Pan India prepares new Cambay drilling campaign

Vol 22, PW 15 (16 May 19) Exploration & Production

Gurgaon-based Pan India will hopefully have better luck this time securing environmental clearance for its latest plan to drill eight exploration and appraisal wells at onshore Cambay basin block CB-ONN-2010/5.

Nearly two years passed before it won clearance for its last exploration drilling programme which kicked off in November 2016. Under this estimated Rs44cr ($6.3m) campaign Pan India also plans to set up production facilities at new and existing well locations, assuming a discovery.

"We applied to the environment ministry on April 12 for the terms of reference," confirms a Pan India source. Last year Pan India also applied to the DGH for permission to extend the 49-sq km eastern block boundary by an additional 21.45-sq km.

A DGH source confirms, "the application is in process." According to a pre-feasibility report, prepared by Surat-based Envirocare Technocrats, each of the eight new wells will take 30-45 days to drill to up to 1500 metres depth at an estimated cost of Rs5.5cr ($785,000). Envirocare optimistically claims each well can produce around 130 b/d of oil and 10,000 cm/d of associated gas.

How it has reached this conclusion is unclear. A Pan India source confirms the company has already drilled four Phase-I exploration wells: Well#1A, Well#1B, Well#2 and Well#3 - with hydrocarbon indications in "at least one well."

If its bold production forecasts are achieved Pan India will pump the oil to IndianOil's Koyali refinery near Vadodara.