S. Africa's Sable field moves to development stage

Partners in Sable field off South Africa have sanctioned its development, said Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Irving, Tex.Soekor E&P Pty. Ltd. plans to begin production in first quarter of 2003. Sable, in 100 m of water 95 km off Mossel Bay, will be developed using six subsea wells tied back to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel owned by Bluewater (UK) Ltd.The contract calls for Bluewater to provide and operate Glas Dowr, an FPSO capable of processing 60,000 b/d of oil, reinjecting 80 MMcfd of gas, and recovering gas liquids. Bluewater is also responsible for associated shuttle tanker operations.The field should produce up to 40,000 b/d of oil initially. Associated gas ...

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