Training rural farmers on cassava production

Published on 20 May 2015

As part of its embedded community relations activities, Addax Petroleum partnered with the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) to train young farmers primarily on cassava (manioc equivalent) production in Nigeria.

In early 2015, 32 farmers (15 women and 17 men) from Akwa Ibom, Imo and Rivers states’ rural areas where Addax Petroleum has its operations, attended a two-week intensive training in Umudike, Abia state.

“APDNL took the decision to support farmers as agriculture constitutes the main occupation of its host communities. The programme is our way of giving back to them” said Emeka Obi, Manager Community Relations at Addax Petroleum Nigeria.

In addition to offering participants a unique opportunity to enhance their economic and social status and lift them out of subsistent farming, the three main objectives of this programme were to:

  • train farmers on improved methods of cassava production to increase yield;
  • build their capacity to start, manage and own agro-commercial businesses;
  • and supply them with improved, high yielding and disease resistant cassava stems.


The training modules broadened farmers’ skills on diversified topics such as site selection, land and planting material preparation, planting methods, management of cassava farm-weed control methods, fertiliser application and harvesting of cassava roots, processing of root crops, herbicide and pesticide application demonstration, soil erosion and improvement /conservation practices, farm record keeping and accounting, and safety standards in agricultural enterprises amongst others.

Participants acknowledged that this learning experience was a stepping stone to become entrepreneurs and transfer the knowledge they have acquired on new farming techniques to their entourage.



Kita Marine and Adanga North Horst – the winning duo of OML123

Published on 15 April 2015

OML123 is Addax Petroleum’s largest lease area as measured by reserves and production and is located offshore approximately 60 km south of the town of Calabar in the south-eastern part of Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea. It covers an area of 90,700 acres (367 km2) in water depths ranging from 3 to 40m.

Both Kita Marine and Adanga North Horst are located in the north sector of OML123 in around 10 m water depth. For the past couple of years, these two fields have been the key assets of OML123. Together, they have totalised more than 55% of OML 123 production and contain 40% of OML’s probable reserves among the lease’s producing fields in 2013 and 2014. These impressive contributions are, among other things, the results of two intensive and consecutive drilling campaigns.

The development of Kita Marine started in the summer of 2011. Prior to development, oil was proven in four reservoirs: P-6, P-7, I-2 and I-4. However, one of the key things that happened over the course of the development was the appraisal of other reservoirs: I-3, I-3.05, I-3.1 and I-3.2.  As a result of the successful appraisal an additional 8 production wells were drilled that weren’t planned in the original development programme.  In order to accommodate the increase in the number of wells, the Kita Marine B Platform was expanded to increase capacity from 12 slots to 16 slots, all of which were used.

The same rig used for the development of Kita Marine – Adriatic X, a jack-up owned by Shelf Drilling – was used for the development of Adanga North Horst from December 2013. In 2014 seven production wells – ADNH-16HST1, 17H, 18H, 19H, 20H, 21H, 22H – and three sidetracks – ADNH-10HST1, 12HST1, 15HST2 – were drilled based on the original Field Development Plan (FDP).

The FDP for Adanga North Horst was revised in May 2014 and proposed the drilling of 11 development wells in the P-0.5 and P-1 reservoirs, using the ADN-A platform already existing. The aim of this campaign is to recover an additional 12.6MMstb of oil that would otherwise not be produced. In addition, it proposed the drilling of pilot well to appraise an unpenetrated fault block and the first two wells based on the FDP phase 2, ADNH-24H and 23H were drilled.

Thanks to these two successive drilling campaigns and a continuous operation of the Adriatic-X drilling rig production levels of 50,000 bopd were experienced in OML123 last year. Peak daily production rates for Adanga North Horst were 12,407 bopd (1,000 more than the production rate of up to 11,100 bopd anticipated in the revised FDP) and 25,438 bopd for Kita Marine. At the end of 2014, Kita Marine was responsible for 34% and Adanga North Horst of 27% of OML123 production.

Generally, production from OML123 was also enhanced in 2014 thanks to the installation of two booster compressors, BC-1 (became operational in July 2013) and BC-2 (became operational in August 2014) providing more gas lift. Thanks to these and many other diverse efforts, OML123 attained the key milestone of having produced 300 MMbbls on 22 March 2014.


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