GSPC to launch Jaisalmer exploratory campaign

Vol 16, PW 23 (13 Jun 13) Exploration & Production

GSPC will begin drilling nine Phase-I committed exploratory wells at its onland Rajasthan block RJ-ONN-2005/3 from September this year.

GSPC is aiming to complete two wells by December and the remaining seven in 2014. All will be drilled to between 1200 and 2700 metres TD.

GSPC had to seek special clearances for land acquisition from India's Border Security Force (BSF) as the 1217-sq km NELP-VIII block lies in the Jaisalmer Basin in the Thar Desert, not far from India's tense border with Pakistan. GSPC is still busy acquiring land but received all-important environmental clearance after a panel of environment ministry officials gave the green light at a meeting in Delhi on April 4.

GSPC earlier held a public hearing to clear the exploratory drilling programme on August 22 last year. Drilling locations have been identified at Sattarvala, Bandha, Khushiyala, Nechchi, Unrai and Drabhadra villages of the Ramgarh administrative area.

GSPC will spend Rs108cr ($19m) in total on the drilling campaign but the cost for each well will be Rs10cr ($1.75m). So far GSPC has received bids from five companies, among them John Energy, in its tender to hire a 1000-hp rig for the programme and should open technical and price bids next month (July).

GSPC (60%) shares RJ-ONN-2005/3 with ONGC (40%). The PSC was signed on December 22, 2008 and the seven year PEL was granted on July 13, 2009.

GSPC also has a stake at GAIL-operated Rajasthan block RJ-ONN-2004/1 in the Bikaner-Nagaur basin, which the consortium plans to relinquish.

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