Reliance Starts Drilling of Exploration Well at D9 Licence Offshore India

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Hardy Oil and Gas plc , the oil and gas exploration and production company focused in India, is  announces the commencement of drilling of the third exploration well on the D9 exploration licence.

The exploration well KG-D9-A2 commenced drilling on 10 May 2011 using the Transocean drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 in a water depth of approximately 2,700 m. The target depth of the well, which aims to explore the hydrocarbon potential of Early and Late Miocene Channel Fan Complex, is 4,875 m MDRT.

The D9 exploration licence is located in the Krishna Godavari basin on the East Coast of India and covers an area of approximately 8,700 km2. Hardy holds a 10 percent participating interest in the licence which is operated by Reliance Industries Limited. The licence’s minimum work programme provides for the drilling of four exploration wells.

Yogeshwar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of Hardy, commented:

“We are delighted with the commencement of drilling with the third exploration well on this prospective block where a number of promising prospects have been identified.”

Hardy Oil and Gas plc is an upstream oil and gas company focused in India. Its portfolio includes a blend of exploration, appraisal, and production assets. Hardy’s goal is to evaluate and exploit its asset base with a view to creating significant value for its shareholders.

Hardy Oil and Gas plc has existing production from an offshore field in India’s Cauvery basin. Hardy also has interests in four offshore exploration blocks in India’s Saurashtra, Cauvery, and Krishna Godavari basins, and one onshore exploration block in the Assam basin.


Source: Hardy Oil & gas, May 11, 2011; Image:Transocean

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