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2015
  • 2015/08/31
    First new export buoy lifting in Gabon.
    The buoy of the Terminal Fernan Vaz for the North Offshore area in Gabon was used for its first lifting on July 21st 2015. Mooring and lifting operations were successfully completed by the terminal team... More..

    The buoy of the Terminal Fernan Vaz for the North Offshore area in Gabon was used for its first lifting on July 21st 2015. Mooring and lifting operations were successfully completed by the terminal team who loaded 752.588 net bbl. This new terminal feature is a significant upgrade of the terminal capacity as it now allows the berthing of Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) tankers of up to 325.000 dead weight tonnage. This capacity covers the entire current world tanker fleet, either in first or second ports of call. This will make the Asian market accessible to the Oguendjo Blend grade and enlarge competition for crude sales. The new buoy replaces the bow-to-bow previous berthing method and will reduce mooring risks at the terminal. This project involved mooring installation, second hand buoy purchase and retrofit in Australia, laying of 2 km 30’’ pipeline with concrete coating, two PLEM installations by Perenco diving teams, and subsea hose connections and testing in 30 m of water depth.

  • 2015/08/31
    Su Tu Nau E-sequence development.
    On the 1st of July, the latest well on the Sư Tử Nâu (“Brown Lion”) field, SNS-5AP, was put on stream and is now flowing at a production rate of around 1,500 bopd with less than 2% watercut, with just... More..

    On the 1st of July, the latest well on the Sư Tử Nâu (“Brown Lion”) field, SNS-5AP, was put on stream and is now flowing at a production rate of around 1,500 bopd with less than 2% watercut, with just 350 psi drawdown applied to the reservoir. A simplified well design with a single phase from surface casing to Total Depth allowed the well to be delivered 10 days ahead of schedule, 26 days after spud. The addition of the Oligocene E-sequence reservoir production, just nine months after start-up of the Basement reservoir, required the absolute dedication and commitment of the Perenco team, in order to push through the development of this new reservoir. The Basement development wells were logged over the E-sequence in 2014, and it was apparent that a better reservoir was located at the SNS-1P & 2P locations, compared to the SN-3X well which was tested back in June 2010. The SNS-5AP well was then designed to target the better sands. A staged ramp-up is planned for the well following data acquisition operations. Once ramped up, oil production is expected to exceed 4,000 bopd. The reservoir will be evaluated over the coming weeks and months and the forward plan for additional well(s) will be firmed up, hopefully starting with SNS-6P in 2016. The future looks good for Sư Tử Nâu E-sequence, with available infrastructure and P50 oil-in-place of close to 70MMbbls.

  • 2015/08/31
    Perenco UK completes successful drilling...
    Perenco UK is pleased to announce that the Leman 53/02a-15y well, drilled Sept-Oct 2014 as a subsea development well 7 km to the south-west of the Leman 27H platform, was brought online on 27th February... More..

    Perenco UK is pleased to announce that the Leman 53/02a-15y well, drilled Sept-Oct 2014 as a subsea development well 7 km to the south-west of the Leman 27H platform, was brought online on 27th February 2015, producing at a controlled rate of 45 mmscf/day. The well confirmed the western extension of the Leman South field which holds between 70 and 90 bcf of dry gas. After the Leman well, a 1,000 m long sub-horizontal platform well was drilled in the south-eastern portion of the Hoton field. This area had not been developed by the previous operator. The new Hoton well encountered some fractures but the majority of the reservoir penetration was low porosity but at virgin reservoir pressure, it flowed at 10 mmscf/d on an 80/64” choke during clean-up and can be brought online through existing facilities. This eight month drilling campaign is a significant success for Perenco UK and accesses previously-undeveloped gas resources. The success of these recent wells demonstrates the continued prospectivity of our core North Sea complex and paves the way for the next phase of development of tight gas fields such as Ravenspurn North and South.

2014
  • 2015/08/31
    100 000 Medical attentions on BAP Pastaz...
    On Monday August 25th 2014, a ceremony was organized at Iquitos Marine Base to celebrate the return of the BAP Pastaza from her 4th river trip (of 40 days) – where she accomplished her 100 000th medical... More..

