Platforms to lift Turkmen development tempo

The first of two new wellhead/production platforms under construction for the Cheleken Contract Area fields in the Caspian Sea should be completed late this year, according to operator Dragon Oil.

Offshore staff

ASHKABAT, Turkmenistan -- The first of two new wellhead/production platforms under construction for the Cheleken Contract Area fields in the Caspian Sea should be completed late this year, according to operator Dragon Oil.

The Dzheitune (Lam) C platform will support a jackup rig and will have up to eight slots for drilling. It will be installed in the western part of the Dzheitune (Lam) field between the Dzheitune (Lam) B and 29 platforms. Drilling will target reserves beyond the reach of the existing platforms.

Early in 2012, the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) A platform should be completed, and this will be placed in the eastern part of the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) field, with a bridge link to an accommodation platform. At least eight wells will be drilled from this facility, which will be able to support both a land rig and a jackup.

Dragon has also commissioned a new 100-metric ton (110-ton) floating crane vessel, scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2011. It will support the company’s ongoing drilling and infrastructure projects.

And the company has initiated a front-end engineering and design study to provide a template for further construction of platforms in the Cheleken Contract Area. This will serve to improve and standardize Dragon’s platform design, to optimize drilling, and to reduce platform construction costs.

Dragon has further plans to perform dredging in the area of the Aladja jetty onshore Turkmenistan, the aim being to enhance the operational and crude loading capacity.

01/26/2011

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