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    Melanie Cruthirds

    Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), and its partners BP and NIKO, made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the KG D6 block off the eastern coast of India. The KGD6-MJ1 well was drilled in a water depth of 1,024 m, and to a TD of 4,509 m, to explore the prospectivity of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir more than 2,000 m below the already-producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields. Formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of roughly 155 m in the Mesozoic reservoirs. In the drillstem test, the well flowed at 30.6 MMcfd, with a liquid rate of 2,121 bopd, and a choke of 36/64 in with a flowing bottomhole pressure of 8,461 psia, suggesting good flow potential. The discovery, named “D-55,” has been declared to the Government of India and the management committee of the block. This discovery is expected to add to the hydrocarbon resources in the KG D6 Block. Appraisal will now commence, to better define the scale and quality of the field. RIL is the operator of KG D6, with 60% equity. BP has a 30% share, and NIKO the remaining 10%.

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