Eastern Europe-focused JKX Oil & Gas reported Tuesday that it has started its multi-stage frac operation on well R-103 on its Rudenkovskoye license in Poltava, Ukraine.
The well was drilled to a total depth of 15,225 feet into the Rudenkovskoye Devonian sandstone reservoir with a horizontal section of just over 3,280 feet at a true vertical depth of 11,975 feet, according to JKX.
The operation, which consists of nine stages, is expected to take around 40 days to complete, with initial flow expected in mid-August. JKX said that Schlumberger, the frac contractor, plans to inject more than 1,200 tons of proppant, supported by up to 35,000 barrels of frac fluid. This makes the operation "probably the largest onshore frac in Europe to date", according to JKX.
JKX Chief Executive Dr Paul Davies commented in a company statement:
"A considerable amount of planning and preparation has gone into this pioneering project. We remain confident that the application of this proven technique for tight gas reservoirs will allow us to develop commercially the very large gas in-place in the Rudenkovskoye field."
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