Halliburton to execute Energean’s drilling campaign off Israel

Oilfield services provider Halliburton has been awarded an integrated services contract to execute a three to five well drilling and completions campaign for Energean on the maritime border to Lebanon.

The work follows a successful four well offshore drilling campaign that Halliburton previously executed in the Karish and Karish North gas fields. The field Karish North falls in a fully contested area with Lebanon.

Halliburton announced it will collaborate with Energean to deliver exploration, appraisal, and development wells offshore Israel. The contract is for three firm and two optional wells to deliver all services including project management, directional drilling, drill bits, drilling fluids, cementing, solids control, wireline, slickline, completions, production enhancement, and subsea services.

According to the services provider, key technologies deployed include the StrataXaminer wireline logging solution that helps operators acquire more accurate well data and better evaluate production potential, the 7 3/8” Dash electrohydraulic subsea safety system, and iCruise Intelligent Rotary Steerable System to deliver faster and more accurate wells.

“We are excited to build on our strong relationship with Energean and honoured to once again be selected to deliver integrated project management services that maximize the value of their offshore Mediterranean wells”, said Ahmed Kenawi, senior vice president of Europe, Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa Region based in London.

Earlier this year, Energean awarded a contract to Stena Drilling for its 2022 – 2023 growth drilling program offshore Israel, which is expected to target the derisking of unrisked prospective recoverable resources of over 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe).

The contract award was for the drilling of three firm wells and two optional wells, with the first firm well expected to spud in 1Q 2022. The drilling campaign will be undertaken using the Stena IceMAX drillship.

The campaign will include the disputed Karish North field which encompasses a development well, the Karish Main-04 appraisal well, the Athena exploration well in Block 12, which is situated directly between the Karish and Tanin leases.

Lebanon and Israel took part in UN- and US-mediated, indirect talks, to discuss demarcation last year.