Dorado is a conventional oil development located in shallow water in Australia and is operated by Santos WA Northwest. According to GlobalData, who tracks more than 34,000 active and developing oil and gas fields worldwide, Dorado was discovered in 2018, lies in block WA-437-P (Released as W 08-14), with water depth of around 312 feet. Buy the profile here.

The project is currently in approval stage and is expected to start commercial production in 2028. Final investment decision (FID) of the project will be approved in 2023. The development cost is expected to be $2,000 m. The Dorado conventional oil development will involve the drilling of approximately 10 wells and includes FPSO and wellhead platforms.

Field participation details

The field is owned by Carnarvon Energy and Santos.

Production from Dorado

Production from the Dorado conventional oil development project is expected to begin in 2028 and is forecast to peak in 2029, to approximately 81,075 bpd of crude oil and condensate. Based on economic assumptions, the production will continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2043.

Remaining recoverable reserves

The field is expected to recover 144.30 Mmboe, comprised of 144.30 Mmbbl of crude oil & condensate.

Contractors involved in the Dorado conventional oil field

Some of the key contractors involved in the Dorado project as follows.

Design/FEED Engineering: Sembcorp Marine, Sapura Energy, Atteris and Brookfield Business Partners

Other Contractors: Noble, Acteon Group and Core Laboratories

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