After Sterlite, will ONGC's Rs 2000 crore 110-welll drilling programme run into trouble?
May 25: Tamil Nadu was once a good place to do business. Not any more. Consistent flouting of environmental norms by industrial units and a corrupt state machinery have shaken the faith of the people in the capacity of the industrial machine to deliver employment and sustainable growth. The Sterlite episode bring all of this into sharp relief. GAIL had once tried its usual method of riding roughshod over local concerns while building a pipeline network by moving the state and central bureaucracy to act in a hurry. The move ended in failure, with pipeline laying delayed well beyond what was envisaged earlier. Another flashpoint in Tamil Nadu now is the agitation over ONGC's plans for a Rs 2000 crore development drilling programme involving 110 wells in the Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Crude leakages from pipelines in the area have made the locals skeptical of ONGC's handling of its oil and gas operations in the state. There is mounting opposition to the development drilling programme now. The company however continues to insist that RFQs will indeed come out soon though they have been delayed for now. Find out more 8Project Name: Oil Field Development 8Project Cost: Rs 2000 crore. 8Project Description: Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Limited's RFQs for the development drilling of 110 wells in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu are delayed on account of the ongoing protests going on against the programme. Recently a pipeline leakage case was reported in Thanjavur. The project also involves installation of an infield pipeline and a Central Processing facility having a capacity of 520 m3 per day. The block includes the fields of Adichapuram, Kizhvelur, Kanjirangudi, Palk Bay Shallow, Periyapattinam, Perungulam, Tiruvarur, Mattur, Nannilam, Narimanam, Adiyakkamangalam, Kuthalam, and Kali. The locations will be now be drilled by the third party based electrical type rigs. An EIA Consultant has already been hired for the project. Further RFQs are expected shortly. 8Project Event: RFQs for the hiring of EPC contractor for pipeline installation is expected by August instead of June 2018. RFQs for hiring an EPC contractor for CPF installation is expected by August instead of July 2018. RFQs for hiring drilling services is expected by Q3 2018.. 8Expenditure Approval: Q2/2017 8RFQ Date: Aug/2018. 8Release Date: Oct/2018. 8Date: Jul/2019 8Completion Date: Dec/2022 Click here for more details for key contacts, project configuration and other information. Also see Details