Coastal prepares to drill Songkhla B

Coastal Energy is mobilizing an Atwood-owned rig to drill the Songkhla B exploration prospect in the Gulf of Thailand.

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HOUSTON -- Coastal Energy is mobilizing an Atwood-owned rig to drill the Songkhla B exploration prospect in the Gulf of Thailand.

The well is due to spud by the end of the week with early results expected by late January.

The company adds that the Songkhla A field is currently producing 7,000 b/d from the A-01, 03, 07 and 08 wells. The recently completed A-04 well remains down due to mechanical pump issues. However, Coastal is bringing in a hydraulic workover unit to perform remedial action, and it will also install larger pumps on the A-01 and A-03 wells.

According to the company’s CEO Randy Bartley, “We have had some issues with the downhole mechanical pumps and they are being appropriately addressed. The production disruptions that we have experienced are entirely mechanical in nature and do not reflect on the quality or expected performance of the reservoir.

“As a result of these disruptions and other downtime associated with drilling, we expect our fourth quarter production to average approximately 5,400 b/d. We expect production at Songkhla A to return to the approximate 10,000 b/d level once workover operations are completed on the A-04 well in late January.”

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