Gazprom International, the sole operator of OAO Gazprom overseas projects involving prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields, has begun tests of the Shrikail 3 well in Bangladesh.
On 20 May, perforation of the first interval (3185-3190 m) was conducted. During tests on 21 May 2013, a maximum influx rate of 413,000 cub. m of natural gas per day was obtained.
After all tests have been carried out, it is planned to complete construction of the well and to move the rig to the next drilling point – the Begumganj field.
The drilling of wells under the contract with BAPEX and BGFCL/SGFL has been under way since March of this year. So far, two wells – Shrikail 3 (depth: 3,350 m.) and Titas 20 (depth: 3,532 m.) – have seen drilling completed.
Gazprom International signed two contracts to design and construct 10 wells with BAPEX and BGFCL/SGFL, both subsidiaries of Petrobangla, the Bangladesh Oil, Gas & Mineral Corporation (BOGMC), in April 2012. Under the contract with BAPEX, five wells are planned to be drilled: four wells in the Titas field and one well in the Rashidpur field. Under the contract with BAPEX, another five wells are planned to be drilled: in the fields of Semutang, Begumganj and Shrikail (one well in each), and in the Shahbazpur field (two wells). Most of the wells are inclined. The projected depth of the wells is 2,900–4,050 m (down the wellbores).
Bangladesh desperately needs to increase its own production of natural gas. As of today, the country produces 21 billion cub. m, which is used mainly for the production of mineral fertilisers and in power plants.