India-based Reliance Industries, along with its partners BP and NIKO, has discovered gas and condensate during the drilling of the KGD6-MJ1 well on the KG D6 block, located off the eastern coast of the country.

The well was drilled at a depth of 1,024m and to a total depth of 4,509m, to explore the prospects of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying over 2,000m below the already producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields.

Reliance has named the new discovery D-55, and has notified the Government of India (GoI) and the Management Committee of the block.

The formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of about 155m in the Mesozoic reservoirs.

During the drill stem test, the well flowed at 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day and had a liquid rate of 2,121 barrels a day, with a choke of 36/64in with a flowing bottom hole pressure of 8461 psia, indicating good flow potential.

"The formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of about 155m in the Mesozoic reservoirs."

The company said the discovery is anticipated to add to the hydrocarbon resources in the KG D6 block, and an appraisal will now begin to better define the scale and quality of the field.

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The first three discoveries, Dhirubhai-1, Dhirubhai-2 and Dhirubhai-3, have estimated gas reserves of about eight trillion cubic feet.

Reliance Industries executive director PMS Prasad said: "This is a successful outcome of the combined exploration efforts of the joint venture partners with the active support of the GoI."

BP Exploration executive vice president Dr Mike Daly said: "The discovery demonstrates the effective technical co-operation between the partners, allowing us to make a new and significant discovery within KG D6."

"It follows an 18 month drilling time-out and detailed geoscience work that has re-focused our India exploration programme and delivered this early success," Daly added.

Reliance is the operator of the block with a 60%, while partners BP and NIKO hold a 30% and ten percent stakes respectively.

Image: The Reliance subsea field layout. Courtesy of Aker Kvaerner Subsea.