Pan India hits out at Cambay drilling delay

Vol 19, PW 10 (28 Jan 16) News in Brief

Pan India is holding a Quarterly Progress Review meeting with the DGH on February 3 amid growing frustration at the environment ministry’s unwillingness to grant approval for a four-well drilling programme at its CB-ONN-2010/5 block.

When asked what is holding up the clearance, Pan India chief executive Darshan Singh shot back: “Why don’t you go and ask the environment ministry why it is delaying so many pending drilling applications?” Singh said Pan India last year (2015) secured approval from the equally lethargic Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) which had forwarded its positive recommendation to the environment ministry in Delhi “around five to seven months” back or in July 2015. If and when approval comes, adds a DGH source, Pan India will most likely be granted permission to drill two of four committed wells in the next fiscal beginning April 1, 2016.

Under consideration are plans to hire a 750-1200-hp rig to drill each well up to a maximum 3000 metres TD.