Total due to start drilling of first well at Azerbaijani gas field
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 4
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
French Total company is going to start drilling of the first development well at Azerbaijan’s Absheron gas field in the Caspian Sea, an informed source in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas market told Trend.
The source noted that the plug and abandonment operation at the exploratory well, carried out by Norway’s HydraWell is almost completed.
The Heydar Aliyev drilling rig will move to development well location in the coming days (one week maximum) and the drilling will start, added the source.
In 2016 Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and Total signed a framework agreement on the main contractual and commercial principles regulating the program of the first phase development of the Absheron field.
The first phase of the field’s development envisages drilling of one well at a sea depth of 470 meters. The production will stand at 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year and these volumes will be used in Azerbaijan’s domestic market. It is planned to produce up to 4 billion cubic meters of gas as the second stage.
Absheron’s reserves are estimated at 326 billion cubic meters of gas and 108 million tons of condensate, according to the estimations of Total specialists.
The Absheron project will be operated by JOCAP (Joint Operating Company Absheron Petroleum) (50 percent SOCAR, 50 percent Total).
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