Panoro Energy has announced the commissioning of the Front Puffin FPSO has now been completed, and the Front Puffin FPSO is on hire after the 72 hour test. Targeted stabilised production rates have not yet been achieved, due to mechanical issues and Nigerian regulatory approvals. Until the outstanding issues are resolved, which could take until the end of 4Q16, production shall be maintained at a restricted daily rate of approximately 7000 - 8000 bbls. Panoro expects the first crude oil lifting from the Front Puffin FPSO to take place at the end of August.
In the meantime we continue to be encouraged by the performance of the reservoir to date.
Material reductions in operating costs have also been achieved at Aje, and continuing efforts are being made to secure further savings.
Laboratory assays have been delivered on Aje crude oil which show it to be as expected a high quality grade of approximately 42 degree API. Several international oil companies and trading houses have expressed interest in purchasing Aje crude.
Work continues for planning of Aje Phase 2 (additional Cenomanian oil wells) and Phase 3 (Turonian gas and condensate), and in evaluating the wider exploration potential on OML 113.
Panoro has noted Harvest Natural Resources’ recent press release of the proposed sale of its Venezuela assets. With the renewed focus on Dussafu this announcement brings, Panoros’ JV with Harvest Natural Resources is accelerating the evaluation of appraisal and development options for the block. Panoro continues to have ongoing discussions with potential farm-in partners and is examining other initiatives such as refined development plans.
John Hamilton, CEO of Panoro said:
“We are very pleased with the reservoir performance at Aje and are planning the next steps to realise its full potential. At Dussafu, recent developments have reinforced our view of its significant potential, where prospects A and B have a combined P50 of 482 million bbls of gross unrisked prospective resources. Both of these prospects are within the Exclusive Exploitation Authorisation area. We are expecting to agree on a forward plan for the exciting Dussafu project in the coming months”.
Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall
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