More ESPs possible for Didon wells offshore Tunisia

Installation of the first electrical submersible pump (ESP) in the Didon field offshore Tunisia is expected to start later this month, according to partner PA Resources (PAR).

Offshore staff

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Installation of the first electrical submersible pump (ESP) in the Didon field offshore Tunisia is expected to start later this month, according to partner PA Resources (PAR).

The program has been delayed due to the hydraulic workover unit being retained longer than planned by other Tunisian operators. However, all preparations have been completed including a wellbore inspection.

The partners are examining other opportunities to optimize production to compensate for the field’s natural decline and to extend its life. These included installing a second ESP during 1Q 2015 in a well that has been shut-in for an extended period.

Results from the ESP wells should also help determine the best location for drilling of a Didon infill well, currently planned for next year.

Offshore Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), SOCO has started work as operator of the Mer Profonde Sud exploration area and the partners (including PAR) are looking to drill the Baobab Marin 1 prospect in 2015.

Offshore Equatorial Guinea, the Noble Energy-led partnership expect a 3D seismic survey to start later this summer.

Also off Equatorial Guinea, production from theAseng field has been impacted by gas compressor issues since mid-April. However, remedial work should lead to full gas compression capability being reinstated during the current quarter.

Production at Alen was around 27,000 b/d of condensate prior to a short maintenance program. The jackup Atwood Aurora arrived at the field in June to side track an existing production well, with a view to increase gas/condensate production capacity beyond 30,000 b/d.

07/21/2014

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