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Falklands Sea Lion development offshore could be reached next year, estimates Rockhopper Exploration

Monday, March 27th 2023 - 10:11 UTC
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The new field development plan by Navitas proposes 18 wells to be drilled in the first phase, 11 of these coming before first oil. The new field development plan by Navitas proposes 18 wells to be drilled in the first phase, 11 of these coming before first oil.

A final investment decision for the long-stalled Sea Lion development offshore the Falkland Islands could be reached in 2024, Rockhopper, a partner in the project announced in its site, after Navitas Petroleum, the project operator, presented it with an updated development plan.

Navitas Petroleum last year agreed to farm into the Sea Lion oil field development project and acquired the previous project operator Permier Oil from Harbour Energy.

Rockhopper, which discovered the Sea Lion back in 2010, said in April last year that it would, together with Navitas, seek to align working interests across all their North Falkland Basin petroleum licenses so that Rockhopper would own 35% and Navitas 65%, and that the two companies would jointly develop and agree on a technical and financing plan to enable the development of the Sea Lion project to achieve first oil on a lower cost and expedited basis post-sanction.

Sea Lion and its satellite fields were previously estimated to hold around 520 mmbbls of 2C Contingent Resources.

However, Rockhopper said that Navitas had recently released an update which included an independent resource report conducted by Netherland Sewell & Associates (“NSAI”) (the “NSAI Independent Report”), showing reduced upfront capex, reduced life of field costs, and increased recoverable resources.

The new development plan, which Navitas continues to optimize and is subject to change, adopts a staged approach and, according to Rockhopper, represents a material reduction in both upfront and life of field cost when compared to the previous development scheme, while still achieving a plateau production rate in the initial stage of approximately 80,000 bbls/d, a peak production rate of approximately 100,000 bbls/d and recovery of over 269 MMbbls of oil (2C Development Pending) out of 712 MMbbls (2C Total).

18 wells in first phase

The new development plan proposes 18 wells to be drilled in the first phase, 11 of these coming before first oil. The phase 2 drilling campaign will add a further five wells approximately 42 months after first oil. Those later wells will also be tied into the FPSO to extend the production plateau.

”Having successfully re-defined the project, work will now focus on refining the financing plan with a view to reaching FID during 2024. In the meantime, technical work streams continue to further refine the project, with Navitas focused on driving further project optimizations. Based on a redeployed FPSO, a timeline of 30 months is envisaged from FID to first oil, with drilling anticipated to commence approximately 12 months post FID,2 Rockhopper said.

As previously disclosed, Rockhopper believed it was possible to materially reduce pre-first oil capex from the previously estimated US$1.8 billion (assuming a leased FPSO) and overall project capex by taking actions such as reducing the number of wells drilled pre first oil and reducing the number of drill centers.

The last independent resource report commissioned directly by Rockhopper was the ERCE 2016 Report which had an estimated 2C value of 517 MMbbls. The Navitas commissioned NSAI Independent Report used an updated approach and assumptions to the ERCE 2016 report.

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  • Pugol-H

    Is that an Argy Planter complaining about corruption above???

    Amazing, you’d think they were totally used to/blind to it by now.

    Perhaps the directors and board members thought it would be more palatable to Argentina if the project was riddled with corruption, something they recognise and could identify with and feel comfortable with.

    I really do hope it goes ahead, the reaction in Argentina would be spectacular to say the least, with an entertainment value off the scale.

    Poor old Carmona would probably have a heart attack, otherwise get suicided Nisman style.

    And it would remind the Malvinazis just how irrelevant they are in the S. Atlantic and nothing hurts them more than that.

    Wots it like to be ignored then, eh???

    Mar 30th, 2023 - 12:54 pm +1
  • Shogun

    Projections, projections.
    Is it not now more than 20 years of shuffling paper. ?

    Mar 27th, 2023 - 04:50 pm 0
  • Tænk

    Not quite..., Mr. Shogun...

    - It is now about 13 years of shuffling paper AND many hundreds of million pounds from many gullible private investors pockets into some few British Oil Companies directors and board members pockets...

    - I reckon them British Oil Companies have still some Unresolved Tax Issues with the local colonial administration of them Isles for 'bout 100 million GBP's...

    - As that good auld engrish rock song goes... ;-)

    Mar 27th, 2023 - 05:26 pm 0
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