Panoro Energy ASA (“Panoro” or the “Company”) provides an update on production and the planned drilling schedule at the Dussafu Marin Permit offshore Gabon.
Gross average Q3 production of 23,257 bopd represents a new quarterly high for Dussafu as new wells were brought onstream
During Q4 to date (October 1 until November 15) gross production is averaging approximately 30,000 bopd, with production ranges in the period of up to 39,000 bopd as production was restored on ESP at the DHIBM-3 and DHIBM-4 wells
Gross average production for Q4 is expected to be approximately 25,000 bopd to 30,000 bopd as a period of further repair and maintenance will be undertaken over the coming weeks on the electrical systems and ESPs which the Operator believes are required for longer term optimisation
The partners plan to fast-track the recent Hibiscus South oil discovery into production, meaning the current drilling campaign offshore Gabon will now result in a total of seven new production wells compared to previously communicated plans for six new production wells
Gross production is expected to increase to 40,000 bopd when all wells in the current campaign are onstream
The partners have agreed that the remaining rig option will be utilised to drill the Bourdon Prospect (“Prospect B”) which has an estimated mid-case potential of 29 million barrels recoverable oil in the Gamba and Dentale formations
John Hamilton, CEO of Panoro, commented:
“The better than expected well results at the Hibiscus field and the recent discovery at Hibiscus South have prompted the Dussafu partners to expand the scope of the current campaign to incorporate seven new production wells and re-order the drilling sequence to optimise utilisation of remaining contracted rig time. By introducing a well at the Bourdon prospect into the current campaign we will continue to test the substantial organic upside potential identified on the block, in line with our infrastructure lead exploration and appraisal strategy.”
To date the partners have successfully drilled and completed four production wells on the Hibiscus field, each of which was put onstream at rates of between 6,000 bopd and 6,500 bopd. The results of these wells have confirmed excellent reservoir quality in the Gamba sandstones with potential positive implications for recoverable oil volumes.
In light of this, the partners have elected to accelerate development of the Hibiscus field in the current campaign and will next spud the DHIBM-7H production well which is expected to be completed and put onstream in January.
Fast-track Development of Hibiscus South Discovery
The partners plan to return to the Hibiscus South well (DHBSM-1) in early 2024 and re-use the upper section of the well to drill a production section into the newly discovered oil bearing zones in the Gamba reservoir. Hibiscus South is located around 5 kilometres south-west of the BW Mabomo production facility with preliminary estimates for recoverable volumes at six to seven million barrels on a gross basis.
Operations were temporarily paused on the DRM-3H production well on the Ruche field in mid-October where, having been drilled to a depth of 5,351 metres and encountering oil in the Gamba reservoir, it become evident that an alternative final casing design is required. The Ruche Phase I development will therefore now comprise one production well compared to the previously planned two wells, the additional well on the Hibiscus field now being prioritised for the second Ruche well rig slot.
Bourdon (Prospect B) Well
The Bourdon Prospect is located in a water depth of 115 metres approximately 7 kilometres to the southeast of the BW Mabomo production facility and 14 kilometres west of the BW Adolo FPSO.The Prospect has an estimated mid-case potential of 83 million barrels in place and 29 million barrels recoverable in the Gamba and Dentale formations. The well is to be drilled in the current campaign, utilising the 8th and final rig slot, the timing of which will be dependent on sequencing of the remaining production wells and arrival of additional casing materials.