Not so lucky Reliance with other two shallow KG blocks

Vol 10, PW 17 (14 Dec 06) Exploration & Production

Results from two of Reliances other KG blocks are disappointing.

Last year semi-submersible Transocean rig Actinia drilled well KG-3-5-A1 at shallow water block KG-OSN-2001/1 but despite interesting oil shows the rig was moved to shallow water block KG-OSN-2001/2 where it drilled well KG-3-6 between June and September 2005. Nothing significant emerged and the well was plugged and abandoned.

Similar was the fate of well KG-3-6-A3 drilled on the same block between September and early November this year. Following this Actinia returned to KG-OSN-2001/1 to drill well KG-3-5-B1 in 180 metres water depth.

Actinia arrived on location around 3rd November and spud the well two days later. Drilling reached the target of 3500 metres but nothing significant was found and Reliance plugged and abandoned the well around 29th November.

From here, Actinia was shifted to KG-OSN-2001/2 to drill KG-3-6-B1, arriving on location late November and spudding the well around 3rd December in 83 metres water depth. Target depth for this well is around 3000 metres to Pliocene era sediments and early last week the bit had reached around 200 metres.

Delay, meanwhile, continues to plague Reliances plans to have eight rigs drilling for it offshore India, mainly in the eastern offshore, including Deepwater Frontier and Actinia. Deep Driller 1 from Premium Drilling is drilling for Hardy Exploration in the eastern offshore and was to move to Reliances location last month but this has been delayed to sometime in January 2007.

Discoverer 534 should have returned to Reliance in August or September this year but is only available in the second quarter of 2007 following an accident offshore China drilling for Husky Energy and her redeployment to a Singapore shipyard for repairs and an upgrade. Similar bad news comes from Deepwater Expedition, also from Transocean, and on hire to Petrobras.

She was first due to arrive in December this year but this was put back to December next year. Petrobras now wants to keep her till the first quarter of 2008.

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