SOCAR holds exploration drilling in Caspian Sea
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 16 / Trend /
SOCAR drilled more than 2,000 meters of designed 6,500 meters within drilling of the first exploration well at prospective gas-condensate structure Umid in Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, SOCAR's manager of 'Complex drilling operations', Iskender Shirali, said in an interview with Vishka newspaper.
"Only specially trained national specialists work at the platform. They will drill up to 6,500 meters in deep-water part of the Caspian Sea. Presently, over 2,000 meters have been already drilled," Shirali said.
Drilling of exploration well was launched in August. This prospective structure differs by complicated geology and seismic, a source in SOCAR said.
It is the first exploitation drilling in 15 years which SOCAR has conducted independently.
Total expected gas reserves in Umid field are estimated at 300 billion cubic meters and the expected gas condensate reserves are estimated at 30-40 million tons.
Earlier, SOCAR completed constructing theUmid-1 platform. An exploration well has been drilled from this platform.
The Umid-1 platform was built on the base of the unfinished Chiraq-6 platform and it is 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.