Relianceآ’s offshore Orissa block holds 960bn in-place gas

Vol 8, PW 9 (28 Jul 04) News in Brief

Reliance has released estimates of initial in-place gas at the NEC-OSN-97/2 block offshore Orissa where last month it announced a significant discovery.

Reliance last month told the oil ministry that the three discoveries at the NELP-1 block hold a total of 960bn cubic feet of initial in place gas. Discovery Water depth Drilled depth Net gas pay Gas in place Dhirubhai-9 64 metres 3,767 metres 28.6 metres 400bn cubic feet Dhirubhai-10 84 metres 1,798 metres 35 metres 320bn cubic feet Dhirubhai-11 77 metres 2,020 metres 50.7 metres 240bn cubic feetOn 24th June, Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani told shareholders in Mumbai that the Dhirubhai-9, 10 and 11 wells (named after group founder Dhirubhai Ambani) drilled at NEC-OSN-97/2 could hold between three to five trillion cubic feet in-place gas.

ONGC had drilled about 60 dry wells on this block before it went to Reliance.