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Mubadala approved Manora FSO in Gulf of Thailand

Abu Dhabi Mubadala plans 3 FSOs for Gulf of Thailand

The Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Petroleum (Mubadala) is planning further expansion in the Gulf of Thailand after its first success with Jasmine B5/27 offshore block.

In July 2012, Mubadala, through its affiliate Pearl Oil, and its partners, Tap Energy Pty and Northern Gulf Petroleum Pte Ltd, approved as a first step the development of the offshore Manora oil field G1/48 in the Gulf of Thailand.

The Manora field is located 80 km offshore in the Gulf of Thailand by 44 meter depth of water.

Discovered in 2009 and after successful appraisal wells performed in 2010, the proved and probable reserves contained in Manora’s primary reservoir, and recoverable by natural depletion, are estimated to be 20.2 million barrels.

With the help of the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques, a further 8.3 million barrels, currently categorized as contingent resources, will be added to the reserves base.

In the Manora field the working interests are shared between:

 – Pearl Oil, a Thai company wholly owned by Mubadala Petroleum, 60% and is the operator

 – Tap Energy from Thailand 30%

 – Northern Gulf Petroleum 10%

Mubadala awarded the front end engineering and design (FEED) contract to the Australian WorleyParsons which had developed successfully the exploration and production concept for Jasmine.

Manora first phase project would include:

 – 10 production wells

 – 5 water injection wells

 – 1 Central Processing Platform

 – I Floating, Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel

Mubadala made the final investment decision (FID) considering $246 million of capital expenditure for Manora

The contracts for the construction of the platform and the supply of the FSO are at the final stage of the signature.

Mubadala and WorleyParsons are designing Manora to produce 15,000 b/d of crude oil and are planning the completion for commercial operations in 2014. 

Nong Yao and Wassana platforms and FSOs to follow

In the continuity of Jasmine already in operations and Manora, just approved, Mubadala is willing to build on these experiences to save costs and speed up the development of two other blocks, the  G11/48 and G10/48.

To develop these blocks Mubadala and WorleyParsons are working on two other projects, Nong Yao and Wassana.

For Nong Yao, the FEED is considering:

 – 28 production wells

 – 2 wellhead and processing platforms

 – 1 Floating, Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel

With Nong Yao, Mubadala expects a production of 15,000 b/d of crude oil and the completion also in 2014.

Wassana is FEED designed to be a bit smaller with:

 – 14 production wells

 – 1 wellhead and processing platform

 – 1 Floating, Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel

Wassana should produce 10,000 b/d of crude oil and Mubadala is planning the completion at the end of 2014.

With Manora, Nong Yao and Wassana, the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Petroleum is proceeding by replication with the support of  WorleyParsons to implement the development of its concessions in the Gulf of Thailand on fast track.

Mubadala Petroleum in brief

Mubadala Petroleum is an international, upstream oil and gas exploration and production company established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company in June 2012.

The Mubadala Development Company was created in 2002, by the Government of Abu Dhabi, UAE, to help the diversification of the Abu Dhabi Emirate’s economy.

Mubadala Development Company is focusing long-term investments that deliver strong financial returns and tangible social benefits for the Emirate.

Mubadala Development Company’s strategy is to build partnerships with world-class industry leaders bringing the knowledge, expertise and technical skills that the Emirate needs to get access to global markets and build a balanced and sustainable economy.

Mubadala Development Company manage assets and operations spanning 12 countries with a primary geographic focus on the Middle East, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.

Mubadala Petroleum is currently producing approximately 400,000 boe/d.

In acquiring Pearl Oil in 2008, Mubadala Development Company became one of the largest petroleum concessionaires  in Thailand with 12 concessions under development in beginning with Jasmine and now continuing with the series of Manora, Nong Yao and Wassana processing platforms and floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessels.

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