Bualang wells converted and onstream

Salamander Energy has completed Phase IV of development drilling on the Bualang oil field in Gulf of Thailand block B8/38.

Offshore staff

LONDON -- Salamander Energy has completed Phase IV of development drilling on the Bualang oil field in Gulf of Thailand block B8/38.

The jackup Vantage Emerald Driller was brought in for a six-week program that involved drilling side tracks to three existing slant production wells and their subsequent conversion to horizontal producers.

All three – BA02 ST2, BA03 ST2, and BA04 ST2 – have been completed in the field’s main producing area with downhole electric submersible pumps and expandable sand screens.

Each well has 600-800-m (1,968-2,624-ft) horizontal sections, and according to Salamander all were landed successfully in the target zone 3-5 m (9.8-16.4 ft) below the top reservoir.

Following cleanup and testing at stepped-up rates to determine productivity, the wells are now on stream. Later they are to be choked to produce at rates designed to optimize recovery.

05/11/2010

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