Nigerian onshore well now operational

production wellhead Copyright huyangshuThe Opuama field recorded average production uptime of 81 per cent for the first six months of 2015. (Image source: huyangshu/Shutterstock)West Africa-focused junior producer Eland Oil & Gas has announced that wellhead and Christmas tree maintenance activities have been successfully completed on its Opuama-5 well onshore Nigeria

According to the company, the well has been reperforated with the perforation interval increased to 7.31 metres. Swabbing operations also have been completed and oil flowed into a swab barge.

Opuama-5 is now being connected to the Opuama Flow Station facilities and the company said that it will update on initial flow rates in due course. Eland Oil & Gas added that all indications are positive for the well to achieve gross production of between 400 and 600 bpd.

The company also reported that the Opuama field recorded average production uptime of 81 per cent for the first six months of 2015, with production on the field halted for 14 per cent of the first half of the year due to planned maintenance and pipeline work.

The current Opuama field gross production is averaging more than 2,750 bpd. There have been eight liftings during the period from 1 January to 31 July, with 201,771 barrels sold.

The next lifting — cargo of 27,000 barrels — is expected to take place this month.

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