Hardy Begins Drilling at Saurashtra Basin

Hardy Oil and Gas plc, the oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in India and Nigeria is pleased to announce the spudding of the exploration well GS01-S1 on the GS-OSN-2000/1 (GS-01) exploration licence.

The exploratory well GS01-S1 was spudded at a water depth of 80 metres (m) with the semi-submersible drilling rig "C Kirk Rhein" on 27 April 2008. The well is targeted to drill to 3,975 m TVDRT to explore the hydrocarbon prospectivity of Mio - Oligocene carbonate deposits. The well is located 170 km offshore from the west coast of India in the Saurashtra basin. This is the first of a planned three well drilling programme for 2008 on the GS-01 exploration licence.

Hardy, through its wholly owned subsidiary Hardy Exploration & Production (India) Inc., holds a 10 per cent participating interest (PI) in the GS-01 exploration licence. Reliance Industries Limited is the operator and holds a 90 per cent PI in the block.

This is the third exploration well on this block after the GS01-A1 and B1 wells which were drilled in 2006 and 2007 respectively. On 15 May 2007 the Company announced the discovery of hydrocarbons with the GS01-B1 well which flow tested at a rate of 18.6 mmscfd with 415 stbd of condensate through a 56/64-in. choke with flowing tubing head pressure of 1,346 psi.

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