Toreador to start gas production off Turkey

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 18 -- With gas production scheduled to begin in late December, Toreador Resources Corp., Dallas, has entered the final stages of construction of the South Akcakoca subbasin project in the Black Sea off Turkey.

First-phase production of 50 MMcfd is expected in the first 60-90 days from start-up, project operator Toreador said.

Stratic Energy Corp., Calgary, a 12.25% interest partner, said construction of the onshore production facility is progressing well with major equipment scheduled to be on site during late October.

An 18-km onshore pipeline, already constructed and tested, links the production facility to the national grid. Toreador expects to finalize gas plan installation and precommissioning in mid-December.

Installation of the offshore pipeline is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 23 when the Regina pipelay barge is expected to arrive on location.

Most of the coated pipe has been delivered to Toreador's offshore logistics base in Eregli, and the final shipment of pipe is in transit from Italy, Stratic said. Completion of the offshore pipeline is expected in mid-December.

Meanwhile, the Prometheus jack up is completing operations on the Akkaya production tripod and has completed and tied back the three Akkaya production wells. The rig is preparing to move to the Dogu Ayazli location to install the second production tripod.

The Dogu Ayazli tripod will be floated into the field area in preparation for installation over the coming weeks. Following tripod installation and completion and tieback of the Dogu Ayazli-1 and -2 production wells, the rig will be moved to the Ayazli location to set the third tripod and tie back the two Ayazli production wells.

Production topsides are scheduled to be moved out beginning in mid-November for installation, starting with the Akkaya topsides.

Drilling of the Dogu Ayazli-3 development well to a target on the eastern flank of the Dogu Ayazli accumulation has been delayed due to the tight schedule. In fact, the project partners are considering drilling the well after Dogu Ayazli field is on stream.

Stratic said the production platforms will be commissioned in stages, starting with the Akkaya and Dogu Ayazli platforms in December and followed by the Ayazli platform in January 2007.

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