Russia to join gas and oil exploration
Russia will soon join Sri Lankaís oil and gas exploration work which
will be launched in the islandís Mannar gulf area.
Petroleum potential in Sri Lanka.
A team of Russian gas and oil experts will arrive in Sri Lanka in the
middle of March to hold further discussions with the Sri Lanka
government, said Power and Energy, Petroleum and Petroleum Development
Ministry Secretary M.M.C. Ferdinando.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his recent visit to
Russia sought their support for oil and gas exploration in Sri Lankan
The Secretary said that a Russian team of gas and oil experts visited
Sri Lanka at the request of Sri Lanka Government prior to the Sri Lanka
Presidentís recent visit to Russia. The Sri Lanka President had talks
with the chief executive of Gazprom the Russian Gas and Oil Company in
Moscow, Alexei Miller who agreed to provide Russian support for the
Three areas in the Sri Lanka seas, namely Mannar Basin, Cauvery Basin
and Southern Basin, have been identified for potential oil and gas
deposits below sea bed through sedimentary and scientific research done
by International research firms.
Accordingly the Mannar Basin was blocked out into 9 blocks. The block
MZ was set apart for an India - based British company Cairn Lanka
Private Ltd, while blocks MI and M8 were allocated to Indian and Chinese
governments. In this regard the Sri Lanka government held a series of
discussions with the Indian and Chinese governments during the past
months to reach agreement on the work to be undertaken, the Secretary
In an exclusive interview with Sunday Observer on the current
situation of the oil and gas exploration activities handled by Cairn
Lanka Pvt Ltd, the Director General, Petroleum Resources Development
Secretariat - PRDS - Dr. Neil De. Silva said that Cairn Lanka has
completed collecting 3D seismic data - and is in the process of
selecting sub contractors for drilling exploratory wells ďCairn Lanka
Private Ltd (CLP) is the operator of the off shore SL 2007-01-001-M2
contract area. The contract area lies in the Gulf of Mannar off the
North Western Coast of Sri Lanka. CLP is planning to commence
exploration drilling work of three firm wells and two optional wells
from January 2011 to May 2011.
Dr. De Silva said the CLP which was engaged in oil and gas
exploration activities during the last 17 months has systematically
completed collecting seismic data. The French firm CGG Veritas was
awarded a sub contract by Cairn Lanka to collect 2 Dimensional and 3
Dimensional seismic data.
CGG Veritas Viking II survey vessel was in the deep seas with its
35-40 research crew including French, Indians and Sri Lankans during
last December and January to collect seismic data, he said.
He said that Cairn Lanka Ltd already hired a number of Sri Lankan and
international companies for exploration and drilling activities so as to
complete the contract before October 2011.
A remarkable feature of the last 17 months operations was that the
oil exploration and production of petroleum resources were carried out
by Cairn Lanka using good oil field practices, paying maximum attention
for the safety of the workers and equipment, protection of the
environment and conservation of resources, he said.