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Monday, 09 April 2018 12:00

Kashagan production stoped again

Kashagan production stoped again

“Operation of a number of wells has been stopped on the “D” island of the Kashagan field. There are no problems on the field. Scheduled operations have been held from the second half of March. They are associated with the analysis of the bed intake rate”, Vice Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev said at the Government briefing, Caspian Energy News ( ) reports with reference to the Ministry of Energy of RK. “At present, production at Kashagan has reduced from average 300,000 barrels per day down to 200-215,000 barrels per day. We have stopped the gas injection because production growth at Kashagan depends mainly on gas injection. Last year, we observed certain technical challenges with the bed intake rate, that is to say gas was received in the way that we did not expect. We have recently noticed positive changes toward good tendencies. A decision was taken in order to understand technologically what happens in the reservoir. We stopped the operation of 6 wells till mid of April, gas injection was halted”, Magzum Mirzagaliyev said.

It bears reminding that oil production at Kashagan started on 11 September 2013. Though, it was stopped in October 2013 because of the gas leakage from the gas pipeline.

Commercial extraction on the field started on 1 November 2016. 

A solemn ceremony of commissioning of the Kashagan field was held with the participation of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 7 December 2016. 

“The project will make it possible to increase oil production from 370,000 up to 450,000 barrels per day. The period between 2024 and 2030 is implied”, First Deputy Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Makhambet Dosmukhambetov has stated earlier.

 Gas production forecast totaled 3.1bcm. Oil production on the field is expected to total 13 mln tonnes in 2018.

Kashagan is the first offshore oil-gas field in Kazakhstan’s sector of the Caspian Sea, as well as the biggest foreign investment project in the country.

Geological reserves of the field are estimated at 4.8 bln tonnes of oil.

General oil reserves make 38 bln, of which, about 10 bln barrels are recoverable. Natural gas reserves make over 1 trillion m3. The production is complicated and requires the use of advanced world production technologies as hydrocarbons contain a high amount of sulphur and mercaptans. It is also hard to apply conventional production methods because of the extremely high formation pressure on the field.


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