Oil&Gas: Staatsolie Nearshore Drilling Project

Approximately 10 exploration wells in Nearshore Blocks A, B and C, Suriname

Start engineering: June 2018
End execution: Q1 2020

Target: Drilling exploration wells to explore hydrocarbons within the Nearshore area of Suriname

Depth (TVD): 700 - 2700m

Project Summary

Client:Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V.
Location:Nearshore Blocks A, B and C, Suriname
Wells:Approximately 10 vertical exploration wells
Start Engineering:June 2018
End Execution:Q1 2020
Target:Drilling exploration wells to explore hydrocarbons within the Nearshore area of Suriname
Depths (TVD):700 - 2700m
Role of WEP:WEP is involved in a major part of the project. The main activities are implementation of the Well Delivery Process, Well engineering (designs and programs), Overall Drilling and Project Management.
Challenges:First (major) exploration in the Nearshore area; Drilling from a Jack-up rig in shallow waters < 10m depth, in an environmentally sensitive area

Project Description

WEP is involved in an extended exploration project of Staatsolie (national oil company of Suriname).

The rationale of the Project is to explore hydrocarbons within the Nearshore area of Suriname and moreover attempt to identify and quantify the presence of hydrocarbon reserves which can be developed commercially by Staatsolie. Staatsolie has identified 5 focus areas within Blocks A, B, and C, where drilling will be targeted based on 2D and 3D seismic surveys. Within these focus areas, 15 preliminary potential drilling locations have been identified of which Staatsolie intends to drill 10.

Seven of the 10 wells will be shallow (700 – 1500m) and the other three will be deeper (2400 – 2700m).

WEP started its support with the delivery and implementation of the Well Delivery Process. WEP made the well designs in close cooperation with Staatsolie staff. From September 2018 on WEP’s support to the project has been intensified by providing a full-time Drilling Manager who is stationed in Suriname. WEP’s Drilling Manager will manage the further engineering phases and the drilling operations. He will be supported by WEP’s engineering staff in the Netherlands. During the Operational phase, WEP will provide Drilling Supervisors to supplement the Drilling Team.