Perenco makes new oil find offshore Congo

Perenco has confirmed a new oil discovery within the Tchibeli North East pre-salt Vandji exploration prospect on its PNGF Sud shallow water permit in Congo-Brazzaville.

“Good oil and gas shows were recorded on entry into the reservoir and a 75m oil column was interpreted on logs. A test of these zones produced at 2,000 bopd, followed by other analysis necessary to help confirm volumes,” the operator said.

The company believes the new discovery could be a play opener in the pre-salt Congo, and holds a number of additional Vandji leads it could drill on the block.

The block was a large shallow water permit initially awarded to Elf (now TotalEnergies) in the 1960s, which started producing in 1987. It was taken over by a partnership led by independent Perenco in January 2017 along with Hemla E&P Congo Continent Congo, Africa Oil & Gas Corporation and Petro Congo.

PNGF Sud remains a mature oil asset holding significant remaining potential, with significant infrastructure in place. Nine steel jackets are currently installed and act as drilling or processing centers, supporting 67 producing wells across five fields in 2022: Tchibouela, Tchendo, Tchibeli, Litanzi and Tchibouela East.

The partnership is currently executing several brownfield projects on the block to boost production, with up to six wells scheduled for 2023.

Full details on the development of PNGF Sud are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.

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