LONDON -- Afren has received the requisite approvals for the development of the Ebok field offshore Nigeria. The company's forward drilling program has also been confirmed.
Afren and Oriental (the Ebok partners) have secured a contract for the jackupTrident IV and plan to begin appraisal drilling in the fourth quarter. The principal objectives of the program are to establish the areal distribution of the reservoir properties and to acquire the full data suite, in particular fluid samples, which are essential for the Ebok field development planning, the company says.
The Ebok partners will conduct up to two drill stem tests with full sand control to determine the rate and properties of the oil tested and will also run an extensive wireline logging program.
Based on a successful outcome to the appraisal phase, Afren will submit a field development plan to the Nigerian authorities in 2Q 2009 with a view to begin development operations soon after.