Stay Connected

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

DNV GL wins Maersk contract for field development contract

Nov 20, 2014

DNV GL has secured a multi-million-pound project from Maersk Oil North Sea UK for work on the Culzean field development. 

Companies cooperate to deliver DNV GL-qualified deepwater lowering system

Nov 20, 2014 The cooperation of three companies jointly developing solutions for deepwater installation has led to the introduction of a new system capable of handling heavy loads at depths of well over 3 km (9...

Technip makes offer to buy CGG

Nov 20, 2014

Technip has approached CGG about the prospects of acquiring the integrated geosciences company.

Logan Oil Tools acquires HE fishing tools line

Nov 19, 2014 Logan International Inc. reports that Logan Oil Tools Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, has purchased certain assets from Smith International Inc. The assets include inventory, and the rights to man...

Pieter Schelte heads to Europe for construction completion

Nov 19, 2014

The Pieter Schelte, Allseas new platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, is on its way to Rotterdam for completion and testing.

Trending News

Iran sanctions new wave of platform construction

Nov 26, 2014

New development projects are under way on two offshore Iranian fields in the Persian Gulf, according to news service Shana.

Gas reserves increase at Aphrodite offshore Cyprus

Nov 26, 2014

Delek Drilling says a review has raised estimated natural gas and condensate resources in the deepwater Aphrodite reservoir offshore Cyprus.

UK operators skeptical on ‘regime change,’ survey finds

Nov 26, 2014

Companies operating in the UK North Sea need to adapt to make the most of the sector’s potential, according to a new report from Deloitte.

Iran re-examines potential of Sepand gas field

Nov 26, 2014

Exploratory drilling has started at the Sepand gas field, 250 km (155 mi) from Kish Island in the Persian Gulf.

Topaz support vessel demand steady in Caspian, Middle East

Nov 26, 2014

Topaz Energy and Marine has added four new DP-2 platform supply vessels (PSVs) to its fleet this year: Topaz Seema, Topaz Xara, Topaz Faye, and Caspian Voyager

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>