GPC Starts FPSO Reconnection Operations at Galoc Oil Field

Galoc Production Company provided an update on the riser replacement and reconnection operations at the Galoc Oil Field offshore Palawan, Philippines.

Otto Energy holds an 18.3% indirect interest in the field via a 32% shareholding in the operating company Galoc Production Company (GPC), which holds a 58.29% working interest in the Galoc Field.

GPC had earlier advised that, following disconnection of the FPSO from the Mooring and Riser System which was necessary due to Typhoon Frank (FengShen), subsequent inspection of the subsea components by Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) revealed damage to one of the upper riser sections. Replacement riser sections were mobilized from Singapore by the Company's  FPSO contractor and have arrived in the field onboard a support vessel for the replacement operation.

The Mooring and Riser System is being recovered and surface inspection and pressure testing of the umbilical will be carried out. The riser replacement and reconnection operations will then be undertaken. An additional vessel equipped with a work class ROV spread has been mobilized to assist our FPSO contractor in completing these activities.

The on-going inspection, reinstatement and reconnection activities involve several delicate, inter-related operations the results of which will influence the timing of First Oil, now anticipated to be early August.