Ontario, Canada - Candax Energy Inc. ("Candax") [TSX: CAX] is pleased to announce the commencement of production
from the El Bibane Field offshore Tunisia.
During the week of March 3rd the
EBB-5 well was tested and flowed gas and condensate to the onshore Central
Processing Facility (CPF) to clean up the well and enable the onshore plant
commissioning to be initiated.
The EBB-4 well successfully commenced oil production during the week of
March 16th. Oil production rates have been variable due to onshore plant
commissioning and weather related delays to the offshore tie-in activities,
both of which have necessitated several shut-downs. The peak daily
production rate thus far is approximately 1,400 bpd of oil and Candax
expects oil production levels to rise considerably over the coming weeks as
production from EBB-4 is optimized and the EBB-3 well is tied in and
brought on stream. Candax plans to release further production updates once
these operations have been completed.
final well in the El Bibane re-development project, EBB-3, was completed on
March 18th and the
"West Titania" rig move has been initiated for demobilisation to
Malta. The installation of the EBB-3 platform and pipeline hook-ups
with the other wells is ongoing. The SEEB power station is also being
commissioned and will be ready to commence power generation operations once
gas production has been stabilized in April.
Michael Wood, President and Chief
Executive Officer, commented:
"We are pleased to have
completed the three well drilling program at El Bibane and are encouraged
by the initial oil production rates from the EBB-4 well. We are focusing
our efforts on completing the EBB-3 platform installation, pipeline hookups
and commissioning to optimize the oil production capability of the field in
the coming weeks."
Candax Energy Inc. is an
international energy company with its head office in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada and management offices in London, Dubai and Tunis. The Company holds
a number of concessions in Tunisia through its subsidiary companies and is
involved in the exploration and production of oil, gas and power generation
in the country. Candax was formed through the combination of a highly
experienced executive management team with successful Canadian founders and
financiers, to develop an international upstream oil and gas project
portfolio. Candax is initially focusing its growth activities on production
and development projects in the Middle East and North Africa, where the
group has strong relationships as well as extensive management experience.
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