Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONCG’s) first deep water project, commissioned by the company, saw the unveiling of high-tech spool base facilities at L&T Hydrocarbons’ fabrication facility at Kattupalli near the Ennore port in Chennai on Friday.
Two drilling rigs have been deployed at deep water Vashishta S1 Fields on India’s east coast. The project will be using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) to drill at 700 metres below sea level. The ONGC project, executed by J. Ray Mc Dermott S.A., Berlian McDermott and L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, will have the capacity to produce up to 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas, an initiative that will help the union government to move more towards a gas-based economy.
This will be the consortium’s first project, involving three sub-sea wells in depths ranging from 400 metres-700 metres. “For our deep water campaign, this is a very significant step because we are going towards a gas-based economy for which it was very important to prepare ourselves for the future challenges,” said T K Sengupta, director, offshore, ONGC.
Arunabha Sen, country manager, McDermott Inc., said this consortium will have a long-term association and will bid for upcoming projects. The upcoming $5.1 billion 98/2 project is expected to enhance drilling capacity to 1400 metres below sea level in cluster-2 stage. With cluster-3, the deep-water team will take drilling up to 2,800 metres, a path breaking attempt in offshore drilling, Sengupta claimed.