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RIL, BP and NIKO make deepwater gas discovery offshore India

31st May 2013

RIL, BP and NIKO announce a significant gas condensate discovery in deepwater KG D6 block, offshore India

RIL, BP and NIKO make deepwater gas discovery offshore India
In the drill stem test, the well flowed 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) and liquid rate of 2,121 barrels a day

Reliance Industries Limited and its partners BP and NIKO have announced a "significant" gas and condensate discovery in the KG D6 block off the eastern coast of India, RIL said in a written statement last week.

The KGD6-MJ1 well was drilled in a water depth of 1,024 meters - and to a total depth of 4,509 m - to explore the prospectivity of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying over 2,000 m below the already producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields.

Formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of about 155 m in the Mesozoic reservoirs. In the drill stem test, the well flowed 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) and liquid rate of 2,121 barrels a day with a choke of 36/64" with a flowing bottom hole pressure of 8,461 psia
suggesting good flow potential.

The discovery, named ‘D-55’, has been notified to the Indian government and the Management Committee of the block. This discovery is expected to add to the hydrocarbon resources in the KG D6 block. Appraisal will now commence to better define the scale and quality of the field, RIL said.

Mike Daly, executive vice president for E&P at BP, commented: “The discovery demonstrates the effective technical co-operation between the partners, allowing us to make a new and significant discovery within KG D6. It follows an 18 month drilling time-out and detailed geoscience work that has re-focused our India exploration program and delivered this early success.”

In February, BP and Reliance had announced a KGD6 block enhancement plan targeting 4 trillion cubic feet of resources. BP believes India has the potential to find significantly more oil and gas, which requires policy and regulatory support to attract the investment, right technology and capability to find and develop the resources.

BP recently held a board meeting in India with representatives from the government and business in a bid to increase ties with country’s energy sector.