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 FPSOâ€™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 yearâ€™s drilling program has forced operational planning changes, the main one being to accelerate testing of the FPSOâ€™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.