DGH rejects Reliance Industries' proposal to do single test in 3 discoveries
The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), the technical arm of the oil ministry, has since February 2010 not recognised the D-29, 30 and 31 as discoveries as RIL had not performed its prescribed tests to confirm the finds.
Sources said RIL and its partner BP Plc on October 8 proposed to do a single Drill-Stem Test (DST) on the three finds to establish them as commercially viable finds.
"Gas discoveries D-29, 30 and 31 were notified and accepted as independent discoveries, as reservoir pools were distinct and unconnected. Hence operator's (RIL's) submission that all three discoveries have same geological system is not adequate," DGH wrote to RIL on November 27.
DGH, however, wants three separate DSTs to be done before approving their declaration of commerciality (DoC). DoC is pre-requisite for any discovery to be developed.
"DST in each of the three discoveries is necessary to establish absolute open flow potential (AOFP) and other reservoir parameters in order to review the DoC of D-29, 30 and 31," DGH said.
"The PSC also requires the flow to be measured at the surface by conventional petroleum industry testing methods, so as to establish sustainable production levels," it added.
The three finds are part of the cluster that is called the R-Series in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block. RIL believes D-29, 30 and 31
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