Woodside to re-start drilling offshore Myanmar

Offshore staff

PERTH, AustraliaWoodside Energy expects to spud exploration wells by mid-year offshore Myanmar and Western Australia.

The campaign off Myanmar is due to start next month. The first two wells will appraise the Thalin discovery, and will incorporate coring and drillstem testing programs.

Woodside adds that the joint venture partners for blocks A-6 and AD-7 have approved two exploration wells, one on each block, with work in progress to identify two additional drilling prospects.

In Australia’s Exmouth sub-basin, the company expects to drill the Swell gas prospect in the WA-483-P permit during 2Q.

As for Woodside’s ongoing development projects, at Wheatstone off Western Australia construction of LNG Train 1 is nearing completion, with all modules on-site and final hook-up and commissioning under way. The LNG storage tanks and export loading jetty are complete, while the storage and loading system are ready for commissioning.

First LNG production now looks likely in mid-year with Train 2 due to start up six to eight months later. Once both trains are fully operational, the project should lift Woodside’s annual production by more than 13 MMboe.

At the Greater Western Flank 1 development on the North West Shelf, the final GWF-1 wells on the Tidepole structure delivered first gas late last year.

The Persephone project remains on budget and on schedule for start-up in 3Q, with subsea installation under way.

For Greater Western Flank 2, the offshore campaign has started with the installation of mooring piles at two drill center locations, and reservoir drilling in progress.

Subsea equipment manufacturing has started for the Greater Enfield tieback, due to deliver first oil in mid-2019.

Elsewhere off Western Australia, the company and its partners in the Browse project are evaluating alternative development options and are looking to select a concept later this year.

Work has also started on commercializing the Scarborough area gas resources, with a projected start for front-end engineering and design next year.

Offshore Gabon, processing of the first azimuth of multi-client 3D seismic data for the DoukouDak block has been completed, Woodside adds, as has processing of MC 3D data for the Luna Muetse block.

The joint venture is drawing up plans for a well to be drilled in 2017/ 2018.

Offshore eastern Canada, the company has elected to withdraw from the Nova Scotia Joint Venture.


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