Production begins from Ebouri well

Production has begun from a new development well in the Ebouri field offshore Gabon, according to VAALCO.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Production has begun from a new development well in the Ebouri field offshore Gabon, according to VAALCO. The well was drilled from one of the three well slots on the Ebouri platform. The platform was installed in 250 ft (76 m) of water.

VAALCO also is drilling a second horizontal development well following successful results from the North Ebouri appraisal well and recently completed sidetrack. The sidetrack well penetrated 65 ft (20 m) of oil-filled Gamba sandstone, the thickest encountered to date in the Etame license area, proving-up significant additional reserves north of the originally mapped field development outline, the company says.

The development well is being drilled in close proximity to the sidetrack. Completion and first oil production from this well are expected in March.

The company expects total production from the Etame block to be approximately 25,000 b/d of oil.

With the completion of the North Ebouri appraisal well and sidetrack, the jackupPride Cabinda has begun drilling the North Etame exploration well, which will be followed by a second exploration well in Southeast Etame.

01/27/2009

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