HOEC plans full block 3D survey at CB-ON/7

Vol 9, PW 15 (03 Nov 05) News in Brief

Hindustan Oil Exploration is planning a full block seismic survey of its CB-ON/7 (Palej) block in Gujarat.

HOEC has completed pre-qualification meetings and will issue a limited tender early next year. HOEC is looking at ways of increasing the value of the block, we learn.

This 3D programme is beyond whats called for in the minimum work programme. Theres a river in the south of the block and this wont be covered by the survey.

Much of the 369-sq km CB-ON/7 is located in heavily populated areas with roads and railways, making seismic acquisition logistically difficult. On 26th October, joint venture partners HOEC (35%), GSPC (35%) and ONGC (30%) held a low-key ceremony away from press and politicians, inaugurating first production at the Pramoda-1 well, which is producing approximately 400 b/d.

On 22nd September, HOEC announced start of production from Pramoda.