Как сообщает Ассошиэйтед Пресс, о том, что месторождение углеводородов находится у северо-западного побережья страны на уровне 4300 метров ниже уровня моря сообщил в воскресенье президент Шри-Ланки Махинда Раджапакс. Он отметил, что в случае, если новое месторождение будет пригодно для разработки, власти страны надеются, что это спровоцирует интерес у зарубежных государств-инвесторов.
На сегодняшний час компания Cairn Lanka производит бурение в бассейне Маннар, где было найдено месторождение, чтобы определить имеет ли оно коммерческий потенциал.
Стоит отметить, что в том же бассейне находится семь нефтегазовых блоков, на разработку которых в ближайшее время будет объявлен тендер.
Шри-Ланка целиком зависит от импортных энергоресурсов — в 2009 году страна потратила на их закупку 3 миллиарда долларов.
Cairn has said earlier If Sri Lanka's drilling program is successful then commercial oil production can be expected by 2014 with a billion barrels.
The Block SL 2007-01-001 was awarded to Cairn in the 2008 Sri Lanka bid round. Cairn Lanka (Private) Limited, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn India and holds a 100% participating interest in the Mannar block.
Mannar basin has eight oil and gas exploration blocks and two of them have been granted to China and India. Officials of Russia's largest oil company, Gazprom recently visited Sri Lanka to hold discussions on oil exploration in the Mannar Basin.
Extract From Reuters
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday said natural gas has been found off the Indian Ocean island nation in the Mannar Basin, in a well Cairn India Ltd. said required more exploration to see if it is commercially viable.
Cairn, a subsidiary of London-listed Cairn Energy Plc , said the find was Sri Lanka's first confirmed hydrocarbon discovery.
"Explorers have informed me that they have found a gas deposit in the seabed," presidential spokesman Wijayananda Herath quoted Rajapaksa as saying to an audience in the hill city of Kandy.
Cairn Lanka, a subsidiary of Cairn India, has one of eight blocks in the Mannar Basin and began drilling in August.
It struck a 25-metre hydrocarbon column showing primarily gas with "other liquid hydrocarbon potential" in the CLPL-Dorado-91H/1z wildcat well, drilled at a water depth of 1,354 metres (4,442 feet).
"Further drilling will be required to establish the commerciality of the discovery," Cairn said in a statement.
In 2007, the government gave one Mannar block each to India and China, but neither has drilled. The remaining five blocks are to be awarded by tender.
"We are optimistic that this will be commercially successful," Petroleum Industries Minister Susil Premajayantha told Reuters. "Now with this discovery, we can get good competition and offers for the remaining five blocks when we go for tendering."
Interest in the blocks has grown, but most operators have been happy to let Cairn try its luck before making any commitments while the government smooths an erratic oil and gas regulatory regime, diplomats following the exploration in Sri Lanka have told Reuters.
It is unclear whether the find will affect terms of a deal by London-listed miner Vedanta Resources to take a majority stake in Cairn India.
Sri Lanka's government has said seismic data shows the potential for more than 1 billion barrels of oil under the sea in a 30,000 sq km area of the Mannar Basin, off the island's north western coast.
Sri Lanka produces no oil and is dependent on imports, which cost it $3 billion in 2009. Since the end of a 25-year war with Tamil separatists two years ago, the government has tried to reinvigorate oil and gas exploration.
American and Russian companies from the mid-1960s to 1984 explored the Cauvery Basin off the northern shore, but only traces were found and no commercial oil was produced.
Violence onshore from Sri Lanka's civil war with the Tamil Tigers ended offshore exploration there.
There are nearly 30 operating wells on the Indian side of the Cauvery Basin, and Calgary-based Bengal Energy Ltd. has exploration rights for 1,362 sq km there. Sri Lanka is hopeful that success will be reflected on its side of the field.
There is also speculation that Sri Lanka's eastern coastal shelf has major oil and gas potential, but there is no seismic data yet to back it up.
07 August 2011
Cairn Lanka, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn India commenced drilling for oil in the Mannar basin off Sri Lanka's northwestern coast
27 April 2010
Sri Lanka Offers More Blocks for Offshore Oil Exploration in North and South
16 Jan 2009
Sri Lanka invites ONGC to bid for oil blocks
Feb 01, 2008
The southernmost block of the three offered by Sri Lanka in the Mannar Basin, stretching from the coast to the maritime boundary with India, had only attracted one bid when bids closed Thursday.
Block 001 which is 3,338.10 square kilometers in size had attracted bids from all three bidders: ONGC Videsh, Cairn India, and Niko Resources of Cyprus.
ONGC Videsh is a subsidiary of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, India's largest oil and gas company.
Cairn India, is 69 per cent owned by London-listed Cairn Energy, a small oil firm compared with the global majors, but the biggest foreign petroleum operator in India, both onshore and offshore. It is concentrating on south Asia and is also doing exploration or drilling oil in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Canada-based Niko Resources is exploring for and producing petroleum and natural gas in Canada, India and Bangladesh.
Block 002 is of 3,572.08 square kilometers and attracted bids from both Cairn India and Niko Resources while Block 003, the largest being 4,126.51 sq. km in size, had only Niko's sole bid.
Officials said oil firms were more interested in exploring in the areas closer to the Cauvery basin where India has already discovered oil and gas, hence the attraction of Block 001.
Chances of striking oil are higher because the geological features of the blocks are similar.
Petroleum minister A H M Fowzie said the government will take about three or four months to evaluate the bids.
The government has also said it wants to invite oil firms to explore in other areas towards the north of the island, in addition to the blocks already on offer.
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