by the local clans and the Wajir county government. Unfortunately, we have been hindered by few individuals who do not share our ideology,” he said. “The community was getting the wrong information on what we are doing and think that we are going to disrupt their lives,” local media reported Jenkins as saying.

As in many cases in Nigeria’s century long experience with  foreign oil companies, the community is divided. Mzee Mohamed Dakane, described in the local press as “another elder”, reportedly, differed with Abdulahi,  saying the company had employed more than 250 locals as staff. “The people are not happy with the action of the committee which was responsible in paralyzing company’s activities,” said Mr Dakane.

Simba and partner Essel Group Middle East (EGME) had been quite advanced in the seismic operations before the disruption; over half of the 530 line Kilometres had been surveyed.

CGG In Joint Venture With Ghana’s State Company For Seismic Services

By John Ankromah

The world’s largest geophysical services company wants to form a joint venture with an arm of Ghana’s state hydrocarbon company. Paris based CGG says it has signed an agreement with GNPC Operating Services Company Ltd (GOSCO), an independent Ghanaian E&P services company, to form a joint-venture company dedicated to conducting high-end 2D, 3D and 4D marine seismic acquisition and related services in the territorial waters of the Republic of Ghana.

The primary aim of the joint-venture company, known as GOSCO Geoscience Limited (GGSL), is to make available world-class seismic vessels and state-of-the-art marine seismic acquisition technologies and services to oil and gas industry players operating in Ghana. The new joint venture will be a Ghanaian indigenous company and be based in Accra. Its creation also recognizes and supports the requirement for knowledge transfer and capacity-building in the Ghanaian E&P industry as well as the need for safe and efficient oil and gas operations undertaken to the highest international standards.

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “We have joined forces with GOSCO to set up this joint venture as a response to recent growing industry interest in Ghana’s oil and gas potential. This move is another example of CGG’s strategy to work in partnership with local oil and gas players to benefit from their experience of working in the country while bringing them the benefit of CGG’s global expertise as a leading technology provider. We believe this joint venture will create a strong vehicle for growth in Ghana’s E&P industry.”

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