As a part of KOC policy to bring recent technologies, two locations were drilled successfully using the concept of PAD.

The PAD Drilling project was conceptualized initially to address surface constraints for upcoming locations due to congestion of flow lines and environmental reasons through a feasibility study conducted in 2005 by KOC. “Cluster Drilling” offers the opportunity to drill multiple locations from a common area “PAD” and this results in more compact operational area for well placement, flow line construction, less foot print area besides complimentary reasons like less rig move time, improve well monitoring during operational surveillance when the wells would be producing.

This approach of PAD Drilling was completely new to KOC, and requires special Drilling Rigs, new HSE regulations and new approved flow line regulations to handle such wells' cluster.

Because of short space among the producing wells, workover operations become challenging and require developing new Simultaneous Operations procedures (SIMOPS) to keep the work under safe conditions. Series of meetings with concerned departments have been conducted and discussed all HSE aspects to secure the operations. Checklist has been prepared and approved.

Using this new SIMOPS Procedures, The first workover operation on PAD was implemented successfully in Nov 2013 with no incidents. The wells were connected back on production with total production rate of 6000 BOPD.

This topic has been endowed CEO HSSE Award 2014.

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