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Petroleum Operations

as of 15 July 2019


  • Successful plug and abandonment operations on 7 of the 9-well P&A program in Nido, Matinloc and North Matinloc fields
  • Condensate recovery from Galoc production targeted to commence in October  2019
  • Farm-out of some of Philodrill’s service contracts are actively being pursued
  • Philodrill’s participation in the DOE’s latest contracting round

Production Operations

Crude oil production from the Galoc field continues although at lower volume, now averaging 2,100 barrels of oil per day.  Production comes from 3 wells, one of which is currently on cyclic scheme.  Field operator Galoc Production Company (GPC) continues to address the current situation in well G-4, presently shut-in since early January, through different methodologies aimed at resuming production.  Overall, GPC continues to implement measures with the end view of improving and optimizing well production to realize potential additional upside crude oil volumes from the field.

GPC/Tamarind are also close to achieving another milestone in the Galoc field, with the much-anticipated installation and commissioning of its low-pressure Condensate Recovery Unit starting in August 2019.  The CRU facility, already being fabricated in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, will recover condensates from the gas stream for an additional liquid production of about 300 barrels per day. This will be the first time a petroleum facility of this kind will be put in operation in the Philippines. Current program is to have first gas production by October 2019.

Galoc Production Area Floating Production and Storage Vessel


Nido, Matinloc, and North Matinloc Production Area

With approval from the SC 14 A&B joint venture partners and in consideration of the already ageing condition and compromised integrity of the production wells which have been out there for almost 40 years, Philodrill finally ceased production activities in the Nido, Matinloc and North Matinloc fields in March 2019.  Immediately thereafter, Philodrill successfully completed 7 of the 9-well P&A program in May with the P&A of the remaining 2 wells in the Nido Field to be completed by the first half of next year.


Other Projects, Farmouts and Opportunities

Philodrill secured the inclusion of the Cadlao Field in the amended Service Contract 6B which was approved by the Department of Energy in June last year.  This paved the way for the entry, by way of farm-in, of Manta Oil Petroleum Limited into the Bonita Block by committing the immediate re-development of the Cadlao Field.  Aside from Cadlao, the joint venture is also looking at the potential of the East Cadlao structure which can provide upside potential to the planned Cadlao re-development.  We are currently awaiting the DOE’s approval of the transfer of interest to Manta Oil.

In Service Contract 6A – Octon Block, Philodrill continues negotiating a farm-in deal with Tamarind which expressed interest in developing the Octon discovery operationally tied-up to the FPSO facility of Galoc. Meanwhile, we continue to evaluate the northern section of the block aimed at maturing a potential well location that will test the hydrocarbon potential of the Malajon-Salvacion-Saddle Rock anticlinorium.

Philodrill is in the early stages of negotiation with a UK-based firm which intends to acquire interests in the SC14 C-2- West Linapacan Block.  The area is part of the ongoing joint seismic reprocessing and Quantitative Interpretation (QI) works over contiguous areas in SC 14 C2 and SC 74 that cover the West Linapacan and Linapacan discoveries.

In the Mindoro Block, the non-operator partners have signified intention to reconstitute the Joint Venture to assume the responsibilities of the erstwhile operator and carry on with the commitments under the service contract based on the approved work program and budget. 

Finally, Philodrill is participating in the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Round (PCECP) and has been joined by PXP Energy in submitting another joint bid on one of the pre-determined areas of the PCECP.    

As always, the Company takes this opportunity to acknowledge the Department of Energy for its continued support and all the members of the various service contract consortia for their active participation in our projects.   



Service Contract Areas

  • SC6A - Octon Area
  • SC6B - Bonita Block
  • SC14A - Nido
  • SC14B - Matinloc
  • SC14B1 - North Matinloc
  • SC14C1 - Galoc
  • SC14C2 - West Linapacan
  • SC14D - Retention Block
  • SC74 - Linapacan
  • Tara Block
  • SC53 - Onshore Mindoro
  • Swan Block
  • Sulu Sea - formerly SC41

For more information on these blocks, go to News / Updates Section of this website

For participating interests of these service contracts, please click here.