Partners consider well remedial measures at Guendalina offshore Italy

Offshore staff

LONDONRockhopper has issued an update on its activities in the Mediterranean Sea.

The company has a 20% interest in the Eni-operated Guendalina gas field in the Northern Adriatic, which came with the acquisition of Mediterranean Oil and Gas.

Eni and Rockhopper are working on a side track of one of Guendalina’s two gas production wells, which has remained shut in following damage to the wellbore in 2012.

The side track, due to start drilling in 4Q, should enhance production levels.

Rockhopper has a 100% operated interest in the Ombrina Mare oil and gas discovery in shallow water offshore the Abruzzo region in the Central Adriatic.

Subject to approvals and granting of the field concession permit, the company hopes to drill an appraisal well by the end of 2016, which should help optimize development planning.

In the Area 3 concession offshore Malta (Rockhopper 40%), processing has been completed of last year’s 2D seismic survey. Analysis has revealed numerous potential leads.

The joint venture will request a one-year extension of the exploration study agreement prior to determining whether to enter a production-sharing contract.

In January, Rockhopper gained a 40% interest in Croatia’s offshore block 9, in partnership with operator Eni. The block is in relatively shallow water in the prolific Northern Adriatic gas province and contains the previously discovered Ksenija accumulation and the Klaudija prospect.

The partners plan seismic acquisition, processing and re-processing during the first (three-year) exploration phase followed by a well if they elect to enter the second phase.

Rockhopper applied for acreage in Montenegro’s first offshore licensing round, but to date there have been no awards.


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