Shortage of rigs hits ONGC's NELP drilling plans

Vol 7, PW 5 (21 May 03) Exploration & Production
     

BLAME IT on a shortage of drilling rigs: ONGC has not drilled a single well in any of the NELP-I or NELP-II blocks that it has been awarded.

However, the corporation insists it will start drilling when five jack-up rigs it has hired for offshore drilling come on location sometime after the monsoon. ONGC won a total of 23 blocks in both NELP rounds, three onland and the rest offshore.

While its performance record on drilling commitments is nil, that for 2D and 3D seismic survey is mixed. In some blocks ONGC has far exceeded its seismic survey commitments but continues to lag in others.

Read below for ONGC's 'Phase-I' exploration work programme commitments against its performance till March 2003. ONGC's 'Phase-I' exploration commitments versus performance in its NELP-I blocks NELP-I blocks Block Effective date Phase-I (years) 2D seismic committed (km) 3D seismic committed (sq km) Wells committed 2D seismic actually shot (km) 3D seismic actually shot (sq km) Wells drilled KG-OSN-97/1 19th May 2000 2 2,000 Nil Nil 2,042 Nil Nil MN-OSN-97/3 19th May 2000 2 1,500 Nil Nil 1,280 Nil Nil MB-OSN-97/4 8th May 2000 3 500 150 1 512 152 Nil KK-OSN-97/3 8th May 2000 3 Nil 100 1 Nil 100 Nil KG-DWN-98/4 19th May 2000 3 1,400 Nil Nil 1,473 Nil Nil KG-DWN-98/5 19th May 2000 3 1,400 Nil Nil 1,662 Nil Nil KG-DWN-98/3 19th May 2000 3 1,400 Nil Nil 1,462 Nil Nil GV-ONN-97/1 20th April 2001 2 200 Nil Nil 320 Nil Nil Total for NELP-I 8,400 250 2 8,751 252 Nil There's little difference to report at ONGC's NELP-II blocks.

See below:ONGC's 'Phase-I' commitments versus performance in its NELP-II blocks NELP-II blocks Block Effective date Phase-I (years) 2D seismic committed (km) 3D seismic committed (sq km) Wells committed 2D seismic actually shot (km) 3D seismic actually shot (sq km) Wells drilled WB-OSN-2000/1 30th July 2001 3 2,000 1,500 4 60 885 Nil MN-OSN-2000/1 1st August 2001 2 500 Nil Nil 500 Nil Nil MN-OSN-2000/2 1st August 2001 2 1,000 Nil Nil 1,000 Nil Nil CY-OSN-2000/1 1st August 2001 2 500 Nil Nil 518 Nil Nil CY-OSN-2000/2 1st August 2001 3 1,000 500 3 1,173 1,035 Nil MB-OSN-2000/1 2nd August 2001 3 1,000 1,500 5 1,006 1,501 Nil KK-OSN-2000/1 1st August 2001 2 500 Nil Nil 502 Nil Nil GS-DWN-2000/1 16th August 2001 4 2,000 1,500 3 4,007 1,511 Nil GS-DWN-2000/2 31st July 2001 4 2,000 1,500 3 1,512 Nil MB-DWN-2000/1 31st July 2001 4 2,000 1,500 3 2,026 1,514 Nil MB-DWN-2000/2 2nd August 2001 4 2,000 1,000 3 2,002 1,003 Nil KK-DWN-2000/2 31st July 2001 3 3,000 Nil Nil 3,004 Nil Nil KK-DWN-2000/4 16th August 2001 4 3,000 Nil 1 3,009 Nil Nil WB-ONN-2000/1 28th August 2001 2 100 Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil GV-ONN-2000/1 11th December 2001 2 260 Nil Nil 99 Nil Nil Total NELP-II 20,860 9,000 25 18,906 8,961 Nil