Panoro Energy has completed drilling development well DTM-2H in Tortue field within Dussafu PSC, offshore Gabon.

The drilling work began in January, and according to the company, the work has been completed on schedule, within budget, and with no safety-related incidents.

The logging results indicated that the well proved to be completely consistent with pre-drill prognosis.

Drilled as a horizontal production well in the Dentale D6 reservoir, the company found a long section of oil saturated on sandstone.

Further work on the well has been suspended until the arrival of FPSO and the subsequent hook up in the second half of the year.

On drilling through the shallower Gamba and upper Dentale reservoir sections, the firm found a gross 37m hydrocarbon column with 28m of net pay.

“We now look forward to drilling the appraisal wellbore and second production well on the Tortue field.”

The Gamba reservoir will be the target of the upcoming second horizontal production well DTM-3H.

The rig will move to drill the DTM-3 well, which is an appraisal well located on the northwestern part of the Tortue field.

Meanwhile, DTM-3H will be drilled and completed in the Gamba sandstone. Drilling operations of this well are expected to take until the end of June.

Panoro Energy CEO John Hamilton said: “We are very pleased with the result of the first production well in the 2018 drilling programme, which validates the geological and operational model for Phase 1 of the Tortue development. We now look forward to drilling the appraisal wellbore and second production well on the Tortue field.”

Based in London and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Panoro Energy has production, exploration and development assets in West Africa. These include Dussafu license offshore southern Gabon, and OML 113 offshore western Nigeria.