AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Development of the Deen Dayal West field (DDW) off eastern India remains on schedule to deliver first gas in 2013, according to partner Jubilant Energy.
The wellhead platform was installed offshore this May and the jackup Deep Sea Driller–1 started drilling of four development wells in September. It will batch drill the tophole sections of the four wells before being replaced by a more economical modular rig early next year.
At the end of November, the wells were drilled to the following depths: DDW-D1- 2,616 m (8,582 ft) MD; DDW-D2- 2,806 m (9,206 ft) MD; DDW-D3- 2,464 m (8,084 ft) MD; and DDW-D4- 83 m (272 ft) MD. Post-spud fabrication of the platform continues at the contractor Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) yard.
Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. (GSPC) is operator of the project in the Krishna Godavari basin.
The onshore gas terminal was more than 40% complete in September, ahead of schedule, and should be commissioned in June 2013, in time for first gas.
L&T was awarded the contract for the production and living quarter platform in April with Punj Lloyd assigned the pipeline in June. Both are expected to be commissioned in April 2013.
The Deen Dayal East appraisal well DDE-A-1, spudded on Jan. 1, encountered basement at 5,530 m (18,143 ft) MD. GSPC is currently evaluating the results.
Jubilant adds that the field development plan for the DDW area, which includes wells KG-8, KG-15, KG-17, and KG-28, was approved by India’s Government in November 2009.
The management committee (MC) for the block, which includes representatives from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as well as Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, has recommended granting an extension to the existing development area by 20.5 sq km (7.9 sq mi).
Hydrocarbon plays encountered in discovery wells KG-8 and KG-15 extend toward the south/southwest of the original block boundary. The MC has recommended enlargement of the DDW development area in this direction from (the previously approved development area for DDW was 17 sq km, or 6.5 sq mi).