Oil India excited by Moran discoveries

Vol 20, PW 17 (18 May 17) News in Brief

Oil India has taken the unusual step of announcing two oil discoveries at its Moran PML asset in upper Assam - one of India's oldest producing oilfields.

India's junior state-owned explorer said on May 1 that in April (2017) well Borbhuibil-1 flowed 28 cm/d (176 b/d) oil from a 15-metre Barail formation sand column at 3322 metres depth and another 100 cm/d (629 b/d) from a 10-metre Lakadong/Therria formation sand column at 4300 metres depth. "The feasibility of bringing this (Borbhuibil-1) well onto production at the earliest," said Oil India, "is under study." Oil India adds that second well Lokwagaon-1 flowed 42 cm/d (260 b/d) during initial testing from a 30-metre Barail formation gross column, without specifying at what depth.

"This (Lokwagaon-1) well," adds Oil India, "is currently on production." Discovered in October 1956, oil production at Moran peaked at 2500 cm/d (15,700 b/d) in 1973 before steadily declining to around 200 cm/d (1200 b/d) today. "These (two new) discoveries," says Oil India, "have opened up avenues for further exploration of already identified leads in this area."

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