Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has given a local marginal field producer, Energia, the ‘technical allowable production’ of eight thousand and fifty barrels of crude oil per day (8,050 bpd) from the Ebendo field in the Niger Delta.
This follows Energia’s claim that it has achieved ‘producibility of 10,300 barrels of oil daily’.
By this development, the DPR, which regulates the oil industry, has, therefore, granted Energia the permission to produce up to 8,050 bpd, based on the delivery of the reservoirs during drill stem tests.
The producibility of a field is always higher than what the DPR ‘technically allows’ but if a reservoir flows at a certain rate during test, the DPR, using the test results and other parameters, approves a production volume lower than the ‘producible’ rate.
Felix Amieyeofori, chief executive officer (CEO) of Energia, said the company already has daily production capacity of 6,472 bopd, out of seven strings.
“We have eight (8) strings that are connected. We have one more string that requires water shut off operation, which should add another 1,000 bpd, bringing field producibility to about 11,300 bpd and a possible technical allowable of 9000 bpd,” he disclosed.
These figures are, however, way higher than what Energia is able to pump to the market.
Energia was only able to inject 3,420 bopd of crude into the evacuation system this August 9, due to the constraints imposed by Agip, the local subsidiary of ENI, which owns the facility but on July 31, Energia injected 2,852 bopd.
Ebendo was awarded to Energia and Oando, in a 55 per cent/45 per cent equity split, with Energia as the designated operator in the 2003 Nigerian Government/DPR Marginal Field rounds.
Energia brought Ebeno online in 2009 and the company later constructed 25 million standard cubic of gas a day (MMscf/d) gas processing plant on the field.
“We plan to resume drilling operation in 1st quarter 2015, and hope to achieve end of year production of 15-17,000 bpd.
“We are also working on conceptual mini refinery project of 10,000 bopd to increase the total value chain and to ensure uninterrupted production of our assets in the face of pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering,” Amieyeofori assured.”