Oil India abandons plan for DND-9 rescue well

Vol 19, PW 21 (30 Jun 16) Exploration & Production

Oil India has abandoned plans to drill a rescue well to replace lost production at its Dandewala field in Rajasthan - scene of a near blow-out at well DND-9 which began leaking highly inflammable gas as it was being 'capped' late last year.

"There are no plans to drill a supplementary well," confirms an Oil India source. "We are maintaining production at DND-9 from other wells." Alarm bells have been ringing at Oil India since the incident on September 29 last year (2015) when gas production from DND-9 dropped sharply from approximately 40,000 cm/d before the accident to around 7000 cm/d today.

Hopes are high that a delayed five-well development campaign at Dandewala - located in the inhospitable Thar Desert near militarised border with Pakistan - will restore production to earlier levels. Three of the five wells have already been drilled by 1000-hp John Energy rig John-12 to TDs ranging from 2200 to 3000 metres targeting Lower Goru and Pariwar formations with the fourth and fifth expected to be completed by December.

Oil India issued a LoA to John Energy on May 26, 2015 for a six-month campaign at Dandewala but the contract has since been extended to December this year (2016). John's five wells at Dandewala come under a Rs96cr ($14m) 20-well programme to hike production by 1m cm/d across the pre-NELP Jaisalmer PML block, which also includes the Bagitibba and Tanot fields.