Noble: Offshore Equatorial Guinea Alen Project Sanctioned

The Ministry of Mines, Industry, and Energy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has approved Noble's Alen condensate/gas-recycling project. The project was sanctioned by Noble in December 2010, followed by the approval of all partners.

Initial field development will include three production wells and three subsea natural gas injection wells tied to a processing platform. Produced condensate will be separated and piped to the Aseng FPSO on Block I, located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the south. Associated natural gas will be re-injected back into the reservoir to maintain pressure and maximize liquid recoveries.

The Alen processing facility, moored in 240 feet (73 meters) of water, is designed to handle 440 MMcf/d of natural gas and 40,000 bopd of condensate. The Alen field will commence production in 2013 and is anticipated to flow at a gross rate of 37,500 bopd. Natural gas re-injection is estimated at 380 MMcf/d during gas-recycling. The total cost of the development is projected to be US $1.6 billion.

Currently, the front end engineering and design work is completed, and the operator is negotiating and awarding key project contracts, including the platform facility construction and installation, as well as necessary drilling resources. The Belinda project is located in Block O, offshore Equatorial Guinea. Noble Energy operates the project, holding a 45% interest.

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