Exxon Mobil confirmed that the North Caspian Sea Consortium completed drilling the second well in the Kashagan field and detected hydrocarbons. The Kashagan West 1 well, which was spud Oct. 7, 2000, was drilled to a depth of 16,200 feet.
A testing program will be conducted following completion of logging activities. At this stage, Exxon Mobil said it was too early to comment on characteristics of hydrocarbons found at Kashagan West.
The second Kashagan well is located over 25 miles from the initial discovery well at Kashagan East.The Sunkar drilling rig will return to Kashagan East to commence an appraisal drilling campaign.
Partners in the North Caspian consortium include operator Agip Petroleum, BG, BP Amoco, Inpex, Phillips Petroleum, Shell, Statoil and TotalFina Elf.
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