Production Begins at Hibiscus Oil Field Offshore, Gabon.

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BW Energy announced that production has safely started from the second well of the Hibiscus/ Ruche Phase 1 development in the Dussafu license offshore Gabon. According to the firm, Production performance from the well aligns with expectations and is currently stabilized at approximately 6,000 barrels of oil per day.

The DHIBM-4H well was drilled as a horizontal well using a Borr Norve jack-up rig to a total depth of 4,800m into Gamba sandstone reservoirs on the Hibiscus field from the BW MaBoMo production Following completion, the Borr Norve jack-up has commenced drilling operations on the third production well (DHIBM-5H).

BW Energy CEO Carl Krogh Arnet said: “We continue to progress the Hibiscus/Ruche drilling campaign with excellent HSE performance. We still have several wells to complete, delivering successive production growth in Gabon through 2023 and into early 2024.”

The drilling campaign targets four Hibiscus Gamba and two Ruche Gamba wells, which are expected to add approximately 30,000 barrels per day of total oil production when all wells are completed in early 2024. The oil produced at Hibiscus / Ruche is transported by pipeline to the BW Adolo FPSO for processing and storage before offloading to export tankers.

The first well on the Hibiscus field, DHIBM-3H, started production in early April 2023.

BW Energy Gabon operates the Dussafu license with a 73.5% stake while Panoro Energy and Gabon Oil Company own 17.5% and 9% stakes, respectively.

Panoro CEO John Hamilton said: “With two wells now onstream at the Hibiscus field Panoro’s group production is moving towards the 10,000 bopd level, keeping us on track to achieve group production of 13,000bopd net to Panoro when all six new Hibiscus/Ruche Phase I wells are onstream.”

Separately, the commissioning and testing of the second gas lift compressor are ongoing on the BW Adolo. The compressor, which will support production from the six Tortue wells, is expected to commence its final commissioning phase in the next few weeks and, once fully operational, will add another 3,000 bpd.

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