Drilling under way from Turkmen platform

Installation of the Dzheitune (Lam) B platform has been completed in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, according to operator Dragon Oil.

Offshore staff

ASHKABAD, Turkmenistan -- Installation of the Dzheitune (Lam) B platform has been completed in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, according to operator Dragon Oil.

The jackup Astra has been mobilized to the platform, and has spudded the Dzheitune (Lam) B/141 development well, due to come on stream early in 2010. Dragon signed a six-month contract for the rig with BKE Shelf, and plans to use the jackup for two wells during the contracted term.

Dzheitune (Lam) B’s platform is installed in the western part of the Dzheitune (Lam) field. It is the second new platform commissioned since Dragon became operator of the Cheleken Contract Area in 2000. The company expects to drill eight wells from the structure.

Another rig, the Iran Khazar, has drilled the Dzheitune (Lam) A/139 well to a depth of 3,360 m (11,023 ft). Dragon says that testing of short and long strings resulted in respective production rates of 1,350 b/d and 1,297 b/d.

Further testing and optimization is due to take place. The rig has since skidded to slot 9 on the Dzheitune (Lam) A platform to start drilling the Dzheitune (Lam) A/142 well.

Dragon’s CEO Dr. Abdul Jaleel Al Khalifa added that the company was working on a long-term contract for a full-time, platform-based rig to operate alongside the three rigs currently in service.

12/15/2009

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