This is the third gas discovery in this block. The shallow water block with an area of 1,100 square km was awarded to RIL under bidding round of NELP-III. RIL said in a statement that it is currently evaluating the commerciality of this discovery. RIL holds 100 per cent participating interest in this block. The discovery namely ''Dhirubhai -- 38'' has been notified to the Union Government and Directorate General of Hydrocarbons.
The well KG-III-05-J1 was drilled at a water depth of 151 m and to a total depth of 2,820 m with the objective of exploring the Miocene play fairways within the block and for further understanding of the Krishna basin.
During the drilling of this well, a clastic reservoir was encountered with gross hydrocarbon column of around 105 m in the Miocene section.