Bouri Offshore Field Pumps Nearly 40,000 bpd

Reuters reports that the Bouri offshore oilfield is producing almost 40,000 barrels a day, and plans to add up to 15,000 bpd within six months by launching new drilling technology.

Located in the Mediterranean 130 km north of Tripoli, the country's biggest offshore field has been unaffected by the recent wave of strikes.

The field, which started production in 1988, is run by the Mellitah Oil and Gas Company, a joint-venture of ENI and the state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The field, comprising 38 wells, is currently pumping 37,914 bpd, of which 21,940 bpd come from its main "DP4" platform, he said. The 349 staff reside on two platforms and a tanker.

Output is slightly below the field's average of between 38,000 bpd and 40,000 bpd as the company is introducing new drilling technology with the help of U.S. firm Schlumberger, he said. Pressure at some wells has become too low after being in use for many years, so they are being conver from natural flow to electric submersible pumps.

(Source: Reuters)

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