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American Contractor Builds a Facility Centre in New Hot Spot Cote D’Ivoire

Baker Hughes has commissioned a  facility in Cote D’Ivoire, a new exploration hot spot in West Africa.

The shop will primarily support the company’s subsea production system contract on the Baleine field, which includes three horizontal subsea wellheads in the project’s Phase 1, growing to eight (8) horizontal subsea wellheads in the project’s Phase 2 and projected up to 15 on Baleine Phase 3. The subsea production system contract is worth over $2Billion value of work.

The shop will also cater for all the other services that Baker Hughes hopes to win in Cote D’Ivoire’s, including Directional Drilling,  Logging While Drilling LWD, Completions and other related services.

Cote D’Ivoire was a minor player in the upstream oil and gas industry until September 2021, when ENI, the Italian giant, made a discovery in Baleine-1 in the Tano Basin and announced that the potential of the find could be “preliminarily estimated at between 1.5 and 2.0Billion barrels of oil in place and between 1.8 and 2.4Trillion cubic feet (TCF) of associated gas”.

10 months later, in July 2022, ENI made a second discovery which extended the hydrocarbon fill in Baleine structure. The company declared that the new find meant an increase by around 25% of the volumes of hydrocarbons in place in the play, “now estimated at 2.5Billion barrels of oil and 3.3Trillion cubic feet (TCF) of associated gas”.  The Baleine East-1 discovery is located in block CI-802, adjacent to the one (CI-101) in which the first discovery was made.

In March 2024, the Italian explorer announced yet another discovery in another block (CI-205) farther west. The Calao accumulation of light oil, gas, and condensates in various intervals of Cenomanian age is stored in water depths of around 2,200 metres. “Preliminary assessments indicate potential resources ranging between 1 and 1.5Billion barrels of oil equivalent”.


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