Nov 2019: Total (39.6%) hopes to restart LNG production at the Balhaf facility, operated by Yemen LNG, once peace has been restored. Since 2015, Yemen LNG has financed the plant at a loss to preserve the site and continue supplying power and water to local communities. Despite the government’s intent to restart LNG production, this has not yet happened.
Feb 2019: The Government will resume production of LNG according to the oil minister of the Saudi-backed government. In April 2015, Yemen LNG, the operator of the LNG plant in Balhaf, stopped all production. The plant consists of 2 trains with a total capacity of 6.7 mm tonnes per year.
No significant news in 2018.
No significant news in 2017.
Nov 2016: Petsec Energy will acquire 100% of the Block 7 Al Barqa Permit covering an area of 5,000 sq kms, 340kms east of Sana'a. The block contains the Al Meashar oil discovery. Petsec acquired Block S-1 in February 2016 including the developed An Nagyah Oilfield, and four undeveloped oil and gas fields. Oil shipments from Yemen restarted in August 2016 for the first time since March 2015.
Apr 2015: Yemen LNG has halted all production at the plant due to further degradation of the security situation in the vicinity of Balhaf.
Apr 2015: Calvalley Petroleum, operator (50%) of Block 9 which delivers the bulk of its global production, will liquidate due to the civil war. It has been advised that it cannot use the facilities at Block 18 and has commenced shutting down all production operations.
Apr 2015: The US$4.5 bn LNG facility in Balhaf has closed one of its two trains due to the lack of ships willing to offload LNG during the civil war. The 6.7 mmtpa Yemen LNG project, operated by Total, has 3 long-term contracts to supply to GDF Suez, Kogas and Total Gas & Power.
Apr 2015: DNO has suspended production due to deterioration of security. Prior to the suspension combined production from Blocks 32 and 43 averaged 1,950 bbls of oil per day.
Mar 2015: Total and DNO continue to pump oil and gas despite the bombing of rebel targets however offices in Sanaa remain closed and output by DNO has declined with new drilling activities suspended for some time.
Mar 2015: The LNG export facility in Balhaf operated by Total declared force majeure following unrest and government collapse. Most cargoes are shipped to Asian customers although Asian LNG prices have remained unchanged with expectations that the issue could be resolved soon. Yemen LNG consists of 2 trains with a total capacity of 6.7 mm tpa.
Mar 2014: Tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline again. The pipeline carries 70,000-110,000 bbls per day of Marib light crude to an export terminal on the Red Sea. A long closure in 2011 forced Yemen's largest refinery at Aden to shut.
Oct 2013: DNO has tested 5,900 bbls per day of oil from the Shuqra formation in the Salsala-1 exploration well in Block 32, which contains two producing fields, Godah and Tasour, whose output is 2,500 bbls per day. Salsala will be placed on an extended production test. DNO is operator with 38.95% along with Ansan Wikfs (42.93%), TransGlobe (13.12%) and Yemen Oil & Gas (5%).
Aug 2013: Yemen has qualified 18 companies to bid for 9 onshore and 11 offshore blocks in its 6th auction round, including Hunt, DNO, Circle Oil, Kufpec, Pakistan Oilfields, Dana Gas, Total, OMV, Crescent and Pakistan Petroleum. Oil in Yemen is produced from two areas; the Marib-Jawf basin in the north and the Say'un-Masila basin in the south.
May 2013: Calvalleya (operator, 50%) nnounced that Ras Nowmah South is an oil discovery in Block 9 of the Masila Basin. The well was drilled to a depth of 1,530m and intersected the Qishn formation with 10.5m of net oil pay. The well has been equipped with a downhole pump and placed on production at a restricted rate of 250 bbls per day. The rig has been moved to Ras Nowmah North.
Mar 2013: Yemen has invited bids for E and P rights in 10 offshore and 5 onshore blocks. The government recently accepted bids from 9 oil companies to operate five onshore and offshore blocks. Those selected included Hunt Oil, Circle Oil, Pakistan Oil Fields and Guney Yildizi Petroleum.
Sep 2012: Yemen has invited bids for E and P rights in 5 blocks. On offer are 6, 15, 84, 85 and 102 in the al-Saba'ateen, Say'un-Masila and Mukalla-Sayhoot basins. Oil production in Yemen comes from 2 areas; the Marib-Jawf basin (north) and Say'un-Masila basin (southeast, with 84% of the total). The country is struggling with insurgency. Exports are interrupted by attacks on pipelines by militants.