Gazprom International, Gazprom's sole operator of projects for the prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits abroad, has fully completed construction of the Titas-20 well at the Titas field in Bangladesh.
The depth of the well, located 95 km north-east of the capital, Dhaka, was 3,532 metres.
After the completion of drilling works on the well in May 2013, a series of geological and physical studies and testing of various sites was carried out. The well is currently operating as normal. The inflow of gas, according to recent test results, is up to 300,000 cubic metres per day. The drilling rig is being dismantled in parallel in order to move it to the next drilling point. The next step is to drill the Titas-21 well with a projected depth of 3,790 m.
Titas-20 is the first of five wells which, according to the service contract with the Bangladeshi side, Gazprom International will design and build for BGFCL, a subsidiary of Petrobangla, the Bangladesh National Oil & Gas Corporation.
In Bangladesh Gazprom International is implementing its first joint project in the fuel and energy sector – drilling of production wells in six of the country’s fields.
There has been no prospecting or exploration of new fields in Bangladesh over the past ten years, in connection with which this country’s government has adopted a programme for drilling new production wells. In 2010, the Bangladeshi government asked the Russian side to take part in the prospecting and development of hydrocarbon deposits in the country.
In April 2012 Gazprom International and the companies BAREX and BGFCL/SGFL (subsidiaries of Petrobangla) signed two drilling contracts, according to which the Russian side undertook to design and build a total of 10 wells on the Titas fields (four wells), Rashidpur, Semutang, Begumganj, Shrikail, Shahbazpur (two wells) with a depth from 2,900 to 4,050 metres. It is planned that most of the wells will be directional, and the work will take about a year and a half.
The first two wells were drilled in 2013: in the Titas and Shrikail fields. Drilling is currently under way at the Begumganj field, and preparatory work is being carried out at the locations of the following wells.
Titas is a large gas field in the Bengal oil and gas basin, discovered in 1962, and placed in development in 1969. The initial geological gas reserves of the field are, according to recent estimates, 230 billion cubic metres.