Construction was completed in the middle of February at the Bhola North-1 well located on Bhola Island in southern Bangladesh. As a result of well tests, Gazprom International has received the maximum gas influx: 910 thousand cubic metres per day.
The true vertical depth in the well amounts to 3516 metres. “Drilling at the Bhola North-1 exploratory well has been finished ahead of the contract schedule,” says Nikita Shut, Bangladesh Representative Office Director of Gazprom International. “Test results present an optimistic forecast for the exploration of this gas field. We have completed the work in good quality, it has delivered on expectations, and the country can look forward to increasing its own gas reserves.” Gazprom International began drilling at Bhola North-1 in December 2017.The construction of the well was part of stage three in a service project for the Republic of Bangladesh which started in August 2017. The operator was contracted to design, construct and commission two exploratory wells: Bhola North-1 and Shahbazpur East-1. Construction at Shahbazpur East-1 was completed by Gazprom International in November last year.
Both sites are located on Bhola Island in southern Bangladesh. Experts believe the combined reserves of the Shahbazpur, Shahbazpur East-1 and Bhola North-1 sites may exceed 40 billion cubic metres.
The Gazprom operator has been involved in the design and construction of a number of wells at Bangladesh gas fields since 2012. Over five years, the company has designed and built 17 exploratory and production wells at eight gas fields in Bangladesh. This has secured a daily supply of about 7.6 million cubic metres of gas into the national energy grid. This accounts for about 13 per cent of total blue flame gas output in Bangladesh.
Gazprom’s main partner in Bangladesh is the national oil, gas and mineral corporation, Petrobangla.
According to the corporation, total proved hydrocarbon reserves in Bangladesh amount to over 15.trillion cubic feet (over 400billion cubic metres); the total annual output of natural gas amounts to 28 billion cubic metres given existing demand for over 30 billion cubic metres.
A total of 26 gas fields have been discovered in Bangladesh, including two on the shelf of the Bay of Bengal.
No exploration of new gas fields took place in Bangladesh in the 10 years prior to 2013, which led to the approval of a programme to drill new wells.
The Bangladesh government contacted Gazprom in 2010 requesting its involvement in the exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields in Bangladesh and in the construction of a unified gas supply system.