Area Drilling

Colombia Work progressed toward eventual startup of sustained production from Rubiales heavy oil field in the Llanos basin. Tests by Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, showed that a blend of 74% vis-broken Rubiales crude and 26% raw Rubiales crude will result in a blended crude of 21° gravity and a density of less than 100 centistokes, said operator Coplex Resources NL, Hobart, Tasmania. Ocensa pipeline agreed to ship as much as 50,000 b/d of vis-broken crude in first quarter 2001 without modifications or tariff penalties. The crude would be batched. A connecting line to El Porvenir from Rubiales would be needed. Ryder Scott Co., Houston, estimated Rubiales p...

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