Mubadala installs Manora topsides

Good Oil 2012: the Manora oil development will involve a single wellhead platform linked to an FSO unit in Thai waters

United Arab Emirates player Mubadala Petroleum has set its sights on first oil at the Manora development off Thailand in late September after installation of the topsides last week.

The platform topsides was loaded out of the Sattahip yard on 2 July and installed on the jacket in the northern Gulf of Thailand five days later, partner Tap Oil said.

Welding of the two units together is currently ongoing.

Final hook-up and commissioning will be carried out before the arrival of the jack-up Atwood Orca in mid-August to begin drilling 10 production wells and five injection wells.

The floating storage and offloading unit for the project is set to arrive in late July and will be hooked up to the previously-installed buoys and flowlines. Installation of the subsea work was completed in late June.

Mubadala has said the project remains on schedule for first oil late in the third quarter.

The project encountered delays earlier this year as the delivery of the topsides was pushed back.

Full field development, excluding abandonment costs, now stands at about $300 million — up from the previously announced $278 million, which itself was a 13% increase from the $246 million forecast when the final investment decision was taken in July 2012.

Estimated peak production from Manora is 15,000 barrels per day.

Partners in the G1/48 concession are operator Mubadala on 60%, Tap with 30% and Northern Gulf Petroleum having 10%.

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