Sonowal backs ONGC ambition for Jorhat output

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

Assam's new chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assured ONGC he will help it secure all necessary clearances to charge ahead with an 18-well development drilling campaign at its new Jorhat asset.

PETROWATCH learns ONGC wants to drill the wells to nearly double production from the newly carved asset from 360 t/d (2520 b/d) to 600 t/d (4200 b/d) at 10 discovered fields: Uriamghat, Khoraghat, Mekrang, Nambar, East Lakhibari, Kalyanpur, Babejia, Borholla-West, Kasomarigaon and Phulani. "We are ready to kick-start the development campaign as soon as we get all approvals," confirms Rakesh Kumar Vij, Jorhat's first asset manager who took charge on May 30.

"We met the chief minister on June 13 and asked for his help to get approvals at the earliest. He assured us he would help." Vij says ONGC will use four in-house rigs to drill the 18 wells to between 2000 and 3500 metres TD.

"Of the four rigs, two are in Jorhat," says Vij. "The remaining two will be coming in from outside Jorhat." ONGC has named the drilling programme 'Mission-600' to reflect its 600 t/d target.

This is the first drilling programme at these fields since the Jorhat asset was carved out of the Assam asset in April this year. "These 10 Jorhat fields were not ONGC's focus area," adds another ONGC source.

"But since the Jorhat asset was carved out they have become the top priority."

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