BPZ Energy kicks off drilling at Corvina field CX-15 platform in Peru
BY MELANIE CRUTHIRDS, News Editor
HOUSTON -- BPZ Energy has spudded the first development well at the Corvina field CX-15 platform, in Peru’s offshore Block Z-1. Drilling and completion of the CX15-1D well is expected to take up to 12 weeks. Conventional core samples of the Zorritos formation reservoir rocks will be cut during drilling operations, and an additional casing string will be used as a precaution to manage any potential shallow gas. Targeted depth of the well will be approximately 7,400 ft subsea. Subsequent wells at the CX-15 platform are expected to be drilled and completed in less time, the company said.
In early July, sea and swell conditions caused pre-drilling operations at the CX-15 to be stopped for safety reasons. As a result, operations which were supporting installation of the top drive, one of the final steps required before drilling could begin, were suspended. These conditions affected a large area of the Peruvian and Chilean coastlines, and forced the closure of numerous ports. Necessary repairs to a crane that was supporting the top drive installation were also completed during the work stoppage on the platform.