Peru gas output hits year high

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The startup of new natural gas distribution concessions in Peru this year has been accompanied by growing gas production in the country.

Data from hydrocarbons licensing authority Perupetro reveals that gas output hit a high for 2017 in November of 39Mm3/d, albeit below last year's levels.

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Blocks 88, 56 and 57 accounted for 52%, 32% and 12%, respectively, of production last month.

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On the liquids front, output has remained relatively flat, an indication that operators would be continuing to focus on maintaining production levels amid a still weak pricing environment, and pending sector reforms.

Of the 43,381b/d crude produced in November, the top three contributors were blocks X (30%), 8 (19%) and Z-2B (18%).

The principal producers of NGLs in the month that averaged 90,995b/d were blocks 88 (53%), 56 (33%) and 57 (12%).

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In a related note, energy and mines minister Cayetana Aljovín (pictured) went before congress' energy and mines committee to argue for a bill the executive introduced to create a hydrocarbons industry promotion law.

Also Read: Will Peru hydrocarbons promotion law turn sector around?

Meanwhile, state oil company Petroperú reported an explosion at a 3,000m3 crude tank at station no. 8 of the Nor Peruano oil pipeline that killed two workers and injured a third.

The incident occurred during maintenance and is under investigation, said the NOC.