Woodside crosses halfway point at Greater Enfield project

Australian energy company Woodside is making progress with its Greater Enfield project development off Australia with more than half of it already done ahead of first oil planned for next year. 

Located 60 km off Exmouth in Western Australia within Commonwealth waters, the Greater Enfield project will develop the Laverda Canyon, Norton over Laverda (WA-59-L) and Cimatti (WA-28-L) oil accumulations.

The project was approved for development in June 2016. The reserves will be produced via a 31 km subsea tie-back to the Ngujima-Yin FPSO, currently located over the Vincent oil field. First oil from the Greater Enfield is planned for mid-2019.

In an update on Wednesday, the Australian company said that the project was 53% complete at the end of the first quarter 2018.

As planned, offshore drilling, subsea pipelay, and Xmas trees installation started during the first quarter of the year. The drilling campaign is expected to take two years to complete.

Furthermore, Woodside said that fabrication activities started at Keppel’s shipyard in Singapore in readiness for the FPSO arrival in the second quarter of 2018.

Once the vessel arrives to Singapore, Keppel will be in  charge of modification and upgrading it in preparation for the Greater Enfield project. The shipyard’s job scope includes marine and hull life extension and refurbishment works; installation of new customized water flood module, turret risers and power and control module; as well as modification of swivel system, marine and topside related piping.

Woodside also said that production from the Vincent field through the Ngujima-Yin FPSO will be suspended in May to undertake the maintenance and modifications works on the FPSO, which will enable additional production as part of the Greater Enfield project.

Offshore Energy Today Staff