Gbetiokun oil field on stream off Nigeria

Gbetiokun oil field offshore Nigeria has come on stream through an early production facility, reports Eland Oil & Gas, Aberdeen. Initial production will rise to 12,000 b/d from the Gbetiokun-1 and Gbetiokun-3 wells in the southwestern area of OML 40.

Gbetiokun oil field offshore Nigeria has come on stream through an early production facility, reports Eland Oil & Gas, Aberdeen.

Initial production will rise to 12,000 b/d from the Gbetiokun-1 and Gbetiokun-3 wells in the southwestern area of OML 40.

The early production facility has nominal capacity of 22,000 b/d. Shuttle tankers carry the crude to the main OML export pipeline.

Modularity of the early production system allows expansion of capacity in the next 12-18 months, Eland said.

The first development phase focuses on three of the deepest of 19 oil-bearing reservoirs in what Eland describes as a relatively simple dip-closed structure. Depths of all the reservoirs range from 5,000 ft to 10,000 ft.

The second phase will target less well-defined shallower reservoirs.

Eland said as many as five more first-phase wells will be drilled this year and next.

A dedicated pipeline linked to the Forcados export system is planned.

Eland holds a 45% interest in OML 40. Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., the operator, holds 55%.

Also on OML 40, Opuama oil field, brought on stream in 2014, produces about 29,000 b/d (OGJ Online, Feb. 5, 2014).

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