Coastal lifts output from Songkhla A

Coastal Energy is continuing development operations at its Songkhla A field in the Gulf of Thailand.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Coastal Energy is continuing development operations at its Songkhla A field in the Gulf of Thailand.

During the first quarter of this year, the company completed workovers on three wells, repairing a submersible pump on the A-04 well and installing larger submersible pumps on the A-01 and A-03 wells.

Production during the period averaged 7,100 b/d, up almost 30% on the previous quarterly figure. Rates have since increased to around 9,500 b/d.

Exploration drilling at Songhkla B proved disappointing, but the resultant find could still be tied into the Songhkla A facilities.

Currently Coastal is drilling the Benjarong prospect. Its first exploratory well here encountered two intervals with pay. The main interval revealed 83.5 ft (25.4 m) of net pay with 11.9% porosity. The well also intersected a shallower zone with 16.5 ft (5 m) of net pay and around 15.1% porosity.

Once drilling of the Benjarong A-02 well has been completed, Coastal plans to drill at least three more wells on the structure. It will then switch its focus to developing its proven reserve base at the Bua Ban field, where production facilities were installed earlier this year.

4/22/2010

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