More Ravva oil

Vol 14, PW 22 (05 May 11) News in Brief

Oil production at the Cairn India-operated Ravva field in India’s eastern offshore has risen sharply after a successful ‘infill’ drilling programme, completed last month.

PETROWATCH learns Ravva oil production has increased from 30,000 b/d to around 44,000 b/d, but gas production still hovers at around 1.67m cm/d. “Gas production has increased marginally,” we hear.

Cairn drilled infill well RD-8 in the first week of March and this was put on production in mid-March; well RD-11 was drilled in mid-March and began producing in the last week of March; and well RD-10 was drilled in the first week of April and began producing on April 10. “These three wells should continue producing for about 10 years,” we learn.

Cairn will decide whether to drill more Ravva wells in 2011-12 after interpreting a 4D seismic survey. “If this (interpretation) identifies ‘left out’ or ‘by-passed’ oil,” we hear, “Cairn could drill two more oil producers this year.

” Ravva has 14 producing oil wells and four gas wells.