Salamander Energy plc provided an update Wednesday on drilling, development and production operations at the Bualuang oil field in the B8/38 concession, offshore Gulf of Thailand. Salamander has a 100 percent interest in, and is operator of, the Bualuang field.
The installation of the oil processing and power generating modules onto the Bualuang Bravo Platform has been successfully completed. This included the lift and installation of the 1,200 ton processing module and the 550 ton power generation module. Hook up and commissioning of these modules will now commence.
The next in-field facilities installation will be the Bravo pipeline and floating storage offloading (FSO) riser, to be installed in 2Q 2014.
Switching the current floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) for the new FSO, conversion of which is 60 percent complete, will take place over the summer 2014. With these new facilities in place, Salamander will be driving down the operating costs of the field by more than $20 million per year.
Appraisal & Development Drilling, Production Update
Producers have now been completed in previously undeveloped areas of the field, including the deeper T2 reservoir and into the central culmination of the East Terrace. The most recent well, B8/38-9, was a successful appraisal of the northern culmination of the East Terrace. This well found over 141 feet (43 meters) of oil pay in seven stacked sandstone reservoirs in the Miocene T4 and T5 intervals, with pressure data indicating a 46 foot (14 meter) column height in the key T4.1 reservoir. No reserves or resources are currently booked within the T4.1 and this northern culmination will be a target of a future producer as part of the current campaign.
At the beginning of this year, the field held certified 2P oil reserves remaining of 33.6 million barrels and 2C contingent oil resources of 12.1 million barrels, based on an estimated stock tank oil initially in-place (STOIIP) of 180 million barrels, representing an overall recovery factor of approximately 33 percent.
Since then, Salamander has collected a large amount of new well and production data from on-going operations. Detailed study of all field data has led management to estimate an increase of almost 40 percent in STOIIP from 180 million barrels to over 250 million barrels. Management expects this to lead to a substantial increase in contingent resources and ultimately to reserves and production growth. The Group’s independent reserves auditor is currently working on year-end reserve and resource certification.
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