Muscat Daily

Masirah Oil awards drilling rig contract to UAE firm


Masirah Oil Limited has awarded a drilling rig contract to the UAEbased Shelf Drilling, to utilise the Tenacious jackup rig, to drill two oil developmen­t wells and one exploratio­n well in Oman’s offshore Block 50.

Masirah Oil holds a 100 per cent interest in Block 50.

The drilling of wells is expected to commence in December 2020, according to Rex Internatio­nal Holding Limited, a Singapore-based technology-driven oil company which owns a majority 86.37 per cent stake in Masirah Oil Ltd.

“With the permanent Yumna1 production facilities in production and sale of the Masirah crude since April 2020, our next short-term focus would be to drill two developmen­t wells to boost production,” Dan Broström, executive chairman of Rex Internatio­nal said in a press statement.

Broström said, “Following the developmen­t wells, an exploratio­n well, the location of which is to be selected from 14 previously identified prospects near the Yumna field, is slated to be drilled in 2021. A discovery in this exploratio­n well will enable us to put together further developmen­t plans and potentiall­y convert more prospectiv­e resources near the Yumna field into additional reserves.”

He added that the average oil price for Masirah Oil Ltd’s crude between July and September 2020 has been US$43 per barrel, which is 46 per cent higher than the average oil price per barrel between April and June 2020.

An independen­t qualified person’s report (QPR) by RPS Energy Consultant­s Ltd for the Yumna field in Block 50 (dated October 26, 2020) had placed 2P reserves in the Yumna field at 9.6mn stock tank barrels as at July 1, 2020, after producing 1.05mn stock tank barrels up to June 30, 2020, Rex Internatio­nal said.

The QPR, which covered only the Yumna field and surroundin­g areas over which a 1,500 sqkm seismic study (or 9 per cent of the 16,903 sqkm Block 50) had previously been conducted, also included an evaluation of prospectiv­e resources in 14 oil prospects identified within the area of the 3D seismic coverage, estimated to have 152.3mn stock tank barrels.

Rex Internatio­nal’s subsidiary Masirah Oil Ltd is also the operator of Block 50.

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