Lukoil-VolgogradNIPImorneft has contracted KCA Deutag to provide well engineering design services on its Yu. Korchagin project in the Russian sector of the Caspian, 175 km offshore Astrakhan. The work scope will include detailed well design for drilling extending reach wells with a reach of 3,500 and 5,000 m through the field's shallow reservoir. To maximize production from a minimum number of well slots, the design team is considering various options, including multilateral wells.
The platform will be situated in a water depth of 13 m, and the well designs will also have to take into account the probability of local ice flows around 0.5 m thick during winter.