Genel Energy has announced that Taq Taq field's side-track well is flowing at 3,000 barrels of oil per day after being successfully drilled and completed in the Cretaceous Shiranish reservoir.
The TT-27x side-track was the first well in the 2016 Taq Taq work programme, which aims to more evenly distribute the production rate over the wider field. The well, which is currently in the latter stages of the post-drill clean-up phase and is within the anticipated production rate of 1,500-5,000 bopd.
The VT-03 rig has now been moved to drill the TT-07z well, a side-track of the TT-07 well, which is set to appraise the southern flank of the field. If successful, this well will also aid the wider reservoir management effort and increase production from the flank of the field.
Future Taq Taq development activity will continue to evolve based on reservoir performance, with an overall strategy of drilling development wells to offset field declines. The current outlook for 2016 incorporates the drilling of three side-tracks from existing development wells (inclusive of TT-27x and TT-07z).
First half year production in 2016 from Taq Taq averaged around 69,000 bopd. Current production at Taq Taq (including the initial impact of TT-27x and ongoing reservoir management) is 62,000 bopd, in line with the average production rate through May (63,000 bopd) and June 2016 (63,000 bopd).
Production in 2016 has been impacted by the 23 day shutdown of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq-Ceyhan export pipeline in February and March.