Papua New Guinea's first commercial hydrocarbon production has begun with start-up of gas and condensate flow from BP Exploration's Hides field. Gas from the field in the Southern Highlands fuels power generation for the Porgera gold mine. Hides lies about 50 miles from Chevron Nuigini's Kutubu oil development, due on stream later this year (OGJ, Aug. 5, 1991, p. 32). Hides condensate production is greater than expected. So the project dropped behind schedule to provide for its use. BP is in the final stages of installing a microstill. BP drilled two development wells and laid a 5-1/2 mile ...

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