At HBNS, successful development drilling to date has resulted in 24 producing wells, 12 water injectors and three gas injectors.
The fourth 75,000-barrel-a-day train also under construction at the HBNS complex will process production from the Block 404 "satellite" fields -- the HBNSE, BKNE, RBK, QBN and BKE fields.
The HBNS, HBN and satellite fields are operated by Groupement Berkine, a joint operating association of Anadarko and SONATRACH.
The option to build a fourth and final train at the HBNS
central processing facility is provided for under the HBNS
Phase II contract.
Plans to increase HBNS
production to 135 Mbopd by 2001 have been
LASMO's production from Algeria began in May 1998 from the HBNS
field in the Berkine basin, and since January of this year, oil export from this initial phase of production has been via the new 30 inch diameter Nezla pipeline to Hassi Massaoud.
Phase 1 production from the HBNS
field exceeded the stated capacity of 60 Mbopd gross at the start of 1999, following commissioning of the new 30 inch diameter export pipeline.
In the Hassi Berkine field, to the north of HBNS, the HBN-4 appraisal well, located 5.
The partners continue to work with SONATRACH, the national oil and gas enterprise of Algeria, on a development plan which will permit staged development of HBN and HBNS.
The partners and SONATRACH have established a joint committee to obtain and evaluate technical data to determine whether HBN and HBNS are separate fields.