Heydar Aliyev Rig to Carry Out Drilling on Central Field

Oil&Gas Materials 26 October 2007 13:27

Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend S.Aliyev / Heydar Aliyev jack-up will carry out drilling work in the Russian section of the Caspian Sea at Russian oil company LUKOIL's order, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) reports.

The rig will be used for drilling one well. As a result of drilling, it is planned to make a decision the possibility of further drilling on D-222 (Yalama) field in the Azerbaijani section of the Caspian developed by LUKOIL.

he rig will be installed in the area of drilling where the depth of water equals 450-500m. The rig will be towed to the drilling area by the vessels Aura, Andoga, and V. Seydov of the alliance of the CASPIAN Marine Service leased from SOCAR Caspian Marine Oil Fleet.

The vessels will also carry out support to drilling operations and supply of fuel, drilling mixtures and other necessary elements needed for drilling.

Russian LUKOIL Company expects the rigs named after Heydar Aliyev belonging to Danish Maersk to be free in June 2008 in order to drill the second exploration well on Azerbaijani perspective field Yalama (block D-222). The second exploration well will be nearly 2,650m in depth and will be drilled 22km away from the first exploration well.

The second exploration well will be nearly 2650 meters in depth and will be drilled in 22km from the first exploration well.

In mid November engineering-geological investigation in depth of 656- 720 meters will be carried out on the territory intended for drilling the second well.

The work will last 15 days. LUKOIL drilled the first exploration well on Yalama field in 2005 in the depth of 4,400m. During the drilling, a small volume of hydrocarbons was discovered which was not commercially interesting for the company.

Heydar Aliyev SDR is allocated for well drilling in the depth of up to 9,000m in the water width of up to 1,000m. The limited depth of the Caspian comprises 1,025m, which means that the rig can operate almost in all of the water's area.