Oilex hires Cairn manager as India chief

Vol 18, PW 14 (12 Mar 15) News in Brief

Oilex has finally fulfilled its longstanding promise to hire an Indian country chief and not an expat by employing Jayant Sethi, former head of Cairn India's enhanced oil recovery project at RJ-ON-90/1.

Geologist Sethi, 54, joined Cairn in September 2005 from ONGC where he worked for 18 years. His first priority will be to implement a four-well campaign at Oilex’s Cambay gas block.

On March 3, Oilex invited EoIs from drilling and service contractors for a two 'firm' and two 'contingent' well campaign, expected to begin in October 2015. Oilex wants to hire a 1500-hp or 2000-hp land rig to drill two firm wells with 700 and 1400-metre horizontal sections.

"Wells will have a 1700-metre vertical section before deviating," we hear. Drillers John Energy and Quippo as well as service contractors Schlumberger, Halliburton and Weatherford are expected to respond by the March 18 deadline.

In November 2014, Oilex tested well Cambay-77H, completed using fracking techniques.

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