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Mannar Basin Exploration

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As part of concluding its preparation and ahead of commencing the exploratory drilling of Phase 2 Exploration period in the Mannar Basin, Cairn Lanka successfully organized a stakeholder workshop in Colombo on Tuesday January 29, where Senior Government officials representing Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) and Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy along with his and senior officers from the Sri Lanka Air Force graced the occasion and provided key inputs.

Several members of other relevant government bodies and ministries were present at the workshop. Dr. Sunil Bharati, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication of Cairn India & Director, Cairn Lanka, Terence Sundaram, Resident Manager of Cairn Lanka and other senior officials involved in the exploration and drilling operations briefed the gathering on the timeline and operational procedures of the current and ongoing phase of the project. The workshop, where Cairn officials and stakeholders of the industry exchanged views on exploration and drilling in the Mannar Basin, was held at a city hotel in Colombo.
Cairn Lanka will commence drilling its fourth exploratory well off the coast of Kalpitiya from February 1, 2013, in the Block SL 2007-01-001 in the Mannar Basin.

Update on Block SL 2007-01-001:

 Post the acquisition and interpretation of 600 sq km 3D seismic data during Phase 2 exploration period in Block SL 2007-01-001, exploration drilling was initially planned for mid CY 2013. However, due to early rig availability and excellent logistical preparations, the well drilling date is now advanced by a quarter. The preparation for Phase 2 drilling activity is now complete with a drill ship has been secured from M/s. Transocean. Drilling of an exploration well is expected to commence February 01, 2013.

Drill ship

The ‘Discoverer Seven Seas’ is a self-propelled dynamically positioned drill ship capable of operating in water depths up to 6,500 ft using 18¾in 15,000 psi BOP and 21in OD marine drilling riser.  Seven Seas is a fourth-generation, deepwater semi-submersible rig which has previously carried out drilling activity in the Indian sub-continent and in the eastern offshore. The Transocean Discoverer Seven Seas is a High-Specification rig in the Transocean Inc. fleet and will have more than 100 highly qualified technical and specialized persons on board during operations. Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The company specializes in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with focus on deepwater and harsh environment drilling services.

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