The Zardab oilfield borders the north-west flank of the Muradkhanli oilfield, on the banks of the Kura river, 7 km south-eastwards from the city of Zardab, and occupies an area of approximately 100 square kilometers.
Most of the Zardab field area is covered by marshland and saline soil. The reservoir structure of the field was discovered by gravity and magnetic surveys in 1975.
Geologically, the presence of oil has been found in the sediments of the Maykop, Eocene and Upper Cretaceous periods.
Development of the Zardab field began in 1981. Significant production was achieved across a number of wells shortly after they had been drilled, three wells in particular produced an average of 500BOPD. Production was, however, short-lived as within a week of drilling two of the most highly productive wells in this field became plugged up with sand and ceased producing.
Zenith’s operational team views the Zardab field as presenting excellent workover and drilling opportunities. The significant technological developments that have taken place during the last three decades in terms of oilfield technology, as well as the fact that many of these highly productive wells have been left untouched for this time, encourages confidence in the highly promising production opportunity presented by these wells.