Philippines: Otto Commences Production from Galoc Phase II
Otto Energy Limited (“Otto”), on behalf of the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) and the Galoc oil field Joint Venture, announces that production has commenced from the Galoc-5H and 6H wells drilled and completed under the Phase II development of the field.
Commissioning of the Galoc Phase II project represents a major achievement for the DOE, Otto Energy (the Operator) and the other partners within the Galoc Joint Venture. Initial production is 14,500 barrels of oil per day and the four well system is expected to be operated at 12,000 barrels of oil per day going forward.
Galoc has produced more than 11 million barrels of oil since it was commissioned in 2008. Ultimate recovery from the field, with the addition of Galoc-5H and 6H, is expected to be approximately 25 million barrels of oil with end-of-field life extended beyond 2020.
Otto, as operator, has delivered Phase II from sanction to commencement of production in just over 14 months. Phase II has been delivered safely and close to both the original budget and schedule set in August 2012. The project has experienced many challenges including maintaining safe operations during the recent Super Typhoon Haiyan and successful drilling of the horizontal wells through the Galoc reservoir.
Otto Chief Executive Officer Gregor McNab said:
“Development of any offshore field presents unique challenges – particularly so for a field like Galoc in a remote location – and so I would like to thank the Otto team who have committed their significant experience and professionalism to successfully bring Galoc Phase II into production. This achievement is a credit to the Department of Energy which has worked relentlessly to promote oil and gas activity in the Philippines, our joint venture partners and all of our contractors.”
Mr McNab added:
“For Otto shareholders this represents a significant milestone, with our share of cash flow from Galoc set to increase substantially, providing the company with additional funds to finance our exploration and development activities in South East Asia and East Africa. It also represents a major validation of our capability as an operator as we consider new ways in which to grow the company and deliver returns to shareholders.”
Press Release, December 05, 2013