Further production increase for Dragon offshore Turkmenistan

Dragon Oil plc has completed four more wells, including one side track, at its Cheleken Contract Area development in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

Offshore staff

ASHGABAT, TurkmenistanDragon Oil plc has completed four more wells, including one side track, at its Cheleken Contract Area development in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

A leased, platform-based rig completed the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/182 development well as a single producer in April, testing at an initial rate of 1,876 b/d of oil. Last month the Dzheitune (Lam) 28/151A side track was completed as a single producer, testing at an initial rate of 869 b/d.

Currently the rig is on transfer to the Dzheitune (Lam) 22 platform to drill two more wells before the end of the year.

The contracted jackup has drilled the Dzheitune (Lam) 21/180 and 21/181 development wells in batch mode. The Dzheitune (Lam) 21/180 well encountered a high-pressure gas zone and was temporarily suspended.

Dzheitune (Lam) 21/181 well was completed as a dual producer in June. It is being optimized and is producing at a rate of 960 b/d from both strings. The rig has since mobilized to drill three slots on the Dzheitune (Lam) C platform, starting with the Dzheitune (Lam) C/183 well.

Dragon has continued its workover campaign on old wells, using the hydraulic workover unit on the Dzheitune (Lam) 4/4 and 4/8 wells with recompletions in new horizons and added perforations in the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) 60/68 well. Combined incremental production from these activities was 450 b/d.

Average Cheleken field production for the first half of 2013 was 73,600 b/d, compared with 64,200 b/d in the same period last year.

7/11/2013

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