LUKOIL has started development drilling and construction of a key production unit, central processing facility, on West Qurna-2 field (Iraq).
Abdelkareem Luaibi, Minister of Oil of Iraq, leadership of Basra province, management of South Oil Company of Iraq, LUKOIL Overseas as well Baker Hughes and Samsung Engineering being the main contractors have attended the ceremony on the occasion of the startup of the two major projects.
Development drilling program calls for construction of 23 deviated wells. Wells will be drilled simultaneously on 5 well pads using state-of-the-art diesel-electric rigs with the hook load capacity of 450 tons, capable of drilling to the depth of up to 5000 m without equipment remounting. The rigs were specifically designed as cluster slider rigs for fast skidding within the well pad. Similar rigs will be used in the future on 4 other well pads.