Cairn Energy has multiple-zone gas discovery off India

A well on Cairn Energy PLC's Block KG-DWN-98/2 off Andhra Pradesh, India, flowed 80 MMscfd on a 1-in. choke from two zones at a combined stabilized rate, constrained by equipment limitations.


HOUSTON, June 29 -- A well on Cairn Energy PLC's Block KG-DWN-98/2 off Andhra Pradesh, India, flowed 80 MMscfd on a 1-in. choke from two zones at a combined stabilized rate, constrained by equipment limitations.

DWN-R-1, 26.5 km southwest of the N-1 discovery, was drilled to 2,330 m TD and found several gas pay zones below 1,870 m, said Cairn.

The company estimates the well discovered 750 MMcf-1 tcf of dry gas. A second well, to be drilled later this year, will appraise the discovery.

The rig will now move to prospect P, 12.5 km northwest of DWN-R-1.

Bill Gammell, CEO, said the company is studying commercialization of the R-1 find.

Cairn owns 100% equity interest in the block; Indian state company Oil & Natural Gas Corp. has no back-in right.

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