This summer, work to rectify a gas-handling constraint is expected to be completed, to allow production to rise above 120,000 b/d. A gas injector well should be drilled and completed by this fall, providing additional reservoir pressure support and gas disposal ahead of start-up of gas export facilities next year.
Following the expiry in May of the Deepwater Tano exploration license, the company and its partners have relinquished remaining non-prospective acreage. The Jubilee Unit Area, the newly approvedTEN development and production area, and the Wawa discovery area have all been retained.
This year, Tullow will participate in wells offshoreMauritania on the Fregate prospect on the C-7 block, due to spud next month, and on Tapendar in C-10 later this year, as operator.
Farther south, the company has relinquished its interests in blocks LB-16 and LB-17 offshore Liberia. It has retained its stakes in offshore block LB-15 and block SL-07B-11 offshore Sierra Leone, but for now intends to focus its exploration on Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, where the Paon-2A appraisal well is due to start drilling this fall.
Offshore Mozambique, the Cachalote-1 well is currently drilling. Following completion the rig will relocate to drill the Buzio prospect.