Oil India races against time to spud in Mizoram

Vol 21, PW 12 (22 Mar 18) Exploration & Production

Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Schlumberger and Weatherford are among those competing for a vertical drilling services contract from Oil India as it races against time to spud the first of three exploration wells in Mizoram by April.

Oil India is planning to transport a 2000-hp Quippo rig and equipment from Duliajan in Assam to Phulmawi in Mizoram to spud well MZ-2 at block MZ-ONN-2004/1 before the onset of monsoon rains which typically last from April to September. At the latest Oil India hopes to begin drilling by July.

But this can happen only if equipment is transported across Mizoram's rugged terrain before rains begin. After MZ-2 the next well planned is MZ-8 at Thenzawl; Oil India is yet to finalise the location of the third well at this prospective 3213-sq km NELP-VI block, where it has drilled two (dry) wells so far.

On March 1, Oil India issued a limited tender to Baker, Halliburton and Schlumberger (later joined by Weatherford and others) for the two-year contract and optional one-year extension with a March 10 bid deadline. Whoever wins will be asked to provide a complete vertical drilling system set with a motorised rotary steerable system, measurement while drilling tools, vibration monitor, and surface equipment for communicating with the tool.

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