Azimut begins Cairn seismic in Rajasthan

Vol 17, PW 8 (14 Nov 13) Exploration & Production

Azimut Energy better be ready to deal with the exorbitant demands of local people in Rajasthan where it began its first Indian seismic contract this month (November) for Cairn at RJ-ON-90/1.

Cairn hired the Kazakh contractor in July to shoot 1500-sq km 3D in patches over unexplored areas of the 3111-sq km block for an estimated $50m. Azimut was lowest of six bidders.

“Azimut was expected to begin in October but was delayed by 15 or 20 days,” says a Cairn source. "Seismic will improve imaging in the deeper prospective horizon and cover a large part of the block where we had only shot 2D till now.

” Azimut was founded in 2000 and is based in Almaty in Kazakhstan but should prepare to get used to the tough working conditions in Rajasthan as the Cairn job will take around two years to complete. Cairn might ask Azimut to shoot another optional 1300-sq km 3D, in which case work will go on even longer.

“People living in and around the Cairn block have tasted blood over the years," says a source. "Ever since it started producing oil.

They routinely make fantastic demands (for money and favours). I wish Azimut all the best, it is not going to be easy!” Less than a decade ago land in the area was available for around Rs5000/acre ($83); currently up to Rs1cr/acre ($158,000) is being demanded.

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