Vaalco Energy’s Avouma 2-H well on the Avouma platform offshore Gabon in the Etame Marin Permit has resumed production at a stable rate, with the well producing approximately 1,850b/d of oil, Ecofin Agency’s Oil and Gas.
The company previously reported that the primary electrical submersible pump (ESP) failed in the Avouma 2-H well, and prior to attempting to start the secondary ESP, Vaalco, the manufacturer, and installer of the ESP worked to optimize the startup procedure, according to Offshore Energy Today.
The well was producing approximately 2,700b/d of oil prior to the first ESP failure. Vaalco is currently flowing the well at a lower rate while monitoring the performance of the ESP.
Vaalco’s COO, Cary Bounds, said: “we are conducting a detailed investigation of ESP failures encountered earlier this year on the platform and hope to restore production from two shut-in wells in the fourth quarter. The upcoming Avouma ESP replacements will utilize a more cost effective hydraulic work-over unit that is being mobilized to the platform.”