Nido, as Operator of Service Contract 54A (SC 54A), provided an operations update on Extended Well Testing (EWT) activities at Tindalo. Well testing is continuing and the following can be confirmed since the last update:
The production processing system at Tindalo is currently operating at sub-optimal efficiency, particularly with respect to water separation and treatment. Initial separator design and the current high watercuts (currently 80%+) at Tindalo have contributed to this.
Produced water at Tindalo is designed to be discharged overboard once separated and treated to international and Philippine standards. However, the majority of the water treated to date has not met the criteria for overboard discharge and has instead been exported to the FSO for later treatment, also resulting in limitations to the well's total fluid production rate. A number of options are under consideration for removing the produced water that is currently stored in the FSO and this activity will most probably be undertaken during the production shut-down associated with the forthcoming workover of the well.
Significant recent improvements to water separation efficiency have been achieved with the use of a specialized water clarifier; however, further efficiencies are required to consistently meet the criteria for water discharge overboard. The well is currently shutin whilst a system upgrade is being installed for this purpose.
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