Strong performance from latest Bualuang wells offshore Thailand

Offshore staff

LONDON – Four wells are onstream under a new phase of development drilling on the Bualuang oil field in the Gulf of Thailand, according to operator Salamander Energy.

The jackup Atwood Mako is scheduled to drill 16 development wells from the new Bualuang Bravo platform. It is on hire to Salamander through September 2014.

Wells BB-01H, BB-04H, BB-06H, and BB-10H are performing above expectations. They are drilled horizontally into the T4 Miocene sandstone reservoir, encountering 495-530 m (1,624-1,739 ft) of pay, with 27-33 reservoir porosities and 85-99% net-to-gross ratios.

The wells are completed using standalone screens and electric submersible pumps, with drilling, completion, and production handover typically taking 21 days per well.

Production from the field this year has averaged 10,531 b/d of oil, up from 7,200 b/d last year, with a full-year forecast in the 11,000-14,000 b/d range.

Five wells are scheduled to be drilled and completed in the East Terrace, and at least two of the main field wells will be slant drilled into two unexploited reservoirs to assess the potential.

Thai Nippon Steel is assembling the processing and utility modules for Bualuang Bravo in Bangpakong, Thailand, which should be installed early next year.

Teekay Nordic Holdings has a letter of intent to provide a floating storage and offtake vessel, due to be operational in the field by July 2014.


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