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ONGC drilling breaks world record

22nd February 2013

India’s ONGC drills well at record 3,165 meters water depth offshore country’s east coast with Reliance Industries rig

ONGC drilling breaks world record
The DDKG1 rig drilled well NA7-1 in exploratory block KG-DWN-2004/1 in India’s east coast at a water depth of 3,165 metres

India’s state-owned oil major Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) on Saturday said it drilled a well at record breaking water depths, using a rig chartered from Mumbai-based Reliance Industries.

“ONGC's chartered-hired [sic] ultradeep water drillship DDKG1 has set a world record for drilling well in deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig,” the company said in a press release.

The DDKG1 rig drilled well NA7-1 in exploratory block KG-DWN-2004/1 in India’s east coast at a water depth of 3,165 metres, breaking offshore drilling contractor Transocean’s 2011 record of roughly 3,107 m set by Reliance’s DDKG2 also in the country’s east coast.

Following the successful addition of a subsea blowout preventer (BOP) and riser to the wellhead last week, drilling reached a total depth of 5,625 m.

ONGC has been mired by several exploration delays which have put a question mark over its ability to help meet the country's increasing energy demands.

A report last year by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) lashed out at the state-owned oil major for focusing mainly on producing fields an very little on new discoveries.

India’s crude oil imports are expected to surge to 91 per cent of its total needs by 2030 from 80 per cent currrently.