First Oil from Manora Oil Field in the Gulf of Thailand Expected in 3Q 2014

Tap Oil Limited provided Thursday the following update on the Manora oil development project in the Northern Gulf of Thailand (TAP 30 percent interest).

Mubadala Petroleum, the operator of the Manora joint venture, continues to advise that the project is on schedule for commencement of production in late 3Q 2014 and that recent political events in Thailand have not had an impact on the project budget or schedule.

On June 24, installation of the subsea work was completed, including the installation of the CALM Buoy, risers and connections to the subsea Pipeline End Manifold which was previously installed. Completion of the subsea installation work leaves installation of the topsides and arrival of the FSO as the final remaining facility scope. The most recent offshore activity was completed safely and within budget.

Mubadala Petroleum has advised that Phase 2 of the Offshore Installation program, the loadout and installation of the topsides, is scheduled to commence early July 2014 to accommodate lift vessel availability. Based on the early July 2014 load out schedule, the topsides are now expected to be in place in mid July 2014. The rig is expected to arrive in
mid August to drill the two Manora development wells required for first oil production which remains on schedule for late in 3Q 2014.

The current status of the three components of the development is:

  • Platform (jacket & topsides): Jacket loadout and installation is complete. Platform Topsides installation planned for early July 2014
  • FSO (leased): Completed in November 2013 by the owner of the FSO, Omni Offshore Terminals Pte. Ltd (formerly Tanker Pacific Offshore Terminals Pte. Ltd). Wintered in China until March 2014 with work now recommenced. Final installation of long lead topsides equipment, commissioning and acceptance tests will be completed before being moved to the Manora location in late July 2014.
  • Drilling: The development wells will be drilled by the Atwood rig which has been under contract to the Operator since January 2013. Key contracts have been awarded, and long lead items have been ordered and are being received. Drilling is expected to commence in mid August 2014


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