Trio strike it lucky with KG D6 gas discovery

Uncorking hydrocarbons: Fresh discovery at KG D6 block off India

Reliance Industries, BP and Niko Resources have made a “significant gas and condensate discovery” at their Krisha Godavari D6 (KG D6) deep-water block off eastern India.

Spud in March, the KGD6-MJ1 probe was drilled in a water depths of 1024 metres to a total depth of 4509 metres.

It aimed to explore the prospectivity of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying more than 2000 metres below the already producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields.

The well hit a gross gas and condensate column of about 155 metres in Mesezoic reservoirs, the explorers said.

On a drill stem test, the well – now named discovery D-55 - flowed 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day and liquid rate of 2121 barrels a day with a choke of 36/64".

The Reliance-led venture said that the data suggested the well had “good flow potential”, pointing out the rates are usually constrained by the rig and test equipment involved.

Reliance Industries executive director PMS Prasad said that the explorers would “embark on an appraisal programme in the next few months in order to evaluate the options for developing this discovery”.

BP executive vice president of exploration Mike Daly said that the find marked an early success for the company’s re-focus of its Indian exploration programme that saw an 18-month drilling time-out and detailed geosciences work.

Reliance Industries operates KG D6 on a 60% interest with BP holding 30% and Niko Resources 10%.

The explorers have been pushing the Indian government to raise the price it pays for gas from the block, which has seen output and reserves decline in the past year.

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