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Deepwater Exploration in India : Potential Opportunities and Operational Challenges (A Reference Book)

V.K. Rao, Austral Asian Maritime Group, 2010, 255 p, $0.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: I. Description: 1. Preamble. 2. Global scenario and Indian perspective. 3. Sedimentary Basins of India, petroleum geology and hydrocarbon potential of deep-water basins. II. East coast basins: 1. Bengal basin. 2. Mahanadi basin. 3. Krishna-Godavari basin. 4. Cauvery basin. 5. Palar Pennar Basin. 6. Bengal fan delta system and hydrocarbon potential. III. West coast basins: 1. Kutch Sarurashtra Basin. 2. Mumbai offshore basin. 3. Kerala-Konkan Basin. 4. Andaman Basin. IV. Operational opportunities and challenges: 1. Seismic data API and exploratory wells drilling commitments. 2. Deep water blocks under NELP VIII Round. 3. Exploratory well drilling programme. 4. Development programme of deep-water discoveries. 5. Economic models for Indian deep-water exploration. 6. Construction and installation of subsea structures-Indian perspective. 7. Floating Liquefaction Natural Gas Scenario (FLNG). 8. Floating Production Storage and Offloading Scenario (FPSO). 9. Drilling and development agreements and indemnity provisions. 10. Tax regime-India’s oil and gas sector-rising to the occasion. Annexures: Deep-water Bid evaluation criteria through NELP-I to NELP VIII.

The growing energy demand with declining discoveries in onland and shallow offshore areas has prompted the explorationists to shift their priorities to more challenging environments. Thus Petroleum exploration frontiers are being pushed persistently beyond continental shelves onto deep water basins.

The book on Deep Water Exploration in India: Potential Opportunities and Operational Challenges attempts to present deep water exploration scenario in India integrating Petroleum geology of the deep water basins, their prognosticated potential and forecasting emerging trends in the whole spectrum of deep water exploration in India.

The book covers a wide range of subjects in the activity chain starting from understanding the geology of the deep water basins-including the basic evolution, stratigraphy, play types and hydrocarbon potential and then discusses on the projected production profiles of discovered fields. One of the important aspects in the domain of deep water exploration is the operational challenges of development of the discoveries to convert them into a commercially profitable preposition-particularly in the context of their remote locations.

The book has thus brought out comprehensive chapters on these operational aspects of Rig deployment for exploratory and development wells drilling, construction and installation of production facilities, subsea pipelines and logistics. The status and projection of work programme commitments in the deep-water areas offers insight into the opportunities to service providers to plan and schedule the deployment of their services to Indian sector.

Inclusion of useful chapters on deep water economic models, Government policies, tax regime and regulatory framework makes it a comprehensive compendium on deep water exploration in India and its related issues.

The book would serve as a reference guide to facilitate investors, explorationists and service providers to evaluate, assess and design their strategies while participating India’s Deep-water exploration programme.

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