Chikyu drills 15 of 40 planned wells

Vol 18, PW 16 (09 Apr 15) News in Brief

India’s gas hydrate pilot programme is going to plan, according to DGH sources.

By April 8, Japan Drilling owned and operated Chikyu had drilled 15 of 40 planned wells on the east coast, confident it can complete the assignment by July this year (2015). "Chikyu moves fast from one area to another," says a source.

"It’s difficult to say where she is at any given time." He adds: "Japan Drilling is carrying out LWD (logging while drilling) of the wells.

After studying the logs, we will re-enter the wells to collect hydrate core samples." In March, Japan Drilling mobilised Chikyu to the east coast to drill 40 wells across 20 locations: Area A covering 320-sq km in Vizag offshore; Area B measuring 300-sq km in Krishna offshore and Area C measuring 1280-sq km in Godavari offshore under a $101m government-backed programme (Expedition-02) sponsored by ONGC, Oil India and GAIL to identify sites for the pilot production of hydrocarbons from gas hydrates.