BP focusing on ‘Next Wave’ strategy to boost KG-D6 output

Following up on BP chief executive Bob Dudley’s whirlwind visit late last month, the BP Plc’s India CFO Kris Sliger has written to the oil ministry saying that Europe’s second-largest oil firm is preparing to explore newer areas of D6 as part of a ‘Next Wave’ strategy

New Delhi: With gas output from Reliance Industries’ showpiece KG-D6 fields dropping by 23%, the firm’s new partner BP Plc has expressed confidence that the slump in production can be reversed by focusing on a ‘Next Wave’ strategy of developing satellite fields, reports PTI.

Following up on BP chief executive Bob Dudley’s whirlwind visit late last month, the UK firm’s India CFO Kris Sliger has written to the oil ministry saying that Europe’s second-largest oil firm is preparing to explore newer areas of D6 as part of a ‘Next Wave’ strategy.

“From what we know now, we believe the best path forward is to enhance the focus on the ‘Next Wave’ of new developments in D6—the R-series and all the satellites,” he wrote.

“These new ‘Next Wave’ D6 developments have the potential to add large new volumes of production capability to continue the successful launch of a new basin for furthering the India E&P energy security pursuit,” he said.

Reliance Industries on Saturday reported a 23% drop in production from the Krishna-Godavari basin D6 fields to 147.2 billion cubic feet, or 45 million metric standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd) during the July-September quarter. Production from KG-D6 had touched 61.5 mmscmd in March last year and was projected to rise to 69.2 mmscmd by this time, but has instead slumped.

"With the existing decline and the knowledge of the existing reservoirs well understood, we know that there are essentially no options to materially change the trajectory without adding new development potential, since we know D6 remains the ‘golden block’ and gas demand will continue to rise with time,” the BP India executive wrote.

BP asked the oil ministry for approval to begin pre-development activities at both the R-Series and satellite fields that surround the currently producing Dhirubhai-1 and 3 fields.

“As discussed with you, in order to expedite the required new work, we support the operator RIL’s intentions to begin the required pre-development activities on the potential ‘Next Wave’ of developments in the coming winter weather window—December 2011 to March 2012,” Mr Sliger wrote.

Tests by RIL have shown that gas-bearing layers of sand in the Dhirubhai-1 and 3 fields of KG-D6 block are thinner than initially estimated and extraction may require costlier drilling techniques. Satellite fields in the KG-D6 block and discoveries, also known as the ‘R-Series’, together are estimated to have the potential to produce 35 mmscmd.

RIL has submitted plans to invest $1.5 billion on developing four satellite fields to produce up to 10 mmscmd of gas by 2016. BP wants the government to quickly approve plans for additional satellite and R Series reservoirs so as to begin the process of engineering and hike production of gas from KG-D6 by 2014.

“Given the decline in the D1/D3 field, all participating interest holders in the D6 block believe it imperative that we maximise opportunities to work in each available offshore work season,” Mr Sliger wrote.

“With the existing decline and the knowledge of the existing reservoirs well understood, we know that there are essentially no options to materially change the trajectory without adding new development potential since we know D6 remains the ‘golden block’ and gas demand will continue to rise with time,” he said.

The BP executive asked for approval for pre-development activities like geo-physical and geo-technical surveys both at the R-Series and Satellite D6 areas.

“The above required work is normally accomplished with Management Committee support of the Declaration of Commerciality (DoC) and the approval of a specific pre-development activity budget to align all efforts to the PSC, capture capital efficiencies and most importantly capture the targeted potential acceleration of new gas development options now.

“Knowing that Management Committee decisions can take time, however, the operator could expedite the required pre-development work by starting to tender now and thereby secure industry capability if the ministry will support the deployment of vessels and survey crews with the required permits in time to work this year,” the BP executive said.

The Managing Committee is an oversight panel made up of representatives of the ministry, upstream regulator Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) and the operators.

“We believe your support of the required Management Committee endorsements of a DoC for the R-Series and Satellites and approval of pre-development activities at both the R-Series and Satellites are aligned with the ministry’s objective to add production potential in the D6 block as quickly as possible,” Mr Sliger added.

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Sony Bravia TV: Got smoke coming out of it? Call the company

A few Sony 40-inch Bravia LCD TVs catch fire due to overheating; company offers free inspection & repair of the defective component. No problems have been reported in India

Don’t be surprised if smoke suddenly comes out of your expensive Sony Bravia flat-panel television. Just call the company and get the defect repaired.

Sony, a leading Japanese electronics manufacturing company, had said that it is offering free inspection & repair services to the 1.6 million LCD TVs it has sold in Europe since 2007, the US, Japan and other parts of the world, after a few incidents of its TV sets catching fire were reported.

It has been widely reported that a component incorporated in Sony’s 40-inch Bravia LCD TV has suffered a damage, causing overheating. This has resulted in either smoke coming out of the TV set, or melting of the cabinet ceiling.

A Sony India spokesperson told Moneylife, “It has come to our attention through reports in Japan, that in rare cases, a particular component incorporated in certain models of the 40” Bravia LCD TVs, mostly launched between 2007 and 2008, was damaged, and as a result may overheat and at times ignite inside the TV set, possibly melting a part of the cabinet ceiling due to the heat.”

So far 11 such incidents have taken place in home country Japan itself, but the company has offered a free inspection facility in Europe as well, since these sets were also sold in Europe since 2007. The affected models include KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4 and KDL-40XBR5. In India there are two such TV models which have been identified as affected products. So far there has been no complaint from India. However, the company is ready to conduct inspection and repair of the component, if it receives any complaints.

The company’s spokesperson added, “Affected models in India are KLV-40W300A & KLV-40X350A, of which we have sold 3,200 units between 2007 and 2008. This accounts for only 0.2% of the total products sold. However, till now, we have received no complaints whatsoever. Upon request, Sony India is offering a free inspection of the affected products. A Sony service-person will promptly visit and check, and repair (the TV set) if a faulty component is found, free of charge.”

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HDFC Q2 net rises 20% to Rs971 crore

HDFC has shown improved profits for the quarter ended 30 September 2011

HDFC, the housing loan company, has announced improved quarterly results for the quarter ended 30 September 2011.

For the quarter ended 30 September 2011, net profit increased 20% to Rs970.70 crore from Rs807.54 crore. In the same period, its net revenues zoomed 40% to Rs4,077.05 crore.

For the half year ended 30 September 2011, net profit increased 21% to Rs1815.23 crore from Rs1502.13 crore. In the same period, its net revenues zoomed 38% to Rs7877.72  crore.
In the late afternoon, HDFC was trading at around Rs672.60 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.94% up from the previous close.

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