RIL group has deep KG-D6 strike off India

Reliance Industries Ltd. and partners plan an appraisal program with a view to developing a deepwater natural gas and condensate discovery on the controversial KG-D6 Block offshore eastern India.

The KGD6-MJ1 well, drilled to 4,509 m TD in 1,024 m of water, flowed 30.6 MMscfd of gas and 2,121 b/d of liquids on a 36/64-in. choke with bottom-hole pressure of 8,461 psia in an equipment-constrained drillstem test.

Formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column of about 155 m in Mesozoic reservoirs.

The well was drilled to explore prospectivity of a Mesozoic synrift clastic reservoir more than 2,000 m below productive strata in D1-D3 gas fields on the block. The discovery has been designated D-55.

The drilling of a deeper-pool test was an element of a $5 billion, 3-5-year program RIL and its partners, BP and Niko Resources, submitted to the Indian government in response to political pressure that arose over disappointing KG-D6 production (OGJ Online, Feb. 19, 2013).

“We shall embark on the appraisal program in the next few months in order to evaluate the options for developing this discovery,” said P.M.S. Prasad, RIL executive director, in a press statement.

RIL operates the block with a 60% interest. BP has 30% interest and Niko 10%.

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