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Akpo Production Back on the Rise

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Akpo field on OML 130 in Nigeria is seeing its output nearing a return to peak production. Production capacity encountered a major production challenge and at a point producing more gas than oil with 55% water volume entering the well.

The field has raised production capacity up to 120,000 boepd, according to Dr. Livinus Nosike, geoscientist at Total Exploration and Production, after water cut was reduced to about 30%.

In an interview with the Leadership, Nosike said the field, which began production in 2009, has produced an estimated 1 Tcf of gas, which he described as a record volume.

Nosike also revealed that the field has recorded a 70% gas flare down following gas gathering initiative of the company to boost export potential of NLNG, as well as deepening domestic gas utilization for power generation and LPG for cooking gas usage.

The field development plan calls for 22 producing wells, 20 water injection wells and two gas injection wells, tied back to a FPSO. According to the Leadership article, the field was expected to quickly reach peak production of 225,000 boepd, of which nearly 80% is condensate. The condensate is exported via a buoy located two km from the FPSO, while the gas is piped to the Amenam/Kpono platforms, from where it is sent on to the Bonny liquefaction plant.