Essar prepares for promising Oil India KG well

Vol 19, PW 24 (11 Aug 16) News in Brief

Unexpected delays in mobilising from Rajasthan to Andhra Pradesh have forced Oil India to push back the 'spud' date of its fourth exploration well at prospective KG onland block KG-ONN-2004/1 from August 8 to early September.

"As of today," reports Oil India on August 9, "the 'rig-up' operation is 36% complete, it will be over by August 30." When ready the 1000-hp Essar rig LR-3 hired in May 2016 from Essar Oilfields for Rs12 lakh/day ($18,000/day) will drill the GLK-1 shallow well to 2700 metres TD in an operation lasting 40-45 days. Weatherford will supply the mud logging unit, Halliburton the mud motor and HLS Asia will carry out logging.

When spud GLK-1 will be drilled alongside another well as Oil India races to meet its 12-well Phase-I commitment at this block. By July 31, around 15-km from GLK-1, a 3000-hp Nabors rig had drilled the separate TLK-1 high pressure/temperature well to 4535 metres with gas indications reported at 3900.

Oil India wants to drill another shallow well like GLK-1 and another HP/HT well like TLK-1 by the end of this fiscal ending March 30, 2017.