Ophir Awards Fugro Offshore Survey Programme In Equatorial Guinea
Under the contract Fugro will deploy three of its specialist vessels – Fugro Searcher, Fugro Scout and Fugro Frontier – to perform autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) surveys as well as geotechnical, environmental and metocean surveys.
The significant survey programme will take place at the Fortuna Project to the west of Bioko Island, where Ophir is planning a large FLNG installation and associated subsea structures. With the surveys beginning in November, the offshore operations are scheduled for completion in January 2016.
Fortuna FLNG Project
Fortuna sits within the Block R licence, offshore Equatorial Guinea which is located in the south-eastern part of the Niger Delta complex. Ophir holds an 80% operated interest in Block R. There have been seven commercial discoveries to date in Block R, five of which were made by Ophir. There is a total of 2.6 Tcf of independently certified 2C contingent resource and another 0.8 Tcf of low risk prospective resource in Block R making a total of 3.4 Tcf (at Dec 2014) for the project planning case.
An FLNG development concept was selected because the gas discovered in Block R is biogenic and as a result is around 99% methane, with no contaminants or heavier hydrocarbons