Vitol CDI Ltd contracted NRG to provide a full well management service to support a 1 well deepwater exploration drilling campaign in Block CI-508, offshore western Cote d’Ivoire.
The NRG services encompassed the delivery of:
PROJECTS, ENGINEERING & CONSULTANCY
The Vitol 508 project team was fully integrated with clearly defined roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved. During the early well design and planning phases of the project NRG provided all of the engineering, well designs and risk assessments for up to five prospects that the Subsurface group had identified, and continued providing detailed engineering supporting to Vitol and their partners in defining and determining the final well location of Aigle 1x.
In a collaborative manner with Vitol and running in parallel with well design, NRG also provided assistance where required for regulatory and environmental compliance, emergency response planning, and significant support in contracting the rig and various 3rd party services and the procurement of oilfield tangibles for the well.
Given the remote location of Block CI-508 in the west of the country, Vitol and NRG also assessed the logistics and infrastructure aspects of using San Pedro Port, which was significantly closer, (25 nautical miles) to the well location rather than the more familiar oilfield port areas of Abidjan, (168 nautical miles away) which typically serve the oilfield developments located on the east side of the country. San Pedro was a port more familiar with cocoa and general container cargo handling rather than handling loose, heavy and valuable oilfield goods. The carefully assembled and detailed assessment, and the decision to use the San Pedro Port was borne out in the Operations phase, where very high HSE ethics prevailed, (zero incidents or accidents), along with a very professional, commercially efficient service.
During the base set-up, the operations phase and the base close out, NRG had up to ten very experienced project team members at any given time in San Pedro, covering both the offshore and onshore positions. Engineering and technical support was also available from London and Aberdeen on a 24/7 basis.
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