Expro wins TotalEnergies’ contract for Tilenga oil project works

The picture shows the Tilenga oil project in Western Uganda. (Image supplied by TotalEnergies on an unknown date.)

Expro Group has won a five-year well intervention and integrity contract from TotalEnergies E&P Uganda for work on the Tilenga project in the Albertine graben.

The company said the contract worth more than $30 million is for slickline services.

A slickline is used to lower downhole tools into an oil or gas well to perform a specified maintenance job downhole.

Expro Group added that one factor in winning the work was its provision of an innovative way in which to reduce carbon emissions; noting that its focus on national recruitment with a local development plan, according to Energy Voice.

It will begin work in the second quarter of this year, initially supporting drilling and then to follow with production optimisation, integrity and well workover support, it revealed.

The company said it had designed four well intervention units for the work intended to reduce equipment footprint and carbon emissions, while also improving efficiency.

The Tilenga project covers six fields and more than 400 wells with drilling starting this year and it will continue for five years.

Uganda has set the target of reaching first oil by 2025 with production reaching 190,000 barrels per day at plateau.

A 95-km flowline will run from Tilenga to a Central Processing Facility (CPF) at Kasinyi village in Buliisa district, Bunyoro region in mid-western Uganda.

Park drilling

One particular area of sensitivity is the location of the project, in Murchison Falls National Park. Expro noted it had taken this into consideration when designing its offering.

Mr Iain Farley, Expro’s Vice President for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, said the design was “engineered with the specific needs of this project in mind, taking into account the environmental sensitivities of the location and the need to support the project’s overall environmental and social objectives.”

Total has said that development of the Tilenga project will be limited to less than 1% of park land.

The operator says a number of environmental commitments have been made in consideration of the project location including limiting the number of well locations to 10 and limiting sound and visual impact of drilling equipment.

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