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Ophir Energy Indonesia launches tender for Subsea Wellhead provision

JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com)Ophir Energy Indonesia (West Papua IV) I Ltd, a production sharing contractor (PSC) based in United Kingdom, is launching limited tender for the provision of subsea wellhead, large bore diameter casing and associated services tender (Tender number: OWP1-004-16).

The company invited participants, including PT Vetco Gray Indonesia, to take part in the tender.

The tender process was launched before the company starting its deepsea drilling process in Indonesia in 2017.

Ophir Energy, which earlier acquired stakes of UK-based company Salamander  as well as assets of Nikko Resources Indonesia, plans to drill a maximum of three exploration wells starting from 2017.

The awarded company will be given duties to provide ‘subsea wellhead’ system as well as installing the system as well as procuring 36′ and 20′ casing needed for the drilling.

The set registration date on Feb. 1-3, 2016 at the company’s Jakarta office (Indonesia Stock Exchange Building, Tower2, 15th Floor, Suite 1502, Jln Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta 12910.

The deadline for submission of pre-qualification document is set at Feb. 12, 2016.

Topography survey services tender

At the same time, the company also launched a tender for the provision of topography survey services.

The winner will have the duties to carry out topography survey services in Bangkanai Block, North Barito, Central Kalimantan. Ophir Energy said the results of the comprehensive topography survey will be used by the company to prepare plan of development of the Bangkanai Block going forward.

The company also sets registration date on Feb. 1-3, 2016 at the company’s Jakarta office (Indonesia Stock Exchange Building, Tower2, 15th Floor, Suite 1502, Jln Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta 12910.

The deadline for submission of pre-qualification document is set at Feb. 12, 2016.

New major player

Ophir Energy has become a major oil and gas exploration player in Indonesia following its series of acquisitions in the past few years.

In April last year, Ophir Energy plc completed the acquisition of four deepwater Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) in Indonesia from Niko Resources (Niko) for C$16 million. This follows the announcement of the agreement to acquire interests in a series of Niko’s deepwater PSCs on 27 October 2014.

The PSCs that have been acquired were West Papua IV, Aru, Kofiau and Halmahera-Kofiau, all of which are now operated by Ophir. The PSCs are located in two core areas in Eastern Indonesia – West Papua and the Western Birds Head, both of which are highly prospective basins with exposure to a mix of proven and frontier oil and gas plays.

Ophir is also wrapping up the acquisition from Niko of two additional PSCs – a 30 percent stake in the North Makassar Strait PSC and 18.5 percent of the North Ganal PSC – with the company saying a further update would be provided in due course.

Ophir also bought Salamander Energy in March this year last year. The Salamander acquired North East Bangkanai PSC and 70 percent stakes in the Bangkanai and West Bangkanai PSCs from Salamander Energy. (*)

Written by Roffie Kurniawan (roffie.kurniawan@gmail.com)

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