Drilling continues at Yury Korchagin in the Caspian Sea
Lukoil has completed drilling the second production well from the wellhead platform at the Yury Korchagin field in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.
The single-bore well with horizontal completion was drilled from a jackup, with an MD of 3,736 m (12,257 ft), initially flowing around 600 metric tons/d (661 tons/d) of crude oil. Operations have now started on the third production well at the eastern part of the field.
For the first time the company deployed an electro-hydraulic intelligent completion system in the new well. This is said to provide control of the valves of the horizontal wellbore in real time, leading to an optimized oil influx and higher operational safety.
Production from Yury Korchagin first started in 2010. All the offshore facilities for the development have been built in the Astrakhan region.