Foxtrot International, which is 33.33% owned by RAK Petroleum, has started production from a second platform on block CI-27 in the offshore Ivory Coast area, southern West Africa.

According to RAK Petroleum, the Marlin-B1ST well is flowing an average of 1,100 barrels per day of 26 degree API oil through a 35/64in choke at present.

Installed in April as part of a $1bn expansion programme to bring the Marlin oil and gas field and the Manta gas field on production, the new Marlin platform is expected to double the hydrocarbons treatment capacity of block CI-27.

The platform will also increase the supply and the reliability of gas deliveries.

"The new Marlin platform is expected to double the hydrocarbons treatment capacity of block CI-27.

Operational since 1999, the first platform on the block processes gas and liquids from the Foxtrot, as well as well as Mahi fields.

The Marlin-B1ST well was drilled in 100m of water to a total depth of 2,660m and encountered 62m of gross pay in the Cenomanian interval.

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A 6.4m section of an 18.5m section of the interval has been perforated.

Drilling of the top holes of the remaining wells in the development programme is currently in progress.

The block CI-27 is 24% owned by Foxtrot International and also the operator. Other partners in the block are Petroci (40%), SECI (24%) and ENERCI (12%).

RAK Petroleum stated that gas production from the offshore block averaged 145 million cubic feet a day in 2015 through the end of the third quarter.

Foxtrot International is also operator and 27.5% stakeholder in block CI-502, an offshore exploration licence that was bought in 2014.