Eni collects ocean data on Andaman block

Vol 12, PW 8 (04 Sep 08) News in Brief

Italian major Eni has begun mobilising a vessel to collect ocean data on its ultra deepwater block off the Andaman Islands.

PETROWATCH learns the four-month survey to collect wind and current data will begin this month, as the company prepares for its first ultra deepwater well in the region towards the end of next year at NELP-V exploration frontier block AN-DWN-2003/2, where it is (40%) operator alongside ONGC (45%) and GAIL (15%). “Very little oceanographic data is available in this region,â€‌ we hear.

“The buoys will be laid 500-km from (the Andaman capital) Port Blair.â€‌ Eni has a three-well Phase-I work commitment at AN-DWN-2003/2 and expects to “firm upâ€‌ the location of its first well early next year following interpretation of a $35m survey that collected 2500-sq km 3D data (500-sq km more than committed) across the 13,110-sq km block.

“Eni has invested much money in 3D,â€‌ adds a source. “Now it has a good idea of the structures.