La Vela field gas flow starts in Venezuela

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 20 -- Gas production has begun from La Vela field in the East Falcon Unit at the base of Venezuela's Paraguana Peninsula.

The Vinccler Oil & Gas CA unit of PetroFalcon Corp., Carpinteria, Calif., began delivering an initial 5 MMcfd into Petroleos de Venezuela SA's Interconnection Centro Occidente pipeline to the Paraguana Refinery Complex. It is the first field to deliver into the 36-in. system.

Vinccler plans to boost deliveries in 2006 as it expands field facilities and hooks up more wells. It has reactivated the LV-6X, 7X, and 8X wells and drilled the 9 and 10X wells. The wells tested several oil and gas reservoirs as deep as 8,000 ft.

The company plans to tie in 15 MMcfd of shut-in gas production from Cumarebo field on the same block next year.

Vinccler will focus its 2006 drilling program on developing an oil and gas accumulation at about 2,000 ft in the 10X well and on delineating the deeper reserves of the overall anticlinal structure.

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