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NIOC to drill 4 exploration wells

Source: Tehran Times 5/29/2006, Location: Asia

National Iranian Oil Company is planning to drill four new exploration wells to prove existence of more oil and gas in the country. Director of NIOC’s Exploration Department noted that his department is also considering increasing the number of drilling rigs from four to six.

Mahmoud Mohaddes told Petroenergy Information Network that one of the exploration wells will be drilled at Ahvaz oil field to reach underneath layers. He stated that drilling the well has successfully progressed as far as 5,158 m, adding, “Fahlian and Dariyan layers are the main goals of exploration operations in Ahvaz. The results of assessment of layers and other supplementary tests have been positive.”

Referring to drilling an exploration well at Ab Teimur region in Khuzestan province, which aims at reaching Khami layer, he said, thus far, about 4,660 of drilling operations have been finished and the well will progress as far as a depth of 5,020 m.

The official stated that drilling has been directed by 3-D seismographic data, which pave the way for achieving more accurate results. Mohaddes noted that another well will be drilled at Ramshir field to reach Khami layer and stated that spudding operations have started since 3 months ago and the well has now reached a depth of 1,950 m.

“Another well, which is called Sefid Zakhor, will continue to a depth of 5,200 m and thus far, 3,890 m of it has been completed,” he said. The official stated that according to current plans, about 31 wells will be drilled on land (in 31 anticlines) and six exploration wells will be drilled in the Persian Gulf. He also noted that establishing ties with major oil companies and taking advantage of their technical know-how has led to common results.

“We recently signed a contract with Russia’s Lukoil Company for joint studies on two areas in Moghan as well as Dezful regions,” he noted. Mohaddes said Lukoil enjoys good experiences in oil fields resembling Moghan and “we want to taken advantage of their experiences”.



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