SERINUS ENERGY ROMANIA - TOWARDS FIRST GAS IN ROMANIA
- Written by Alexandra Damascan & Calvin Brackman
It has been a very busy and fruitful summer for Serinus Energy Romania S.A. as it has continued the construction of its Moftinu Gas Development Project. As previously discussed in our monthly articles, this Project is slated to bring on gas production from the gas discovery wells Moftinu-1001 and Moftinu-1000 through the construction of a 15 mmcf/d gas plant, connecting well flowlines, and a sales gas pipeline connecting to the Transgaz national gas transmission system.
Serinus has been working with Confind S.R.L., our project EPCC contractor for the construction of a gas processing facility and associated flowlines and sales pipeline for the project. We are very pleased with the significant progress we have made moving this project forward together both on time and on budget. The project construction began shortly after the signing of the EPCC contract with Confind on May 9th, 2017, and to date the Company has achieved the following progress on the Project:
- Completed the construction and hydro-testing of the flowlines from Moftinu 1001 and Moftinu 1000 wells;
- Completed the construction, connection and hydro-testing of the 3-km sales gas pipeline from the location of the gas plant location to the delivery point on the Transgaz national gas transmission system;
- Completed the pouring of the foundation pad for the gas plant and all external power connections;
- Procured all long-lead items including the major components of the gas plant, pipelines, and flowlines. The Triethylene glycol dehydration (“TEG”) unit and the Low Temperature Separation (“LTS”) unit were ordered in July 2017 from AVAL Engineering, a Canadian company specialized in providing process equipment & project support. The delivery period was significantly optimized to conform with Company deadlines;
- Initiated an invitation to tender for the reactivation of the Moftinu 1001 and Moftinu 1000 wells to be conducted in October 2017; and
- Finalized the detailed engineering and the local manufacturing of processing equipment has been initiated.
The remaining critical milestones are the delivery of the TEG and LTS units. These are currently under construction and are expected to be delivered to the Moftinu site by mid-December 2017. Once delivered, the units will be connected, to be followed by testing and commissioning of the gas plant for the receipt of final certification. The project remains on schedule for first gas in the first quarter of 2018. The Company will keep the markets apprised of any change to this expected timeline that may occur as the Project construction progresses.
As per previous announcements, the Addendum of December 21, 2016, which extended the Satu Mare Concession until 28 October 2019, included the following work commitments:
- Drill three exploration wells; or
- Drill two exploration wells and conduct a 3D seismic survey of at least 120 km2.
The Company submitted Request to Drill applications to the National Agency of Mineral Resources (“NAMR”) for two exploration wells: Moftinu 1003 and Moftinu 1004. Subsequently, NAMR issued the drilling permits for these wells. The land permitting stage has now been initiated. It is planned that these wells will be drilled in Q2 2018, thereby fulfilling two-thirds of the work commitments for the Addendum. With commercial success, production from these wells would be added to experimental production phase of the Moftinu Gas Development Project. After the drilling of these two wells, the Company will decide whether to drill a third exploration well or conduct a 3D seismic program to further identify potential exploration targets, with either decision fulfilling the Addendum work commitments.