Yemie Adeoye 02 April 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, through its subsidiary, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited, NPDC, has announced production of first oil from Opuama oil wells.
Located in OML 40 in the onshore of the Niger Delta, which was shut in by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in March 2006, NPDC said it successfully re-opened two Opuama oil wells with a combined production of 2,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day, bopd.
It stated that on taking over the operatorship, it focused on the restoration of production by the replacement of corroded in-field flowlines, refurbishment of the 30,000 barrels of liquid per day production flowstation and the repair of the 36km oil export pipeline, including the replacement of all corroded and damaged sections.
NPDC made the disclosure in a statement issued by its spokesman Ugo Atugbokoh and made available to SweetcrudeReports via electronic mail.
According to the statement, with the successful restart of production, NPDC will now progress its field development plan.
“It is anticipated that production will increase to 8,000 bopd by the end of 2014. The entire development work was carried out by local contractors. This further illustrates the company’s commitment to the Nigerian Content Policy of theFederal Government,” the company said.
OML 40 is one of the assets that were divested from Shell. NPDC took over the operatorship in January 2013. It is now jointly owned by NPDC and Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited.