Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and its partners BP and NIKO today announced a significant gas and condensate discovery in the KG D6 block off the eastern coast of India.
Mumbai/India – The KGD6-MJ1 well was drilled in a water depth of 1,024 meters - and to a total depth of 4,509 meters - to explore the prospective of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying over 2,000 meters below the already producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields.
Formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of about 155 meters in the Mesozoic reservoirs. In the drill stem test, the well flowed 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) and liquid rate of 2,121 barrels a day with a choke of 36/64" with a flowing bottom hole pressure of 8,461 psia suggesting good flow potential. Well flow rates during such tests are limited by the rig and well test equipment configuration.The discovery, named ‘D-55’, has been notified to the Government of India (GoI) and the Management Committee of the block. This discovery is expected to add to the hydrocarbon resources in the KG D6 block. Appraisal will now commence to better define the scale and quality of the field.
Partners in India's Offshore Gas Production
Expressing happiness at the discovery encountered through this well, Executive Director, Reliance Industries Limited, PMS Prasadstated, “This is a successful outcome of the combined exploration efforts of the Joint Venture partners with the active support of the GoI. We shall embark on the appraisal program in the next few months in order to evaluate the options for developing this discovery.”
Executive Vice President Exploration, Dr Mike Daly, at BP, commented, “The discovery demonstrates the effective technical co-operation between the partners, allowing us to make a new and significant discovery within KG D6. It follows an 18 month drilling time-out and detailed geoscience work that has re-focused our India exploration program and delivered this early success.”
Chairman, President and CEO of Niko Resources, Edward Sampson stated,“We congratulate our partners and the Government of India as co-operation in an event like this shows what good can be created for the energy sector and most importantly, for the people of India.”