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    Turkey reports "excellent" well test at Sakarya find


The well achieved a flow rate of 1.15mn m3/day.

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Turkey reports "excellent" well test at Sakarya find

Turkey's state-owned TPAO reported on January 10 that it had achieved a test flow rate of 1.15mn m3/day at a well at the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea, stating that the result "proved excellent well deliverability and reservoir connectivity."

TPAO said that analysis of data indicated that the well could flow up to 2.7mn m3/d of gas in the future, or 986mn m3/d. Data and samples will be used to improve on development plans for the field, the company said, noting that front-end engineering design work was due to be completed shortly.

"The project has been in progress per schedule and the final test operations reveal unique opportunities for the industry and the market," TPAO CEO Melih Han Bilgin commented.

Turkey is counting on Sakarya to deliver low-cost gas for domestic power generation, helping the country reduce its import needs. Discovered by TPAO in 2019, the field is estimated to contain 405bn m3 in reserves and deliver 10mn m3/d of gas during its first phase, which is on track to come online in 2023.

The latest flow test took place at the Turkali-1 appraisal well, drilled to a depth of 3,920 m under the seabed in waters 2,143 m deep by the Fatih drillship. 

TPAO picked UK firm Wood for integrated project management at Sakarya in November. Earlier Subsea 7 and Schlumberger were given an engineering contract for subsea solutions, and Saipem was hired to build a pipeline to bring the field's gas to shore.