Oil India begins drilling in rugged Mizoram

Vol 17, PW 25 (31 Jul 14) News in Brief

By July 29, Oil India had drilled 230 metres of the planned 4500 metres TD at its Aibawk-1 well at its 3,213-sq km NELP-VI onland block MZ-ONN-2004/1 in Mizoram.

Oil India had spud the well earlier on July 7 at location MZ-3 using a 2000-hp rig hired from JayBee Energy. "We're targeting the Renji geological formation," says Oil India.

"We may also target the Paleogene era Jenam formation." This well can take up to 125 days to complete and if there's a discovery it will be tested for up to one and a half months.

Oil India has committed to drill five wells in exploration Phase-I. Next it plans to drill well Keifang-I at location MZ-1 to 3500 metres TD.

"We'll drill the third well to 4000 metres," we hear. Separately, Oil India re-issued a tender on June 24 to hire a contractor to process and interpret 450-sq km ‘loop’ 3D shot by Alpha Geo.

Oil India expects bids from PGS and Fugro by July 30. Oil India (85% and operator) shares MZ-ONN-2004/1 with Shiv Vani (15%).