Salamander Energy bermaksud akan mengangkat produksi dari lahan Bualuang di Teluk Thailand untuk sekitar 10,500 b/d minyak tahun ini.

Penulis : Offshore staff

Last year, the field in block B8/38 averaged 8,200 b/d following completion of its Phase IV development.

The Bualuang Alpha wellhead platform has been extended recently to accommodate further electric pump drives, allowing 10 of the platform’s 12 well slots to be used as oil producers. Current drilling will result in 10 producers and two water disposal wells being in service.

Last year, after raising its interest in the block to 100%, Salamander decided to accelerate the Bualuang development plan. During 4Q 2010, the company initiated design, construction, and installation of the 16-slot Bualuang Bravo wellhead platform – a contract was awarded earlier this year, with delivery scheduled for mid-2012.

This platform will double the number of horizontal production wells on the field with drilling starting during the first half of 2012. These new wells will complete a skimming network across the attic of the reservoir, which should increase production to 15,000 b/d in 2013.

A 3D seismic survey over the B8/38 license last year defined numerous prospects, including Bualuang East Terrace, an undrilled fault terrace adjacent to the main Bualuang field; and the Bualuang NW Terrace, a series of small fault terraces directly on the oil migration fairway from the basin center to the Bualuang field.

Salamander aims to drill the B8/38 prospects this year after the Ocean Sovereign jackup rig has completed development drilling on Bualuang.

Offshore Indonesia, the company operates the Bontang PSC (100%). Last November, the Angklung-1 well, drilled in the offshore portion of the license area, encountered 23 m (75 ft) of net gas pay in Lower Pliocene sandstone. Analysis confirmed high reservoir porosity and permeability.

The well flowed at 24 MMcf/d of gas constrained from a 10-m (33-ft) interval. The gas is sweet, with no indication of H2S or CO2.