Cairn starts Rajasthan drilling in October

Vol 12, PW 3 (26 Jun 08) News in Brief

Cairn India expects to begin Rajasthan drilling in October after mobilising two Weatherford rigs.

PETROWATCH learns the two custom-made US rigs will be ready in mid-July and then shipped to India and mobilised. First drilling will not be at Mangala but in the Northern Appraisal Area, where Cairn is planning to drill five appraisal wells.

After this Cairn will drill eight to 10 development wells at Mangala, which will begin producing around 30,000 b/d from the second half of 2009. Mangala production will later ramp up to 100,000 b/d.

For now DGH has capped Mangala production at 100,000 b/d but Cairn expects this to rise to 125,000 b/d when the block Management Committee endorses the revised Field Development Plan (FDP). Cairn tells us the revised draft FDP will be ready for submission “within a matter of weeks.

â€‌ After Mangala, Cairn will begin producing around 40,000 b/d from Bhagyam and then 10,000 b/d from Aishwariya.

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