Oil Resources of Peru
- V.F. Marsters
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Transactions of the AIME
- Publication Date
- December 1923
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 1,038 - 1,051
- 1923. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
- 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 5.1.2 Faults and Fracture Characterisation, 5.8.5 Oil Sand, Oil Shale, Bitumen, 4.3.4 Scale, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc), 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.1 Well Planning
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Peru has produced petroleum since the early seventies, the first work beingin the Zorritos field, in the Province of Tumbes, adjoining Ecuador.
In the early nineties, the Negritos field, in the Department of Piura, cameinto prominence, and by 1905 had attained an annual production of 335,160 bbl.The early development of the field was under the general direction of theLondon & Pacific Petroleum Co., but it is now handled by the InternationalPetroleum Co.
In 1900 and 1901, the Lobitos field became the scene of marked activity. In1905, its total production amounted to 75,000 bbl.; it has continued toincrease, as has Negritos.
From 1897 to 1902, there was prospecting in the region of La Brieta (orFernandez), on the Mancora River, about 25 to 30 km. from the coast. Smallproduction of a heavy oil was obtained from three different sands. So far asthe author knows, no work has been done in that locality since 1902. There arethus four distinct fields in the north end of the Peruvian coastal plain.
The remaining productive locality of Peru is the Pirin or Pusi field, at thenorthwest end of Lake Titicaca, Department of Puno, in southern Peru. The firstprospecting near Pusi was done by Brown Brothers, of Los Angeles, Calif., whoobtained modest production about 1906; according to reports, activities ceasedabout 1914 or 1915. The maximum annual production was obtained about 1908,estimated at 76,000 barrels.
Peru possesses two distinct geographic provinces in which we may look forthe development of a larger on industry; namely, the coastal plain province,and the inter-Andean plains.
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