Cairn seeks to sustain Ravva output

Cairn Energy wants to implement delayed infill drilling program to halt producton slide at Ravva oilfield

Offshore staff

Cairn Energy has issued an update of its operations offshore India. The Ravva oilfield is shortly expected to come off the plateau production rate of 50,000b/d. Infill drilling was planned for late last year to extend the rate, but delays in requiring drilling approvals, and limited rig availability, mean the program will probably now start later this year.

In deepwater block KG-DWN-98/2 in the KG Basin, operated by ONGC, two wells are under way on the `A' and `U' prospects. This follows the `D' discovery well last August.

Offshore Bangladesh, Cairn reports that infill drilling completed last year increased field deliverability, but also revealed that the field is more complex than previously thought. The company is looking to start a new drilling program at the end of this year, including an infill well, appraisal of the South Sangu structure, and exploration of the Hatia prospect.

1/18/2006

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