Gazprom International, the single operator for the foreign projects of Gazprom in the prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits, continues to mobilise the drilling equipment and preparation of the Bangladesh space to begin work as part of the contracts for drilling 10 wells on the territory of this country.
On 22nd November, a marine transport vessel with two sets of drilling equipment which will be used in this work departed for the port of Chittagong. Part of the cargo intended for the construction and facilities of the mining camp has already arrived at the port.
At present time, at the Titas and Shrikail gas fields, the drilling sites for drilling the first holes are being prepared. They include excavation, the preparation of cement bases under the drill rigs and service equipment, the construction of cement risers for the mouth of the well, drilling wells in water, the construction of the drill site, and much more.
The completion of the mobilisation of the drilling equipment, the assembly of two drill rigs, and the start of drilling in the first well is planned for January 2013.
Bangladesh is badly in need of an increase in its own natural gas extraction which is used predominantly for electrical power stations and factories that produce mineral fertilizers.
The country's annual demand for natural gas is currently evaluated at 21 billion cubic metres, while around 18 billion are actually mined and the volume of extraction from raw mineral resources is consistently declining.
In April 2012, Gazprom International and the National Oil-and-Gas Corporation of Bangladesh, PetroBangla, signed two drilling contracts. In accordance with the agreements reached, Gazprom International shall design and drill 10 operational wells on the gas fields of Titas (two wells), Rashidpour, Semutang, Begumgang, Shrikail, and Shakhbazpour (two wells). Of the 10 projected wells, 8 will be inclined and 2 will be vertical. The projected depth ranges from 2,900 to 4,050 metres and the work will last for 20 months.
In the last ten years there has been no work in prospecting and exploration of new deposits in the republic. In connection with this, the country's government has adopted a drilling program for new operational wells.