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Activity - Van Gogh, Coniston and Novara Drilling and Completions

Activity details
Organisation Santos WA PVG Pty Ltd
Project Van Gogh Coniston Novara Field Developments
Activity types Drilling
In-force EP 3380
Submission date 03 November, 2015
Outcome Accepted
Acceptance date 22 November, 2016
Locations Pilbara
Start date 01 May, 2021
Stop date 30 September, 2021
Please note: activity start and stop dates are based on notifications provided by the titleholder.

Titleholder contact

Libby Howitt
Chief Environmental Advisor
Quadrant Energy
Level 9
100 St George's Terrace
+61 8 6218 7100

Activity Description

In order to maintain and maximise the existing production from the Van Gogh, Coniston and Novara fields, Quadrant Energy proposes to carry out appraisal and production well drilling in Permits WA-35-L and WA-55-L (the Defined Area) using a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). At its closest point, the Defined Area is located 32 km from the nearest landfall at North Muiron Island, 41 km from North West Cape and 56 km from Exmouth. 
This plan includes the drilling and completion of six infill wells at existing drill centres in permit WA-35-L. Appraisal wells could also be drilled in permit WA-35-L (1 well) and WA-55-L (1 well) and completed for production dependant on exploration success. This plan includes all ancillary activities required to drill and complete a well successfully and safely.
 Planned activities include:
Preparation in readiness for MODU operations, for example installation of pre-lay MODU anchors, long baseline (LBL) acoustic transponder array or stand-by mooring for support vessels;
Moving the MODU on and off location;
MODU mooring or dynamically positioning;
MODU commissioning and decommissioning activities;
Manipulation of existing subsea infrastructure, for example moving of Electric/Hydraulic Flying Leads (EHFLs);
Infill production well drilling activities which may be new wells or re-entries of existing wells (slot recovery) and will include horizontally drilled production laterals;
Appraisal well drilling activities which will be new wells;
Testing of wells, for example wireline logging, well testing and vertical seismic profiling (VSP);
Completing of wells contingent on drilling and testing success, for example completing a successful appraisal well ready for tie-in and production;
Well work-over activities, for example for maintaining/replacing down-hole components that are not functioning or to install barriers required for well suspension or abandonment;
Permanent plug and abandonment activities which may include removal of casing, wellhead and subsea tree;
Placing and/or retrieving equipment on the seabed;
Subsea metrology, for example spool metrology; and
General MODU, support vessel, ROV and helicopter operations. 
Infrastructure installation activities (other than drilling and completions-related), reservoir production, vessel-based seismic surveys and decommissioning (other than well infrastructure removal associated with a well abandonment) are not included.
Activities are scheduled to commence in Q1 2016 subject to obtaining all regulatory and business approvals and may occur anytime thereafter within the 5-year period from date of acceptance. Impacts and risks have been assessed for all seasons, so not to limit the time of year in which activities described in this plan may occur.
For a typical well, the activity duration is expected to be between 60 to 80 days. It is possible that the activity duration may increase in the case of technical difficulties and interruptions (e.g. breakdowns, wait-on-weather, etc.). It is also possible that well activities may be completed over multiple campaigns, whereby the MODU moves off location for a period of time before returning.

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Location map - Activity: Van Gogh, Coniston and Novara Drilling and Completions (refer to description)

EP Documents

EP Document A680611 (2.54 MB)
Decision notifications A680757 (Unknown size)

Related EP assessments

3380 (Click to view)