15/04/2009 - 12:59

Fire delays Apache's Van Gogh operation

15/04/2009 - 12:59

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Initial production from Apache Energy's Van Gogh oil field in the Exmouth basin has been delayed after its processing vessel caught fire at a shipyard in Singapore.

Fire delays Apache's Van Gogh operation

Initial production from Apache Energy's Van Gogh oil field in the Exmouth basin has been delayed after its processing vessel caught fire at a shipyard in Singapore.

The Ningaloo Vision floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is owned and operated by Prosafe Production Public and will be leased to Apache.

The fire, which occurred Saturday morning, caused damage to instrument technical rooms that house the panels for process control, well control, uninterruptible power and emergency shutdown systems.

No-one was injured in the blaze.

Apache said it revise its production schedule for Van Gogh after Prosafe determine the extent of the damage and a timetable for acquiring replacement equipment.

"Acquisition and installation of the new equipment is expected to take several months," Apache said in a statement.

First production from Van Gogh was due to start mid this year.

The FPSO vessel has the capacity to process 63,000 barrels of oil per day and Apache is expecting to boost net production by 20,000 barrels per day.

Apache owns 52.5 per cent of the field while Japanese company INPEX Corporation holds the balance.

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