Libya’s offshore Bouri field output close to 40,000 bpd

offshore libya-hakonthingstad flickrLibya is close to producing 40,000 bpd from its Bouri oilfield, offshore Mediterranean Sea

The Oil Ministry has confirmed that it plans to add up to 15,000 bpd within six months through the launch of new drilling technology, sources said.

The oilfield is located about 130km north of Tripoli and is reportedly the country’s biggest offshore field.

The Bouri oilfield, where production started in 1988, is run by the Mellitah Oil and Gas Company, a joint-venture between Italy’s Eni and the state-owned National Oil Corporation.

The field, comprising 38 wells, is currently pumping 37,914 bpd, of which 21,940 bpd come from its main DP4 platform, the company said.

Abdulhadi Ghrabali, field’s manager, said, “The output has been below the field’s average of between 38,000 bpd and 40,000 bpd as the company is introducing new drilling technology with the help of US firm Schlumberger.”

He added that in six months, 12 wells would be upgraded which would boost output by between 12,000 bpd and 15,000 bpd.

Mellitah Oil and Gas Company is also planning to produce an additional 1.4mn cubic metres of gas for export from the field, Ghrabali said. The field currently produces 3.1mn cubic metres of gas.

The Bouri oilfield is likely to get a new South Korean-made tanker by 2015 for storage to replace its 1973-built Italian ship.

“It will have the same storage facility of 1.5mn barrels but better metering technology,” the manager added.


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