More bad luck for Gazprom in Bay of Bengal

Vol 10, PW 7 (27 Jul 06) News in Brief

Gazprom and GAIL have suffered another mishap at eastern offshore shallow water exploration block NEC-OSN-97/1, where they each hold 50%.

PETROWATCH learns a Remotely Operated Vehicle from US-based Sonsub International sank to the seabed around 21st July during drilling. Gazprom sent out a SOS to diving companies, says an industry source.

The ROV was attached to semi-submersible Galaxy Driller, which has been hired by the consortium to drill two wells. The rig was drilling the first well in 54 metres water depth when the accident happened.

We are told the rig was in shallow waters. The ROV must have got entangled in the guide wires, we hear.

They must have tried to pull it out but it must have got further entangled and its connection to the rig must have snapped. Till 25th July, the ROV was still lying on the seabed.

Divers will go down with cables, adds a source. The cables will be attached to the ROV and then it will be pulled up by a crane.