Fugro set to mobilise vessel this month at KG-D6

Vol 15, PW 19 (05 Apr 12) Exploration & Production

Fugro is preparing to mobilise its new build drillship/survey vessel Fugro Synergy for Reliance and BP at D6 by the end of this month (April) to begin an $8m ‘geotechnical investigation’ contract.

PETROWATCH learns Fugro will carry out geotechnical and other surveys at the D34 (R-series) and satellite fields (D2, D6, D22 and D19), which sit in water depths of 1850 metres, and which Reliance has earmarked for development at a cost of around $1.5bn. Fugro Synergy is presently offshore Singapore being fitted with equipment for her Reliance assignment.

“Assuming defence ministry and DGH approvals are on time," says a source, "the vessel can be mobilised by end-April.” Fugro, he adds, expects to begin the assignment by end-May, at the latest.

By end-April, Reliance is also likely to receive bids from consultants in a tender to prepare a FEED report and ‘concept validation study’ for the R-series and satellite fields. “We have a ‘development concept’ in-house," explains Reliance, "but we want it validated by an external consultant.

" Reliance expects to hire the consultant by May. Results from Fugro’s survey will be passed on to the consultant by August this year for use in preparing the FEED study, expected to be ready by October.

On receipt of the FEED study, Reliance and BP will decide early next year which of the R-series or satellite fields should be developed first. “It will be one or the other," we learn.

"But not both simultaneously." At D34, Reliance has drilled five appraisal wells in water depths between 1800 metres to 2000 metres.

At D2, D6, D22 and D19, Reliance has drilled one discovery well each in water depths of around 2000 metres. “Development wells will be drilled at the satellite fields but only after studies are complete can we decide how many,” we are told.