BW brings online Tortue Phase 2 project offshore Gabon

Oil and gas company BW Energy has produced first oil from the Tortue Phase 2 field development project in the Dussafu Marin Permit offshore Gabon.

There are five oil fields within the Dussafu Permit: Moubenga, Walt Whitman, Ruche, Ruche North East, and Tortue. BW sanctioned the second phase of its Tortue development in November 2018, two months following the production start-up at the Tortue Phase 1.

BW informed on Thursday that the Gamba well DTM-5H was brought online, ahead of schedule, as of March 4. The second well, DTM-4H, is scheduled to come onstream in the coming week, the company added.

Phase 2 development activities started in 2019 and continued into 2020. Phase 2 consists of four production wells, tied back to the FPSO BW Adolo. The DTM-4H and DTM-5H are the first of two clusters. The second cluster is currently being drilled and is scheduled to begin production by June 2020.

The Tortue development will upon completion of Phase 2 have six wells. Total production after completion of Phase 2 is projected to be 17.3 – 21.6 kbopd gross for 2020 from six producing wells, compared with an average of 11.8 kbopd gross produced in 2019.

Carl K. Arnet, CEO of BW Energy, said: “Tortue Phase 2 will provide a substantial increase in production this year and we are pleased to again have executed ahead of schedule. Following completion of Tortue Phase 2, we will seek to unlock additional reserves through a new exploration well in the Dussafu license where we so far have had 100% exploration success rate”. 

The Dussafu Marin JV consists of BW Energy (operator, 73.5% working interest), Tullow Oil (10% working interest), Gabon Oil Company (9% working interest), and Panoro Energy (7.5% working interest).

John Hamilton, CEO Panoro, said: “We are very pleased for all stakeholders with first oil from the Tortue Phase 2 development and look forward to the material growth in Dussafu production”.