RIL, BP and NIKO announce a significant gas condensate discovery in deepwater KG D6 block, offshore India
MUMBAI -- Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and its partners BP and NIKO today announced 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 total depth of 4,509 m to explore the prospectivity of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying over 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 about 155 m in the Mesozoic reservoirs. In the drill stem test, the well flowed 30.6 Mcfd and liquid rate of 2,121 bopd with a choke of 36/64 in with a flowing bottom hole pressure of 8,461 psia suggesting good flow potential. Well flow rates during such tests are limited by the rig and well test equipment configuration.
The discovery, named ‘D-55’, has been notified to the Government of India (GoI) 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.
Expressing happiness at the discovery encountered through this well, PMS Prasad, Executive Director, Reliance Industries Limited, stated: “This is a successful outcome of the combined exploration efforts of the Joint Venture partners with the active support of the GoI. We shall embark on the appraisal program in the next few months in order to evaluate the options for developing this discovery.
RIL is the operator of KG D6 with 60% equity. BP has a 30% share and NIKO the remaining 10%.