Gas production from an old well at the Bakhrabad gas field resumed on Wednesday, after a gap of four years.
According to sources at state-owned Petrobangla, the gas field is now producing 15 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) from the well no.1.
“We hope, if everything goes well, the production could be increased by another 10 mmcfd,” said engineer Ashraful Islam, project director of the Petrobangla’s project on workover of seven wells.
He said the well no.1 is one of the oldest wells in the country which was first drilled in 1968 and started producing 33 mmcfd gas in 1981.
But the production came to a halt in May 2015 for a fall in pressure and also the presence of excessive water.
As per the suggestion of a technical committee of Petrobangla, Bangladesh Gas Field Limited, a subsidiary of Petrobangla, took a decision to conduct workover at the well under the project titled “Workover at 7 wells in Titas, Habiganj, Narsingdi, and Bakhrabad gas fields.
Officials said they had conducted the workover from February 20 to May 15 this year and finally the success came on Wednesday.
Islam said a new zone of gas was found at a level of 2,000-2,006 metres depth during the workover, raising the possibility to produce more gas.
He said experts from a number of local and foreign companies, including state-owned Bapex and Chinese CPL were engaged in the work.