Angola: 12-well extension contract for the Libongos drillship

Sonadrill, the joint-venture between Seadrill and Sonangol, has secured a 12-well extension in Angola for the Libongos drillship, Seadrill announced today.

The firm portion of the contract is worth $327m with commencement expected in Q4 2022 with a firm-term of approximately 25 months.

The Libongos drillship was already under a multi-year contract with Eni Angola, Hawilti’s Offshore Rigs Tracker shows. The unit is reported to have been part of the company’s drilling campaign on Block 15/06, where Eni has made seven discoveries over the past four years and is executing several subsea tie-back projects on the block.

Eni Angola, which now forms part of Azule Energy with bp Angola, is also progressing the full field development of Agogo on Block 15/06. Tenders were issued in July 2021 for a project targeting a peak production of 120,000 bopd via the installation of a third FPSO unit on the block.

The Libongos drillship is currently heading back to Block 15/06, data from Marine Traffic shows.

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Angola: ExxonMobil makes new discovery on Block 15

Angola’s National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG) has announced a new discovery at the Bavuca Sul-1 well on Block 15. The block is operated by ExxonMobil (36%) in partnership with Azule Energy (42%), Equinor (12%) and Sonangol E&P (10%). ExxonMobil is currently executing a redevelopment programme on the block, following a June 2019 agreement with the ANPG to boost production. The operator is expecting to increase output by 40,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) by executing a multi-year drilling program and install new infrastructure technology to increase capacity of the existing flowlines. The Valaris DS-9 drillship was contracted for the drilling campaign, under a 2-year contract from June 2022 to June 2024. Phase one of drilling is targeting 17 wells while Phase 2 targets about 20 wells. Valaris had already announced the drilling of the exploration well at the end of September 2022, but without providing further details.   “The well encountered 30 meters (98 feet) of high-quality sandstone containing hydrocarbons (…) at a water depth of 1,100 meters (3,608 feet),” the ANPG said today. Bavuca Sul-1 marks the 18th discovery on Block 15, where the Kizomba A FPSO started producing in 2004 followed by the Kizomba B FPSO in 2005. No new discovery had been made on the block since that of Bavuca in 2003.

Addax Petroleum officially exits Nigeria, transfers offshore blocks to NNPC

On November 1st, Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Ltd signed a Transfer, Settlement and Exit Agreement (TSEA) with NNPC Ltd for offshore blocks OML 123, OML 124, OML 126, and OML 137. The subsidiary of the Sinopec Group has now ceased to be the production sharing contractor on these assets, after two decades operating in Nigeria. Much sought-after assets The operator had already been criticized for its lack of investment on the blocks, leading to the revocation of its licenses in March 2021 and their award to the consortium of Kaztec Engineering and Salvic Petroleum. However, an intervention by President Buhari had seen the blocks quickly returned to Addax Petroleum a month later. Throughout the rest of 2021, rumours circulated that another Nigerian consortium involving Mars E&P, a subsidiary of the AA&R Group, along with Kaztec Engineering and Salvic Petroleum was in the race to acquire Addax Petroleum’s interest in the four OMLs. AA&R notably announced in November 2021 a $274m senior secured reserve-based lending facility from the Afreximbank to support the acquisition. However, the deal eventually fell through and did not complete.   Addax’ blocks were originally awarded on a sole risk basis (100% interest) and are considered very attractive by the industry. Two of them are currently producing: OML 123 has been on production since 2006 via the Yinson-operated Adoon FPSO that develops the Antan Field, and OML 126 since 2005 via the BW Offshore-operated Sendje Berge FPSO that develops the Okwori and Nda Fields. The Adoon FPSO pumped an average of 16,400 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from January to September this year, according to NUPRC data. Its charter period expires at the end of 2022. Meanwhile, the FPSO Sendje Berge’s average output stood at under 4,500 bopd over the past few months and the vessel lease and operation contract was extended by another year until Q4 2022. On the other side, OML 137 remains undeveloped but is believed to be the most attractive asset because it holds significant gas resources that could be monetised domestically or via exports.