By Shaddum Lawal
The advance team for the drilling of NNPC’s gas well in Bauchi State, in Nigeria’s northeast, has started moving to site.
Kolmani River-2 will be appraising the 1999 gas discovery made by Shell in Kolmani River-1. The Anglo Dutch major drilled the well to a depth of 3,000metres. Although there were no tests, the company booked 33Billion standard cubic feet of gas as possible estimated recoverable reserves.
The new well will be drilled by the Drillog operated Rig 101, which will move from Moni Pulo’s Ituk-3ST1 in Akwa Ibom state, in the country’s southeast onshore, to the site of Kolmani River 2, in the Gongola Basin.
As we reported in the November 2018 edition of Africa Oil+Gas Report, the well is unlikely to spud before the end of the year. The spud date is likely second week of January 2019. NNPC’s Frontier Exploration Services, which is in charge of the project. had earlier announced Q3 2018 spud for the much awaited spud 2, citing Rig contract awards, road construction, site preparation and Mobilisation to location, as likely to have been done as far back as July 2018. However, Drilliog Rig 101 had only just commenced Ituk-3ST 1 in October 2018 and the likelihood of finalising that well of mid-November 2018 were slim.