Santos boosts Van Gogh production

Australia’s Santos has started oil production from its Van Gogh infill project in the Exmouth basin, offshore Western Australia.

Ningaloo Vision / Image source: Quadrant Energy
Ningaloo Vision / Image source: Quadrant Energy


This marks the conclusion of the two-well program that will increase production from the Van Gogh field.

The Van Gogh field ties into the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO), the Ningaloo Vision.

The infill project began in September and involved drilling and completing two subsea wells and connecting them into existing offshore infrastructure.

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said: “This program has been a great success, enabling a lift in production from the field.”

According to Santos, the two dual-lateral wells were targeted to access bypassed oil not drained from the original wells and were technically the most challenging of any wells in the development, drilling horizontal sections in the reservoirs as long as 3,500 meters only 950 meters below the seabed.

“The campaign has also been delivered safely and efficiently, highlighting the tremendous offshore expertise we have brought into the business with last year’s acquisition of Quadrant Energy,” Gallagher said.

Production from Van Gogh began in 2010, with the nearby Coniston and Novara fields tied back to the FPSO in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Santos has a 52.5% interest in the Van Gogh-Coniston-Novara project, which it operates.
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