Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and its partners BP and NIKO have 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 metres — and to a total depth of 4,509 metres — to explore the prospectivity of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying over 2,000 metres below the already producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields,” RIL in a statement says.
“Formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of about 155 metres in the Mesozoic reservoirs. In the drill stem test, the well flowed 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) and liquid rate of 2,121 barrels a day with a choke of 36/64” 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 statement adds.
The discovery, named D-55, has been notified to the government 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 says in the statement.
“We shall embark on the appraisal program in the next few months to evaluate the options for developing this discovery.” P. M. S. Prasad, Executive Director, RIL said.
“The discovery demonstrates the effective technical co-operation between the partners, allowing us to make a new and significant discovery within KG D6,” Mike Daly, Executive Vice-President, Exploration, at BP said.
RIL is the operator of KG D6 with 60 per cent equity. BP has a 30 per cent share and NIKO the remaining 10 per cent.