ONGC resumes CBM exploration in Bokaro

Vol 8, PW 20 (12 Jan 05) News in Brief

ONGC has resumed exploration for coal bed methane in Bokaro, Jharkhand, after a gap of four years.

On 5th January, ONGC spudded exploratory well BK-1 in the 95-sq km block BK-CBM-2001/1. The government has awarded two blocks to a consortium of ONGC and Indian Oil - BK-CBM-2001/1 in Bokaro and NK-CBM-2001/1 in North Karanpura.

In Phase-I, ONGC will drill two exploratory wells and eight boreholes under the minimum work programme commitment for BK-CBM-2001/1. After drilling and testing two exploratory locations, 12 pilot wells will follow in Phase-II of the work programme.

Development drilling for commercial production will be ascertained only after the economic viability is established through the pilot wells, an ONGC official tells this report. If found viable, commercial production will start in 2008-09.

ONGC has diverted one of its land rigs MR-750-1 from Ankleshwar in Gujarat to Bokaro for exploration.

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