ONGC Gets Go Ahead to Develop G-1 & GS-15 Deepwater Fields

ONGC has secured the Environmental Clearance for developing its G-1 and GS-15 Deepwater fields, in offshore Krishna Godavari Basin.

Five new production wells are planned to be drilled in the deep-sea G-1 structure, which is located 28 kilometers offshore, in water-depths ranging from 135 to 500 meters. Development of GS-15, a shallow-water field lying 5 kilometers offshore, has been integrated in the project, and three new wells will be drilled there. At the peak rate, the Oil Gain from the integrated development of the fields is expected to be around 9400 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD) and a Gas production of 27.40 Lakh Cubic Meters per day respectively. The integrated development project, involving an estimated financial outlay of around Rs. 1300 Crore, is likely to go on stream by April of 2006.

The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) of Kakinada accorded the Environmental Clearance for this, after a Public Hearing at the Mandal Revenue Office at Allavaram in East Godavari District on January 29.

The meeting was presided by Dr K.S. Jawahar Reddy, District Collector of East Godavari and was attended by a large gathering from the general public, NGOs, representatives of local self government and concerned officials of the AP State Government.

ONGC's GM(Electrical) Mr. Y V Jayarama, who is heading the G-1 & GS-15, made a detailed presentation on the technical issues of this key development project. He informed that all the eight wells will be put on production on fast-track, using, for the first time in India, the 'Smart Completion Systems' technology.

A detailed presentation on the Environmental Aspects, Impacts and Environmental Management due to this project was presented by NEERI, Nagpur, who had carried out the EIA & RA Studies for this project. The members of the panel that comprised of eminent environmentalists clarified several doubts, raised by the members of the public and other representatives present, in a scientific manner. The concerned executives of ONGC attended the meeting to clarify all the doubts raised by the public, NGOs and others.

Dr. Jawahar Reddy, District Collector of East Godavari, was impressed with the performance of the ONGC team that answered various ticklish issues raised in the meeting and different doubts expressed by the members of the public, various NGOs and some of the Government functionaries. On the basis of the first hearing itself the District Collector was pleased to grant the NOC for the project, thereby paving a path for speedy development of the G-1 & GS-15 fields.

The arrival of this Environment Clearance, close on the heels of ONGC's Executive Purchase Committee (EPC) awarding the development job on November 30, 2004, goes to indicate that the East Coast is set to see some hectic activity in the coming months.