Interest grows for ONGC Bokaro CBM work

Vol 20, PW 2 (06 Oct 16) News in Brief

Despite concerns about ONGC's decision to call for mud services, its tender to hire a CBM drilling rig for three years is attracting great interest.

On September 30, Essar Oilfield Services, Shiv Ganga Drillers, John Energy, Schlumberger, Greka Drilling, South West Pinnacle and Towell Drilling attended a pre-bid at ONGC's Delhi office. "The meeting began at 11am and went on till 5pm," says a source who attended.

"Bidders had lots of questions about ONGC's technical requirements. Schlumberger representatives asked the most." ONGC was represented by a 12-member team with officers from the drilling, materials management and finance departments.

It wants the rig to drill 155 wells at the BK-CBM-2001/1 or Bokaro field and also wants integrated mud services, an unusual requirement nowadays when air drilling technology is the most prevalent method used for CBM wells. Bidders must tie up with a mud supplier and arrange a mud logging unit.

ONGC is expected to issue the pre-bid minutes within two weeks so it can accept bids by October 28.

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