APS supported a client to develop and execute a well program to spud the well within a six-month period. APS developed the well plan and well testing plan, prepared, tendered and executed all procurement contracts and managed the entire drilling program, delivering the well on time and within budget.
A Canadian oil and gas company with a focus on international offshore development.
Our client is the owner and operator of an offshore Tunisia lease with a commitment well due to be drilled less than six months after initially discussing the project with APS. The client had recently experienced a major change in management and did not possess the required level of experience to assure completion of the commitment well. In addition, the detailed planning for the well was begun in early summer for a well to be commence prior to the end of the same year. Alpha Petroleum Services was asked to provide Project Management support throughout the well planning and drilling operations.
Working directly with the client team, APS consultants conducted a thorough evaluation of the existing status of the well planning done to date by the client. Alpha’s experienced staff travelled to Tunisia to meet with the Client’s Country Manager and identify the work performed, the specific requirements of both the Tunisian Government and the Clients Partner (a part of the State Oil Company) and the availability of support contractors and services within Tunisia.
The Alpha staff identified the commitments made to date, created a well plan that met the requirements of the local regulatory agencies and reduced the time to drill and perform a drill stem test of the well. The Alpha team developed bid packages, tendered bids, and assessed contract proposals for provision of major drilling and completion equipment and services. APS finalized contract negotiations with preferred suppliers enabling our client to execute contacts concurrently with Well Plan submission.
The project timeline was very short when Alpha became involved and Alpha had only about 120 days to generate the well plan, assure that necessary services were contracted for and expedite delivery of equipment before the planned spud date. Alpha assembled a team to provide a Project Manager onshore, a drilling engineer onshore, Company Men offshore for rig supervision and a logistics team to handle the flow of equipment to and from the jack-up drilling rig.
Alpha coordinated with the authorities and our client to ensure that well plan and drilling activities were conducted in full compliance with Tunisian laws and regulations. The close coordination with our Client, in both Canada and in Tunisia, provided the flexibility to modify the well plan during the drilling operations. The Client elected to conduct three Drill Stem Tests, no the single DST envisioned in the original well plan.
The client/APS team achieved the stated goals of initial production by the end of the second quarter 2007, only twenty months after the partners reached FID (Final Investment Decision). With advantageous oil prices and aggressive execution, investment was recovered within five months. For over ten years now, Alpha continues to work with the client in many areas, including technical support, field development and expansion, exploration support, and acquisition support.