BP to Drill over 10 Wells on Large Oil Field in Azerbaijan in 2008

Azerbaijan, Baku, 30 April / corr Trend С.Алиев/ In 2008 BP Azerbaijan plans to drill 4 wells including B20 and B21 (2 producers, 1 gas injector and 1 water injector) on the Central Azeri field as part of the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli fields, the company said. This year we have already drilled an oil producer well (B20), the sixth platform drilled well on CA. This well was successfully completed at the end of February. Then drilling B21 (gas injector) was commenced and these activities are currently ongoing to plan. The company expects to complete this well in early May.

Overall it is planned to drill 4 wells including C14 and C15 (2 producers and 2 water injectors) on West Azeri in

2008. The similar wells will be drilled on the East Azeri field. This year drilling of two production wells will be complete on the West Azeri field. Ten wells have been drilled from the platform. Meanwhile, two wells have been drilled from the East Azeri field and the third is under drilling.

Early in 2008, Chirag finished drilling a series of planned sidetrack oil producers (A10z, A03z, and A05z) to replace wells that had reached the end of their productive life. These wells were all successful and will continue to support and deliver the reservoir plan and production for Chirag into the future. The current drilling activities on Chirag are focused on sidetracking an extended reach oil producer (A18z) to the far northwestern side of the reservoir. This will be followed by one more conventional oil producer sidetrack (A07z).

During the year, BP will also conduct a well surveillance campaign aimed at increasing the productivity of some of the existing wells. This year's plan for Chirag also includes work to commission the last two remaining well slots on the platform.

DWGdrilling activitiescurrently focus on two areas: 1) the pre-drilled wells tie-back programme on the drilling, utilities and quarters (DUQ) platform following the completion of offshore installation of DUQ topsides and 2) the subsea water injection drilling programme.

The company will continue to tie-back the remaining pre-drilled wells until we start platform drilling operations in early 2009.

The correspondent can be contacted at [email protected]

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