Vaalco resumes Avouma 2-H production offshore Gabon

Vaalco Energy Inc. has resumed production from its Avouma 2-H well on the Avouma platform offshore Gabon, and the Houston independent continues to monitor its electric submersible pumps (ESP).

As previously announced, the primary ESP failed in the Avouma 2-H well and awaits replacement. A secondary ESP is being used (OGJ Online, July 6, 2016).

Performance is stable with the well producing about 1,850 b/d of oil (gross), or 450 b/d net to Vaalco. The well previously produced 2,700 b/d (gross), or 660 b/d net to Vaalco, which said it is now keeping the well at a lower rate while monitoring the ESP performance.

Cary Bounds, Vaalco chief operating officer, said, “The ability to restart production from the Avouma 2-H validates our strategy of installing primary and secondary pumps in all of our platform wells.”

Vaalco has exploration, development, and production activities in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Angola.

A floating production, storage, and offloading vessel is used for the Etame Marin block production offshore Gabon, which includes Southeast Etame and North Tchibala fields.

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