Gulf of Guinea Energy Limited announced the spudding of the first of two back-to-back appraisal/development wells in the Uquo field, within the Eastern Niger Delta, onshore Nigeria.
Uquo-5 well will be drilled to a depth of 8,500 feet by Henan Petroleum Company Nigeria, using the HPEB119 drilling rig. The rig will then move to drill the Uquo-6 well.
It is anticipated that the wells will be retained as producers for the Uquo development with first production expected in 2009. The Uquo field is planned to produce through ExxonMobil's Qua Iboe terminal some 8 klm to the south.
The discovery well Uquo -1 was drilled in 1958 by Shell and tested both oil and gas in more than nine separate reservoir intervals. Three further wells have been drilled (Uquo 2 – 4) which have discovered three separate hydrocarbon structures, within which a total of 15 hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir accumulations exist. Of these, ten have been evaluated as gas bearing, two are proven oil bearing formations and a further three have been evaluated as being probably oil bearing.
GOGE-Frontier acquired 233 sq klm of 3D seismic in 2006-2007 covering the entire license area.
Arun Subbiah, Gulf of Guinea Energy's Executive Chairman, said, "The spudding of the Uquo-5 well is a very important milestone for Gulf of Guinea Energy. It is the culmination of many months of intense technical and commercial effort. The possibility of having first production in 2009 is very exciting."
Joshua Udofia, Gulf of Guinea Energy's Chief Executive Officer, said, "To demonstrate our commitment to the host community around our field of operations, ProNatura International, a development agency, has been employed to develop a comprehensive community development plan. To date we have contributed circa $500,000 in the active engagement of the host community."
The Uquo Field is situated in License Block OML13. Gulf of Guinea Energy has a 40 per cent participating interest in the field and Frontier Oil Limited holds the remaining 60 per cent and is the Operator of the Uquo field.
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