AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Development drilling has started on the Deen Dayal West (DDW) gas condensate field offshore eastern India, operated by Gujarat State Petroleum Corp.
The jackup Deep Sea Driller-1, positioned over the DDW wellhead platform in 60 m (197 ft) water depth, will batch drill the initial section of the first four wells.
Completion of the wells to their target depth and drilling of remaining development wells will be undertaken by a more cost-efficient modular rig, likely to be installed on the platform by January 2012, according to partner Jubilant Energy.
The DDW development plan calls for a total of 11 new wells, and re-completion of four existing wells. Seven wells should be drilled or re-completed by first gas in 2013, with the remainder in place by 2017.
India’s government approved the program for the Krishna Godavari block (KG-OSN-2001/3), including the gas-condensate wells KG-8, KG-15, KG-17 and KG-28, in November 2009. The Mining Lease area for DDW is 17 sq km (6.56 sq mi).
Jubilant holds a 10% interest in the block via its subsidiary Jubilant Offshore Drilling Private Limited.