12 Sep 2023 16:09

Turkmenistan continues stage one of development of Galkynysh, where another well produced gas influx of 2 mcm per day

ASHGABAT. Sept 12 (Interfax) - A high-pressure industrial influx of natural gas was obtained at the next well of the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan, the electronic newspaper of the country's oil and gas complex, Nebit-gaz reported.

The drilling department of state-owned Turkmengaz drilled the new well. Gas inflow was obtained at production well No. 238 with a depth of 4,557 meters.

The well's flow rate is over 2 mcm of natural gas per day, Turkmengaz specialists said.

Currently, the reserves of the Galkynysh field are estimated at 27.4 tcm.

At the International Forum on Attracting Investments in the Energy Sector of Turkmenistan in Dubai in April 2023, it was reported that there are 51 operating production wells with an average flow rate of 1.5 mcm per day at the current first development stage of Galkynysh. More than 10 wells are actively drilling.

Forecasts from specialists at the Turkmengeology state corporation and the UK's GaffneyCline show that the period of constant gas extraction at each stage of development of the Galkynysh field will exceed 30 years.

Specialists from the Chuanqing Drilling Engineering Company under CNPC have recently completed construction of three gas wells in Galkynysh, whose designs differ from other wells of the first stage, Turkmengeology said. The original design and correct placement of these wells made it possible to achieve a design gas flow rate of approximately 3 mcm per day, which is consistently maintained throughout the entire period of their operation.

At this stage of exploration, forecasts for the development of the Galkynysh Field show seven stages of development which will allow total annual gas production across the entire field to reach nearly 200 bcm.

Currently, the Galkynysh field is in the first stage of development, which ensures production of 30 bcm of gas per year. These volumes go to the domestic market of Turkmenistan and to China via three lines of the Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan - China gas pipeline.

Negotiations and agreements on contract details are underway to begin drilling wells and equip the second stage. The gas produced at this stage will ship an additional 25 bcm per year to China via the fourth line of the gas pipeline which will go from Turkmenistan through the territories of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The third stage of Galkynysh development involves shipments of 33 bcm of gas per year via the Turkmenistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - India gas pipeline, which is currently under construction.

The fourth stage could ensure gas shipments via the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, a project currently under discussion, Turkmengaz said.

It has not yet been announced where gas from stages 5-7 of the development of Galkynysh would be sent.