ONGC finds gas, oil offshore eastern and western India

Offshore staff

DEHRADUN, IndiaONGC has two new discoveries offshore India.

In the Krishna Godavari shallow offshore sector off eastern India, well KGOS041NAML#1 (Malhar#1) in NELP block KG-OSN-2004/1 was drilled to a depth of 2,617 m (8,586 ft).

During testing, 15.5 m (51 ft) of sands in the 1,917-1,958.5 m (6,289 ft-6,425 ft) interval in the Pliocene Godavari Clay formation produced 280,611 cu m/d (9.9 MMcf/d) of gas through a 24/64-in. choke.

This was the seventh new discovery in the southwestern part of the block, boosting potential for a development.

Off India’s west coast, exploratory well B-127N-1 in BOFF PML in the Mumbai Offshore basin (Western Shallow Offshore) was drilled to a depth of 3,235 m (10,613 ft). During testing of three zones in the Palaeocene Panna formation the well flowed 102 b/d of oil and 138,749 cu m/d (4.9 MMcf/d) of gas from 14 m (46 ft) of sands in the 2,960-2,940 m (9,711-9,645 ft) interval.

The result augments the oil potential of the B-127 cluster, ONGC said.

Earlier this month a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed after taking off from one of the platforms in the south field of Mumbai High in Western Offshore.

It happened during a night sortie with two pilots on board, who were undergoing training to complete their mandatory hours to maintain the validity of their license for night flying.

The aircraft crashed within 10 minutes of take-off.

ONGC immediately launched search and rescue operations by deploying various supply vessels and another helicopter stationed on Mumbai High, recovering debris from the accident.


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