Fugro to carry out geotechnical survey over KrisEnergy’s Cambodia field

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Dutch geotechnical services provider Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical contract for KrisEnergy’s Apsara oil field in Block A, offshore Cambodia, as part of the nation’s first hydrocarbon development.

KrisEnergy’s Block A offshore Cambodia

The KrisEnergy-operated Apsara field lies over the Khmer Basin, an unproduced geological basin in Cambodian maritime waters in the Gulf of Thailand.

Fugro said on Tuesday it would carry out a geotechnical investigation to support the design and installation phases of the Apsara Mini Phase 1A development.

Fugro will perform the work using its Fugro Mariner vessel. The work will comprise shallow gas pilot-hole drilling, and geotechnical sample boreholes and cone penetration tests.

“It is a pleasure to return to Cambodia, where our involvement in the Block A exploration goes back to 2006, when we supported the drilling of the initial exploration wells,” remarked Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Business Line Director, Asia Pacific Region.

“KrisEnergy has been our valued client since their establishment in 2009 and part of our success is owed to our unique ‘Triple A’ approach, where we acquire, analyse and advise on Geo-data across the full project life cycle.”

Vladimir Lavie, Senior Geophysicist for KrisEnergy, commented: “We thank our colleagues at Fugro for working with us on this historic project. This site investigation will be yet another milestone in the 2020 realisation of the Apsara oil field. We’ve already completed our geophysical surveys, and Fugro’s geotechnical investigation will provide the final set of geomechanical information needed to derisk the design, installation and operation of our project.”

KrisEnergy made the final investment decision (FID) to proceed with the first phase of development for the Apsara oil field, the first hydrocarbon development project in Cambodia, back in October 2017.

The Phase 1A of the Apsara development envisages a single unmanned minimum facility 24-slot wellhead platform producing to a moored production barge capable of processing up to 30,000 barrels of fluid per day with gas, oil and water separation facilities on the vessel.

In November 2019, KrisEnergy has signed a letter of award with Profab for the supply of a minimum facilities wellhead platform for the Apsara oil field. Under the deal, Profab, a National Oilwell Varco company, is responsible for the procurement, and the fabrication and construction of the jacket, topsides, and other related accessories for the Mini-Platform, including full pre-commissioning and loading onto a barge for transportation.

The steel-cutting ceremony for the Apsara wellhead platform was held at the PT Profab facility on Batam Island, Indonesia on December 6, 2019.

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