Sun begins workover of Modhera and Baola fields

Vol 20, PW 7 (15 Dec 16) Exploration & Production

Sunny times for Sun Petrochemicals! Not only has Sun, owned by billionaire Dilip Shanghvi, taken over Niko's stake at the Hazira field but it has also moved firmly ahead with work at the 12.7-sq km Modhera and 4-sq km Baola fields in Gujarat acquired from BSE-listed Interlink Petroleum.

A Sun source confirms workover operations at its first well Modhera#1 will be completed by December 20. "We will work it over to 1000 metres depth," he adds.

After completing one well at Modhera using a rig hired from Mumbai-based ASAP Fluids, Sun will next workover well Baola#8 at the Baola field before returning to Modhera for Modhera#2 and then returning to Baola for Baola#1 and Baola#5. "First we will do one well at each field in order to study the results," we hear.

Workover of each well is likely to take 10 days plus two days for mobilisation. Sun completed zone and log studies earlier this year using technology provided by a Ukrainian company to help flow highly viscous oil.

Sun wants to quickly complete workover and testing so wells can begin producing soon. "Interlink didn't succeed at the fields but that doesn't mean we can't," we hear.

As the Mining Lease for Baola runs out in 2019, Sun applied for an extension in October. Modhera's Mining Lease runs until 2028.

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