Oilex of Australia Finds Gas in Gujarat
Stocks in Mumbai extended gains for the second day. Oilex of Australia strikes large reserves of gas in Gujarat. Indian Oil to expand its refinery production by 25% in North India. UAE based Etisalat may invest in Idea Cellular.
Australia’s Oilex Ltd said on Monday it made huge natural gas discovery in Gujarat that may hold over 1.5 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. Industry estimates put the total resources base in the Cambay basin discoveries near the town of Khambat, 160 kilometers south of Ahmedabad, at between 20 to 30 trillion cubic feet, almost equivalent to the reserves of RIL’s eastern offshore KG D-6 fields.
Western Australia. WA-388-P: Carnarvon Basin Offshore Western Australia. As part of a developing gas strategy with our Indian partners, Oilex, …
Oilex Ltd. is engaged in the exploration for oil and gas, appraisal and development of oil and gas properties, and production and sale of oil. The Company is primarily involved in the exploration, evaluation, development and production of hydrocarbons. It has operations in India, Australia, Oman, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. As at June 30, 2009, its permits included Cambay Field, Bhandut Field, Sabarmati Field, Block 56, West Kampar Block, Joint Petroleum Development Area between Timor-Leste & Australia (JPDA 06-103) and WA-388-P.
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Oilex Australian In India
The most significant component of the Company’s portfolio with the chance of generating significant revenue in the near term is in the Cambay Basin, Gujarat, India. Oilex has material interests of 40%-45% in three “brownfield” re-development projects (Cambay, Bhandut and Sabarmati fields). These fields are currently all producing small to moderate volumes of oil.
The potential for improving the production rate from the existing wells and the scope for full scale redevelopment of the fields are encouraging given that the reservoir distribution is poorly understood and analogies nearby in the Cambay Basin are a fair basis for optimism. Step-out exploration potential particularly in the Cambay contract area is low risk and high reward with the demand for gas and oil in the main heavy industrial corridor of India remaining substantially in excess of domestic supply.
Location of Cambay Basin Fields in relation to the main heavy industrial corridor in Gujarat
Natural gas production in India will rise by over 25% to 180 million cubic meters a day by 2012-13 after Reliance Industries eastern offshore KG D6 field hits peak output. India’s gas production is currently around 143 mmscmd, of which around 42% comes from RIL’s Krishna-Godavari basin D6 fields, a government official said. The Indian Railways approached Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd for setting up 1,000 megawatt of captive nuclear capacity on its behalf. The proposal put forward by the Indian Railways includes setting up two units of 500 megawatt on railway land. Power generated from the plants will be used by the Railways.
Bhandut and Sabarmati Fields
Oilex acquired 40% in each of Bhandut and Sabarmati Fields onshore Gujarat from Niko early in 2006, subject to the approval of the Government of India. Those approvals were received in January 2007. Each of these fields is producing oil at low rates on an intermittent basis and they are anticipated to be good candidates for re-development. Oilex is the designated Operator of the Sabarmati and Bhandut Fields.
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The fields were discovered and developed initially by ONGC of India. Hydrocarbons were found in Oligocene and Eocene sandstones and continued to be produced on an intermittent basis after the fields were acquired by the GSPC and Niko Joint Venture in 1995. Production from the fields has suffered because of sand and water influx and decline in reservoir pressure most likely due to formation damage.
Minor oil production from both fields continues and a forward re-development strategy is being formulated for execution in 2009.
Location Bhandut and Sabarmati Fields, Cambay Basin, Gujarat
Indian Oil Group’s Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd has lined up an investment of Rs 20,000 crore over the next five years for capacity expansion, a top company official said Tuesday. “CPCL is planning to set up a 9 million ton refinery project at Manali, near Chennai at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. This is to replace the aging 2.8 million ton refinery,” IOCL Chairman B.M. Bansal told reporters in Chennai.
In July 2005, Oilex entered into an agreement with the Cambay Field Joint Venture, comprising Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd (“GSPC”) and Niko Resources Ltd (“Niko”) to acquire a 30% participating interest in the Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) covering the Cambay Field. Oilex acquired an additional 15% equity interest from Niko and now holds a 45% participating interest in the Cambay PSC. The Government of India approved the 30% farmin equity agreement in March 2006 and the approval for the balance of the equity in the PSC was received in January 2007.
Offshore Western Australia
As part of a developing gas strategy with our Indian partners, Oilex, as Operator on behalf of a bidding group with large Indian companies successfully bid for Application Area W05-11 in April 2006. The permit is now designated as WA-388-P. The block lies to the north of the North Rankin, Goodwin and Perseus gas and condensate fields currently being produced for the domestic and LNG gas markets by Northwest Shelf Ventures and to the north of the large gas resources discovered in the Janz/lo area.
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