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The company plans to undertake a comprehensive work programme. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Exploration

Invictus Energy Limited has provided an update on operations at its 80%-owned SG 4571 licence in Zimbabwe’s Cabora Bassa Basin

The SG 4571 Licence containing Mukuyu Discovery has been renewed for further three years. 

In March, priliminary composition analysis from the Mukuyu-2 well indicated the presence of high quality natural gas with minimal impurities. Since then, the company has been preparing for the next phase of its appraisal programme and work towards the monetisation of the Mukuyu gas discoveries. 

Comprehensive work programme

Geo Associates, the company’s 80%-owned subsidiary and holder of Special Grant 4571 has received notification that its application to extend the tenure of the SG 4571 licence for a further three years has been approved by the Mining Affairs Board. This will be followed by publication in the Government Gazette. The exploration licence for the third period for SG 4571 runs to June 2027. The company plans to undertake a comprehensive work programme for the third three-year exploration period including 3D seismic acquisition and additional exploration/appraisal drilling. The company is able to apply for a production special grant licence at any stage. 

Drilling at the Mukuyu-2 appraisal well in SG 4571 commenced on 20 September 2023

The agreement will allow TGS to manage and license more than 132,000 sq kms of seismic data, both 2D and 3D. (Image source: TGS)

Geology & Geophysics

By agreement, Tanzania’s Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA) has given energy data and intelligence company TGS full access to the region's extensive offshore subsurface data 

The agreement will allow TGS to manage and license more than 132,000 sq kms of seismic data, both 2D and 3D. 

Tanzania boasts strong play diversity, proven through exploration success across much of the stratigraphy, from Early Cretaceous to Miocene reservoirs. The comprehensive dataset comprises of regional seismic as well as well data, unlocking insights into the basin's evolution and structural history.

It will help identify hydrocarbon plays, allow for prospect-specific analysis, mapping of robust trapping configurations, and help understand the maturity and distribution of source rocks.

Besides exclusive rights to license all of Tanzania’s offshore mainland data, TGS is also free to acquire new seismic data and reprocess existing data. 

The company can support upcoming licensing rounds, which is expected to start next year. Tanzania is now ranked third in sub-Saharan Africa for future investment, anticipating 6% GDP growth by 2025, with million-dollar investments in infrastructure, and LNG, among other sectors. 

Attractive exploration target

David Hajovsky, EVP of multi-client at TGS, said, “Tanzania remains an attractive exploration target with its world-class gas fields and excellent sands proven across multiple source intervals. By providing access to high-quality seismic data ahead of potential future licensing activities, TGS will empower exploration and production companies to evaluate opportunities in this under-explored but highly promising region of East Africa.” 

TGS has also signed an agreement recently with the national oil company of Liberia (NOCAL) for data access expansion in the region. 

Vallourec will also provide tubular management services. (Image source: Vallourec)

Technology

TotalEnergies has contracted tubular solutions provider Vallourec to source 5,000 tonnes of OCTG solutions and associated services for the Kaminho deepwater project

Situated on Block 20, 100 km off the coast of Angola, Vallourec will supply VAM connections with its green, dope-free solution, Cleanwell. 

Early this month, a deal for 13-well subsea production system, including associated equipment and services, was closed by Total with SLB OneSubsea venture for the development of the Kaminho project

Providing offshore expertise

Vallourec will also provide its offshore expertise via VAM Field Service as well as its tubular management services (TMS) offering, which ensures tubes preparation and inspection before they are dispatched for the drilling platform. This service also covers the phase when the tubes are returened for storage.

While the products will be manufactured at the company's production hubs in France, Brazil, and Indonesia, Vallourec has a strong customer base across Africa, especially in Nigeria, Gabon, Congo, and Mozambique.

In Namibia, the company has supplied around 5,000 tonnes of tubes and connections. also for a TotalEnergies project. Recently, TotalEnergies have farmed into Block 3B/4B in Orange Basin

Philippe Guillemot, chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, said, “We are proud to support TotalEnergies in its developments and exploration projects. I would like to thank the Vallourec teams for their commitment.”

The Ministers reaffirmed the Government's enthusiasm with the AKK project. (Image source: NNPC)

Gas

The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project site received Ministers from the Federation of Nigeria for an inspection visit following the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation's Group CEO Mele Kyari's assurance that the project will be delivered by the end of first quarter 2025 

The Ministers who were visiting included Wale Edun, Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Mohammed Idris Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, and Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas).

The AKK Project, which is a 40 inch by 614km linear pipeline system with associated intermediate, terminal gas facilities and other related equipment for natural gas transportation, is of strategic importance for Nigeria as it is anticipated a major driver of the nation's economic growth and industrialisation. The project is capable of generating 3.6 GW of power and support gas-based industries along the route.

"If you know about the Kakuri Industrial Area and how most of our factories there have become moribund, you will understand why we in Kaduna State are all excited about the AKK Gas Pipeline. Without doubt, the pipeline will revamp our industries and bring about a huge impact on our people. We can't wait for it to be completed," said Mallam Uba Sani, Governor of Kaduna State

Harnessing Nigeria's vast gas resources

Addressing the Ministers, Kyari noted that the AKK project has been entirely funded by the NNPC, and said, "Without promising too much, we assure you that this project will be delivered on schedule. Our mission is to work towards delivering it by December this year. But we are confident this project will be delivered by first Quarter of 2025."  

The approximately US$2.8bn AKK project was initially supposed to be funded by Chinese lenders, but that plan fell apart once they failed to produce the cash when required. 

