A suitable rig to undertake side-tracking operations on well-12 has now been contracted and mobilisation to the well-site has begun. For operational reasons, TNK-BP has been unable to release the previously contracted rig.
Remedial cementing operations have now been completed on this well. After a short flow period to ascertain if the water has been successfully isolated, the well will be shut-in while surface production equipment is installed before restarting production.
Matra's Managing Director, Peter Hind said:
"The remedial cementing on well-13 appears to have gone well. We will know if we have successfully isolated the water zone once production is started.
We are pleased to be starting work on the well -12 side-track which will be supervised by Fosco, a highly experienced Russian contractor.
Issue of the Production Licence is expected before the end of this month."
Further announcements will be made as results and further information become available.