Reliance strikes it big in KG basin

New Delhi, Nov 16 | Updated: Nov 17 2005, 06:36am hrs
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has notified the government of yet another substantial gas discovery in the KG-D6-P1-A well drilled in its Krishna-Godavari deepwater basin block KG-DWN-98/3 (also called D6). The gas discovery has been named Dhirubhai-23.

In its letter to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) and the petroleum ministry, it said, On the basis of the seismo-geological model, the contractor considers that Dhirubhai-23 is a non-associated natural gas discovery of potential commercial interest.

A senior DGH official said, As the operator of the block, RIL notified the discovery on October 24. We have evaluated the technical report and confirm that the discovery is of commercial interest. However, the quantum of in-place gas reserves is not known. RIL has been given the go-ahead to carry out the appraisal to see what is in store, he said.

As per RIL, the well intersected a number of hydrocarbon gas pay zones with net gas pay thickness of around 47 meters. The well produced hydrocarbon gas at the rate of 23.7 million standard cubic feet per day.

According to the DGH official, usually when a well produces gas at a rate of more than 10 mmscfd, the sand character is considered to be very good and the well is expected to hold good reserves. The D6-P1-A is the 17th exploratory well drilled by RIL within the D6 contract area, awarded to it under NELP-1.