Reliance postpones well offshore eastern India
Reliance Industries has put back exploration drilling on the D3 block offshore eastern India to early 2014.
In March, the company presented to the block's Management Committee a work program that included drilling one well this spring and another by year-end. However, rig availability constraints have forced a postponement.
Partner Hardy Oil & Gas says the block’s Phase 1 exploration period can be extended up to December 2014.
The joint venture has been working on various geotechnical studies, including interpretation of pre-stack depth migration data. The aim is to assess the potential of the eastern part of the block and to high-grade drilling prospects, including testing deeper play types.
A revised proposal for the Dhirubhai 39 and 41 gas discoveries, submitted in 2012, remains under review. The plan calls for a dry gas, subsea cluster development with flexibility to add in additional wells and to include a possible adjoining area of discoveries.
The D3 license over the KG-DWN-2003/1 block covers 3,288 sq km (1,270 sq mi) in the Krishna Godavari basin, 45 km (28 mi) offshore. Water depths range from 400-2,200 m (1,312-7,218 ft). Reliance operates in partnership with BP and Hardy.