    On Monday August 25th 2014, a ceremony was organized at Iquitos Marine Base to celebrate the return of the BAP Pastaza from her 4th river trip (of 40 days) – where she accomplished her 100 000th medical attention since the startup of the program in November 2009.

    At this occasion commemorative trophy was remitted to two crew members onboard the program since the initial days – one mechanic from the navy and one Doctor Assistant from the medical crew. Five years after its implementation the program is still receiving a very high level of attention from local authorities, Social and Health public Services and the Peruvian Marine.

    After her next trip starting mid-September, the boat – which medical facilities and maintenance are managed by Perenco - is planned to enter for short dry dock in Iquitos in view of resuming her duties at the end of the year.

  • 2014/07/25
    Perenco participates in the 5th Scientif...
    Perenco REP and Mioc were present in Kinshasa on the 23rd and 24th July 2014 for the 5th Scientific Day organised by the Mining and Geology Research Centre (MGRC), an organisation overseen by the... More..

    Perenco REP and Mioc were present in Kinshasa on the 23rd and 24th July 2014 for the 5th Scientific Day organised by the Mining and Geology Research Centre (MGRC), an organisation overseen by the Congolese Minister of Scientific Research.

    In front of an assembly of 100 people -most of whom were experts and researchers in Mines and Hydrocarbons - Benjamin Safari, production geologist for Perenco in the DRC presented "The Geological Characteristics of the Coastal Basin". It was a simplified and well illustrated presentation which gave Perenco's expert the opportunity to enlighten the scientists on the subject of the mature fields of this basin, and on the expertise developed by the oil company established in Muanda to make these fields profitable.

    The five research days of MGRC have been organised under the theme "non-renewable raw materials: geological knowledge, technology and sustainable development", with a three-fold objective, namely: giving researchers the opportunity to present the results of their research to their peers, offer a platform to the geologists to exchange views on their respective sectors/areas and finally to enable researchers to focus on and discover new directions.

  • 2014/06/27
    Inauguration of power plant in Guatemala...
    On 26th of June, Jean-Michel Jacoulot, CEO of Perenco, received Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala at the Xan Oil Field, for the inauguration of the recently commissioned power plant. The... More..

    On 26th of June, Jean-Michel Jacoulot, CEO of Perenco, received Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala at the Xan Oil Field, for the inauguration of the recently commissioned power plant. The president was accompanied by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Vice Ministers and the Director of Hydrocarbons. The power plant is composed of eight diesel generators and two gas generators with a total capacity of 14MW. The 33 km underground distribution network connects all wells to the electrical generation power plant. The implementation of this plant substitutes individual power generators that were installed at each well. "This is the most ambitious project executed at the Xan Field in the past 20 years. This plant has multiple benefits to all those involved in the operation of Xan, the State of Guatemala, Perenco, our employees, and the environment", said Jean-Michel Jacoulot, during the inaugural ceremony. The plant and electrical distribution network were completed in 22 months and created 200 jobs. "Perenco represents 92.2% of the oil production of the country. This investment of US$25 million allows for a significant reduction in the cost per barrel of crude, contributing more income for the State of Guatemala",

  • 2014/04/02
    Kimmedridge Project
    Perenco is proud to be supporting the Kimmeridge Project, which will see the world famous Etches Kimmeridge Clay Fossil Collection permanently housed in a purpose built museum in the heart of the... More..

    Perenco is proud to be supporting the Kimmeridge Project, which will see the world famous Etches Kimmeridge Clay Fossil Collection permanently housed in a purpose built museum in the heart of the village of Kimmeridge. As well as being an important educational facility for students to learn more about Dorset's Jurassic Coast, the museum will also serve as a new community centre and hall for the village. The museum, which has recently announced that it has received a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is expected to open in 2016. Commenting on Perenco's support, Eric d'Argentré, Head of Perenco UK, said: "We are delighted to be involved with the Kimmeridge Project, a very worthwhile educational and community programme in the heart of our area of operations. The Etches Collection is truly outstanding and is deserving of a permanent home. This will not only showcase the lifetime's work of an amazing local character, Steve Etches, but the museum will also provide a unique learning facility. The Project will give the village a much needed improved hall for, as well as significant economic benefits to the area, whilst preserving its unique character. The mix of geology, education and community support makes The Kimmeridge Project and Perenco a perfect partnership. We look forward to continuing to support this very worthwhile enterprise." John Woodward, Kimmeridge Project Director, said: We are extremely grateful to Perenco for their support as one of our main corporate sponsors. Their early interest in the project played an important part in us being able to subsequently secure Heritage Lottery Funding. There is still much to be done but we have a clear path to the successful completion of the project and to the creation of a world class facility for both the local community and visitors alike.

