Oil India plans 3D tender for Rajasthan

Vol 20, PW 22 (27 Jul 17) News in Brief

By end-July Oil India is expected to finalise the scope of work and terms of a tender to shoot 3D at its acreage at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Oil India's G&G department is identifying areas in Jaisalmer to shoot 200-sq km 3D across the Dandewala, Tanot and Bagitibba PML areas and parts of the RJ-ONN-2004/2 block. Many contractors from Russia and other CIS countries are expected to bid, among them Geofizyka Torun, Geokinetics and Pangea.

Oil India wants to shoot the seismic using Vibroseis technology as opposed to using explosives, given the proximity to the tense border with Pakistan. "Contractors will have to mobilise five Vibroseis machines each of 60,000 pound capacity," we hear.

"Four will be deployed and one will be kept spare." Another source adds the scope of work might change next week if Oil India decides to go in for high resolution data. "Equipment specifications might change," he says.

Oil India has budgeted Rs75cr ($12m) for the job. Oil India is simultaneously carrying out a 20-well development drilling campaign for $33m at the nearby Baghewala oilfield.