BW to start production from two new Tortue wells in March

BW Offshore’s exploration and production subsidiary, BW Energy, has completed the second production well of the Tortue Phase 2 development located in the Dussafu Marin permit offshore Gabon. First production from the two wells is expected in March 2020. 

Borr Norve jack-up; Source: BW Offshore

Dussafu is operated by BW Energy Gabon while Panoro Energy and Gabon Oil Company are its partners. There are five oil fields within the Dussafu Permit: Moubenga, Walt Whitman, Ruche, Ruche North East, and Tortue.

Phase 2 development activities started in 2019 and continued into 2020 with up to four additional development wells to be drilled at the Tortue field, which will be tied back to BW Adolo.

The second production well, DTM-5H, was spud in December 2019 following completion of the first production well, DTM-4H.

In an update on Wednesday, BW said that the DTM-5H well marked the completion of the first of two new well clusters on the Tortue field, which would be tied back to the FPSO BW Adolo and boost oil output.

First production from the completed cluster, consisting of the DTM-4H and DTM- 5H production wells, is planned for March 2020.

The second cluster, also consisting of two wells, is expected to be in production by June 2020.

The Tortue development will upon completion of Phase 2 have six wells producing an estimated total of 17.3 – 21.6 kbopd gross for 2020, compared with 11.8 kbopd gross on average produced in 2019.

“We are pleased to be on plan and budget for the completion of our current well program. This will give us a substantial increase in production over the coming two quarters,” said Carl K. Arnet, CEO of BW Energy.

DTM-5H was drilled with the Borr Norve jack-up rig in 116 meters of water depth as a horizontal production well in the Gamba reservoir. A long horizontal section of good quality oil-saturated Gamba sands was penetrated and completed and the subsea tree installed ready for hook up. The rig has now moved on location and spud the DTM-6H, and will drill the fifth and sixth development wells in the Tortue field.

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