Kerala Konkan is a basin with no prospects

Vol 4, PW 5 (12 Apr 00) Exploration & Production

As ONGC ponders the cost of its dry hole at KK-DW-1/A it might like to draw on the experience of companies that have experience of the area.

International oil majors as far apart as Houston, Paris and Melbourne are puzzled why ONGC is devoting so much time and money to the Kerala Konkan basin, which even by Indian standards is considered a 'Category III' or low prospectivity basin. Take BHP Petroleum of Australia.

In 1990, BHP drilled an unsuccessful well in the Kerala Konkan basin "Our well was one of the driest of dry holes ever," remembers a source with memories of the event (See: