The first gas from the Absheron field is planned to be received in the third quarter of 2020.
According to the report of the French company Total, which is the operator of the field development, the work in the first phase of development of the Absheron field continues.
“The drilling of the first appraisal well began in February this year and it is planned to be completed by mid-2019. Detailed engineering began in August. The first gas from the field is planned to be received in the third quarter of 2020,” the company said.
In general, as noted in Total, the first phase is based on the so-called “early production scheme”.
“The appraisal well will be connected to the site with the receipt of raw materials at the Neft Dashlary (Oil Rocks) deposit through a 35 km submarine infrastructure. A platform will be built at Neft Dashlary to receive drains from Absheron, pre-treat them, and then direct them to the existing enterprises.
As for the second phase, the scheme for its development has already been determined, but it is necessary to focus on the data that will be obtained during the drilling of the first exploratory well,” the company noted.
Total also said that negotiations are currently continuing with the leadership of SOCAR for the Umid-Babek field.
In 2016, SOCAR and Total signed a framework agreement on the main contractual and commercial principles governing the program for the first phase of development of the Absheron field.
At the first stage, the development of the field includes drilling one production well at a depth of 450 meters. Within the first stage of the development of Absheron, it is planned to produce 1.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas and 700,000 tons of condensate. At the second stage, it is planned to produce up to 4 bcm of gas per year.
According to Total’s experts, the reserves of the Absheron field are 326 bcm of gas and 108 million tons of condensate.
The operator of development of the Absheron field is the joint company JOCAP, whose shareholders on an equal basis are SOCAR and Total.