Etame Marin Production Restarted
VAALCO Energy saw production resume from the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon following the successful completion of maintenance work on the FPSO serving the block.
Work performed on the FPSO included an upgrade to the fire and gas detection systems and other routine maintenance work. The maintenance was completed on-time and without any safety or environmental issues.
To facilitate this work, production from the block was shut-in beginning on August 23 and restarted on August 29. Production is expected to increase to its previous production rates over in the coming days as well operations are stabilized.
The platform jackets for both of the two new production platforms for the additional development of the Etame Marin block are now in place with the setting of the second platform jacket adjacent to the Southeast Etame and North Tchibala fields. Leg piles for the Southeast Etame/North Tchibala platform are currently being installed to secure the jacket to the seabed. The two new production platforms are each located in approximately 80 meters of water.
Source: Petroleum Africa
The deck sections of both platforms are currently being towed to Gabon with arrival expected in early September. The deck sections are currently located off the coast of Brazil, approximately 2,000 nautical miles west of their final destination in the offshore waters of Gabon. The deck sections are expected to be mated with the jacket sections later in September and the drilling of the first development well from the new Etame field platform is scheduled to commence in mid-October, subject to platform readiness and the arrival of Transocean’s Constellation II jack-up rig.