BPRL wants rig for six Cambay wells

Vol 18, PW 23 (16 Jul 15) News in Brief

Bharat Petroleum upstream subsidiary Bharat Petro Resources (BPRL) is inching closer to beginning its maiden exploration programme at Cambay onland block CB-ONN-2010/8, straddling Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Kheda and Gandhinagar districts.

On July 3 BPRL issued a tender to hire a minimum 1000-hp capacity rig to drill four firm and two optional exploration wells. A BPRL source says onland drillers John Energy and Quippo are among those expected who attended a pre-bid in Mumbai on July 14.

Interested companies must submit bids on July 27. "We want to begin drilling in December," says a BPRL source.

"The selected driller will get 45 days to mobilise the rig after we issue a mobilisation notice." Each well will be drilled to at least 2100 metres targeting Cambay shale formations. BPRL's Project Management Consultant EnQuest Petro Solutions is also issuing tenders for long lead items like casing, wellheads and X-Mas trees to pre-qualified contractors.