DUBAUI, UAE – The jackup Elima has completed the Dzheitune (Lam) A/190 development well on the Cheleken Contract Area offshore Turkmenistan for Dragon Oil, and will next drill the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/192 well.
A second jackup,Neptune, is drilling the Dzheitune (Lam) C/191 development well. It will remain available to Dragon for nine months and will then be released. In its place, the company expects to take delivery of the Mercury jackup, due to arrive in the Caspian Sea this fall. Mercurywill operate under a lease and management contract for an initial duration of five years, optionally extendable by up to two more years.
Land Rig 1 is preparing to spud the Dzheitune (Lam) 22/193 and then complete two more wells on the Dzheitune (Lam) 22 platform, including Lam 22/193, prior to its release.
Soon the platform-based rig Land Rig 2 is expected to spud the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) A platform Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) A/102 well from the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) A platform.
In February, Dragon awarded a contract for the construction and installation of the wellhead and production platform Dzheitune (Lam) E and associated pipelines, and design and detailed engineering work is under way. The platform, expected to be ready in 1H 2016, will have eight fitted well slots (suitable for use by a jackup), with space for another four slots to be added later.
Work continues to relocate the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) B platform to the Dzheitune (Lam) field, location Lam F. Modifications and subsequent installation should be completed during the fall.
The company adds that structural strengthening is being performed at numerous platforms in the Dzheitune (Lam) field, to allow more slots to be added for drilling from these platforms.
The company has invited tenders for construction of another 30-in. subsea trunkline from the Dzheitune (Lam) field to the central processing facility. Construction is expected to start two years after contract award.
Elsewhere, Dragon has started preparations in Cairo for operations on block 19 East Zeit Bay, in the Gulf of Suez offshore Egypt, after signing a contract in May with the Petroleum Ministry.
OffTunisia, the company, in partnership with operator Cooper Energy and Jacka Resources, is looking to obtain a rig to drill side track-2 of the Hammamet West-3 well in 2015 at a cost around $35 million.