DRC

Perenco is currently the DRC's (Democratic Republic of Congo) sole oil producer and is one of the largest investors in the country. Since our arrival in the region in 2000, the company has extensively invested in new wells, secondary recovery, and improved operating practices.

OPERATED PRODUCTION 24 000 BOPD for 2014

PERENCO IN DRC

The crude is stored on board the Kalamu
floating terminal, which can store up to
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Perenco in DRC

Perenco's onshore drilling programme started in 2002, shortly after Perenco took over the onshore operation, and continued at an average rate of 25 wells per year. This was achieved by the continuous use of the tailored SS-25 rig that drilled the majority of these wells.

In 2013, onshore production was stable at an average of 10 000 bopd. This can be attributed to Perenco's ability to deliver a completed and tied-in well every 15 days, without compromising other field and appraisal opportunities. To increase production, Perenco is commissioning a second rig which will work in parallel with the SS-25.

Offshore, Perenco halted the natural decline with new producing wells drilled in 2012 and 2013. Production is expected to increase significantly thanks to an additional six months drilling campaign planned for 2014.

An exploration campaign will also be carried out with 3D seismic and one exploration well.

Perenco is actively engaged in promoting transparency within the resources' sector, in particular as a member of Executive committee ITIE-RDC (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative).

OPERATIONS

Perenco is actively engaged in
promoting transparency within the
resources' sector.

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Operations

Perenco is currently the DRC’s (Democratic Republic of Congo) sole oil producer and is one of the largest investors in the country. Since our arrival in the region in 2000, the company has invested extensively in new wells, secondary recovery, and ensuring we remain at the forefront of best operating practices. 

In 2014, onshore production was stable thanks to the southern fields’ drilling campaign that compensated for the fields’ natural  decline.

A second onshore rig started a deep horizon redevelopment program on the Tshiende field with encouraging results. This redevelopment will continue in 2015.

The Kinkasi powerplant was upgraded with three additional new gas turbines, increasing the availability and capacity of the power plant.

The offshore drilling campaign was completed in mid 2014 and also helped offset the the natural decline of the fields, particularly Tshiala and Libwa.

To sustain this production level, a further ,  rigless, campaign is planned for 2015. Elsewhere, the company is promoting the development of a Gas To Power project in Muanda. This would address several important needs: a lack of power, gas valorization, reduced flaring, employment, development. This project consists of generating about 170MW from a gas power plant connected to the national grid.

Perenco is actively engaged in promoting transparency within the resources’ sector, in particular as a member of Executive committee EITI-RDC (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). In July 2014, DRC was declared a conforming country by the EITI.

In relation to its environmental and social policy, the company continued to support the implementation of the Agro-forestry project in the Muanda area. The initial pilot project in Yema provided very encouraging results which allowed Perenco  to support another community in the southern part of the region. These projects have a strong social, economic and environmental benefit for the local communities.

As part of its corporate social
responsibility initiatives,
both contractual and voluntary,
Perenco unveiled in 2013
several projects.

Corporate social
responsibility
in DRC

Supporting the local culture and providing access to knowledge play an important role in helping the local population achieve welcome economic development.

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Corporate social responsibility in DRC

  • Agroforestry
  • Water wells
  • Education
  • Library

An agroforestry pilot project for Muanda's local communities

As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, both contractual and voluntary, Perenco unveiled in 2013 several projects (schools, health centres, maternity homes, territorial administration sites and buildings for public use) for which the group has provided the funding for construction or renovation.

Perenco has also continued giving financial support to its agroforestry pilot project implemented on the Yema plateau in the Muanda territory.

This is a project to grow food producing crops by means of planting trees (acacias) on a territory of 170 hectares, at a rate of 20 hectares per year, involving 20 families selected from the village of Yema.

On the one hand, the project has economic and social value for the beneficiary communities that derive revenue generating activity from it, and, on the other, an environmentally beneficial impact. When they have reached maturity, the planted trees will play a vital role in carbon sequestration and improving the quality of the soil, which is considered sandy and not fertile.

The first harvest of black-eyed peas (a grain legume) was obtained in 2013 and has enabled farmers to sell their product on the market in Muanda and Cabinda (Angola). It should be noted that cassava, a staple food in the DRC, is the main yearly crop to which other crops are linked, as are acacia trees.

By its third year, the acacia tree provides enough shade at its base to allow the introduction of beekeeping activity. At their eighth year, mature trees from the first hectare can be cut to make charcoal and firewood and to reduce excessive cutting of mangroves (a heritage for tourism) by local communities. Other trees will be planted in their place for a new cycle to begin again.

Perenco, together with the state authority, has initiated a major plan to provide the population of Muanda with safe drinking water.

18 wells have been drilled so far, including 15 in the neighbouring villages and three in the city of Muanda.

The average depth of the water wells is 50m. Wells are equipped with a manual hand pump in the villages (where there is no water distribution network), whilst a submersible electrical pump is used in the city. The pump can deliver five m3/h.

Access to water and electricity is among the priorities of the state; so this social programme was discussed locally in Muanda with the head of villages and the head of the local community. It was approved in the regional capital of Matadi and the country capital of Kinshasa by the Minister of Hydrocarbons.

Perenco and the DRC's Minister of Hydrocarbons have worked closely to support education and, to date, more than 40 000 pupils have benefited from the resulting initiatives.

Equipment
Schools have received wide ranging education equipment previously in very short supply, including text books, stationary and sports equipment.

Transport
Perenco has funded a school bus network providing transport every morning and evening from the remote outlying villages to the city's schools and colleges.

School Repairs
Eight school buildings have been repaired so far, with work still ongoing in a further three (Kitona, Kongo and Muanda College). Separately, 20 000 school benches have been built and installed, and electrical power supplied.

Scholarships
A Perenco funded scholarship programme supports the region's best students. They are sent to Boma, Matadi or Kinshasa for further studies, after which they will return to Muanda.

Professional training
Perenco has undertaken an extensive programme of works: repairing and expanding the secondary school, several training centres and training schools (Lycée Mbuetete, ITP of Banana, Kitona and Mbu, Institut du Centenaire, centre de formation commerciale, ITC of Muanda, Institut Moyo, ISNP, Centre de formation professionnelle de Muanda, Université Kasa Vubu of Boma.)

Since 2001, Perenco has run a public library in the city of Muanda.

The Perenco Library houses more than 10, 000 books and periodicals, for all ages, including a video library. The library is very popular and more than 3,000 people have joined, including many school children and students.It is also one of the few places where internet access is readily available to the public.

Supporting the local culture and providing access to knowledge play an important role in helping the local population achieve welcome economic development.

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