  • 2014/01/31
    Bas-Congo : electricity capacity increas...
    The electricity capacity in the town of Muanda, 200 km west of Matadi (Bas-Congo) was increased in January 2014 from 900 kW to 1200 kW, representing an increase of about 40%. At the end of February 2014... More..

    The electricity capacity in the town of Muanda, 200 km west of Matadi (Bas-Congo) was increased in January 2014 from 900 kW to 1200 kW, representing an increase of about 40%. At the end of February 2014, the total capacity will reach 1,600 kW.

    This is the result of a series of maintenance initiatives funded (for $ 250,000) and technically supported by Perenco for the gas groups of the National Electricity Company (SNEL) in Muanda.

    It should be noted that the gas supplied to these groups is associated with the production of the oil company Perenco. This additional energy in the town of Muanda will reduce power cuts and blackouts, according to Simon Ngimbi, the head of SNEL in the territory of Muanda .

    In addition to the supply of gas, Perenco will provide SNEL 1MW of electricity as part of its social intiatives.

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  • 2014/01/30
    Protecting marine wildlife in Gabon
    Perenco Oil and Gas and ANPN (National Parks Agency of Gabon) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the two entities on 30th January, 2014, for a period of three years... More..

    Perenco Oil and Gas and ANPN (National Parks Agency of Gabon) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the two entities on 30th January, 2014, for a period of three years. This agreement is based on studies conducted by the ANPN, the National Geographic Society, the Waitt Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society, which revealed the richness of the marine life surrounding oil rigs. It was shown that oil rigs provide a favourable environment for the development of artificial reef biodiversity, unspoiled by fishing due to the presence of a safety zone around offshore platforms. As a result of these findings, the agreement partners plan to conduct studies on the protection of these ecosystems in the context of oil production and at the moment of the decommissioning of the platforms. This practice is known as "Rig to Reef". The MOA will provide ANPN with the financial means necessary to carry out its mission of research and protection. Mayumba National Park in southern Gabon, near which Perenco operates, notably includes populations of cetaceans and sea turtles that will be the focus of specific studies. The unique marine wildlife of Gabon, which is the heritage of the country due to its potential as a tourist attraction, is today faced with the threat of illegal industrial fishing.

2013
  • 2013/12/06
    First barrel of oil produced on Block 67...
    On the 5th December the Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala Tasso celebrated the first barrel of oil produced in the field. The President was accompanied by the minister of Mines... More..

    On the 5th December the Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala Tasso celebrated the first barrel of oil produced in the field.

    The President was accompanied by the minister of Mines & Energy Jorge Merino Tafur, the Deputy Victor Isla, the Regional President Yvan Vasquez and the chief of the Buena Vista community, Ronner Rocero.

    The visit provided the opportunity to explain the work undertaken to achieve the significant milestone of first oil, as well as the considerable benefits that this will continue to bring both the regional and national economy.

    In his speech President Humala highlighted the local aspect of the project, For example having a major part of the facilities built in Iquitos and through employing a large majority of local workers. The President also noted the very good relationship that Perenco is maintaining with the communities and cited a new era for the Amazonian development that the design of the environmental and social responsibilities now bring.

    First oil from Block 67 marks the first new producing field in Peru's Amazon Basin for thirty years.

    Symbolically, Francois Perrodo and the President opened the Curaray Terminal valve, thus allowing the crude to start flowing.

  • 2013/10/21
    The return of the H260 rig in the DRC in...
    Following the encouraging results from the 2011-2012 offshore drilling campaign with the H260 rig (the first completed since the 2004 restart of operations in the offshore field), Perenco mobilised the... More..

