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Dutch firm to do geotechnical survey at Apsara oil field

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Dutch company Fugro will conduct a geotechnical study of the Apsara oil field in Block A – a move that will speed up plans to begin oil extraction in Cambodia. Hong Menea

Dutch firm to do geotechnical survey at Apsara oil field

Krisenergy has hired the services of Dutch company Fugro to conduct a geotechnical study of the Apsara oil field – a move that will speed up plans to begin oil extraction in Cambodia.

Fugro said in a press release on Tuesday that it will carry out a geotechnical investigation to support the design and installation phases of the Apsara Mini Phase 1A development, adding that the work will be performed using their dedicated drillship, the Fugro Mariner.

The work will comprise shallow gas pilot-hole drilling, geotechnical sample boreholes and cone penetration tests.

Fugro business line director for Asia-Pacific Jerry Paisley said: “It is a pleasure to return to Cambodia, where our involvement in the Block A exploration goes back to 2006 when we supported the drilling of the initial exploration wells.

“KrisEnergy has been our valued client since its establishment in 2009 and part of our success is owed to our unique ‘Triple A’ approach, where we acquire, analyse and advise on Geo-data across the full project life cycle.”

KrisEnergy senior geophysicist Vladimir Lavie said Fugro will help materialise the company’s plans for the Apsara oil field. He noted that Fugro finished geophysical surveys at the oil field last year.

“We thank our colleagues at Fugro for working with us on this historic project. This site investigation will be yet another milestone in the 2020 realisation of the Apsara oil field.

“We’ve already completed our geophysical surveys, and Fugro’s geotechnical investigation will provide the final set of geomechanical information needed to derisk the design, installation and operation of our project,” said Lavie.

In November, KrisEnergy signed a conditional letter of award with PT Profab for the supply of a minimum facilities wellhead “mini-platform” for the Apsara oil field.

KrisEnergy CEO and president of Cambodian operations Kelvin Tang told The Post that PT Profab will fabricate and construct the jacket – the legs of the platform – and the topsides for the Apsara mini-platform.

“Apsara oil is scheduled to flow in the first half of this year,” he said.

Cambodia Block A covers an area of 3,083sq km over the Khmer Basin in water depths of 50-80m.

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