Sagar Vijay set to resume drilling on east coast

Vol 4, PW 10 (21 Jun 00) News in Brief

ONGC's deepwater drillship Sagar Vijay has anchored at a new drilling location on the east coast of India after a brief " check-up" at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala.

It is understood the new location is adjacent to the mouth of the Krishna river in the offshore Krishna Godavari basin, at a depth of 120 metres. ONGC sources tell Petrowatch Sagar Vijay is expected " to begin drilling immediately".

The drillship - which can drill at water depths of 950-1,000 metres - will remain on the east coast for approximately five months. At present, its mandate is to drill only one well - its second in this area.

In November last year Sagar Vijay spudded a dry hole offshore Goa.