Azurite partners evaluate tieback

The partners in the Mer Profond Sur permit off Republic of Congo will shortly drill an appraisal well on the recent Turquoise Marine discovery, using the deepwater rig Pride South Pacific.

Offshore staff

STOCKHOLM -- The partners in the Mer Profond Sur permit off Republic of Congo will shortly drill an appraisal well on the recent Turquoise Marine discovery, using the deepwater rig Pride South Pacific.

Turquoise Marine-1, 28 km (17.4 mi) from the Azurite field, encountered over 41 m (134 ft) of net oil pay. According to PA Resources, the partners are already evaluating development, using in-place infrastructure for Azurite, which came on stream mid-August via a floating drilling, production, storage and offloading facility.

PA adds that Azurite should be operating at its maximum oil production of capacity of 40,000 b/d by year-end. This will be delivered through three producer wells and two water injectors.

Another recent exploration well in the license encountered non-commercial hydrocarbons while drilling the Diamond Marine prospect. PA says the results are being evaluated along with other potential areas of the prospect, but the well will be plugged.

08/20/2009

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