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HOEC to produce oil from Mumbai field by 2021, invest $43 mn

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Exploration Co Ltd (HOEC) has submitted a USD 43-million development plan to bring to production the offshore field it had won in the first discovered field auction in March. HOEC is the first company out of the 31 that signed contracts for the fields won in the auction in March, to have submitted a field development plan (FDP). "We have submitted to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbon (DGH) an FDP for B-80 block that envisages production of 5,000 barrels of and 15 million standard cubic feet per day of gas by 2020-21," HOEC CEO P Elango told PTI. The B-80 block, which lies in the vicinity of state-owned and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) giant and gas fields in offshore, is estimated to hold inplace reserves of 40 million barrels of and 26 billion cubic feet of gas. Elango said the plan envisages drilling two new offshore wells and installing a Mobile Offshore Process Unit (MOPU). The processed and gas will be transported by connecting to nearby and gas pipelines of for delivery to customers at an estimated capital investment of about USD 43 million over 30 months, he said. "For HOEC, this foray into iconic offshore area on the west coast will open up an exciting new phase and will build on its experience to enhance our core competence as a low cost and fast-track developer of and gas fields," he said. Besides B-80, HOEC is focused on raising natural gas output from its Assam fields, where commercial production started recently. HOEC sells 10 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of gas from the Dirok field in Tinsukia district of Assam to Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd.

The output is planned to be raised to 36 mmscfd or 1 million standard cubic metres per day by April 2018, he said. Production from Dirok will be over 12 per cent of total gas production in Assam. About 8 mmscmd of gas is produced in Assam currently. Also, it is working on reviving production from PY-1 oilfield in Tamil Nadu by drilling two wells that would raise the output to 10 mmscfd, from 2.5 mmscfd, he added.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 13:13 IST