Reliance hits sprawling Krishna-Godavari gas find

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 22
– Reliance Industries Ltd. has drilled a gas discovery on the D9 exploration license in the Krishna-Godavari basin off India.

The play area is expected to cover a considerable area of the 8,695 sq km block, said 10% interest owner Hardy Oil & Gas PLC.

Reliance is gathering more data to assess the potential commerciality of the KGD9-A2 exploratory well, which went to 4,881 m measured depth in 2,700 m of water. It has been named Dhirubhai-54.

Drilled with the objective of exploring the play fairway in the Early and Late Miocene channel levee complex, the well encountered three sand reservoirs with a combined gross thickness of 22 m that were evaluated by wireline MDT.

The license’s minimum work program provides for the drilling of four exploratory wells.

Hardy Chief Executive Officer Yogeshwar Sharma said, “We are encouraged by this discovery which extends the proven Miocene play fairway into the frontier D9 block. The discovery further enhances our understanding of the block’s petroleum systems and reinforces our enthusiasm for unlocking its hydrocarbon potential. The D9 joint venture expects to drill the fourth exploration well prior to the end of 2011.”

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