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.
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.