SOCO International and its partners in the TGT field offshore southern Vietnam are targeting first oil in September or October 2015 for the nearby H5 accumulation.
Construction of the H5-WHP (wellhead platform) jacket and drilling deck is complete. Offshore installation of the platform should be completed soon, with the jackup Naga 2 due to start drilling the five initial planned wells from mid-September onward.
Production will be tied-in to the FPSO serving TGT via a pipeline from the H5 WHP to the H1 WHP.
The FPSO’s oil throughput remains contractually limited to up to 40,000 b/d of its 55,000 b/d capacity. De-bottlenecking of the facility and increasing TGT production are therefore priorities for the partners.
However, a delay to this year’s drilling program has forced operational planning changes, the main one being to accelerate testing of the FPSO’s total liquids (oil and water) handling capacity.
The test program in July successfully confirmed an increase to around 140,000 b/d of liquids. It also confirmed minor additional modifications are needed to increase the capacity to more than 160,000 b/d.