Drilling work on the Semutang-6 well began on 21 January at the Semutang gas field in southeast Bangladesh. The projected depth of the well is 2,956 metres.
This is the fifth of ten planned wells to be constructed by Gazprom International under contracts with BAPEX and BGFCL/SGFL, subsidiaries of PetroBangla, the state-owned Bangladesh oil and gas corporation.
Earlier, on 16 January, the company began drilling work on the Titas gas field's Titas-22 well, with a projected depth of 4,063 metres. At the end of December 2013, trials at Titas-21 produced up to 673,000 m3 of gas per day.
In total, under its service contract with the Bangladeshi companies, Gazprom International has completed the construction of four wells which are now up and running: Shrikail-3, Titas-20, Titas-21 and Begumganj-3.
In April 2012, Gazprom International, the sole specialist operator of Gazprom's upstream projects outside the Russian Federation, concluded two contracts to design and construct ten production wells with subsidiary companies of the state-owned corporation PetroBangla.
Under the agreements reached, wells will be drilled at six of Bangladesh's gas fields: Titas (four wells), Rashidpur, Semutang, Begumganj and Shrikail (one well each) and Shahbazpur (two wells). Most of the wells are directional inclined wells; their depths will range from 2,900 to 4,050 m down the wellbore.
The Semutang gas field in southeast Bangladesh was opened in 1969. Its reserves, according to BAPEX data, are estimated at over 150 billion cubic feet (around 4 billion m3) of gas.
The Titas gas field is located in the Bengal oil and gas basin, and was put into commercial operation in 1967. Its gas reserves are currently estimated at 230 billion m3, with an average daily production of around 13 million m3, according to data from Petrobangla.