Pan India spuds 2nd Cambay well

Vol 24, PW 12 (06 May 21) News in Brief

Pan India is on track to complete its two-well exploration campaign at CB-ONN-2010/5 before the PEL expires on March 14 (2022).

On April 21 (2021), 1000-hp John Energy rig John-27 spud well P03 (#05) at the 68.14-sq km NELP-IX block in north Gujarat's Patan district. By May 1 (2021), John-27 had drilled 930 metres, 170 metres short of 1100 metres final TD.

In mid-April, John-27 completed nearby well P02 (#04) at Sundar village, spud on March 17 (2021). Still unclear are the results.

"Let's drill both wells and then we can begin testing," says a Pan India source. "After drilling, we'll finalise a workover rig and test both wells."

Pan India won Gujarat government environment clearance for the two-well programme on January 7 (2021) after applying to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) on July 31 (2020). In the years since it signed the PSC on March 28 (2012), Pan India has had little success at CB-ONN-2010/5, drilling wells Well#1A, Well#1B, Well#2 and Well#3 with little to show.

ONGC fared no better before it handed over the acreage for NELP-IX. Of six wells drilled, ONGC reported oil traces only in well Mehsana-19.

Operator Pan India holds 40% at CB-ONN-2010/5; Frost International holds 45%, and TA HSRP Solutions holds 15%.