Ecuador expects to raise block 6 gas output by 61% next year


Ecuador expects to raise block 6 gas output by 61% next year

QUITO -- Ecuador expects to increase its natural gas output in block 6, in the Amistad field, by 61%, to 100  Mcfpd by the end of next year, state run company Petroecuador said.In a press release, the company said four new development wells will be drilled in the field, thanks to a rented rig that recently arrived in Ecuador and expected to start operations in December.

The rig was rented by Petrex, a unit of Italy's Eni, that will run the operations over 18 months.

The cost of renting the rig is about $48 million and includes perforation of two additional exploratory wells and a workover of another two.

Petroecuador also aims to raise gas production from the field to 85 Mcfpd from the current 62 Mcfpd by the end of this year.

Last March, Petroecuador said it had upgraded the size of the reserves in the Amistad field to about 1.7 Tcf of natural gas, following a review and reinterpretation of seismic testing in the Amistad Norte, Santa Clara, BBJ, BBJ Sur and Amistad Suroeste areas.

The Amistad gas field was formerly operated by a local unit of Noble Energy, but Petroecuador took it over after the U.S. company refused in 2010 to change its production sharing contract to a new service agreement.

Dow Jones Newswires

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