Oil India spuds GLK-1 well at KG-ONN-2004/1

Vol 20, PW 4 (03 Nov 16) Exploration & Production

Oil India is forging ahead with its drilling programme at KG onland basin block KG-ONN-2004/1 where it is embroiled in a $15m past costs dispute with estranged Canadian partner GeoGlobal Resources.

Essar's 2000-hp rig LR-3 spud fourth well GLK-1 in the block's Gadilanka area on October 8 and by October 25 the well had reached 694 metres of its planned 2700 metres TD which Oil India believes will take 45 days to reach. "Some protests from local villagers delayed us but now drilling is going smoothly," reports an Oil India source.

"By end-November I am sure we'll complete the well." Oil India hired LR-3 in May 2016 from Essar for Rs12 lakh/day ($18,000/day) to drill three wells. Weatherford will supply the mud logging unit, Halliburton the mud motor, and HLS Asia will carry out logging.

At the same block Oil India is also moving a 3000-hp rig hired from US-based Nabors Drilling to drill a fifth HP/HT well YLK-1 - likely to be spud in Andhra Pradesh's Yedurlanka area in the first week of December and drilled to 5200 metres. In September this same Nabors rig completed third well TLK-1 to 5203 metres, encountering two zones of interest at 3900 and 4600 metres.

Rig down or rig dismantling began on October 13. By February 2017 Oil India also plans to hire a workover rig to test the TLK-1, YLK-1 and GLK-1 wells.