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BMG Closure Project Phase 1 Well P&A

Activity type Drilling
Activity subtypes Any other petroleum-related activity
Decommissioning, dismantling or removing a facility
Submitted by Cooper Energy Limited
Submission date 26 November, 2021
Subtype New
Decision date
RMS ID 6825
Status Under assessment (with titleholder)
Link to previously accepted EP
Mike Jacobsen
Phone: +61 8 8100 4900
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Location map - Activity: BMG Closure Project Phase 1 Well P&A (refer to description)

The Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) subsea oil development is located entirely within Retention Lease VIC/RL13 in Commonwealth waters. The development lies in water depths circa 135 m – 270 m, approximately 50 km from the Victorian coastline, south of Cape Conran.

Historically the BMG development produced light crude oil. The crude was processed by an FPSO before being transferred to an offtake tanker. In 2010 the JVP ceased production and commenced preparing the subsea facilities for non-production. The FPSO, offtake tanker, associated mid-water equipment and moorings have since been removed.

The remaining subsea facilities include seven (7) subsea wells within three (3) well centers, subsea trees, manifolds, flowlines, umbilicals and ancillary structures. A petroleum safety zone surrounds the facilities except the trenched sections of the Basker-6 flowline and Basker-6 umbilical (gazettal A443819).

VIC/RL13 was acquired by Cooper Energy from the previous JVP in 2014. With the acquisition came the BMG facilities in the non-production phase; this phase is described within the accepted Gippsland Operations EP.

Cooper Energy plans to decommission the BMG facilities in the following phases:

Phase 1 (this EP)
Timing: 2023 - 2024
Primary Objective: permanently seal the offshore wells.
- Seabed and facility inspection and preparatory activities.
- Plugging and abandonment of all wells to permanently isolate the production zones (by end 2023).
- Removal of structures on the seabed, flowline jumpers and flying leads subject to progress with primary objective.

Phase 1 activities will involve the use of a semi-submersible mobile offshore unit (MOU) and support vessels. Activities are expected to take up to approximately 130 days either as a single or split campaign. Normal operations will be conducted 24-hours a day/seven days a week. Activity timing is subject to MOU and vessel availability; the EP provides for the activities at any time of year.

Phase 2 (to be covered by a separate EP)
Timing: circa 2024 - 2026
Phase 2 will involve decommissioning of the flowlines, umbilicals and any other remaining equipment by end 2026. The base case is to fully remove the facilities; alternative options are being evaluated.

Other Details
Locations Gippsland
Commonwealth waters adjacent to VIC
Titles (or other instruments) VIC/RL13
Current Documents (Under assessment)
EP Document

OPEP Document

OSMP Document

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