Trinidad and Tobago
Additions to exploration and evaluation assets for Trinidad and Tobago for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 include costs related to two wells drilled in Block 2(ab). Exploration and evaluation costs expensed directly to income include costs related to seismic and other exploration projects, payments that are specified in various PSCs, and branch office costs.
BACKGROUND ON PROPERTIES
The Company's diversified portfolio of producing, development and exploration assets is described below.
The Company's principal producing natural gas and crude oil assets are in the D6 Block in India and in Block 9 in Bangladesh.
D6 Block, India
The Company entered into the PSC for the D6 Block in India in 2000 and has a 10 percent working interest, with Reliance Industries Limited ("Reliance"), the operator, holding a 60 percent interest and BP holding the remaining 30 percent interest. The D6 Block is 7,645 square kilometers lying approximately 20 kilometers offshore of the east coast of India.
Successful exploration programs in the D6 Block led to the discoveries of the Dhirubhai 1 and 3 natural gas fields in 2002 and the MA crude oil and natural gas field in 2006.
Production from the crude oil discovery in the MA field commenced in September 2008 and commercial production commenced in May 2009. Six wells are tied into a floating production storage offloading vessel ("FPSO"), which stores the crude oil until it is sold on the spot market at a price based on the Bonny Light reference price and adjusted for quality, and four of these wells are currently on production. The Company expects to drill an additional gas development well and convert the two suspended oil wells into gas producing wells to accelerate the production of the reservoir's gas reserves.
Field development of the Dhirubhai 1 and 3 fields included the drilling and tie-in of 18 wells, construction of an offshore platform and onshore gas plant facilities. Production from the Dhirubhai 1 and 3 natural gas discoveries commenced in April 2009 and commercial production commenced in May 2009. The natural gas produced from offshore is being received at an onshore facility at Gadimoga and is sold at the inlet to the East-West Pipeline owned by Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Limited.
Production from the Dhirubhai 1 and 3 fields peaked in March 2010 and has decreased since then, primarily due to natural declines of the fields and greater than anticipated water production. Four additional wells have been drilled in the post-production phase of drilling. Based on the information obtained from three wells drilled within the main channel fairway, the Company has determined that it is not economic to tie-in any of these three wells at the present time. The fourth well was drilled outside of the main channel fairway and did not encounter economic quantities of natural gas. Eight of the original 18 wells are currently shut-in and several others are choked, primarily due to current constraints in water handling capacity. Reliance and the joint venture partners are evaluating workover scenarios to bring some of the shut-in wells back online during fiscal 2014. Increased water handling capacity and additional booster compression is expected to be installed over the next two years to address the decline in reservoir pressure.
The Company expects production to continue to decline until new field production is added from identified development opportunities. See "Background on Properties - Development Opportunities".
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