Sylhet gas fields: production will be multiplied by 7

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Sylhet Gas Fields (SGFL) aims to increase gas production sevenfold by 2025 by exploring for new gas reserves, drilling eight new wells and reconditioning 11 abandoned wells.

With help from the Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (BAPEX), SGFL has set a goal to produce 618 million cubic feet of gas per day by 2025 from the 91 million cubic feet it supplies currently on the national network.

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Production will increase to 174 million cubic feet of gas per day in 2023 and 429 million in 2024, said Md. Mijanur Rahman, chief executive of SGFL.

In 2025, 46 wells will be in operation and will produce 618 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Three-dimensional seismic survey for exploration of new gas reserves, digging of new wells and workover of abandoned wells has started, Rahman said.

Well workover refers to invasive techniques to repair an existing producing well in order to restore, extend or improve hydrocarbon production.

So far, the workover of the Sylhet-8 and Kailashtila-7 wells has been completed, while that of the Beanibazar-1 well has started under the supervision of BAPEX to be completed in December.

The Beanibazar-1 well was shut down in 2016 after producing 35 billion cubic feet of gas at a depth of 3,450 meters on the 4,100 meter deep well.

“After removing the old pipe, we will interpret the log to confirm the presence of gas, and then mining will resume. We hope to produce 7 to 10 million cubic feet of gas per day.”

Additionally, more than 90 barrels of condensate will be produced daily from the well, he said.

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