Jubilant prepares for Kathalchari development

Vol 19, PW 22 (14 Jul 16) Exploration & Production

Heightened concern about the environmental impact of drilling and field development on forests and wildlife are no deterrent to Delhi-based Jubilant Oil & Gas and GAIL as their plans to develop three promising gas discoveries in Tripura gather pace.

"We are pleased to inform you," writes Tejinder Pal Singh, project manager of operator Jubilant on July 11, "that we have completed all formalities and prepared the final EIA report needed for environmental clearance to begin the Kathalchari field development at AA-ONN-2002/1." If and when granted, contractors can expect tenders for a group gathering station, a rig to drill development wells and steel pipelines to connect the block's gas wells.

In earlier correspondence on May 2, Pal reassures Dr. H.

Tynsong, an officer at the environment ministry's regional office in Meghalaya capital Shillong, that the seven wells drilled by Jubilant so far, "are located more than 10-km from the nearest wildlife sanctuary" and that "in future if any (drilling) location falls within 10-km approval from the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) will be taken." Pal's assurance follows a warning from Dr.

Tynsong on September 29, 2015 that block AA-ONN-2002/1 with a reduced licence area of 1260-sq km from the original 1680-sq km when awarded, "is mostly covered with [1116-sq km] dense mixed mountainous forest ranges" and "the 282-sq km Gumti wildlife sanctuary located within the block at its eastern edge."

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