Canadian company preparing for drilling at Azerbaijan’s Jafarli oil field

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.2

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Canada’s Zenith Energy company, which is the operator of Muradkhanli, Jafarli and Zardab oil fields onshore Azerbaijan, is carrying out preparatory work to start drilling at Well C-37 in Jafarli field, the company told Trend.

“Zenith can confirm that the preparatory work required prior to the beginning of drilling activities, announced on October 15, 2018, is ongoing and that the electrical submersible pump has been pulled out of the hole,” said the company.

Zenith Energy said its operational team has begun running in the hole with a scraper to the production casing shoe at a depth of 3,904 meters.

“A series of well investigations by wireline will follow the completion of this work, as well as the performance of civil works including the construction of a drilling pad. The company will provide an update once the aforementioned preparatory work is concluded and a 180-ton rig, contracted from a local service company, is mobilized to the well location to commence drilling operations,” said the Canadian company.

Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and Zenith Aran Oil Company signed a Rehabilitation, Exploration, Development and Production Sharing Agreement (REDPSA) in March 2016 for a block that includes the Muradkhanli, Jafarli and Zardab oil fields. Zenith Energy Ltd established its subsidiary company Zenith Aran Oil Company Ltd for production operations in these three fields. Production under the agreement began in August 2016.

Zenith holds an 80-percent participating interest in the three fields within the contract area, while SOCAR retains the remaining 20 percent. The agreement is for 25 years, with a potential extension by five additional years.

The total area of the Muradkhanli, Jafarli and Zardab fields is 642.2 square kilometers, and according to the contract, it is divided into rehabilitation and exploration territories.

The Muradkhanli-Jafarli-Zardab block is located in the Yevlakh-Agjabadi oil and gas region of Imishli district of Azerbaijan. The Muradkhanli field was discovered in 1971, Jafarli - in 1984, and Zardab - in 1981.

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