Drilling stops at D3 exploration well offshore India due to BOP problems, Reliance looks for another deepwater rig

Source: Hardy Oil and Gas

Drilling on the KGV-D3-W1 exploration well offshore India has been temporarily suspended due to unresolved mechanical issues associated with the blow out preventer (BOP) of the Deepwater Expedition drilling rig.

The KGV-D3-W1 exploration well commenced drilling on April 2, 2010, using the Transocean rig Deepwater Expedition. The well was drilled to a depth of 2,608 meters MD, at which time intermediate casing was set. Subsequently, the operator spent a considerable amount of time attempting to resolve a problem with the control system of the drilling rig's BOP. The operator has been unable to resolve the issue to its satisfaction and, mindful of safety and operational matters, has taken the decision to suspend the well. The operator intends to re-enter the well at the earliest possible opportunity, with an alternative deepwater rig.

The KGV-D3-W1 exploration well is located in water depth of 1,653 meters. The target depth of the well, which aims to explore the hydrocarbon potential of Mio-Pliocene sands, is 3,514 meters MD. 

The D3 license is located in the Krishna Godavari Basin on the East Coast of India and covers an area of approximately 3,288 square kilometers. Hardy Oil and Gas holds a 10 percent participating interest in the block, with Reliance Industries Limited holding 90 percent as operator.

"In the interest of safety, the D3 joint venture has taken the considered decision to suspend the W1 well,” Yogeshwar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of Hardy, commented. “The operator is working towards mobilising an alternative rig at the earliest opportunity."

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