Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.5
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Canada’s Zenith Energy, which is the operator for development of Muradkhanli-Jafarli-Zardab oil fields onshore Azerbaijan, plans firstly deepen the C-37 well at Jafali field by 15-20 meters, Trend reports with reference to the company.
“It is planned to deepen well C-37’s total depth, 3,987 meters, by 15-20 metres into the Middle Eocene formation and subsequently perform a production test,” said the company.
Zenith Energy said it believes there may be significant reserves in place to be produced from this formation on account of historical production data from well C-22.
Historical well data indicates that an adjacent well, C-22, achieved an initial production rate of 700 barrels per day from the Middle Eocene formation when drilled in 1986.
“Following the completion of drilling activities in the Middle Eocene formation target zone, Zenith will proceed with deepening well C-37 by approximately 200-250 meters to penetrate the Upper Cretaceous formation and test the fluid content of this new, unexploited structure,” said the 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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