On 14 November 2016, under a contract with the local Sylhet Gas Fields Ltd (SGFL) Gazprom International completed construction of the Rashidpur-9 production well in the northeast of Bangladesh. The drilling of the well commenced on 30 July 2016.
Tests showed that the maximum daily production rate of gas at the well, which has a depth of 3,309 meters, has reached 377,000 cubic meters.
Once this well has been commissioned, which is due to happen shortly, the second stage of the project for construction of a total of 15 production wells at Bangladeshi gas fields will be considered complete.
Within the first stage of this project (from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2014), Gazprom International has entirely fulfilled its obligations under the drilling contracts signed in April 2012 with Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd. (BAPEX), Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Ltd (BGFCL) and SGFL, subsidiaries of the Bangladeshi state oil and gas corporation Petrobangla. In accordance with these agreements, ten wells have been designed and built at six fields in Bangladesh (Titas, Shahbazpur, Semutang, Srikail, Rashidpur and Begumganj), with a total of over 35,000 meters drilled. Eight of the wells were inclined and two were vertical. The maximum total production rate of the wells has exceeded 5 million cubic meters per day, which is equivalent to nearly 17% of Petrobangla’s production volume and 7.5% of the total yield in the country.
In September 2015, Gazprom International began the second stage of the project, which envisaged the design and drilling of five more wells, three of which were to be located at the Rashidpur field and one at each the Srikail and Bakhrabad fields.
The Bakhrabad-10 (2,833 m), Srikail-4 (3,512 m), Rashidpur-10 (3,055 m), Rashidpur-9 (3,309 m) and Rashidpur-12 (3,200 m) wells were drilled during this stage. Three of them are inclined and two are vertical. In total, 15,909 meters were drilled over the course of the second stage of the project. The works were completed more than 5 months ahead of the contract schedule.
Considering the positive results of cooperation and the experience accumulated over the period of joint operation, Gazprom International and Petrobangla are currently looking into opportunities to continue cooperation in the field of production drilling. This seems particularly sensible in view of the recent adoption of a new 5-year drilling programme for over 100 wells at gas fields of Bangladesh by the country’s government. Another possible way to continue and intensify cooperation between the companies is the establishment of a joint venture with BAPEX in Bangladesh to implement hydrocarbon field development and operation projects.
According to Petrobangla, the total proved hydrocarbon reserves of Bangladesh are estimated at over 15 trillion cubic feet (over 400 billion cubic meters). The volume of natural gas produced annually in the country is almost 27 billion cubic meters, while existing demand exceeds 30 billion cubic meters.
A total of 26 gas fields have been discovered in Bangladesh, two of which are located on the shelf of the Bay of Bengal. Both independently and together with international partners, BAPEX discovered 7 of those fields: Saldanadi, Fenchuganj, Shahbazpur, Semutang, Sundalpur, Srikail and Rupganj.
Prior to 2013, there had been no prospecting and exploration works in Bangladesh for 10 years. Thus, a programme for drilling new wells was adopted. In 2010, the government of Bangladesh approached Gazprom to ask the company to participate in prospecting and developing hydrocarbon reserves in the country, as well as in construction of a unified gas supply system.