Mubadala starts Manora drilling campaign off Thailand

Mubadala Petroleum is set to begin drilling development wells at the Manora field in the Gulf of Thailand, as part of the 2019 drilling campaign.

Ensco 115 (formerly Atwood Orca)

Tap Oil, Mubadala’s partner in the field, shared on Tuesday that the Manora JV partners had approved the drilling of three development wells.

“The Operator, Mubadala Petroleum, advises the Ensco 115 is expected to commence drilling operations at Manora on or about 9 July 2019,” Tap Oil said Tuesday.

“These drilling operations represent cost-effective opportunities for Tap to develop undeveloped reserves and increase production. Tap has budgeted US$3.13 million (net to Tap) for the entire three well program,” TAP said, without disclosing the full cost of the operations.

The first well is MNA-22 Development Well. The planned TD of the well is 5,100ft TVDSS. The well is planned to be brought “onto immediate production,”  and Mubadala has estimated the initial production rate is expected to be 1,000 bopd using an ESP for artificial lift.

The second well – MNA-23 – has the planned TD of 3,550ft TVDSS. MNA-23 will be a horizontal well completed with a screen in the open hole and brought onto immediate production. The initial production rate is expected to be 1,000 bopd using an ESP for artificial lift Tap Oil said, citing Mubadala’s estimate.

Manora Gross Production - Source: Tap Oil
Manora Gross Production – Source: Tap Oil

The last well in the program is the MNA-24. It has the planned TD of 3,465ft TVDSS. The initial production rate is expected to be 1,000 bopd using an ESP for artificial lift (Operator’s estimate).

Discovered in 2009, the Manora offshore development is located in the G1/48 block in the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 80 kilometers offshore in 44 meters of water depth. It started production in November 2014. Mubadala at the time said that peak production would be around 15000 barrels a day, with the commercial life of the field projected to exceed 10 years from the start of production.

According to a report recently released by TAP, this peak was achieved soon after the start-up. TAP’s report from May showed that Manora’s April 2019 gross production was 5,334 bopd (1,600 bopd net to Tap).

TAP at the time said that infield and nearfield drilling, and ongoing workovers were underway to enhance production, reserves and economic life.

Offshore Energy Today Staff


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Posted on July 9, 2019

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