Oil India hires John rig for Rajasthan drilling

Vol 18, PW 21 (18 Jun 15) Exploration & Production

Oil India is preparing to begin a 20-well development campaign beginning September this year in one of the most inhospitable parts of the country, the arid Thar Desert in Rajasthan near the Pakistan border.

On May 26 Oil India issued an LoA to Ahmedabad-based driller John Energy for a 1000-hp rig to begin the Rs96cr ($150m) campaign at its 250-sq km Jaisalmer PML, which includes the Tanot, Dandewala and Bagitibba fields. “We’ve awarded the contract for six months with a provision to extend it for another six months if necessary,” confirms an Oil India source.

“We plan to drill five wells with this rig and then decide whether to continue with the same rig or hire another rig for the remaining 15 wells.” John has been told to mobilise the rig within 120 days from the date of LoA or by September 23, 2015.

Each well is expected to take 35-45 days to drill to 2200-3000 metres, targeting the Lower Goru and Pariwar formations. All that's pending now is environment clearance for the drilling campaign following Oil India's submission of a EIA report on June 6.

After completing drilling Oil India expects to produce 1m cm/d of gas from the new wells, which will be processed at the Dandewala gas processing complex. At present, Tanot is producing 200,000 cm/d, Dandewala is producing 400,000 cm/d and Bagitibba is not in production.