Adani Welspun planning two wells at B9 cluster

Vol 22, PW 8 (07 Feb 19) Exploration & Production

Despite a lingering dispute with ONGC, Adani Welspun Exploration (AWEL) is planning a two-well exploration programme at B9, the largest of three western offshore fields under the B9 Cluster-DSF-2016 asset.

"We plan to begin drilling after the monsoon season this year (which ends by October)," confirms an AWEL source. He adds AWEL has identified locations in water depths of 30 metres based on seismic data shot by former operator ONGC.

"We've reprocessed ONGC data received from the DGH," he adds. "Each well will be drilled to around 3000 metres TD."

Mumbai-headquartered AWEL is still negotiating with ONGC over which platform to use to evacuate hydrocarbons from the cluster. "In the NIO (Notice Inviting Offer) document for DSF-1 the DGH offered ONGC's NQG platform located 55-km away as the nearest facility to handle oil and gas," we hear.

"ONGC is now saying it won't let us use NQG and that we have to lay a pipeline to the C-24 platform 80-km away." AWEL has petitioned the DGH to resolve the matter with ONGC but with no luck.

It is also negotiating tolling charges for C-24 with ONGC. In the meantime it is preparing to accept bids for an 'integrated tender' to drill the two planned exploration wells from short-listed companies Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes (GE).

"We issued the tender last year (in September-October 2018)," we are told. "It hasn't closed yet."