Perenco has been operating in the Republic of Congo since 2001, when CongoRep, a local company owned by Perenco and SNPC (the Congolese National Society of Hydrocarbons) was created to operate the Emeraude field. CongoRep now also operates the Likouala field (in partnership with Eni Congo). Perenco Congo, formerly CMS NOMECO, operates the Yombo field with the FPSO Conkouati. Since January 2017, Perenco Congo has also been the operator of the PGNF South fields.
Since 2001, Perenco in Congo has regularly built on its position, strengthening it thanks to a development strategy on existing fields and through new acquisitions, thereby increasing the production from 4,000 BOEPD to 70,000 BOEPD.
On the historical fields of Emeraude, CongoRep has compensated the natural reservoir decline by showcasing a real technical and economic know-how. Thanks to bigger pumps, stimulation actions and improved water treatment (up to 180,000 barrels of water per day) or chemical injections, the teams have been successful not only in avoiding well closures, but also in optimising oil exports, especially on the newly upgraded facilities of the November platform. Today the production of Emeraude has reached 11,000 BOEPD.
In northern Congo, Perenco operates the Yombo fields.
When the Production Sharing Contract was renewed in 2015, anticipating future developments, Perenco had committed to install a new floating terminal as part of the Conkouati replacement. The Conkouati, in place since 1992, was acquired in 2002. The new floating production storage and offloading unit La Noumbi, which will be set-up by the end of 2018, will allow to handle the increased Yombo production close to 9,000 BOEPD as well as the production of the adjacent Masseko field, recently put into production. Resulting from the conversion of an oil ship, La Noumbi is certainly a great example of Perenco’s teams’ know-how and ingenuity La Noumbi.
Since 2010 CongoRep has been operating the Likouala field. The perforation work carried out in the upper Cenomanian reservoir in 2012, followed by the successful drilling campaign, along with surface works in 2014, have allowed the production to reach a record of 32,000 BOEPD. After a phase of decline, Perenco started a new drilling campaign in 2017, which has brought the production to approximately 20,000 BOEPD.
Since January 2017, Perenco Congo also has been operating on the group PGNF South fields, including the licences of Tchendo II, Tchibouela II and Tchibeli Litanzi II, with a 40% net equity, for a crude production of 20,000 BOEPD. Thanks to synergies with neighbouring fields, Perenco has been able to restart several wells in a cost-effective manner.