SOCAR actively conducts drilling in Caspian
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 2. / Trend E.Ismayilov /
Despite the difficult geology and seismology of the Umid field, a promising gas condensate formation in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, the drilling of the first exploratory well on the structure has proceeded rapidly, a source in SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) said.
This is the first exploration drilling the company has implemented independently for the past 15 years. The gas reserves expected from the Umid field are estimated at 300 billion cubic meters and the gas condensate reserves expected are estimated at 30-40 million tons.
This structure differs by its complex seismology and geological structure, however, the exploration drilling is successfully underway, the source said.
Launching drilling last week, the company managed to drill deep, because the top layer is easily accessible for drilling.
SOCAR has drilled over 1,200 meters as part of the exploration drilling. The projected depth of the well is 6,500 meters. SOCAR's Bayil Limani exploration offshore drilling unit is carrying out the work.
Bayil Limani will have to transfer drilling to the Sahil deep-drilling unit which has been recently established at SOCAR's Complex Drilling Work Trust. The drilling work will be handed over as soon as a new supervision team is fully formed.
Earlier, SOCAR completed constructing the Umid-1 platform. The Umid-1 platform was built on the base of the unfinished Chiraq-6 platform, the largest facility within the program. Its height is 72 meters. The platform was installed in the 15 kilometers of the Bulla Deniz field at a depth of 58 meters. A total of six gas wells are expected to be drilled from the platform.
Do you have any feedback? Contact our journalist at: [email protected]