Colombian well back production after fire

The environmental clean-up of Emerald Energy PLC's Gigante No. 1 oil well in Colombia's Upper Magdalena Valley is continuing, following a blowout and fire at the well 2 weeks ago.


The environmental clean-up of Emerald Energy PLC's Gigante No. 1 oil well in Colombia's Upper Magdalena Valley is continuing, following a blowout and fire at the well 2 weeks ago.

"Considerable progress" has been made in restoring the well site to normal operational conditions, says the Epson, UK, firm. Temporary production of 2,000 b/d of oil has been restarted.

Emerald, which operates primarily in South America, said Monday that it will continue producing the well at that rate until additional well control equipment, recently shipped from Houston, arrives in Colombia. Well control specialists will remain on site to work with Emerald until full production resumes. Emerald expects to achieve this by September.

The firm plans to install a new downhole pump in the well. Because the rig at Gigante No. 1 sustained damage in the fire, Emerald says it is looking for an alternate rig to drill Gigante No. 2 well.

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