A Malaysian company, Barakah Offshore Petroleum, has won work on the decommissioning of the Chinguetti and Banda fields, in Mauritania.
The company announced the award on June 19, saying its subsidiary, PBJV Group, had received a letter of award from Samling Resources, subcontracting the work. Chinguetti is operated by Malaysia’s Petronas.
Barakah said the work would involve the temporary plugging of 15 wells. The contract covers the provision of a well intervention vessel, and a platform supply vessel – in addition the provision of the necessary spares, repairs and technical support.
Work on the project is expected to start in June. Barakah said the contract would be worth US$14.28 million.
Chinguetti is in the Mauritanian deepwater, around 80 km from the coastline and around 90 km from Nouakchott.
Talks have been under way for some time in Mauritania on the process of decommissioning the field. Sterling Energy, one of the partners in the project, said in April that the field was due to cease production in late 2017, with decommissioning following shortly after.
Petronas bought in to the Chinguetti field in 2007, when it acquired all of Woodside Petroleum’s Mauritanian assets for US$418 million. The field was discovered in 2001 and began producing in February 2006, with a target production of 70,000 bpd. Output from the field disappointed, with one source saying the field achieved its target output for only one day.
Chinguetti has suffered from reservoir problems, leading to a 50% reserve writedown.