Oil India spuds Sindhuja#1 well

Vol 19, PW 20 (16 Jun 16) News in Brief

At long last the weather was good enough to allow Oil India to spud its first offshore exploration well in nearly two decades on June 5 using Transocean rig GSF-140 at eastern offshore block CY-OSN-2009/2.

Oil India director exploration and development Sudhakar Mahapatra led company VIPs aboard the rig when well Sindhuja#1 was spud at the apparently 'auspicious' time of 12.15 pm in water depths of 415 metres. Sindhuja#1 is expected to take 120 days to drill to 5600 metres below the seabed to the Nannilam, Bhuvanagri and KT fault closures.

By last week a 26-inch hole was being drilled to lower the 20-inch casing. A cyclone prevented GSF 140 from meeting its original May 20 target to spud the well.

Separately Transocean rig DD-KG2 began workover operations for Reliance on June 3 at well KG D6-MA-4H in water depths of 1172 metres. DD KG-2 moved out of Gangavaram port on May 30, reached location on May 31 and the Blowout Preventer was connected on June 3.

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