Manora oil field offshore Thailand comes on stream

Tap Oil Ltd. reported that production has started from Manora oil field offshore Thailand. The field is operated by Mubadala Petroleum; Tap Oil acquired interest in the field in late 2010.

The $300 million development will produce 15,000 b/d at peak production, which is expected to occur during first-quarter 2015.

The initial flow has been brought on line from two wells and is being progressively ramped up from an initial combined rate of 2,200 b/d.

Manora, which lies in 50 m of water in the Gulf of Thailand, was discovered in November 2009. The field is expected to have a minimum 11-year production life. 2P reserves have been estimated at 20 million bbl. A final investment decision for development was made in July 2012.

Four development wells have now been drilled with numbers one and two on stream and three and five handed over to the production department. An additional five surface holes have been batch drilled and cased while the intermediate phase of Manora-6 now in progress.

The program calls for the drilling and completion of as many as 15 wells—10 producers and 5 injectors; drilling will continue till the end of March 2015.

Operator Mubadala holds 60% of Manora. Tap Oil holds 30% and North Gulf Petroleum holds 10%.

Manora is Tap Oil’s first production in 2 years since it sold its interest in Apache Energy-operated Harriet field offshore Western Australia.

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