DOE mulls power majeure on west Palawan SC 55

Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) – March 29, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Division of Vitality (DOE) is evaluating a request to put Service Contract (SC) 55 offshore west Palawan below power majeure as a result of opposed impression of the COVID-19 pandemic on the upstream business.

The SC 55 consortium had filed a request with the DOE to declare a one-year power majeure on the mentioned prospect in September final yr.

In a current submitting, ACE Enexor Inc.—the listed oil and fuel exploration and manufacturing unit of the Ayala Group—mentioned the consortium made the request “in view of the far-reaching opposed results of the COVID-19 pandemic and the induced low oil worth on the worldwide upstream petroleum business.”

Palawan55 Exploration & Manufacturing Corp., SC 55’s operator with a 75 % curiosity, is 75 % owned by ACE Enexor and 25 % owned by AC Vitality Corp.

DOE assistant secretary Leonido Pulido mentioned officers are near finishing analysis course of.

Whereas awaiting the DOE’s choice, properly planning and drilling preparations for SC 55 are ongoing.

ACE Enexor chairman Eric Francia earlier mentioned the consortium was on observe to begin drilling of an appraisal properly within the first half of 2022, with targets to agency up its accomplice and finalize drilling plans inside first half of this yr.

Final yr, Palawan55 made the dedication to drill one exploratory properly inside the first two years after the DOE confirmed SC 55’s entry into the appraisal interval.

In April final yr, the DOE confirmed that the “Hawkeye-1 properly did encounter a major quantity of movable pure fuel and is deemed to be a non-associated fuel discovery below Part 13.02 of SC 55. Non-associated fuel discovery means the reservoir incorporates solely pure fuel and no oil.

Three months later, the SC 55 consortium submitted to the DOE its five-year work program and price range for the appraisal interval of $1.7 million.

The work program consists of a agency dedication within the first two years and a contingent dedication protecting the latter three years.

The agency dedication consists of geological and geophysical research and drilling of a properly inside the subsequent two years.

SC 55 was estimated to have some 2.2 trillion cubic toes of fuel, in line with the DOE.

Specifically, the Hawkeye properly was believed to have an estimated 480 million barrels of oil recognized on 2D seismic initially acquired by Otto in 2007 and additional outlined with the 600-km 3D seismic acquisition in late 2009.


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