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SOCAR AQS Completes Drilling Project in Kazakhstan

By Timucin Turksoy October 2, 2022


SOCAR AQS provided drilling supervision services in three oil fields belonging to the Eureka Oleum company of Kazakhstan / Courtesy

Azerbaijan-based SOCAR AQS drilling company has completed a complex drilling project for Kazakhstan's exploration and production company Eureka Oleum.

As part of the project, SOCAR AQS provided drilling supervision services in three oil fields belonging to Eureka Oleum. 

The services included supervision of drilling of deviated oil wells with a depth of 3,176, 3,222, and 3,600 meters. In addition, SOCAR AQS assisted Eureka Oleum with regular operations supervision, supported on health, safety, and environment (HSE), well control, acquiring data using the tough logging conditions tools, coring, side tracks, and helped address other downhole challenges during the operations.

"SOCAR AQS has extensive experience in providing drilling and well services, and the knowledge and technical capabilities to drill in complex onshore and offshore fields," said Samir Mollayev, CEO of SOCAR AQS.

"As part of our ongoing international development objectives, the project with Eureka Oleum was another opportunity to provide our proven expertise in the domain,” he noted, adding that personnel’s safety was the main priority for the company in fulfilling its obligations safely and efficiently.

SOCAR AQS delivered its first drilling project in Kazakhstan in 2020. The project, which included the supervision of the drilling of a deviated oil well at a depth of 3,100 meters in one of the Eureka Oleum fields, was completed successfully. In 2021, SOCAR AQS was assigned the management of two more oil wells with a depth of 3,309 and 3,241 meters.

Created in 2007, SOCAR AQS is a joint venture between Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and Nobel Energy, a group of companies that provides integrated services to the energy industry in the Caspian region and beyond. Nobel Energy provides engineering, procurement, construction and project management (EPCM), PSCM, integrated services, and drilling services through its numerous subsidiaries and joint ventures.

In October 2019, SOCAR AQS secured a major, large-scale drilling contract worth $100 million with a Turkish-Chinese joint venture between China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. and IC İçtaş İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret. The contract granted SOCAR AQS exclusive rights for drilling 40 caverns in the Tuzgolu area, located south of the Turkish capital Ankara. Known as the Gas Storage Expansion Project, the contract is expected to increase Türkiye’s ability to meet a certain portion of its energy needs.

The Tuzgolu Underground Gas Storage Project was developed by BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline Corporation in 2003, to construct an underground gas storage site that will store 5.4 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas. The physical capacity of each cavern was estimated at 630,000 normal cubic meters (Nm3) of gas.

The total depth of the wells within the scope of SOCAR AQS’ operations was estimated at 62,000 meters, each well measuring 1,550 meters in depth.