Oando says Ebendo field back on stream

29 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Production at the onshore Ebendo field in Nigeria has resumed after a damaged pipeline was repaired, partner Oando Energy Resources said in a statement.

The 10-inch Kwale-Akri oil pipeline, operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company, connects the field on OML 56 to the Brass export terminal.

“The Kwale-Akri pipeline has been fully repaired and has commenced operations with reduced volumes being injected into the pipeline for testing, to ensure full integrity before full volume capacity is attained,” Toronto-listed Oando said in a statement.

The field is currently producing about 2000 barrels per day of oil. A “gradual ramp-up” over the next several weeks will bring output to 4000 bpd “as full pipeline integrity is confirmed”, Oando said.

Prior to the shutdown, the pipeline was sending 4600 bpd from two producing assets – Ebendo on OML 56 and the Abo field on OML 125.

The Abo field produces 3225 bpd into a floating, production, storage and offloading unit and has not been affected by the pipeline disruptions, Oando said.

Nigerian private Energia operates the field with a 55% stake. Oando owns a 42.75% non-operated interest.

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