Dragon looks to add more slots to offshore Turkmenistan platforms

Offshore staff

DUBAI, UAEDragon Oil has issued an update on construction and engineering activity for its Cheleken Contract Area fields in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

Fabrication continues of the topsides structure and jacket for the new wellhead and production platform Dzheitune (Lam) E, due to be completed in the first half of 2016.

The platform will have eight slots with provision for another four to be added later, and can accommodate drilling by a jackup rig.

Offshore installation has been completed of the Dzheitune (Lam) F production platform and the facility is ready for drilling. Work continues to prepare for commissioning of the platform.

Dragon is also conducting tenders to award contracts to extend the lives of the Dzheitune (Lam) A and B platforms with a view to adding slots for future drilling.

As part of the first-phase program of decommissioning, two more old non-producing wells have been P&A’d, bringing the total so far to 13. Dragon expects to P&A up to 26 non-producing old wells over a three-year period starting in 2016.

Elsewhere, work is progressing on Dragon’s concession agreement for exploration of the East Zeit Bay block offshore Egypt in the Gulf of Suez.

An unnamed international contractor is reprocessing existing seismic data over the block using modern techniques to improve the quality of analysis and interpretation of the data.

Offshore Tunisia, Dragon and partners Cooper Energy and Jacka Resources are seeking to extend their permit by a year to Aug. 6, 2016, giving them time to abandon the Hammamet-West 3 well in a rigless operation and acquire a 500-sq km (193-sq mi) 3D seismic survey in order to assess further potential.


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