Dredging team ready for gas facilities at Deen Dayal

Vol 11, PW 19 (07 Feb 08) Exploration & Production

GSPC is taking the first concrete steps in bringing gas to shore from its Deen Dayal discovery on Krishna Godavari block KG-OSN-2001/3.

PETROWATCH learns GSPC has hired Hyderabad-based Dharti Dredging and Infrastructure to help reclaim a 150-acre plot of land for the proposed onshore gas facilities at Yanam in Andhra Pradesh, landfall point for Deen Dayal gas. Contacted by PETROWATCH, Dharti Dredging confirms the award.

“We are waiting for GSPC to give us the order to mobilise equipment,â€‌ confirms Dharti. “We expect the green signal this month (February) or in March.

â€‌ Another source adds: “GSPC is in the process of â€کformally’ acquiring the land. Once that is done, work will start immediately.

â€‌ Dharti expects to begin actual dredging work in May; confident it can complete the job in three months i.e.

by August. Dharti will deploy a 12,000-hp dredger for the job and has imported â€کvertical drains’ from Malaysia.

“Sand and mud to reclaim the land will be sourced from the Godavari riverbed nearby,â€‌ adds Dharti. “We will consolidate the earth by piling â€کvertical drains’ into the soil.

There will a 1.5-meter gap between each drain.â€‌ Visitors to the region report the GSPC land at Yanam where Dharti will dredge is water logged and unfit for construction.

“GSPC wants to raise the ground level by two or three metres,â€‌ we hear. After dredging, GSPC will begin the serious business of selecting an EPC contractor for the offshore and onshore gas processing facilities.

“Many companies have shown interest,â€‌ we learn. “GSPC will award separate contracts for the onshore and offshore facilities.

â€‌ GSPC asked interested companies to submit pre-qualification bids by September 18, 2006, later extended to August 6 last year. “GSPC is evaluating offers before short listing a contractor,â€‌ confirms a source.

“That process should be completed in one or two months.â€‌