BPRL's second well at CB-ONN-2010/8

Vol 19, PW 16 (21 Apr 16) News in Brief

Bharat Petro Resources (BPRL) has spud the second of four planned exploration wells at its promising Cambay onland block CB-ONN-2010/8.

Well Pasunia-2, named after a nearby village, was spud on April 10 using the same 1000-hp rig owned by Essar Oilfield that spud Pasunia-1. "Pasunia-2 is located 4-km away from the first well," confirms a consortium source on April 15.

"So far the well has been drilled to 500 metres." BPRL plans to drill Pasunia-2 to 2000 metres, targeting Cambay geological formations. Expect drilling to be completed by end-May.

Last week BPRL finished logging well Pasunia-1 where it struck oil. "Well logs will be interpreted," we hear.

"The consortium is likely to hire an external consultant for a second opinion on the results. Pasunia-1 will be tested only if required.

We might only have a small oil pocket." Another consortium source downplays the Pasunia-1 discovery saying, "cuttings" of rock tend to indicate "traces of oil" in most wells drilled in the Cambay area, which along with the Assam-Arakan basin, is among India's most prolific hydrocarbon-bearing areas.