Tchatamba West field starts up off Gabon

Marathon Petroleum Gabon LDC has begun producing 6,000 b/d of oil from the Tchatamba West field, in 165 ft of water 15 miles off Gabon. It estimates Tchatamba West contains 7 million bbl of oil.A single well will enable Marathon to maintain area production at 40,000 b/d.Production from an automated submersible pump flows through a 5-mile, 6-in. pipeline to the mobile offshore production unit at Tchatamba Marin for processing. The oil is commingled with production from Tchatamba Marin and Tchatamba South and piped to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel on Tchatamba Marin field.Marathon operates the concession with 56.25% interest; Energy Africa Gabon SA holds 25% interest...

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