Edun as well as Ekpo reaffirmed the government's enthusiasm with the AKK project, given its several efforts to harness Nigeria's vast gas resources to improve power generation, revamp ailing industries and create employment. Edun said, "The AKK Gas Pipeline is crucial for this administration and its delivery is in line with Mr. President's strategy of bringing prosperity to the people."

"Nigerians should be proud of the AKK Gas Pipeline project. With the delivery of this project, the prosperity that Mr. President is always talking about is unravelling right here before our eyes," said Idris Malagi.

 

 

Gas yield from OML 58 is processed in the Obite treatment centre for supply to NLNG. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Downstream

TotalEnergies and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd has reached a final investment decision (FID) for the development of the Ubeta gas field 

Located about 80 km northwest of Port Harcourt in Rivers state, the Ubeta gas field falls under OML 58 onshore license which is operated by TotalEnergies with a 40% interest while NNPC holds the other 60%. 

The development plan includes the installation of a 11 km buried pipeline to connect Ubeta's new six-well cluster to the existing Obite facilities, thus allowing emissions reduction and cost efficiency. A 5 MW solar plant is currently under construction at Obite to further alleviate carbon intensity. A completely electrified drilling rig will be deployed for production which is due to start in 2027.

During COP28, TotalEnergies signed an agreement with NNPCL among other African oil companies to deploy its advanced drone-based technology AUSEA on oil & gas facilities in Nigeria, and soon after, an inspection of OML 100 field in south-eastern Niger Delta confirmed that their joint venture has achieved zero routine gas flaring across all its assets, including OML 58

Favourable government initiatives

While things are looking up in terms of sustainable practices, Nigeria is also focusing on production optimisation, and its recent collaboration with SLB testifies this approach

The Ubeta field capacity is expected at approximately 70,000 bopd including condensates. The Obagi oil field and the Ibewa gas and condensate field that also belong within OML 58 are currently in production. The gas yield is processed in the Obite treatment centre for supply to the Nigerian domestic gas market as well as Nigeria LNG (NLNG) plant. 

TotalEnergies owns a 15% interest in NLNG, which is a liquefaction plant in Bonny Island, with an on-going capacity expansion from 22-30 Mtpa. 

With more than 90% of manhours to be worked locally, the major, along with NNPCL, is aiming to enhance local content.

“Ubeta is the latest in a series of projects developed by TotalEnergies in Nigeria, most recently Ikike and Akpo West. I am pleased that we can launch this new gas project which has been made possible by the Government’s recent incentives for non-associated gas developments. Ubeta fits perfectly with our strategy of developing low-cost and low-emission projects, and will contribute to the Nigerian economy through higher NLNG exports,” said Mike Sangster, senior vice president - Africa, exploration and production at TotalEnergies.

The conference brings together the brightest minds and technical experts from across the energy value chain. (Image source: dmg events)

Event News

The ADIPEC 2024 Technical Conference has received a record 5,977 submissions, a 16% increase over last year, with major submission growth seen in the AI and Digital Transformation and Energy Transition and Decarbonisation categories, and increased submissions from African and Arab states.

The ADIPEC Technical Conference is a key part of ADIPEC, the world’s largest energy event, which takes place on 4-7 November 2024 in Abu Dhabi. Organised by SPE, the Technical Conference this year will feature 159 sessions across 12 categories, for which energy experts and engineers from around the world submit their work to be considered for presentation.

“As chairman of the ADIPEC Technical Conference, I am immensely proud to announce a historic milestone of 5,977 technical submissions received this year. This unprecedented volume of contributions underscores ADIPEC's vital role as a premier forum for innovative dialogue and exchange within the global energy sector. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all authors – the pioneering experts that continue to drive our industry forward, fostering the advancements and collaborative spirit necessary to meet the evolving demands of our world,” said Dr. Khaled Abdul Monem Al Kindi, Senior Vice President, Upper Zakum, ADNOC Offshore and ADIPEC 2024 Technical Conference Programme Chair.
Continuing its 40-year legacy of energy leadership and innovation, ADIPEC 2024 aims to be a driving force for accelerated energy action. This year, the event sets out a renewed vision, gathering diverse voices from communities, nations, and industries to find collective solutions that can deliver affordable, secure, and sustainable energy for all.

As a key part of ADIPEC’s portfolio of 10 conferences, the ADIPEC Technical Conference brings together the brightest minds and technical experts from across the energy value chain – the changemakers at the forefront of engineering, technology and industry innovation.

The two submission categories that saw the biggest increases were Energy Transition and Decarbonisation and AI and Digital Transformation, with 38% and 32% jumps respectively. These increases reveal the energy industry’s growing focus on emerging digital technologies and efforts to decarbonise in support of the energy transition, which are a major focus of ADIPEC this year, reflected across its dynamic conference and exhibition agenda.

A significant increase was also recorded in the number of submissions from Arab and African countries over last year, rising 50% and 28% respectively. Double-digit growth was also recorded in submissions from the Asia & Pacific Region, North America, and the Middle East. The ADIPEC Technical Conference also saw experts from 25% more companies submit their work for presentation.

Christopher Hudson, president of dmg events, the organiser of ADIPEC, said: "Decarbonisation presents many challenges and opportunities for all sectors. ADIPEC’s focus on platforming low-carbon energy innovations to power industry, empower lives, and accelerate global prosperity makes its Technical Conference a critical forum to advance a sustainable, secure and equitable energy future. This year’s record number of submissions, along with the substantial increases in geographical and category-specific contributions, highlights the alignment of our agenda with the industry's needs and the global commitment to be part of the solution."

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