Drilling and completion of the first well is planned to take approximately 50 days, with total depth some 1650 meters below sea level. For subsequent production wells, the estimated drilling and ccompletion time is estimated to take from 30 to 45 days per well.
A total of seven production wells are planned for Manati. Each well will be tied back to an unmanned platform where well stream measurements and manifolding into the export pipeline will take place.
The jacket for this platform is already installed and the pipeline is nearing completion.
Commissioning of the production system is expected to start this summer, with a gradual step-up of production during the third quarter of the year as the production wells are being completed. Manati is a large gas field situated in the Camamu/Reconcavo Basin south of the city of Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia in Brazil. Norse holds a 10 percent interest. The other partners are Petrobras (35 percent) and Queiroz Galvao Perfurazao (55 percent).
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