India Operations Update - 21-Oct-2015

  • Workover campaign has commenced with mobilisation of rig to Cambay-19z
  • Bhandut-3 production facility construction is ~ 40% complete
  • Evaluation of tenders for the Cambay 2015/2016 drilling campaign nearly complete and final approvals to award contracts being sought
Oilex Ltd is pleased to provide the following Operations Update:

Cambay Field
The workover campaign has started with the mobilisation of the rig to Cambay-19z, an oil producer from the Eocene (EP IV) formation. Cambay-19z is located approximately 1.4 km to the west of Cambay-77H. The workover includes removal and cleaning of the production tubing and repositioning the downhole pump to improve well deliverability.  Subsequent to Cambay-19z, the rig will move to 1 of 4 candidates;
  • Cambay-20, an oil producer currently on self-flow that requires a downhole pump to improve deliverability
  • Cambay-70 located adjacent to Cambay-77H pad, a gas and oil producer from Eocene/MBS formation
  • Cambay-60 – tested gas and condensate from OSII formation but never put into production
  • Cambay-77H – to remove the frac tree, install production tubing and tree.
Delivery of components from overseas will determine the sequence in conjunction with optimising rig time. In addition, assessment of other wells continues such that the portfolio of workover candidates is continually hi-graded.  Completion of the workover program is expected before commencement of drilling operations at Cambay-78H or Cambay-80H.

Cambay-73 continues to produce gas for the low pressure market in the immediate vicinity of the field at ~20 boepd. Currently, the well is shut-in for a pressure build up study as part of ongoing reservoir engineering studies to understand better the Y zone reservoir.  As announced on 25 August 2015, subsequent to the installation of a production tree and production tubing, Cambay-77H will be connected to the temporary pipeline to service the low pressure market via Cambay-73, without having to construct a dedicated low pressure production facility at the Cambay-77H site.

Cambay-60 is completed in the Oligocene (OS II) formation, a conventional reservoir, and may be connected to the low pressure gas market via Cambay-73 facilities.  The combined production from Cambay gas and condensate wells, via Cambay-73 facilities, is anticipated to be ~130 to 170 boepd after the initial phase of the workover program is complete.

Bhandut Field
Field construction continues at Bhandut and is 40% complete (refer to attached photographs) and expected to be completed during November 2015. Gas transportation is the responsibility of the buyer(s), which is currently targeted to be in place prior to end December. Bhandut-3 should be ready to commence production prior to the end of December 2015 subject to availability of the interconnecting gas transportation infrastructure.  An independent reserve assessment has commenced to support Oilex’s recently upgraded internal estimate and an announcement of the results will be made when they are final.  Bandhut-3 is expected to commence plateau production at 100 – 130boepd.

Managing Director of Oilex, Ron Miller, said;
“The commencement of field activities to boost production through the workover campaign is another milestone towards our goal of being operationally cash flow positive in India (exclusive of workover and drilling capex) before the end of this calendar year.  In addition, the approvals tendering and cost recovery process is nearing completion for the 2015/16 drilling campaign.  We are looking forward to Bhandut recommencing production and the final independent reserves report being completed. The gas market in India remains robust driven by market fundamentals and it is important to capture the commercial benefit of lower contractor service prices currently prevalent in the market.”

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India Operations Update