    Following the encouraging results from the 2011-2012 offshore drilling campaign with the H260 rig (the first completed since the 2004 restart of operations in the offshore field), Perenco mobilised the effective drilling rig again this year in a new development campaign in Muanda (DRC).

    The campaign is focused on several fields: Lubi (through the resumption of an existing well that was never put into production), Liboa (two development wells in the southern zone), Tshiala (an appraisal and water injection well) and the Moko (an exploration well). The campaign, started in mid-April 2013, is scheduled to continue until March 2014.

    Perenco continues to demonstrate its commitment to the development of offshore reserves located in difficult reservoirs. This new project is the direct result of excellent cooperation between the operator, its industrial partners (Chevron, Inpex) and the government of the DRC.

  • 2013/09/23
    Inauguration of Mother and Child Health...
    In the presence of Nathalie Perrodo, project sponsor who was involved from the beginning in design and implementation, Ministers of Health and Hydrocarbons as well as many representatives of civil... More..

    In the presence of Nathalie Perrodo, project sponsor who was involved from the beginning in design and implementation, Ministers of Health and Hydrocarbons as well as many representatives of civil society, the PASS ( Programme d'Appui aux Structures de Santé) was officially inaugurated on September 19th 2013 in Pointe-Noire.

    Especially oriented towards mother and child health, this Congorep (JV between Perenco and the SNPC in Congo) and IECD (Institut Européen de Cooperation et de Développement) project, unique in the area for its design and extent, aims to support the social-medical centers in Pointe-Noire.

    Today, four centers are already integrated and more than 70 staff have benefited from professional training. Medical staff traning has been identified as a key issue in Pointe-Noire, and is one of the main focuses of the project.

    The constant availability of a dedicated medical team also characterises this program. One doctor, two nurses and one accountant provide a weekly follow up within the Partners health centers to facilitate the integration of learning and support the management teams in their strategic choices.

    Site rehabilitation for premises and their medical and paramedical equipment will be provided in the second phase of the program.

    Eventually, a dozen health centers and nearly 150 medical personnel should benefit from the PASS project.

  • 2013/09/13
    Vietnam : Su Tu Nau Project update
    On September 13th, the Su Tu Nau South (STN-S) jacket was successfully lifted, up-ended and set on the sea-bed, after a Cumulative Man-hour of close to 900,000 hrs with a TRC (Total Recordable Case) of... More..

    On September 13th, the Su Tu Nau South (STN-S) jacket was successfully lifted, up-ended and set on the sea-bed, after a Cumulative Man-hour of close to 900,000 hrs with a TRC (Total Recordable Case) of 0.

    By completing this installation, the Su Tu Nau Project is achieving a critical milestone, within the schedule and budget, allowing now the PVD-1 Rig to come before the beginning of the monsoon and stay all along during this de-favorable season, where no rig move is possible.

    After the drilling campaign on STN-S (from mid October to Mid April next year), surface operation will be followed, when the weather will be again more favorable in 2014, by the offshore installation of pipelines and Topsides.

    First Oil is targeted in one year time, next October, with an expected baseline production of 50,000 bopd.

  • 2013/09/06
    21 years extension from 2016 to 2037 for...
    Wytch Farm is Europe's largest known onshore oilfield in one of the most environmentally protected areas of the UK. Its operations are on the southern shores of Poole Harbour, Furzey Island, Wareham... More..

    Wytch Farm is Europe's largest known onshore oilfield in one of the most environmentally protected areas of the UK.

    Its operations are on the southern shores of Poole Harbour, Furzey Island, Wareham and at Kimmeridge Bay, with much of the development dating to the late 1980s. In 1995, it won The Queen's Award for Environmental Achievement. It is a conventional oilfield extracting oil (with some associated gas) from sandstone and limestone oil reservoirs. It uses conventional techniques, tried and tested, and used worldwide for decades. There is no known shale gas or coalbed methane in Perenco's licence blocks in Dorset nor are there any plans to seek any such opportunities.

    Perenco UK Limited took over the operation of the oilfield in December 2011. It is currently producing 19 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (crude oil, liquid petroleum gas and gas).

