Elf Nigeria to double production by 2003

The Amenam oil field in Nigeria's deep offshore frontier will double TotalFinaElf SA unit Elf Petroleum Nigeria's current crude production to about 300,000 b/d when it comes on stream in 2003, says Alain Roux, the firm's executive general manager, oil and gas.


ABUJA�The Amenam oil field in Nigeria's deep offshore frontier will double TotalFinaElf SA unit Elf Petroleum Nigeria's current crude production to about 300,000 b/d when it comes on stream in 2003, Alain Roux, the firm's executive general manager, oil and gas, said here Tuesday.

Delivering a paper at a Society of Petroleum Engineers conference in Nigeria on behalf of Elf Nigeria Managing Director Georges Buresi, Roux said Nigeria's deep offshore and ultradeep offshore fields seem "very promising" given Elf's Bonga, Agbami, Ehra, and Akpo discoveries. He also noted that Elf hopes to develop in the near future a discovery made by the former Total SA in Nigeria's deep offshore.

The merger of TotalFina and Elf brought the new firm operatorship of deepwater exploration blocks off Nigeria, Angola, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, and Indonesia, and in the US Gulf Of Mexico and the West of Shetland area, noted Roux. He noted that the challenges of the ultradeep offshore included thermal insulation, subsea evacuation networks, and hydrostatic pressure.

Reserves discovered by the TotalFinaElf group in 1,400 m or more of water on Block 17 off Angola total 3 million bbl of oil, he said. Production from Girassol field is slated to begin in 2001.

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