Tethys Petroleum has announced its plan to spud the AKD08 exploration well in the south-west of Doris field in Kazakhstan, in early August.

The company intends to target the Upper Jurassic Carbonate and Lower Cretaceous sandstone sequences in the well, which is expected to hold about 22 million barrels gross mean unrisked recoverable prospective oil resources.

Tethys said the well is expected to take about 45 days to reach a planned depth of 2,420m.

The company has purchased progressive cavity pumps to carry out testing programme on various other suspended oil wells in the country.

In addition, Tethys is preparing to conduct workovers on the AKK05 and AKK14 wells in Q3 with an aim to increase gas production.

The new Kazakhstan-China gas trunkline, which is currently under construction, is planned to pass through company’s contract areas to provide an additional commercialisation route.

The company is also planning to drill five further shallow gas exploration wells in the central and south-eastern part of the Akkulka Exploration Contract.

The wells are expected to take up to three weeks each to reach about 600m to 800m measured depth.