Reliance resumes search in Krishna Godavari

Reliance Industries has started drilling its latest exploration well in India’s deepwater Krishna Godavari basin.

Offshore staff

LONDON -- Reliance Industries has started drilling its latest exploration well in India’s deepwater Krishna Godavari basin. Well KGV-D3-W1 is being drilled by the Transocean Deepwater Expedition on the KG-DWN-2003/1 (D3) license, in a water depth of 1,653 m (5,423 ft).

According to partner Hardy Oil & Gas, this is the fifth well on the concession and targets the hydrocarbon potential of Mio-Pliocene sands.

Hardy has achieved three consecutive gas discoveries on D3: Dhirubhai 39, 41, and 44. However, due to rig availability constraints, the fourth well (G1) was pre-drilled to the 20-m (65.6-ft). casing point, and will have to be re-entered at a future date to drill to the target depth.

The D3 license covers an area of around 3,288 sq km (1,269 sq mi). The licence terms require at least six exploration wells to be drilled within the first exploration phase.

04/06/2010

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