Dragon updates Dzheitune drilling

Dragon Oil has completed initial testing of the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/137 and 13/138 development wells in the Caspian Sea.

Offshore staff

ASHKABAD, Turkmenistan -- Dragon Oil has completed initial testing of the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/137 and 13/138 development wells in the Caspian Sea.

The rig Iran Khazar drilled the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/137 well to a depth of 3,301 m (10,830 ft). Testing of the short and long strings resulted in production rates of 1,020 b/d of oil and 1,121 b/d oil respectively, with further testing and optimization scheduled to take place, the company says.

The rig completed the drilling program on the Dzheitune (Lam) 28 platform and mobilized to the Dzheitune (Lam) A platform, where it spudded the Dzheitune (Lam) A/139 development well. The Dzheitune (Lam) B platform is expected to be ready for drilling in November, the company says.

Rig 40 drilled the Dzheitune (Lam) 13/138 well to a depth of 3,268 m (10,722 ft). Testing of the short and long strings resulted in production rates of 1,828 b/d of oil and 683 b/d of oil respectively, with further testing and optimization scheduled to take place, the company reports. Since completing the Dzheitune (Lam) 13/138 well, Rig 40 has skidded to slot 6 on the Dzheitune (Lam) 13 platform to begin drilling the Dzheitune (Lam) 13/140 well.

“I am pleased to announce that the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/137 and 13/138 development wells have been completed as scheduled,” says Dr Abdul Jaleel Al Khalifa, CEO of Dragon Oil. “We are progressing the drilling program in line with the field development strategy and we expect to have completed eight wells by the end of 2009.”

10/14/2009

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