VAALCO Energy Inc. successfully drilled the Avouma 3H-ST development well from the Avouma platform in Etame field, offshore Gabon.
The development well was drilled with a 268-m lateral in high-quality Gamba sands with 28% porosity and 1-darcy permeability at the top of the structure. Drilling confirmed the extension of Avouma reservoir and is forecast to increase overall recovery from the field, potentially allowing for additional wells at Avouma. Initial production is expected in the next few weeks.
Following completion, the drilling program will continue with spudding of the ETBSM-1HB ST2 development well from the Avouma platform.
Etame Marin block is in Congo basin about 32 km off the coast of Gabon and has produced more than 125 million bbl of crude oil to date. The license area is spread over five fields covering a total area of about 187 sq km (OGJ Online, Feb. 7, 2022).
VAALCO is operator in Etame Marin field (63.6%) with partners Addax Petroleum Co. (33.9%) and PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (2.5%).