Increased water cut at Op 7 Warns of a Looming Challenge
The Opuama field is currently producing at approximately 25,000 BOPD (Barrels of Oil Per Day) (11,250 net to Elcrest).
It is “an all-time record for OML 40”, says Eland Oil and Gas, the technical arm of the IJV Elcrest, which has a joint venture with the Nigerian state owned NODC on the asset.
“This (output) includes both strings of production from Opuama-9 which has just been brought onstream at higher levels than anticipated”, says George Maxwell, CEO Eland.
Eland says it has experienced an increased water-cut from Opuama-7 “and hence we are taking remedial action to rectify this. A re-entry of Opuama-7 is expected to take place during the coming month”.
That problem is the major production challenge onshore Niger Delta, especially in fields that require natural water drive from down dip of the producing reservoirs, to deliver.
Eland thinks that the problem is a no brainer.
“Production is still expected to be in excess of 30,000BOPD (13,500BOPD net to Elcrest) from Opuama upon completion of the Opuama-10 well”.