BPZ cleared for Albacora tests

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – BPZ Resources has received clearance from Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mining for interference testing and associated gas flaring on the offshore Albacora field.

The permits are for the A-14XD, A-9G, and A-13E oil wells, - the latter two drilled by a previous operator - all currently shut-in at the Albacora platform. Workovers will first be conducted on the A-9G and A-13E wells, with the program due to start next month.

During the four-month period, each well should be opened at various intervals, individually and simultaneously, to test reservoir connectivity of the sands that were producing at the A-14XD well.

Once interference testing has been completed, BPZ plans to open previously untested zones in each of the three wells. To produce from those new zones, it also needs authorization to flare associated gas until injection equipment is installed at the Albacora platform, currently scheduled for year-end.

At BPZ’s Corvina offshore field, the permanent production facilities, including the compressor, are operating at predicted efficiency levels. The company has approval to keep the wells open while the compressor undergoes scheduled maintenance.

Additional production arising from interference testing at Albacora should offset the anticipated drop from Corvina caused by delay to well workovers. BPZ expects total production this year to average around 4,000 b/d.

The company is applying for a permit to acquire an offshore 3-D seismic survey in Peru’s block Z-1. Governmental agencies are finalizing their review, and BPZ is hopeful of gaining approval by mid-year.

After that survey has been completed and the data processed and interpreted, BPZ aims to resume drilling at Albacora.

04/13/2011

Related Articles

‘Largest’ new gantry crane launches Nordic Trym vessel

Dec 19, 2014 The new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Co. in Jiangsu, China, has launched its first ship, an IMT982 platform supply vessel named Nordic Trym. The vessel was lau...

MOS awarded subsea construction contract

Dec 18, 2014 Mermaid Offshore Services Ltd., recently renamed Mermaid Subsea Services (Thailand) Ltd., has been awarded a subsea construction contract in the Gulf of Thailand, serving an international fabricati...

SPS Overlay provides side impact protection on three FPSOs

Dec 17, 2014

SPS Overlay has provided side impact protection for three FPSOs. The work was carried out at Enseada do Paraguaçu SA Shipyards (EEP) in Brazil and at the COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard in China.

2H Offshore to deliver lightweight conductor-supported platform

Dec 17, 2014 2H Offshore, an Acteon company, will deliver a lightweight conductor-supported platform for EQ Petroleum Developments Malaysia Sdn Bhd for installation in the Tanjong Baram field, offshore Malaysia.

QIC extends international expansion with new base in Malaysia

Dec 17, 2014

QIC Inc. has established new offices in Kuala Lampur and Labuan, Malaysia, to further serve customers in the Asia/Pacific region.

Trending News

Offshore photo of the day

Transocean gets Sedco Express contract extension

Apr 17, 2015

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) has won a 45-day contract extension for the Sedco Express offshore Nigeria at a day rate of $300,000. 

North Carolina governor calls for Atlantic offshore exploration

Apr 17, 2015

North Carolina’s governor Pat McCrory has called for offshore energy exploration during testimony to a Congressional Committee hearing on US President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan.

Delta House sees first production in deepwater GoM

Apr 17, 2015

LLOG Exploration Co. has started production from the Delta House FPS in the Gulf of Mexico’s Mississippi Canyon 254.

Latest Rossukon well off Thailand yields more oil

Apr 17, 2015

KrisEnergy’s final exploration well of its current campaign in the Gulf of Thailand's G6/48 concession has proven more oil and gas.

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>