    In September 2012, Perenco UK Limited applied to Dorset County Council to extend the duration of 39 existing planning permissions for the Wytch Farm, Wareham and Kimmeridge oilfields to 2037. Perenco held a public exhibition at Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham in May 2012 to provide key information regarding the applications and invite public feedback. Dorset County Council have also undertaken consultations concerning the applications.

    Dorset County Council's Planning Committee recommended approval of the applications on 6th September 2013. This was a very important outcome for all who are associated with the oilfield. Perenco is grateful for the support of Planning Committee members and so many people in the local area. Perenco looks forward to maintaining the highest operating standards and continuing to make a very positive economic and societal contribution into the future.

    Further details on the recent planning applications are available via the Dorset County Council planning website countyplanning.dorsetforyou.com/ePlanningOPS/searchPageLoad.do (reference number 6/2012/0571).

  • 2013/05/30
    Cameroon : pipeline laying
    After six months of engineering work, Perenco is pleased to announce that it has completed its first pipeline installation over 8km between the Ebome platform and the KB wells. Completed in only two... More..

    After six months of engineering work, Perenco is pleased to announce that it has completed its first pipeline installation over 8km between the Ebome platform and the KB wells.

    Completed in only two and half days in 30m of water, the task was completed using the DP2 multipurpose vessel, Anna B. During the laying of the S-lay Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipeline (RTP), over 5400 concrete sinkers, equating to 300 tonnes of concrete, were clamped onto the pipe to ensure its stability.

    Already used by Perenco Congo on the Emeraude field, the RTP system is fully corrosion resistant internally and externally and is a proven solution to corrosion issues caused by high H2S or CO2 content, as found in the KB well fluids. While steel pipe has a large submerged weight, RTP floats even when water filled, hence sinking the pipe onto the seabed requires certain adjustments to the standard pipeline installation methods.The spooling and welding by electrofusion of the pipeline were performed onshore in only two weeks using a 9m diameter and 4m height carrousel. The 50t reeled pipe was then lifted from the dock to the vessel.

    During the offshore installation, the pipe was rolled out from the carrousel through a 5 tonne tensioner before passing through the 15m firing line, where the concrete shelves were simultaneously clamped onto the pipe on five sinker assembling stations. A system of electrical lifting hoist, conveying rails and inclined roller ramps, allowed a continuous feeding of the assembling tables with concrete blocks coming from the storage unit onboard at an enhanced laying pace (4.5 km / day). This was a major time and cost saving in comparison to the previous deployment concept, where one pipeline section is laid at a time, in an assembly-line method and with in-line couplers needing to be applied on the spot.

    These innovative concept, engineering, preparation works, supervision and field operations were made possible only as a result of the close collaboration and team spirit that exists between Perenco HQ and the subsidiary project teams.

  • 2013/03/07
    Refurbished classrooms on the Muanda Coa...
    Perenco has refurbished eleven classrooms and one Administrative office at a Primary School located within the EP GSCOM Educational Establishment on the Muanda Coast. The school which was established... More..

    Perenco has refurbished eleven classrooms and one Administrative office at a Primary School located within the EP GSCOM Educational Establishment on the Muanda Coast. The school which was established in 1956 has 1750 pupils. The refurbished buildings were handed over to the school authorities, on Friday 28th February 2013.

    A ceremony was held in the courtyard of the school and was attended by hundreds of pupils, the Territorial Authority, the general manager of Perenco and several guests including the Ambassador of France in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luc Hallade.

    The refurbishment of the building is fully in line with the voluntary social actions of Perenco. Over the last few months, the oil company has refurbished other buildings in this school. This included a large building in the primary school, a few buildings in the secondary school, along with equipping the boys and girls boarding schools.

    On this occasion, Reza Mered invited other partners to support the rehabilitation of GSCOM.

    Following on from the ceremony at GSCOM, Perenco delivered a lathe to COCODEM (Consultative and Development Committee of Muanda). The lathe has been installed at a workshop within the Technical Professional Institute of Muanda, Banana.

    This lathe in good working order and was previously used on the Perenco storage boat, the Kalamu, before being handed over to the Technical Professional Institute of Muanda. This machine will give the opportunity to students to practice and, in future, manufacture spare parts to meet with vehicle and equipment requirements in Muanda.