Canada-based oil and gas company Condor Petroleum has commenced drilling on the Yakamoz 1 exploration well in Turkey.

The Yakamoz 1 exploration well is located in close proximity with the Poyraz Ridge gas field which is 100% owned and operated by Condor.

It is likely to reach its planned total depth of 2000mts early in the third quarter.

Going by the available seismic data and well results obtained from Poyraz Ridge, the Yakamoz prospect as per the Canadian firm could be a lot more fractured and rich in gas compared to the reservoirs encountered at Poyraz Ridge.

According to Condor, development of Poyraz Ridge remains on track to begin gas production in the third quarter.

It has completed 85% of construction of the Central Processing Facility with commissioning activities planned to begin in early Q3.

Condor also revealed that it is carrying out construction work of the 6inch gas sales line. Surface right-of-way access rights are being continued it said simultaneously with pipeline construction.

The Canadian company has drilled the Poyraz West 4 development well up to 2164 meters. It stated that the horizontal leg of Poyraz West 4 began at 1714mts and it penetrates the upper Gazhanedere sandstone interval.

A statement from Condor Petroleum read: “The high wellbore placement, in conjunction with the inherently lower drawdown pressures associated with a horizontal well, is expected to mitigate any paraffin production as experienced on some of the other Poyraz Ridge wells although no paraffin issues have been encountered on prior tests of this upper Gazhanedere interval.”

Compared to previous vertical wells, the Poyraz West 4 well is likely to have higher deliverability as per Condor. It will be completed and tied into the processing facilities as soon as the Yakamoz 1 exploration well has been evaluated.

Earlier in the year, Condor discovered a new pre-sogucak reservoir while drilling the Poyraz West 2 appraisal well.