After 2-year delay Pan India spuds Cambay well

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

After a two-year delay, Pan India has begun its onland Cambay basin drilling campaign after spudding a first exploration well on November 6 at the 49-sq km CB-ONN-2010/5 block straddling Gujarat's Mehsana and Patan districts.

"Yes, we began drilling in the first week of November," confirms Pan India chief Darshan Singh, when contacted by this report. A source adds the well will be drilled to between 1600 and 3000 metres TD.

"Hydrocarbon bearing formations are typically found between 1400 and 3000 metres," he says. "These include Cambay shale, Kalol sandstone and Olpad formations." Pan India is drilling the well using 1000-hp rig John 23 hired from John Energy.

A John source confirms the contract is to drill two wells at Rs7 lakh/day ($10,379). Expect the first well to be completed within two months after which the rig will move to the second well site located 11-km away.

Under the Rs54cr ($8m) four-year Phase-I exploration campaign at this NELP-IX block, Pan India will first drill two wells and then shoot blanket 3D before drilling two more. It is also likely to approach the DGH for an extension to Phase-I which ends on March 28, 2017.

All four wells will be drilled in Patan district. Earlier operator ONGC previously shot 2D at the block and in 2007 acquired 3D.

ONGC drilled and abandoned five exploration wells: CVAA-1, Mehsana-17, Mehsana-Horst-1, DNDR-1 and Lanwa-1.

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