Guyana Opens Offshore Bid Round

Dec 09, 2022 by Admin in  Oil & Gas

Guyana President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali has launched Guyana’s competitive bid round for 14 offshore oil blocks, comprised of eleven shallow water blocks and three ultra-deepwater blocks.

Officially open today, December 9th 2022, the bid round is expected to be open for 4 months and will close on April 14th 2023.

With the massive potential for “25 billion barrels”, President Ali outlined that evaluations of the proposals will take place and following an expedited negotiation period, awards of blocks are expected in Q2 2023.

Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat is expected to publish a notice in the Official Gazette in keeping with the Petroleum Act.

Guyana has seen extraordinary success with offshore discoveries in the last 5 years. The country continues to grow and expand the opportunities to increase production and the inflow of investment into the energy industry and other sectors. The largest upstream player to date has been Exxon, who produces more than 340,000 barrels of oil per day from two FPSOs. The company has had significant success in Guyana and indicates that additional FPSOs are already in development for future projects.

The government has made it clear in the past that the industry must be to the benefit of all Guyanese citizens. At the launch of the bid round, President Ali, stated, “We are hoping that there will be maximum participation and that Guyana would be part of a partnership that creates greater benefit and greater wins for our country and our people.”

Improved fiscal terms have been outlined that provide greater balance of the share of revenue between the government and contractor, while maintaining Guyana’s competitive edge in the region globally.

The International Energy Conference and Expo will take place from February 14-17 2023 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel. At the conference there will be keynote addresses by the leadership of the country including: His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of Guyana, Prime Minister Mark Anthony Phillips, Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo and Minister of Natural Resources, Vickram Bharrat.

At the conference we will also hear from senior experts in Guyana’s oil and gas sector, including John Hess, Chief Executive Officer, Hess and Alistair Routledge, President, ExxonMobil Guyana.

Hess says production in Guyana could reach 1.2m barrels per day by 2027

Jan 06, 2023

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs, Global Energy and Clean Technology Conference, CEO of Hess Corporation John Hess stated that the official figure for crude oil production from Guyana is estimated to be 1.2 million barrels per day, an upward estimate from the previously reported 850,000 barrels per day. This steady production will be supported by six floating production vessels (FPSOs).

Hess, with partners Exxon and CNOOC, have had 30 major finds offshore Guyana, 9 of which have been in 2022. Presently, Guyana has two FPSOs in operation producing about 360,000 barrels per day.

Mr. Hess noted that based on the recent appraisal of the Fangtooth well, the company may require a dedicated production unit for itself which would be Guyana’s 7th in total.

Emphatically stating that Hess projects in the region will lead to the betterment of all Guyanese, he referred to the recently signed carbon credits deal (click here to read more). and the gas to power project currently underway, which Mr. Hess anticipates will provide stable and low cost electricity for the country(click here to read more).

With such strong indicators of sustainability there remains an undeniable link between the energy sector and the development of Guyana’s infrastructure and services sector.

The International Energy Conference and Expo will take place from February 14 – 17 2023 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel. The theme for the conference in 2023 is Harnessing Energy For Development. Mr. John Hess, CEO of Hess Corporation will be speaking at the conference and delivering a feature address.

 

 

 

SBM signs new MOU with Exxon

Nov 09, 2022

SBM continues its relationship with ExxonMobil through the signing of a new MOU.

SBM Offshore has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ExxonMobil Guyana for construction of a multi-purpose floater hull for use on a future floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) project.

ExxonMobil and SBM Offshore have a long history of working together, with multiple FPSO projects underway.

Exxon has previously indicated that at least six FPSOs will be in service by 2027. They have also signaled that the resource base in Guyana has the potential to support up to 10 FPSOs.

 

APA Corporation Announces First Discovery in Block 53 Offshore Suriname

Aug 23, 2022

APA Corporation has announced an oil discovery offshore Suriname at Baja-1 in Block 53. The company also provided an update on recent drilling operations at Dikkop-1 in Block 58.

Block 53

Baja-1 was drilled to a depth of 5,290 meters (17,356 feet) and encountered 34 meters (112 feet) of net oil pay in a single interval within the Campanian. Preliminary fluid and log analysis indicates light oil with a gas-oil ratio (GOR) of 1,600 to 2,200 standard cubic feet per barrel, in good quality reservoir. The discovery at Baja-1 is a down-dip lobe of the same depositional system as the Krabdagu discovery, 11.5 kilometers to the west in Block 58. Evaluation of open-hole well logs, cores and reservoir fluids is ongoing.

“Our success at Baja marks the 6th oil discovery we have participated in offshore Suriname, and the first on Block 53,” said John J. Christmann, APA CEO and president. “This result confirms our geologic model for the Campanian in the area and helps to de-risk other prospects in the southern portion of both Blocks 53 and 58.”

APA recently received regulatory approval regarding an amendment to the Block 53 Production Sharing Contract (PSC), which provides options to extend the exploration period of the PSC by up to four years. The company is currently progressing the formalization of the election of the first one-year extension, for which all work commitments are complete.

APA is operator and holds a 45% working interest in Block 53, with Petronas holding a 30% working interest and CEPSA holding a 25% working interest. Baja-1 was drilled using the Noble Gerry de Souza in water depths of approximately 1,140 meters (3,740 feet). The drillship will mobilize to Block 58 following the completion of current operations, where it will drill the Awari exploration prospect, approximately 27 kilometers (north) of the Maka Central discovery.

Block 58

APA also announced that operations have concluded on the Dikkop exploration well in Block 58. The well encountered water-bearing sandstones in the targeted interval and has been plugged and abandoned. TotalEnergies is the operator with a 50% working interest, and APA holds the remaining 50% working interest. The drillship Maersk Valiant will be moving to the Sapakara field to drill a second appraisal well at Sapakara South, where the joint venture conducted a successful flow test late last year.

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