Gov’t committed to Prinos oil field sustainability, deputy tells

The government is committed to supporting the sustainability of the offshore Prinos oil field in the country’s north, Greece’s only producing unit, heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on the global economy, including record-low oil prices, deputy energy minister Gerasimos Thomas pledged last night in response to questions raised by MPs of the leftist Syriza party and KKE, the Greek Communist Party.

“We are committed to the oil field’s uninterrupted production, an effort through which jobs will be protected,” Thomas stated.

The government is currently negotiating with Energean Oil & Gas, license holder and operator of the offshore field, south of Kavala, for a solid solution, the deputy minister also informed.

A detailed announcement will be made once these talks have been completed and the government has shaped its proposals, the deputy minister told parliament after Syriza MP Soultana Eleftheriadou criticized him for being too vague with his remarks.

Thomas made note of the European Commission’s new framework for state aid as one of the solutions being worked on by the government. This framework provides flexibility, he pointed out.

The deputy minister also made reference to a government support plan for the Kavala region that includes the development of an underground gas storage facility at a virtually depleted offshore gas field south of Kavala, and an upgrade of the city’s port.

Energean commences its drilling campaign in Israel

Energean Oil and Gas, the oil and gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, has commenced its 2019 drilling program in Israel, consisting of three development wells and Karish North, the company has announced.

As a result of this four-well campaign, Energean has a further six drilling options available in its contract with Stena Drilling Ltd.

Energean plans to batch drill the top-hole sections of the wells, which will allow significant operational efficiencies and cost savings, the company noted.

The drilling campaign is being undertaken using the Stena DrillMAX drillship, a sixth-generation drillship capable of drilling in water depths of up to 10,000 feet.

Energean is a London Premium Listed FTSE 250 and Tel Aviv Listed E&P company with operations offshore Israel, Greece and the Adriatic.

Energean has 349 mmboe of 2P reserves and 48 mmboe of 2C resources across its portfolio.

In August, 2017, the company received Israeli Governmental approval for the FDP for its Karish Tanin gas development project, where it intends to use an FPSO and produce first gas in 2021.

Energean has already signed contracts for 4.6 bcma of gas sales into the Israeli domestic market.

Future gas sales agreements will focus on both the growing Israeli domestic market and key export markets in the region, the company noted.

In Greece, Energean is pursuing an ongoing investment and development program to increase production from its Prinos and Prinos North oil fields and to develop the Epsilon oil field in the Gulf of Kavala, northern Greece.

Energean possesses five exploration licences offshore Israel, a 25-year exploitation licence for the Katakolo offshore block in western Greece, as well as additional exploration potential in its other licences in western Greece and Montenegro.